Episode 4 titled The Siege was directed by Carl Weathers, who also plays charming bounty hunter boss Greef Karga. Written by series creator Jon Favreau sees Mando (Pedro Pascal) stop for repairs while bringing(aka The Child) to find former Jedi .
Let’s get into SPOILER city.
The Marshal’s Road
Mando returns to Nevarro, the outer edge world we got to know. Since we left, Rebel Alliance soldier-turned-mercenary Cara Dune (Gina Carano) has handed out justice as Karga’s enforcer as he tries to turn the place into a respectable trading post.
Mythrol (Horatio Sanz), denwe saw Mando collect, is Karga’s accountant as he drives off his debt. It turns out that he went on the run after engaging in “creative accounting” – presumably stealing money from Karga. Oops.
While Razor Crest is being repaired, Mando joins them and destroys an Imperial Remnant base, the final step in making Nevarro safe. The plot of this episode is killer – watching them sneak around and shoot around the base and take TIE warriors forward evokes the image of, while the speeder bike hunt repeats Return of the Jedi.
In a deeper cut, the boxed Imperial Troop Transport, which Cara, Karga and Mythrol use to escape, is based on a 1979 Kenner toy – the first not shown in one of the films. It appeared regularly in CGI animated seriesand in season 1 of this show, but this is the first time it gets the spotlight in live action.
Baby Yodas midi chlorine
At the base, our heroes are horrified at the sight of some twisted creatures in test tubes – creatures resembling First Order Supreme Leader Snoke and the clones seenon Exegol i .
A holographic message from Dr Pershing (Omid Abtahi) to Moff Gideon reveals exactly why they want Baby Yoda. They tried to usefrom the powerful little guy to replicating his powers in others, but apparently it did not go so well.
“There were promising results for a full fourteen days, but unfortunately the body rejected the blood,” Pershing says. “I very much doubt we will find a donor with a higher M number.”
He refers to Baby Yoda’s midchlor number, a concept introduced init makes many Star Wars fans rub their teeth because it brought a scientific element to the force (which so far had been mysterious). Midi-chlorines are microscopic life forms in the cells of living beings – a person’s midi-chlorine count determines their ability to use force and can be determined through a blood test.
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Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) apparently tries to create powerful beings with Baby Yoda’s blood, but it is unclear whether he is doing this for his own purposes, consciously working the reborn Palpatine, or unconsciously performing the hidden emperor. My money is on the third option – we know thatthat Palpatine had difficulty making powerful clones in which his consciousness could live.
It is likely that the experiments that Gideon oversees will result in the creation of the Supreme Leader Snoke, the twisted, powerful creature who leads the first order – which is basically the empire – as Palpatine’s surrogate about 20 years after the events. in this show (takes place 30 years after the return of the Jedi).
‘The new era’
New Republic captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) apparently traces the razor after rescuing Mando and Baby Yoda from spider death. He shows up on Nevarro and searches for the ship, but Karga says nothing.
Teva also appeals to Cara’s sense of duty by asking her to help the New Republic police the outer edge. We also learn that Cara lost “everyone” when the empire destroyed Alderaan, her home world.
“Something’s going on out here. They do not believe in it in Core Worlds, but it is true,” he says, referring tosidious activities from the imperial remnant.
In a shot that directly refers to the opening of A New Hope, we cut to an imperial cruiser. One of the mechanics who repaired the Razor Crest also planted a tracker on the ship (again as A New Hope, because yay 1977) and Gideon is back on the trail of Mando and Baby Yoda. It will probably give problems their way soon.
Baby Yoda sweetness
The little guy gets a nice character development here along with some meme-standing moments. In the opening on Razor Crest, he tries to help Mando with repairs and seems reasonably good at it – I blame Mando for the wire mix. He also tries to sneak a look at Mando’s face as they sip their drinks together.
It’s also nice to see him go to school and use the force to steal a child’s room macaroni (that child should have learned to share). It’s the first time we’ve seen him use his powers this season, but the reminder was clearly aligned with the revelation of Gideon’s experiments.
He also eats too many space macaroni before Mando pulls his clever flying maneuvers to take the TIEs down and get car sick. We’ve all been there! Expect to see “Baby Yoda puking blue” GIFs forever.
- A protocol droid teaches the class and reminds us of the rotating capital world of the New Republic – it is currently on Chandrila, the home world of former Rebel Alliance leader (and current Chancellor) Mon Mothma. (She said the immortal line “Many Bothans died …” in the Jedi’s return.)
- At the time of The Force Awakens, the capital will be Hosnian Prime, which will be destroyed by Starkiller Base.
- “I still can’t see out of my left eye.” Mythrol apparently suffers from hibernation after being frozen in carbonite. He Solo was also hit by Return of the Jedi and temporarily could not see – he still managed , though.
- The music that plays when our heroes look at the Imperial test tubes is a bit like Snoke’s theme from The Force Awakens and Palpatine’s Teachings from Revenge of the Sith, suggesting a connection.
- In the final moments of the episode, Gideon appears to be in a room containing previously unseen imperial armor. It’s hard to figure out the details of this armor, but we’ll probably see it in action soon.
Join in several Easter eggs and sightings next Friday afterof The Mandalorian season 2 hits Disney Plus.