The Mandalorian: Chapter 7

A new episode of The Mandalorian was dropped on Disney+ today to avoid the same release as The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s your warning. Spoilers ahead.

In the Last Episode: The Mandalorian meets up with an old ally who gives him a job as a part of a crew of bounty hunters. Their mission is to break someone out of prison. When the prisoner is saved the crew turns on the Mandalorian and locks him up in the prisoners cell. Mando breaks free quickly and captures each member of the crew and takes the prisoner back to the landing pad. He gets paid and his friend tries to betray him but the New Republic intervenes before they get a chance.

Summary: The Mandalorian receives a transmission from Greef Carga (Carl Weathers) who tells him that the Imperial remnant has taken over their planet in the time that he’s been on the run. Karga has a proposition for Mando. Come to Navarro, and help them kill “The Client” (Werner Herzog) and then all will be square with the guild.

The Mandalorian is skeptical, but a deal that will get the Imperials off his back as well as the guild is too good to pass up, but he does need some people he can trust. He rounds up Cara Dune (Gina Carrano), and the Ugnaut Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte). Kuiil has refurbished IG-11, the droid The Mandalorian killed in the first episode and has turned him into a servant. The Mandalorian does not feel lil’ Yoda is safe in IG-11’s presence, but Kuiil assures him that he is not programmed to be violent anymore.

During the trip to Navarro Cara Dune and Mando have a little arm wrestling competition. lil’ Yoda mistakes this grudge match as a real fight and defends the Mandalorian by choking Cara with the Force.

The new crew meets Carga and three other bounty hunters on Navarro, but well outside the village, so they can make their approach quietly. During their trek across the lava fields they are attacked by some flying creatures in the night. Carga is wounded, but lil Yoda uses his Force healing powers to heal his wound, a move that would prove crucial.

When the group reach town Carga kills his bodyguards and reveals they he did intend to set the Mandalorian up, but when he witnessed the power of lil’ Yoda he can’t stand by why the Imperial remnant takes the child. So the plan changes: Kuiil takes lil’ Yoda back to the ship while Carga, Mando (who is handcuffed) and Cara head to the Empire with an empty crib.

They meet up with The Client, who is revealed to only be the middle man. Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) shows up with a squad of Death Troopers and kills The Client and all of his Stormtrooper guards. He then says that the Mandalorian has something he wants (lil’ Yoda).

Stormtroopers on speeders are able to catch Kuiil before he is able to reach cover inside the Razorcrest. They appear to have killed him and lil’ Yoda is captured by the Empire.

My thoughts: This is probably the most plot driven episode of show. Deborah Chow directs again (she directed episode 3, which was also a very plot driven episode when compared to the others). I was glad to see that some of the characters featured early in the series came back again. I was starting to think that maybe they wouldn’t be back.

Looks like Kuiil is dead, but I do hope that he’s not. He quickly establishes himself as an awesome Star Wars character and its a shame he died before we could get more information about him. His little speech about droids is a great exchange. Its also a bit of a shame if that ends up being the end for Werner Herzog. What a fucking amazing actor he is. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but this guy should be acting in half a dozen projects a year.

I like the quick rapport that Mando and Cara have. I really hope they don’t try to work a romance into their relationship though. That would be sort of generic.

Moff Gideon says the following line towards the end of the episode.

“You may think you have some idea what you are in possession of, but you do not. In a few moments, it will be mine. It means more to me than you will ever know.”

We may finally learn what the Empire actually wants lil’ Yoda for. Personally I think this show is leading to an impressive display of the Force from Baby Yoda. I wouldn’t be surprised if lil’ Yoda ends up saving Mando and friends and not the other way around. Just a guess.

Regardless it looks like we’re headed towards an explosive ending for this show. The finale lands next Friday.