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Thoughts on The Mandalorian Chapter 16 (Season 2 finale) (Spoliers!)

Brett Nichols

Posted on December 21, 2020 01:58

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A brief commentary of how the Mandalorian season 2 finale reflects how the show was made for the most true Star Wars fans.

 

First of all, if you haven't seen the newest episode of the Mandalorian, I would advise you to go and see it and then come back!

The latest episode of the Mandalorian concludes the three-part arc of Mando's rush to save Grogu (baby Yoda) from the clutches of the evil empire in the most daring way. With the help of a number of past characters of the series and, none other than the original trilogy's coolest bounty hunter, Boba Fett, they make a full-on rush to the star destroyer of Moff Gideon. Mando and the team make it onto the ship and swiftly gain the upper hand. However, thanks to Moff Gideon's dark troopers, the whole crew ends up in a room with at least a dozen of the shiny robotic troopers banging at the door. 

However, just as hope seems to be lost, out of nowhere an X-wing flies into the base and baby Grogu's little wrinkled face turns from fear to hopeful interest. Grogu's excitement pays off because we learn that this pilot is a Jedi on a rescue mission to save him! Most of what we see is through a security camera feed so the color of the lightsaber and robes of the Jedi cannot be clearly seen. We see this Jedi cut up these robots like a hot knife on butter! However, we soon learn that this Jedi is none other than Luke Skywalker himself, coming to rescue and train baby Grogu in the ways of the force. Mando takes off his helmet and lets Grogu see and touch his face for the last time before Luke and fan-favorite R2D2 take him for his training. The episode concludes with the devastated reaction of Mando to Luke holding Grogu and an elevator closing. Not only this, in the mid-credits scene Boba Fett single-handedly takes over Jobba's palace (the place from episode 6)!

I honestly cannot think of a better ending for this season of the Mandalorian. In fact, the idea that it would be Luke that would train Grogu was exactly the direction I was hoping it would go. The Mandalorian, unlike the new trilogy of films, actually has consistently gone in the direction I had as a Star Wars fan had hoped it would.  Where the series no doubt aimed to be the type of production that would present nice revenue for the money-hungry executives, it had a fantastic story to boot that not only honors the original franchise (ahem, ahem, take some cues new trilogy) but enriches the classic material in a way that makes it even better.

Overall, the Mandalorian–especially with its fantastic season finale has made the material made prior, within the Disney-Star Wars merger, (perhaps except for Rogue One and maybe even Solo when I'm feeling extremely generous) pale in comparison to this wonderful series. One can only hope to see where the series (and the others in production) go from here.

 
Brett Nichols

Posted on December 21, 2020 01:58

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Source: Kotaku

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