About this episode
– Episode 8 (of 8), ‘Chapter 16: The Rescue’
– Written by Jon Favreau
– Directed by Peyton Reed
Spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 observe.
Slave I pursues a Lambda Class Imperial shuttle – Dr Pershing is on board. Boba Fett disables the craft with an ion canon, and calls for that they decrease their shields, disable their transponders and put together for boarding. Slave I attaches itself to the shuttle and The Mandalorian enters the cockpit.
One of the officers says, “Before you make a mistake, this is Dr Pershing.” The Mando says they’ve met and asks if Grogu is alive – Pershing confirms the child is on the cruiser. The co-pilot factors a gun at Pershing as Cara Dune enters the cockpit. The pilot tries to cut price, so the co-pilot shoots him within the again.
Cara tells the Imperial to drop his weapon, however he refuses, saying Pershing is a top-tier goal of the New Republic, a clone engineer, and in the event that they discover out he’s lifeless due to you, “you’re gonna wish you never left Alderaan”. He says he noticed Alderaan destroyed, that he was on the Death Star.
“Which one?” asks Cara.
“You think you’re funny? You know how many millions were killed on those bases? Destroying your planet was a small price to pay to rid the galaxy of terrorism.”
Cara shoots him earlier than he can say something extra.
Slave I lands on an industrial world, the place Mando and Boba Fett stroll right into a cantina. Mandalorians Bo-Katan Kryze and Koska Reeves are having a drink when Mando asks for his or her assist. Bo-Katan says that not all Mandalorians are bounty hunters, so Mando tells them Moff Gideon has taken the Child. Bo-Katan says they’ll by no means discover him.
Fett says they don’t want the 2 Mandalorians’ help. “You are not a Mandalorian,” says Bo-Katan. “Never said I was,” says Fett, squaring as much as Koska. Mando says they’ve Gideon’s co-ordinates, and that his gentle cruiser might be useful within the effort to regain Mandalore. Fett questions that transfer, saying the Empire turned the planet to “glass”.
“You are a disgrace to your armor,” says Bo-Katan. Fett counters that the armor belonged to his father.
“Don’t you mean your donor? You are a clone. I’ve heard your voice thousands of times.”
Koska and Fett struggle within the bar till Bo-Katan stops them. She says she’ll assist in the mission taking the sunshine cruiser in trade – and asks that Mando be a part of their struggle to reclaim Mandalore if he completes his mission to seek out Grogu. She additionally tells him of her intention to kill Gideon and reclaim the darksaber that’s an emblem of Mandalorian management.
Back on the ship, they plan the mission. Pershing tells them there’s a garrison of Dark Troopers on board. He confirms that these new mannequin troopers are droids – “the human inside was the final weakness to be solved”. They’re held in chilly storage in a cargo bay as a result of they drain a lot energy – that means they’ll take a couple of minutes to activate. Pershing additionally reveals that Grogu is being held within the bridge underneath armed guard.
Bo-Katan suggests they cut up into two events – although Mando insists he’s going alone. In the primary a part of her plan, the Imperial shuttle will challenge a misery name; then they’ll make an emergency touchdown within the mouth of the fighter launch tube, to cease any extra ships taking off. Then, she, Koska, Fennec Shand and Cara will make their manner via the decks as a diversion, offering time for Mando to seek out Grogu. On the best way, Mando will use an Imperial code cylinder to seal off the Dark Troopers’ holding bay. When the mission is full they’ll meet on the bridge.
In hyperspace, Bo-Katan reiterates that Moff Gideon is hers, however Cara counters that he’s ex-Imperial Security Bureau and has numerous info – she wants him alive. “I don’t care what happens to him as long as he surrenders to me,” explains Bo-Katan.
They exit hyperspace with Slave I firing on the shuttle. Bo-Katan requests permission for emergency docking, so Gideon orders the launch of TIE Fighters to assault Slave I. The cruiser’s comms officer orders that the shuttle stays away from the launch tube to permit the fighters to launch. They ignore the order and crash land In the launch tube, stopping the dispatch of additional TIEs. Boba Fett destroys the remaining TIEs and jumps into hyperspace.
Gideon sees the group advancing via the ship, so orders the activation of the Dark Troopers. With the hangar bay clear, Mando leaves the shuttle. The others battle previous quite a few Stormtroopers on their strategy to the bridge.
The Dark Troopers end their activation sequence. Mando arrives at their hangar bay simply in time to see the doorways open. He makes use of the code cylinder to shut it, however it’s too late to cease one of many Dark Troopers getting via. The Trooper pummels his armor because the others attempt to bash their manner out of the hangar bay. It’s impervious to all of Mando’s weaponry – presumably it’s additionally manufactured from beskar – and it’s solely when he stabs the droid via the top along with his beskar spear that he’s victorious. Mando opens an airlock to ship the remaining Dark Troopers floating into area.
