Pretty cool episode, except for the one glaringly obvious omission. I have to agree with the above sentiments. No Boba in the entire episode seems really, really short-sighted. This would've been a perfect first episode for Mando season 3. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the episode, but this wasn't a Boba Fett episode, at all. With that said, where do I begin. A pretty fun episode. So many references to so many franchises; HALO, Terminator, Mad Max: Thunderdome, Superman: the Movie (1978), just to name a few.
A "HALO" type ring world was pretty neat to see, although I would expect something like that orbiting one of the industrial planets like Kuat or Fondor, like in the old expanded universe stories. I was wondering if Paz Vizsla was going to try and take the Dark saber. Even with the mask on, his body language when he saw the saber told us he knew immediately what it was. It was too bad about the beskar spear. The whole "beskar is not for weapons, only armor" doesn't jive with me at all. The whole point of the beskad (Mandalorian swords) was that it was made from beskar. So, that statement made no sense, whatsoever. The flashback to the Mandalorian Purge was unexpected. Didn't realize the Empire destroyed the entire domed city of Sundari. The KX-series security and Viper class probe droids combing through the wreckage was very much a nod to the Terminator series. Kind of creepy to see a Star Wars version of it.
The scene where Din Djarin has to board the shuttle to Tatooine was kind of funny and reminded me of the scene from Mad Max: Thunderdome, where he has to disarm and he's pulling all these weapons out from everywhere to place in the bin. I was glad to see he's searching for a new ship, but one of those Naboo Starfighters doesn't seem like a good bounty Hunter ship, at all. There's really no place to put your bounties, unless you're going to strap them over the hood like an animal. When he was flying through Beggar's Canyon I was really hoping we'd finally see someone "thread the Stone Needle," since we heard so much about it before in other media. Oh well, maybe one day. The one funny moment was the little girl watching him fly by, waving, then speeding off. Reminded me of the scene in Superman: the Movie where Clark is running beside the train and the little girl sees him and reacts similarly. Adding the same Alliance pilot "pulling him over" again was funny. Even more-so, because he leaves him in the dust this time.
All in all, not a bad episode.....for a first episode of Mandalorian season 3. I feel like we got cheated out of a Boba Fett episode that could've moved the story forward. It was a pretty long episode, too. If they had shown all the Mando stuff in the first half, then him with Boba Fett content in the second half, after he landed on Tatooine, that would've been awesome. Boba and Fennec could've picked him up at the hangar bay and moved the story along while the mechanic finished putting the ship together.
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