Welcome to my latest episode review for The Mandalorian. I’ve really enjoyed writing my episode reviews of Resistance so there was no way I was going to miss the chance to do the same here. The reviews will take on the same format: an overview of the plot (so be aware, there will be spoilers!), my review of the show, then a few “Moments in canon” – references that link to other media and the galaxy as a whole.
I have been looking forward to this show so much, so there was no way that I wasn’t going to watch this as soon as I could. Unfortunately, living in the UK, Disney+ is not going to be available over here for a while, so I’ve had to channel my inner Hondo Ohnaka to see this! Today, we’ll be looking at Chapter 3: The Sin.
The Mandalorian returns to deliver The Child to The Asset. Dr Pershing tests the Child and confirms that it is in good health. The Client hands over the agreed beskar as the Child is taken away. The Mandalorian asks what will happen to the Child, but the Client refuses to say.
The Mandalorian returns to the covert where his tribe are hiding and gives the beskar to The Armorer, who agrees to make a cuirass for him. She asks what damaged his current armour and upon finding out that it was a Mudhorn, decides to make the creature his signet, however the Mandalorian declines, saying that it was not an honourable kill as he had help from an enemy – who didn’t know they were an enemy. One of the other Mandalorians – named in the credits as Paz Vizla – is angered at The Mandalorian spending time with the Empire above ground while the rest of the tribe is forced to hide underground. The two fight to a stalemate, at which point the Armorer speaks of the way of the Mandalore, making clear that The Mandalorian is not a coward. She forges new armour for The Mandalorian, during which he has flashbacks again to his home being attacked by Separatist droids, the memory ends with a B2 super battle droid finding him hidden and aiming its blaster at him. With some of the leftover beskar, The Armorer creates “whistling birds” to go in The Mandalorian’s vambraces.
“When one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey.”
Now wearing his new armour, the Mandalorian goes to meet Greef Karga, who congratulates him on a job. The Mandalorian asks how many of the Guild had a tracker fob, to which Karga says that all of them did, but The Mandalorian was the only one capable of completing the job. Greef is happy about the pair’s partnership as it has also made him rich, showing The Mandalorian slabs of beskar that he has been given and is storing in a breast pocket inside his jacket. The Mandalorian asks for a new job and picks the bounty puck of a Mon Calamari that has jumped bail, a job that will take him far from his current location. As the Mandalorian goes to leave, he asks Greef what will happen to The Child, to which Greef responds that he did not ask as it goes against the Guild’s code.
The Mandalorian returns to the Razor Crest and prepares to fly away, but as he goes to use one of the levers, he is reminded of The Child due to the Child having played with the lever earlier. The Mandalorian changes his mind and leaves the ship, returning to The Client’s compound. He uses his rifle to eavesdrop on a conversation between The Client and Dr Pershing that suggests The Child has been collected on behalf of another party. The Mandalorian breaks into the compound and takes The Child away, taking out any stormtroopers that get in his way.
With The Child having been stolen, all the other bounty hunters’ tracking fobs reactivate. They all surround The Mandalorian at the edge of the settlement, where Greef demands he hand over The Child. The Mandalorian instead fights back. Though he kills a number of bounty hunters, he is surrounded and outgunned and it appears that even he knows it is just a matter of time until he is overran. The bounty hunters are suddenly attacked by Paz Vizla and the rest of The Tribe, who hold off the bounty hunters so that The Manalorian can get away with The Child.
“I didn’t want it to come to this, but then you broke the code.”
Boarding the Razor Crest, The Mandalorian is stopped by Greef. The Mandalorian shoots the carbon freezing machine to obstruct Greefs view and shoots him in the chest, the force of the shot throwing him out of the ship. The Mandalorian takes off and flies away with The Child. It is revealed that Greef survived, as the shot was stopped by the beskar in his pocket.
After Chapter 2 left me feeling a bit “meh”, Chapter 3 hit back with a bang and was arguably my favourite episode so far! While I felt that last week’s episode was limited in its developments, this pushed the story forward at a good pace and had a great blend of action and exposition, but also with some great character moments. I’m absolutely loving The Mandalorian’s interactions with the other characters and I think that Pedro Pascal does a great job of letting you know what he is thinking despite always having his helmet on. In his scenes with Yoddle, it is clear that he cares for the being and was conflicted between helping his tribe by completing the job and looking out for Yoddle, while his dislike and distrust of the Empire is clear.
