The Mandalorian – Chapter 14: The Tragedy

This episode should stop the complaints about the story moving too slow. At the end of the last chapter Din was told to take Grogu to the Jedi temple on Tython and place him on the seeing stone, this chapter starts with them arriving at the planet. As soon Grogu is on the seeing stone, all the plot threads from the series start crashing together.

Grogu sends his call out to the Jedi, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) arrives bringing Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) with him, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) tracks Mando down, the Dark Troopers are launched. A lot is cramed into a lightning fast thirty minutes.

Robert Rodriguez steps up to the plate to direct this installment and for an episode that is essentially one big shootout there couldn’t be a better pick. Rodriguez is literally a one-man movie studio to the point he can’t work with unions because he does too much of the work himself. Here he is just asked to direct and he does a he’ll of a job. He delivers his trademark balletic gunplay (Fennec flying through the air while firing a rifle) with slice of humour but also gets the most he can out of the Grogu puppet. The opening scene of Din and Grogu playing is one of their best interactions yet.

I honestly thought they were going to leave the Boba Fett plot thread hanging but here we get to see him in a way people only dreamed of after seeing the original trilogy. Without his armour he is a killing machine and with it he is unstoppable. Fett dons his classic look midway through the episode and we see all his gadgets used to brutal effect. We are also going to see a lot more of Slave 1 following the tragedy that happens in this episode.

The explanation for Fett being there is still “Somehow, Boba Fett is alive” but one major Star Wars question is answered. Boba Fett is a Mandalorian as was he father. This has been up for debate since a throw away line in ‘The Clone Wars’ that Jango was no Mandalorian but he we get definitive answer that he was and a foundling just like Din.

This series feels like its building to something epic. It’s growing it’s own universe while also connect to the larger already established Star Wars lore. The call has gone out to the surviving Jedi and the Empire has returned. Also, there is clearly a darkness to Grogu as we see him force choking stormtroopers and tossing them around like ragdolls. It great that there is two episodes left and we don’t know what’s going to happen.

I don’t know if it is nostalgia, the lack of other entertainment at the moment, or if the show is really that good. It’s probably a bit of all these factors but this show is unmissable. The only thing missing was a Danny Trejo cameo.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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