Bo-Katan, Fennec, Koska and Cara take the bridge and disable the ship’s weapons. Mando reaches Grogu’s cell, the place Moff Gideon is ready for him, the darksaber ignited and hovering over Grogu’s head. Gideon tells Mando to drop his blaster.
He says the weapon used to belong to Bo-Katan and that it’s secure to imagine he is aware of every part – together with the actual fact Mando’s wrist launcher has fired its one and solely salvo. Gideon assumes that Bo-Katan and her boarding social gathering have arrived on the bridge on the lookout for him, and/or the darksaber, and that everybody on the bridge is lifeless. He says that Bo-Katan needs the blade as a result of whoever wields it has the precise to the Mandalorian throne.
Mando says that all he needs is the child – Gideon can preserve the ’saber for all he cares. Gideon switches off the blade. He says that he has what he wanted – to check the child’s blood – and that Grogu’s powers have the potential to deliver order again to the galaxy. “I see your bond with him. Take him, but you will leave my ship immediately and we will go our separate ways.”
As Gideon turns to depart, he ignites the darksaber and assaults Mando. They duel, with Mando utilizing the beskar spear. Mando finally overpowers Gideon. “You’re sparing my life?” says Gideon. “Well, this should be interesting…”
Mando and Grogu arrive on the bridge with Gideon – Mando is carrying the darksaber. Bo-Katan asks what occurred. “He brought him in alive, that’s what happened,” says Cara, “and now the New Republic’s gonna have to double the payment.”
Gideon says that’s not what she’s speaking about. He explains that the darksaber is now Mando’s. He tries to present it to Bo-Katan, however Gideon explains that she will be able to’t take it from him as a result of it needs to be gained – to wield the darksaber once more, she must defeat Mando in fight. Mando says he yields, however Gideon says it doesn’t work that manner – she will be able to’t take the throne with out it. Bo-Katan confirms his declare.
The ship is being boarded – no lifeforms seem on the scanners, as a result of it’s a platoon of Dark Troopers touchdown on the deck. As they put together for the assault, Gideon spots a blaster on the ground and takes it. Grogu sits on the ground, seemingly communing with the Force.
They shut the blast doorways to guard themselves, so the Dark Troopers begin pummeling the doorways. Gideon taunts them that very shortly, everybody within the room will likely be lifeless apart from him and Grogu.
Then, a lone X-wing finds its strategy to the cruiser’s touchdown bay…
The pounding on the door stops. A hooded determine seems on the safety digicam. It’s a Jedi. He’s carrying a inexperienced lightsaber and wears a black glove on one hand. It’s clearly Luke Skywalker. He eliminates all of the Dark Troopers in his path.
Realizing the sport is up, Moff Gideon assaults Bo-Katan with the blaster, however is stopped by Cara and Fennec. He tries to shoot himself within the head, however Cara knocks the blaster out of his hand earlier than he can fireplace. Grogu watches Luke on the digicam, craving for his fellow Force wielder.
The remaining Dark Troopers transfer to intercept Luke earlier than he emerges from an elevator, however he makes brief work of them. Mando spots Grogu’s connection to Luke, and opens the blast doorways – regardless of the skepticism of his companions.
Luke deactivates his lightsaber and removes his hood. He confirms that he’s a Jedi and beckons to Grogu. Mando says the child doesn’t wish to go along with Luke, so Luke tells him he needs Mando’s permission. “He is strong with the Force but talent without training is nothing,” Skywalker explains. “I will give my life to protect the child but he will not be safe until he masters his abilities.”
Mando picks up Grogu and tells him Luke is one among his type, and guarantees he’ll see him once more. Grogu gestures in the direction of his helmet, which he removes, permitting Grogu to see his face for the primary time. “It’s time to go,” says Mando. “Don’t be afraid.”
Grogu hugs Mando’s leg and walks in the direction of Luke as R2-D2 arrives. There’s a nod of acknowledgement between Luke and Mando, earlier than Luke picks up Grogu. “May the Force be with you,” he says, earlier than strolling away. Mando appears to be like on tearfully.
Some time later, at Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, Bib Fortuna – Jabba’s former grasp of ceremonies – sits on a throne. Gamorrean guards and different hangers on are killed by a mysterious determine – it’s Fennec Shand. She frees Fortuna’s dancer from her chains, as Boba Fett walks into the throne room. “Boba, I thought you were dead,” says Fortuna. “I am so glad to see you. I had heard many rumors.”
