We’ve arrived at the estuary planet of Trask in The Mandalorian S2E3! After the incident with the krykna last episode, we pick up right where we left off. Although shorter than the last two episodes, “The Heiress” introduces us to a key character from The Clone Wars and sets up the main story for the season. I have to wonder why this wasn’t the starting point of Season Two, but regardless, I am glad that we’re finally here.

After nearly crashing onto the Trask landing pad, Frog Lady is finally reunited with her Frog Man. I’m going to need some kind of holiday short series about the Frog Parents because these two deserve everything and must be protected. Give me the holiday special where Frog Mom and Dad take care of Baby Yoda and their new spawn together! Give this to me, Disney!

Mando leaves the Razor Crest with the Mon Calamari dock worker, giving him a thousand credits to try and fix the ship. But honestly, at this point that money needs to go toward a new ship. We love the Razor Crest, but its time has passed. Frog Man directs him toward an inn where Mando (finally) feeds the Child and meets some Quarren fishermen who agree to lead him to some other Mandalorians. In the shadows, we see Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks credited as Mercedes Varnado) watching on.

Mandalorian S2E3
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Din, we need to talk about your vetting process. The trust given to these Quarren fishermen is shocking. Yes, you are a Mandalorian and can handle yourself in most situations. But what about the Child!? Surprising no one, the Quarrens turn on Mando and knock Baby Yoda into the mouth of the giant Mamacore and shove Mando into the water. Thankfully, help arrives in the form of Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides), and Koska Reeves.

For fans of The Clone Wars and Rebels, Bo-Katan is a familiar sight. The sister of Duchess Satine of Mandalore, Bo-Katan has a colorful past as a Mandalorian. She’s been a member of Death Watch (an extreme terrorist group lead by Pre Vizla) and the Mand’alor (the sole leader of the Mandalorian people). She’s come into contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Darth Maul. In The Mandalorian S2E3, she is on the search for the Darksaber, which we saw Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) wield in the season 1 finale.

Although Mando is immediately dubious of her when she removes her helmet, Bo-Katan recognizes his beliefs as those of The Watch, a cult of religious zealots that broke away from Mandlorian society with the goal to re-establish the ancient way. As a previous member of Death Watch, Bo-Katan is more familiar with The Watch than other outsiders. This episode feels like the continuation of Mando’s de-radicalization. After seeng his stance change on droids last season, will we perhaps see his stance on The Way change this season?

Bo-Katan informs Mando that Trask is a black market port and there is an Imperial freighter full of weapons that were plundered from Mandalore that she wishes to comandeer. Bo-Katan’s goal is to retake the Mandalorian throne, and she will only give Mando a lead to the Jedi if he helps her with her mission.

Mandalorian S2E3
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Leaving the Child with the Frog Parents, Mando joins the team in their mission to take the Imperial Gozanti freighter. Surprising the crew, the captain (Titus Welliver) reaches out to the fleet and instead of regrouping with them, Moff Gideon orders him to take the ship down. Killing the pilot and officer, the captain begins to steer the freighter into the sea, but the troopers are no match for four Mandalorians. Taking the bridge, Bo-Katan confronts the captain, ordering him to take her to Gideon, but before anything can happen, he bites down on a suicide pill.

Having completed the mission, Bo-Katan honors her agreement with Mando and sends him to the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus. There, he can find… AHSOKA TANO! Although she still wants Mando to join them in the effort to take back Mandalore, Mando is loyal to his own quest. And now, he knows where to go. Picking up the Child, he gets into the jalopy of a Razor Crest and sets his coordinates for Calodan.

With main players from The Clone Wars and Rebels theorized to come into play in the future episodes, The Mandalorian S2E3 marks a significant turning point in the narrative. Will we see more Mandalorians come into contact with Din Djarin? With the Ghost Crew rumored to come, will we see Mando meet Sabine Wren as well?

Mandalorian S2E3
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1 COMMENT

  1. This season so far…
    – Boba Fett screen time : 6 seconds
    – Ahsoka Tano screen time : zero
    – darksaber screen time : zero
    – shameless fan-service-y name dropping and fleeting background Easter eggs : 14%
    – stormtroopers falling like dominos so hard that it’s not even funny any more : 22%
    – distracting and easily resolved side quests : 98.7%
    – obvious product placement (aka baby Yoda) 28%
    We all know where this is going, right? Just because this is more competently done than the latest SW movies (i.e. competently), doesn’t mean that the strings aren’t showing. Big time.
    This is to hardcore SW fans what Fabio book covers are to 35+ deluded single women.

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