The director of episode 4, entitled “The Siege”, is Carl Weathers, who also plays the charming boss of the bounty hunter Griff Karga. Written by series creator John Favreau, he sees Mando (Pedro Pascal) stop for repairs while wearing(also known as the Child) to find former Jedi .
Let’s enter SPOILER city.
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Mando returns to Nevaro, the world of outer rims we have come to know. Since we left, the Rebel Alliance soldier, turned into a mercenary, Kara Dune (Gina Carano), has been administering justice as a Karga executor as he tries to turn the place into an honorable trading post.
Mitrol (Horatio Sanz),we saw Mando collect, is Karga’s accountant while he pays off his debt. It turns out that he ran away after getting involved in some “creative accounting” – he probably stole money from Karga. What now.
While the Razor Crest is being repaired, Mando joins them in the demolition of the Imperial Remnant base, the final step in ensuring Nevarro’s safety. The action in this episode is deadly – watching them sneak and shoot around the base and pull out TIE fighters, evokes images ofwhile the pursuit of motorcyclists reflects the Return of the Jedi.
In a deeper context, the useful Imperial Troop Transport that Cara, Karga and Mythrol use to escape is based on a 1979 Kenner toy – the first not to appear in one of the films. He appeared regularly in CGI animated seriesand in season 1 of this show, but this is the first time he gets the spotlight in live action.
Chlori mussels for baby Yoda
Based on that, our characters are horrified at the sight of some twisted creatures in test tubes – creatures that look like the Supreme Leader of the First Order Snook and the clones seenof Exegol in .
A holographic message from Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) to Moff Gideon reveals exactly why they want Baby Yoda. They tried to usefrom the strong little one to reproduce his powers in others, but obviously it didn’t turn out so well.
“There were promising results for two whole weeks, but unfortunately the body rejected the blood,” Pershing said. “I strongly doubt we will still find a donor with a higher number of M.”
He refers to the midichlorial number of Baby Yoda, a concept introduced inwhich makes many Star Wars fans grit their teeth because it brought a scientific element to the Force (which until now had been mystical). Midichlorians are microscopic life forms in the cells of living things – the number of midichlorians in an individual determines his ability to use the Force and can be determined by a blood test.
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Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) ostensibly tries to create strong beings with the power of Baby Yoda’s blood, but it is not clear whether he does this for his own purposes, consciously works with the reborn Palpatine or unconsciously carries out the emperor’s hidden order. My money is for the third option – we know fromthat Palpatine has difficulty creating strong branches for his mind to live.
It is likely that the experiments that Gideon is observing will lead to the creation of Supreme Leader Snook, the distorted, powerful being who will lead the First Order – which is actually the Empire – as a replacement for Palpatine about 20 years after the show’s events (takes place 30 years after the Return of the Jedi).
New Republic captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) apparently followed the razor’s comb after saving Mando and Baby Yoda from a spider’s death. He appears on Nevaro, looking for the ship, but Karga says nothing.
Teva also appealed to Kara’s sense of duty, asking her to assist the New Republic in guarding the outer margin. We also learn that Kara lost “everyone” when the Empire destroyed Alderaan, her home world.
“Something is happening here. They don’t believe in the Basic Worlds, but it’s true,” he said, referring toominous activities of the imperial remnant.
In a shot that directly refers to the opening of the New Hope, we headed for the cruiser Imperial. One of the mechanics who repaired the Razor Crest also planted a tracker on the ship (again as “New Hope” because in 1977) and Gideon returned in the footsteps of Mando and Baby Yoda. This is likely to cause them problems soon.
Baby Yoda sweetness
The little boy gets some delightful character development here, along with some moments that can be remembered. In the opening of Razor Crest, he tries to help Mando with the repairs and seems relatively good at it – I blame Mando for mixing wires. He also tries to sneak a look at Mando’s face as they sip their drinks together.
It’s also great to see him go to school and use the Force to steal a child’s space pasta (that kid had to learn to share). We see him using his powers for the first time this season, but the reminder was clearly in sync with the revelation about the nature of Gideon’s experiments.
He also eats too much space pasta before Mando pulls out his fantastic flying maneuvers to take off his ties and get a car disease. We’ve all been there! Expect to see “Baby Yoda puking blue” GIFs forever.
- A protocol droid teaches in class and reminds us of the spinning world of the capital of the New Republic – he is currently in Chandrila, the birthplace of the former leader of the rebel alliance (and current chancellor) Mont Motma. (She uttered the immortal line “Many nerds died …” in “Return of the Jedi.”)
- During The Force Awakens, the capital will be Hosnian Prime, which was destroyed by the Starkiller base.
- “I still can’t see with my left eye.” Mythrol apparently suffers from hibernation after freezing in carbonite. Khan Solo had suffered similarly in the Return of the Jedi and could not see for a while – he still succeeded still.
- The music that plays while our characters examine the imperial tubes is a bit like Snook’s theme from The Force Awakens and Palpatine’s Teachings from Revenge of the Sith, which suggests a connection.
- In the final moments of the episode, Gideon seems to be in a room containing unprecedented imperial armor. It is difficult to understand the details of this armor, but we will probably see it in action soon.
Join us for more Easter eggs and observations next Friday, after thatof Mandalorian Season 2 falls into Disney Plus.