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The Mandalorian: The Tragedy

“We're gonna find that place you belong, and they're gonna take real good care of you.”

Chapter Fourteen

Mando and Grogu head for the planet of Tython, searching for an ancient Jedi temple that can possibly summon a Jedi to train the young force user. There they encounter a pair of bounty hunters who have tracked them to this remote planet in search of the legendary armor of Boba Fett...

At only thirty-five minutes (including credits) this is the shortest episode this season, and the second shortest over the first two seasons. This lean, action-heavy episode had only sparse dialogue but also had some very major moments. The first is likely to have the biggest fan response, the official return of Boba Fett. Played by returning actor Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

This is a nice get for the series, because Temuera has the right presence for the character. This appearance confirms (at least for me) why Boba Fett has been such a fan favorite since the original trilogy. Although I have never understood the appeal, he really only had a couple of scenes and mostly just looked cool. He did have a couple of famous lines, but then died in a very silly way. Here you can see the rage and power of the character on full display. And I finally get it, he’s just as big of a badass as his fans always believed him to be.

Equally as impressive is Ming-Na as Fennec Shand (which is totally unsurprising as Ming-Na is always impressive). Her return after ‘dying’ in Episode 5 of season 1 was an interesting mirror to Boba Fett. Both of these characters were almost killed and left for dead on Tatooine. Both clearly deserved more, and honestly I couldn’t be happier to see her return like this. Plus the banter between Boba, Fennec and Mando was great.

The scene of the three of them working together to take down a few squads of Storm Troopers was very Star Wars, and made me smile at how bad the imperial soldiers are at basic stuff like taking cover and firing straight. Sure they have cool armor, but it clearly zaps away any actual skill out of their brains the moment they put their helmets on. Comedy aside, this was a fabulous action scene, even though it was pure fan-service.

Next in the line of importance is the loss of Grogu. Well, it is more important a development to the show itself, but less so when considering Star Wars as a whole. He was able to complete whatever the ritual was, but was then taken by Gideon’s dark troopers, who appear to be heavily armored droids with mean faces. This marks a major turning point in the series, as Mando’s mission has effectively failed. To top off the pain of losing Grogu, the Razor Crest is destroyed. It was a devastating and unexpected moment, and left things in a very dark place. Yet there is some hope, because both Boba Fett and Fennec have signed on to help recover Grogu.


The beskar spear and Grogu’s favorite metal ball survived the explosion.

Boba’s famous ship made an appearance. This hasn’t been officially confirmed but apparently Disney has decided to rename the ship from Slave 1 to Firespray because they don’t want the term “Slave” associated with one of their characters. This is curious because Firespray was previously the ship’s classification; a Firespray-31 class patrol and attack craft.

Cara Dune makes an appearance at the end of the episode, when Mando requests her help finding Mayfeld, who last appeared in Episode 6 of season 1 heading to a republic prison.

The scars on Boba’s face were telling; he survived the Sarlac pit but paid a heavy price during his escape.

Mando tried three times to pull Grogu from the ritual. You would think after the second time it threw him twenty feet he would get the hint.


Boba Fett: “I'm a simple man making his way through the galaxy. Like my father before me.”

Mando: “Nice shot.”
Boba Fett: “I was aiming for the other one.”

Boba Fett: “They're back.”
Fennec: “Who?”
Boba Fett: “The Empire.”

This was a good episode despite being short. It got straight to the point and then delivered exactly what the title suggested. This was a tragedy, but not necessarily a hopeless one.

3 1/2 out of 4 Inept Storm Troopers

Samantha M. Quinn spends most of her time in front of a computer typing away at one thing or another; when she has free time, she enjoys pretty much anything science fiction or fantasy-related.

1 comment:

  1. Not saying you are guilty of this by any means but i dont see why 'fan service' is almost starting to be looked down on nowadays like its something bad. Its nearly as important as representation and other political agendas that are being stuffed into everything now. I never really saw the hype with Boba Fett's character either but his fans sure where happy after this.


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