He says no extra, nonetheless, as a result of Fett shoots him lifeless and takes Jabba’s throne, Fennec Shand at his facet.
THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 RECAPS
‘The Rescue’ might be destined to turn out to be essentially the most talked about episode of any tv present ever. Normally the return of a personality as iconic as R2-D2 would make headlines, however right here the information of the astromech’s Mandalorian debut is relegated to a mere footnote. This is every part you may need from Star Wars, 45 minutes of TV as highly effective as any film from that galaxy far, distant. Indeed, the episode wouldn’t really feel misplaced on the big display, such is the ambition on show in each body.
Two seasons in, reassembling Mando’s allies for a big shoot out has already turn out to be a trope, however Bo-Katan, Koska Reeves, Fennec Shand, Cara Dune and Boba Fett all have a significant half to play in rescuing Baby Yoda from the Empire’s clutches. (It’s an essential, and welcome, improvement for the Star Wars universe that all of Mando’s allies preventing via the Imperial cruiser are feminine.)
Giancarlo Esposito, in the meantime, makes positive that Moff Gideon is worthy of a spot among the many franchise’s nice villains, as the previous ISB agent tries to govern his manner out of a no-win situation. Even in New Republic custody, he’s going to stay a harmful proposition.
The motion is magnificent all through – Slave I’s assault on an Imperial shuttle makes for an exceptional chilly open – however ‘The Rescue’ saves its actually big weapons for the top. When a lone X-Wing lands the Imperial cruiser’s hangar bay, it’s not totally clear who’s going to emerge, however the sluggish reveal of Luke Skywalker is completely good, and the final word Star Wars Christmas current. This is the primary time we’ve ever seen Luke on the top of his powers, and there are many visible echoes of Darth Vader’s assault on the Rebel blockade runner in Rogue One.
In phrases of the season’s arc, it is smart that Luke ought to be the one who communed with Grogu again on Tython, and he’s clearly the perfect custodian for the child. That doesn’t make Mando and Grogu’s farewell any simpler to look at, nonetheless, and their farewell – full with Mando lastly revealing his face to his surrogate son – will give most viewers a bit one thing of their eye. We’re fairly positive we even noticed a tear from Mando.
It looks like The Mandalorian’s first main story arc is now over, and we’re intrigued to see how the present evolves with out its central double act.
Even if the episode had ended there we’d have been happy, however ‘The Rescue’ saved its largest reveal for the top. Boba Fett’s return to Jabba’s Palace might simply have been a enjoyable coda to an excellent story. Then that title card seems saying that The Book Of Boba Fett is coming in December 2021. Has there ever been a greater strategy to announce a brand new TV present? Revealing all these new collection on the Disney Investor Conference now feels a really very long time in the past.
Force the info
- When the Imperial co-pilot transporting Dr Pershing mentions the hundreds of thousands of people that misplaced their lives on the Death Stars, it looks like a nod to Kevin Smith’s Clerks, the place Randal contemplated the destiny of the development staff.
- Axe Woves, the third member of Bo-Katan’s Mandalorian crew, is surprisingly absent from this episode. Wonder what he’s been as much as…
- Inconsistency alert! This episode makes it very clear that Mando can’t merely give the darksaber to Bo-Katan – she has to win it in fight. In Star Wars Rebels season 4 episode ‘Heroes of Mandalore, Part 2’, nonetheless, Sabine Wren fingers the ’saber on to Bo-Katan, who willingly accepts. “It came to me so I could pass it to you,” Sabine says.
- Luke is utilizing the inexperienced lightsaber he carried in Return of the Jedi, not his outdated blue lightsaber that got here into Rey’s possession in The Force Awakens. That blue ‘saber was lost during the duel with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.
- The episode abandons the usual concept art on the end credits in favor of plain black. It’s in line with the unhappy tone of these last scenes – with all that emotion, we’re unsure we might have appreciated the gorgeous footage!
- We’d assumed Bib Fortuna died when Jabba’s sail barge exploded in Return of the Jedi, however the Twi’lek MC clearly survived to take management of his late boss’s legal empire. While he was portrayed by Michael Carter within the unique trilogy, he’s performed right here by Matthew Wood, who voiced General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith.
- If we’re not mistaken, one among Fortuna’s Huttese strains is “maclunky”, a phrase George Lucas controversially added to Greedo’s dialogue within the newest iteration of A New Hope.
- The Book Of Boba Fett is the third Mandalorian spin-off – the others are Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.
- Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who performed Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, handed away on December 17, so it looks like a becoming tribute that The Book of Boba Fett was introduced the next day.
Every episode of The Mandalorian is offered to view now on Disney Plus.