“Such a large bounty for such a small package.”
I loved the larger role for The Tribe early in the episode and felt that the scene did a great job of giving some explanation to the Tribe and what has happened to the Mandalorians, without ever feeling like a tedious information dump. The more we hear them talking about the Purge, the more I believe that they are talking about the Empire purging the Mandalorians as opposed to the Jedi Purge, which will make sense as to why they do not like the Imperials and why only The Mandalorian is able to go above ground – the others are in hiding for protection.
And now to their role in the final confrontation. When I was watching the episode, I was thinking that Yoddle waking during the battle was going to see him use the Force again to help save The Mandalorian, so to see The Tribe attack was beyond my wildest dreams. I love how each of the Mandalorians looks different with slightly different armour designs or weapons, but seeing them all join the battle and use their jetpacks to outmanoeuvre the bounty hunters was as amazing as Jango Fett’s fight with Obi-Wan and the Mandalorian-focused episodes of the animated shows suggested it should be.
After my comments last week about hoping the Mandalorian’s flamethrower gets a more effective use as the season goes on, it’s safe to say that I let out a massive cheer as he used it this week – though I do feel sorry for the stormtrooper. All in all, I love how the sequences in The Client’s compound and facing the bounty hunters allowed The Mandalorian to utilise all his weapons and gadgets, really highlighting just how resourceful and dangerous Mandalorians are. I also love that, though the Mandalorian technically lost to the bounty hunters, it felt realistic for the best bounty hunter in the parsec as he was completely surrounded and heavily outgunned, but still managed to dispatch loads of his enemies. This was the return of the bad-ass from Chapter 1 and the start of Chapter 2, not the clumsy fool that faced the Jawas.
“How do I know I can trust you?
“Because I’m your only hope.”
I must take a moment to congratulate Deborah Chow, who became the first female to direct live-action Star Wars. I wasn’t familiar with any of her work when she was announced as being the director for the Obi-Wan series, but having seen this episode, I am so excited to see what she brings to the table both on that show and in her other episode this season.
Moving forward, I have no idea what to expect! The Imperial Remnant that The Client is working for will surely be coming after Yoddle, so I expect the Mandalorian to keep him close. I wasn’t expecting the tribe to be so involved (or even to exist when the series started!) so now I am interested to see how involved they are. Given the history between Mandalorians and the Jedi, how will they react if they realise Yoddle is Force-sensitive. In one of my trailer reviews, I predicted that Greef will side with The Mandalorian, and I think that we got the set-up for that I this episode. Greef will likely know that The Mandalorian shot him in a spot where he had specifically shown to be carrying the beskar in their earlier discussion, so will know that The Mandalorian did not wish to kill him. There are still so many characters we have seen in trailers that are yet to make an appearance, so I look forward to seeing how the story continues next week and over the rest of the series.
One thing is for certain: I’m 100% hooked!
“Next job? Take some time off. Enjoy yourself! I’ll take you to the Twi’lek healing baths.”
A few other thoughts from the episode:
- The score in this episode was fantastic, with the sombre emotional music in the early stages helping us feel scared for Yoddle and a great switch in the music as we got to the more action-heavy part of the episode
- In such an awesome episode, one moment that probably won’t get the love it deserves is the shot of all the tracking fobs in the Guild reactivating at the same time. A picture tells a thousand words, and that sequence did a better job than any dialogue could have in the moment
- Though Paz Vizla’s surname was spelled slightly different to that of Pre Vizsla, I wonder if that could have just been a typo and if this is meant to be a descendant of the former leader of Death Watch – which would explain why Jon Favreau was voicing him
- The B2s in the flashback sequences look so much more deadly and scary than they ever did in the Prequel Trilogy. I feel that there is at least 1 more flashback sequence coming in the season to reveal how The Mandalorian survived being found by the droid, and expect him to be rescued by a Mandalorian, who takes him in as a Foundling
Moments in Canon
- The Mandalorian’s bounty for bringing back The Asset was the richest ever in the parsec
- Greef tells The Mandalorian that all that remains of the Empire is mercenaries and warlords
What did you think of the episode?
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