The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Child of the Watch

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The Mandalorian season 2 produced the most substantial episode of the new season with episode 3 — titled Chapter 11: The Heiress — as it not only gave us the thrills that we’ve come to expect from the Star Wars series, but also expanded on its lore. We now realize that our titular protagonist (Pedro Pascal) belongs to an off-shoot cult of Mandalorian society called the Watch, whose members would probably scream “Make Mandalore great again” whether they lived in our world. The information puts a new spin on Mando’s oft-used line, “This is the way”, which now reads like a brainwashing tactic, somewhat than just an affirmation of values.

But before Mando’s philosophy and upbringing used to be called into question, Chapter 11: The Heiress — directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (who also directed Chapter 4: Sanctuary) and written by Jon Favreau — gave us some bits of humour. Even with the assistance of Frog Lady (Misty Rosas), the Mando struggled to land his severely-damaged ship Razor Crest on the estuary moon of Trask. And just when Mando thought he had everything until regulate, the Razor Crest falls sideways into water. Naughty Razor Crest, nothing has been more badly treated in The Mandalorian season 2. The Mando asks a Trask dock worker whether he can fix it, to which he flatly replies no as the camera pans to disclose the horrid state it’s in.

Humour gave way to a couple tenderness on The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 as Frog Lady is in any case reunited with her husband, Frog Man (John Cameron). I’m certain they’ve actual names but the show doesn’t bother to supply them, so we’re stuck the use of these. For what it’s worth, this is slightly maybe the final we will be able to see of them this season. Their previous few on-screen moments are slightly candy, further marked by a literal change of tune from The Mandalorian composer Ludwig Göransson, who ditches his usual bombastic score to lend some warmth to the scene. Baby Yoda might have consumed many of her eggs, and he is still hungry — someone feed him please — but Frog Lady’s circle of relatives line will continue, thankfully.

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Frog Man, Baby Yoda, Frog Lady and one of her babies in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3
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Speaking of feeding Baby Yoda, the Mando takes him to a native Trask diner to do just that, where he is told by the Frog Man he’s going to find information on the other Mandalorians he is been in search of. Baby Yoda’s food turns out to be alive and that surprises him, but Mando is not bothered and tells him to stop playing with his food. The server finds a man who can help Mando, a guy called Quarren whose face looks like an octopus, and the two set out to sail after Quarren says he is seen some Mandalorians two hours absent by boat. Aside from it is a ruse to steal Mando’s beskar, something everyone seems to have an eye on, which isn’t surprising provided the price it fetches.

Quarren flings Baby Yoda into the water where a giant sea animal is able to gobble him up, though Baby Yoda has the presence of brain to close himself in his case before he is swallowed whole. Naturally, Mando jumps in after him, which is precisely what Quarren and his men were hoping for. They shut the steal gates and check out to drown him. Thankfully for Mando, the other Mandalorians he has been in search of show up out of the blue (sky) and rescue both Baby Yoda and him. Baby Yoda’s shell is mostly destroyed though, and Mando will want to find a new floating home for the green critter, but no less than he is still alive. And that’s the reason more than you’ll be able to say for Quarren and his men.

Finding other Mandalorians is what Mando has been working towards since the start of The Mandalorian season 2, and the moment has in any case arrived, having nearly died almost half a dozen times along the way. But the assembly takes a very different turn after the three new Mandalorians take off their helmets. This goes against everything our Mando has been told — there’s even a reminder of this fact in the episode’s “prior to now on” recap — and he reacts precisely how you would expect him to, telling them that anybody who takes to the air their helmet is not a real Mandalorian.

Star Wars fans who have seen The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels — the two lively series are set between Episode II and Episode IV, while The Mandalorian takes place after Episode VI — would have likely recognised the armour of our new heroic Mandalorians. Bo-Katan Kryze has been involved in the two aforementioned lively series, and her teammates are Koska Reeves and Axe Woves. This is the first Star Wars appearance for the latter duo.

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Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3
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In response, their leader Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) reveals she used to be not only born on Mandalore but also fought in the Purge. And the armour she’s sporting has been a part of her circle of relatives for three generations. Whether anything, she’s more Mandalorian than Mando himself, she seems to propose. But it’s what she says after that changes everything we’ve been told approximately “the Mandalorian way”. The Mando is a Child of the Watch, a cult of devout zealots that broke absent from Mandalorian society with the goal of re-establishing “the ancient way”. Mando is taken aback, declares there’s only one way, and promptly flies absent.

But after he runs into trouble again at night on the harbour with some of Quarren’s brothers, and needs rescuing again by Bo-Katan and Co., Mando concurs to take a seat down with them for a drink. Bo-Katan tells him that Trask is a black-market port where people are making money out of selling things plundered from Mandalore. Bo-Katan is attempting to take back their home planet — which Mando believes is cursed, but you’ll be able to’t precisely accept as true with what he is been told anymore — and she needs weapons to take action. Mando says that is not his mission, needs to find the Jedi. Bo-Katan says she knows one but first, he has to help them with a mission of their own: take on an Imperial Gozanti freighter.

The four — Mando, Bo-Katan, Koska, and Axe — make short work of the Stormtroopers on board the freighter. Bo-Katan’s crew are highly efficient, Mando appears to be nearly taken aback by how little he is having to do, though he is ready to display his bravado and the strength of his beskar armour as he charges into a bunch of Stormtroopers that have them pinned down at a moment of need. Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) appears via hologram to instruct his officer (Titus Welliver) to sacrifice himself for the greater good, with the intention to prevent the weapons from falling into the Mandalorians’ hands, but Mando and the others get there in time to stop him from crashing into the water.

Titus Welliver in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3
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It’s then that Bo-Katan reveals what she’s really after. She asks the commander (Welliver) to tell her who has the Darksaber is in exchange for his life, but he kills himself knowing that Moff Gideon would never let him live whether he revealed that. Though The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 is never explicit approximately the connection, the Darksaber belonged to Mandalorians as it used to be created by the first Mandalorian that used to be inducted into the Jedi Order. As such, Bo-Katan is the heiress to the Darksaber, and is the reason the title of The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3.

Bo-Katan asks Mando to stay but he says he should continue on his mission. And as promised, for his help, Bo-Katan tells him where to find a Jedi: the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus. These aren’t places we’ve heard of ever in the Star Wars universe, but we have heard of the name that Bo-Katan utters the moment after. The Jedi is known as Ashoka Tano, the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker and one of the most protagonists of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Disney had been closely guarding the reveal, although her presence had been first reported back in March, with Rosario Dawson said to be cast to play her live-action version.

We will’t wait for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4. Expectantly, it would possibly not retain us waiting find it irresistible’s done with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison, who hasn’t been seen since the end of episode 1. And possibly we will be able to also catch another glimpse of the mysterious hooded character played by WWE wrestler Sasha Banks — she’s credited under her real name Mercedes Varnado — who used to be very briefly seen at the harbour on Trask.

The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 “Chapter 11: The Heiress” is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever to be had. New episodes release Fridays around 1:30pm IST.

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