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THE MANDALORIAN Makes a Run for It in a Spectacular Third Episode

*Note: This post contains spoilers for the third episode of The Mandalorian, “The Sin.”

Hey there, everyone! Bryan here again with my rundown of the third chapter in our new favorite show, The Mandalorian, titled “The Sin.”

This is the way.

We pick up right where we left off with our Mandalorian lead flying back to collect his bounty with Baby Yoda in tow. Another heart warming moment between the two characters sees Baby Yoda removing the ball knob from a lever on the Mandalorian’s ship console. The Mandalorian scolds Baby Yoda: “It’s not a toy!”

The Mandalorian returns to The Client (Werner Herzog) and receives his lucrative payment of Beskar metal. Here is where it becomes obvious that Baby Yoda has worked his way under the Mandalorian’s armor as he asks the client: “What are you going to do with him?”

The Mandalorian returns to his tribe, and the Armorer–who seems to stand as the Matriarchal leader–begins her plans to create a new suit of armor for our hero. This scene is, in my opinion, the most important scene in the series so far. It does more than just give us insight into the character himself, but into the society in which he lives.

The Mandalorians in this tribe remain underground, keeping their existence a secret while he takes on the public perception as the lone Mandalorian that many have seen. The other Mandalorians, well just one,  are not happy about having to live underground. We find out that walking the way of the Mandalore “Makes one both hunter and prey.” And with our hero,  This is the Way.

I also give credit to Favreau in doing his research again; a Mandalorian never removes their armor. To remove their helmet on their own, or by another, is an insult and is great shame.

This is the way.

The Mandalorian has his damaged armor replaced in full with Beskar, now making him even more of a target in the world. He then returns to Greef “Creed, Jackson, Peterson” Karga (Carl Weathers) for another job. Before he leaves he asks Karga if he knows what’ll happen to Baby Yoda, to which he’s told “I didn’t ask. It’s against the Guild Code”.

When The Mandalorian arrives back to his ship, he noticed that he never put the knob back on his lever. His conscience gets the better of him, and he goes back for Baby Yoda.

This is where we see our Mandalorian at his bad ass best. He tricks the Client’s stormtroopers in some very impressive ways, gets into the compound and rescues Baby Yoda who we find out was in some serious danger. Thankfully, the military doctor working with the Client has a heart and protected our cute little Force user.

From here, the action intensifies. We see that all of the bounty hunters are notified that the target is active again, and soon, The Mandalorian is surrounded by members of the Bounty Hunter Guild.

Even when he is surrounded, he continues his ass-kicking awesomeness until he’s pinned down. It looks like Karga is going to get the win Until…the awesomeness of the Mandalorian race is revealed. You mess with one? Your ass is grass because they’re all coming!

This episode concludes with The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda blasting off. This time, when baby Yoda reaches for his favorite toy on the ship–the ball on the end of the lever from the beginning of the episode–the Mandalorian gives it to him.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the feeling of the Outer Rim being this lawless Wild West where anything goes. It is so impossible for me to find anything to complain about in this series. I can’t even complain about the run-time because everything feels just perfect.

Pedro Pascal, once again, makes this whole thing come together with an outstanding screen presence that transcends being covered from head to toe at all times.

This episode is the best of the series so far. Entries like this are propelling the series in the fandom toward legendary status. It remains to be seen if it can rival the best of the films, but right now, it feels like it could. Kudos to our director, Deborah Chow and our writer Jon Favreau. Favreau and Chow made the most out of the run-time. All during Thanksgiving Dinner, I will be counting down the minutes until Chapter 4 releases.

The Mandalorian streams exclusively on Disney+ and streams new episodes on Fridays.

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