Max departs on a whirlwind trip around the outer rim with Cara Dune and The Mandalorian in Bryce Dallas Howard’s Chapter 4
The Mandalorian is perhaps one of the best shows streaming right now. It evokes all the things Star Wars fans love about Star Wars. It has action; great storylines, great characters and a fantastic Wild West feel that George Lucas himself would be proud of. The first “arc” per se, has concluded and Chapter 4 shows the Mandalorian and his young companion as outlaws among outlaws, and they need to lie low for a while. They land on a sparsely populated forest world that is reminiscent of Galaxy’s Edge’s Batuu. It’s a nothing planet on the edge of civilization and the natives have two options: Work on a farm or get a bite to eat in a local pub – which is exactly what the Mandalorian does.
In the bar, the Mandalorian meets an ex-soldier-turned-mercenary by the name of Cara Dune played by the beautiful, Gina Carano. Dune is an excellent likeable character from when we first encounter and I must say; she is one of the few athletic women that I find attractive. She even further evokes the feel of a Western by basically telling the Mandalorian, that “this planet isn’t big enough for the two of us”. The main story is that a group of Klatooinian Raiders (the skiff guards from Jabba’s palace if you aren’t sure) are attacking a primitive village and the villagers beg the Mandalorian and Cara to help them drive them away. Mando is reluctant at first but eventually gives in and Cara and he “train” the villagers on how to fight and lay traps for the raiders and their scary AT-ST.
Yes, it’s just one walker, but as Mando points out; it’s more than enough to decimate the small group. Cara suggests they move because “it’s a big planet”, but the villagers don’t want to move. I get that it’s their ancestral land but come on. They literally have a whole PLANET to migrate around. Sometimes Star Wars writers forget the scope that they are working with. Planets are often treated like cities or lands and I’ll never forget Ezra Bridger saying in Season 4 of Rebels “I’ve lived on this planet my whole life and I don’t know where to go.” Well…… That’s equivalent of me being lost in China, and complaining that I can’t get back to New York. I also really love how the Mandalorian never removes his helmet. It’s in stark contrast to the Mando’s in Rebels who remove their helmets all the time, but I’m sure it can be retconned later in the future. He meets a young woman who shows a possible interest in him, but Mando like a robot; does not reciprocate. He is a broken man and his helmet never leaving his head in the company of others shows how he has isolated himself from organic society.
This episode may be shifting away from the heart quickening storyline of the first three episodes, but I feel it is just as good (in its own way) and I haven’t been this excited about Star Wars content, since, oh, 2005. I give Chapter 4 of this amazing “book”, 4 out of 5 Death Stars and I can’t wait to see where The Mandalorian goes next.
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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!