"And we back..."
The Mandalorian is back big time with an actual episode that advances the plot. No more side quests, we're digging right into the final two episodes like the first plate on Thanksgiving.
How long is this episode?
50 minutes? 60 minutes?
Nope, just a brief 40 minutes but there is not a second wasted.
Stunning visuals and action pieces throughout, director Deborah Chow has proven to the public why she was given the reigns of the upcoming Obi-Wan Disney+ series. This is an episode that will make gaze in wonder, dive into more mythology and scream for pure terror. "Chapter 3: The Sin" had the title of the best episode so far, but today, "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" has snatched that title like Aqib Talib snatched Michael Crabtree's chain.
The episode first starts off with Mando receiving a transmission from our friend Greef Karga (just in case you forgot, played by Carl Weathers). Karga needs Mando's help to get rid of the Client (Werner Herzog) and the imperial presence on his planet. Karga wants to use the Child as his bait to get close to the Client and kill him.
As soon as we hear that, we get a look from Mando to the Child. It's a look of concern, he loves the Child and wants to protect him. It's a fatherly move but also one that harkens back to his past. He was once that youngling all alone and Mando wants to break the cycle. He also knows that this situation is suspect and one that can end in betrayal for him. Mando isn't dumb, he's been around the block, but the prospect of the Client being gone and no more killers being sent after the Child is more important. He loves the Child and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect him. Mando is officially a dad now.
Before he sets out to help the Karga and the planet, he needs to form a crew to cover his ass for the possible double-cross. He flies back to Sorgan to recruit our friend Cara Dune and flies to Arvala-7 for our other friend Kuiil and an unexpected surprise. Essentially Mando reaches out to Kuiil to babysit the Child while he and Dune take on the Client. Kuiil suggests IG-11, the bounty hunt droid Mando killed in the first episode. Kuiil recovered the body from the compound site Mando shot IG-11 at.
Of course, our guy Mando hates droids and we already know why, but especially IG-11 after it attempted to kill the Child. Mando doesn't care that Kuiil reprogrammed it, he doesn't want it around the Child. Just some more ole fashioned fatherly protection oozing out of Mando. Kuiil eventually convinces him and tells Mando that he will join him and Dune in the battle while IG-11 watches the Child.
The way Kuiil explains his reprogramming of IG-11 is lowkey heartwarming. Forever within the Star Wars franchise, droids have been treated like trash, but the care Kuiil has for IG-11 is nice for a change. Kuiil programmed IG-11 and had to teach IG-11 how to function again, essentially like a child. Kuiil defended IG-11 to Mando to convince him that he deserved to be on this mission.
We are now flying back to the planet to meet Karga. Mando and Dune are having an arm-wrestling contest. The Child is watching this as Mando and Dune are locked in a stalemate. It is at this point, and I cannot stress the level of cuteness on his face, the Child begins to force-FUCKING-choke Dune because he senses her as a threat to Mando. This isn't a one-off thing either. He remembers the fight between Mando and Dune when they first made it to Sorgan.
The Child loves Mando. This is now the second time he has stepped in and used his force abilities to protect (or so he perceives) Mando. Mando is his father, and the Child is Mando's son. Kuiil, Mando, and Dune all talk about what just occurred and no one knows what to call it. This is a world where no one remembers the Jedi and the ways of the Force. Kuiil mentions this is the stuff of legends he heard while working for the Empire and is about expand further on this until he's interrupted by Dune.