*******Spoilers for the third episode of The Mandalorian below*******
After last week’s side adventure, The Mandalorian got back on track this week as he returned to his mysterious client to deliver the child and collect his bounty.
Things pick up essentially right where they left off last week with Mando on his ship with the child heading back to cash in. He’s obviously formed some kind of connection to the (admittedly adorable) child as they both saved each other last week. However, he pushes those thoughts to the back of his mind and turns the child in, after which he receives enough Beskar to forge an entirely new suit of armor. He returns to the Mandalorian blacksmith and has his new armor forged, but not before getting into a small dust-up with one of his comrades.
Through all that he still can’t get his mind off the child and even after a visit to Greef Karga for a new mark he ultimately decides to save the child from the Empire. However, upon stealing the child, every bounty hunter on the planet is alerted and he’s cornered by dozens of them en route back to his ship. At the last second though, his Mandalorian brothers and sisters arrive to save him, allow Mando and the child to escape the planet unharmed.
Pedro Pascal’s performance (or lack thereof) has already been a major talking point this season and this week is no different. Though it is worth mentioning that many of the emotions this week were due more to the direction and score in certain scenes. But, that shouldn’t discount the commend Pascal has over the audience every second he’s on screen. The anticipation over whether or not he’d save the child this week just made it that much better. And, though we’ve already gotten a few stellar action sequences, this week’s full-scale battle is the biggest, and the best, so far this season.
Beyond that, there’s not really much to mention. As much as I dislike the shorter episode length, it’s really helped the show so far. With only 30ish minutes every episode there’s basically only enough time to show us the interesting/important things. That means there just haven’t been any time wasters or filler storylines thrown in needlessly. (Yes, last week was all filler but, that served a purpose in character development.)
I was in on this series from the first episode and only gotten more into it every week. This one gave us much more about the Mandalorian culture and is setting up a really interesting mid-season story arc for Mando and the child. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them.
The next episode of The Mandalorian will drop Friday, November 29th exclusively on Disney+.