‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2, Episode 4 review: Baby Yoda goes to school in ‘The Siege’


Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian Much should be seen as a setup for this week’s episode ahead. We know Mando and the kid are heading to the town of Calodan on the forest planet Corvus to find Ahsoka Tano, the former Padawan of none other than Anakin Skywalker himself – and someone who personally knew Yoda from there. ‘time.

As Paul Tassi points out, Friday’s episode is written by Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels creator (and Mandalorian producer) Dave Filoni. It almost seems certain that this will be the episode that Mando finally finds the Jedi and meets Ahsoka, who will be the first person on this show (aside from the bad guys) who gets a feel for what Baby Yoda means to the universe.

Chapter 13 would be titled “ The Jedi, ” which makes sense if, indeed, we finally get a live-action version of Ahsoka Tano who would be played by Rosario Dawson and who, in turn, could get their own action. live Disney Plus. derivative series.

This is a big problem, obviously. We will see.

Either way, “The Siege” is all build-up to next week’s episode. My dad summed it up as “Cute and Shoot”, which is pretty accurate (and really a pretty accurate TL; DR of The Mandalorian in a general way).

We receive a lot of kindness from Baby Yoda – he is placed in a small school which was created from the ashes of the destroyed cantina; he uses the Force to steal buttons from a classmate; he’s all excited to fly into Razor Crest with Mando taking down the Tie-Fighters. He even laughs. And then spits out blue macaron vomit.

Oh my gosh it’s just too much.

Most of the rest is the “shoot” part of this equation, although there is a little more to it.

Mando and Baby Yoda left Trask’s moon last week after meeting Bo-Katan and the Mandalorians – Mandalorians who we learn are very different from our still helmeted protagonist.

When he leaves his ship is still in terrible shape – too battered and broken to get to Corvus. So they make a pit stop, heading back to Navarro where it all started.

There he leaves the Razor Crest with a suspicious looking mechanic and leaves with Greef Karga and Cara Dune (now Marshal Dune, who has a beautiful ring). They want his help in demolishing an Imperial base which may or may not be abandoned. It is not.

In fact, it’s anything but and turns out to be a lot more important than anyone thought.

Oh, and the Mythrol that Mando captured in the series’ very first episode is back, maintaining his debt to Karga (for the next 300 years, apparently).

Mando and his crew make their way to base, bring down an endless tide of Stormtroopers – I swear to God, if the Empire had simply designed Stormtrooper helmets better than the imps would never have lost – and find out that Moff Gideon is alive. after all, and used the child’s blood for nefarious experiments. Dr Pershing is running out of blood and needs more if research is to continue, and so we learn at least one piece of Moff Gideon’s puzzle.

Moff Gideon himself has done nothing right. At the end of the episode, we see the suspicious mechanic’s report to an Imperial communications officer. He placed a tracking beacon on the Razor Crest and told the Imps that Mando had “the asset” in hand. The officer reports all of this to Moff Gideon. Looks like a great dust is brewing.

The chase scene following the base raid was one of the best parts of the episode. Karga, Dune, and the Mythrol are all on a ship on the ground chased by Scout Troopers on speederbikes and low-flying Tie-Fighters. After a few exhilarating maneuvers, all seems lost. The Tie-Fighters are just too formidable for our heroes on the ground.

That’s when Mando returns, Baby Yoda in the passenger seat of the recently repaired (and bugged) Razor Crest. He takes down the Tie-Fighters in blaster fire and a laughing baby.

Mando turns down an invitation to stay and socialize after the dust settles. More important issues to settle. Back on Navarro, two-episode New Republic X-Wing pilot Captain Carson Teva asks questions. Karga refuses to give direct answers. When Teva asks Dune to join the New Republic and do some good for the Galaxy, she says that she is “not a carpenter” but she looks tempted. This could signal a change for Dune, and possibly a departure from the show. Gina Carano has been a somewhat controversial figure lately. Everything is divisive these days.

Everything, that is to say except The Mandalorian what everyone knows is Star wars to his favorite. It was another great episode. I would say it was half a standalone adventure and half driving the overall plot. The base raid was a bit of a side mission, but it did reveal clues to the bigger picture and Moff Gideon’s villainous plot. And what is he plotting, anyway? Is he trying to create Force users against the blood of the child? Does he want to create new Dark Jedi or maybe inject himself with power once the formula is certain? Curious and curious.

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