Let's get the elephant out of the room from the get-go. According to the end credits, that pilot was indeed Zeb. Too cool. Very nice tie-in and possible lead-in for the Ashoka tv series. Also noticed Misty Rosas pulling double duty as the Bartender at the Rebel Base that felt like "China Beach" and as the Pirate Coxswain assisting the main pirate guy. Also at the bar, blink and you'll miss it; reprising their roles is Dave Filoni as Trapper Wolf, Rick Famuyiwa as Jib Dodger, and Deborah Chow as Sash Ketter.
Really liked this episode. I've enjoyed the gradual grudging respect that Din Djarin and Bo Katan has earned from Paz Vizsla. Seeing the Covert Mando's actually moving through the streets like a proper Mandalorian unit was good to see. It felt a little more like Bo Katan's unit, when they took the Imperial Gozanti Cruiser in the second season; more organized and professional soldiering. I never get tired of seeing Paz Vizsla using "Old Painless" to mow down a bunch of baddies.
For a minute, down at the forge, I was honestly expecting the Armorer to remove her helmet, as well. I was thinking, this might be the episode they're all allowed to finally remove their buckets. Guess not. It was still pretty cool. I still think the Armorer has met or associated with Bo Katan or her family before. If she's not Rook Kast, I'm wondering if she might be part of Clan Kryze in some manner. At least now, Navarro can finally stay independent from the New Republic.
I'm wondering if the beskar found on the destroyed Imp shuttle was from a Dark Trooper? I know in old canon, the Dark Troopers armor was made out of the lightsaber resistant metal Phrik. However, since they've changed up a lot with the newer canon, I wouldn't put it past them to have some of them made out of Beskar. After nuking the entire planet of Mandalore, I wouldn't think there would be ANY Mandalorian who would willingly work for Moff Gideon. However, it'd be interesting to see if any more of Clan Saxon show up and are assisting him with what's left of the Imperial Super Commandos. Maybe even Rook Kast?
I think I have to give this one a 4/5 stars. Not too shabby.
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