After Episode 3, The Mandalorian is quickly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars products to come out of the Disney-era. In this episode, our new favorite bounty hunter returns to Werner Herzog with “The Child” in tow. After turning him over and receiving his reward, The Mandalorian can’t help but wonder what will happen to his new friend.
This is easily the best episode yet, and that’s coming from someone who has loved the first two. This one definitely has the most action in it. The last 10 or 15 minutes are flat out outstanding. It feels like a live-action version of The Clone Wars.
The most surprising thing about the episode is how much emotion it brings into the series. There’s one scene, in particular, featuring the main character that demonstrates a ton of emotion despite him always wearing his mask. There’s another scene where the show builds a ton of intensity despite everyone in the scene wearing a mask. It’s impressive acting and impressive directing by Deborah Chow, who also happens to be the first female director of Star Wars content. She’s been tapped to direct the Obi-Wan show and I’m excited to see what she does with it after this episode.
If you’re not on board with The Mandalorian after this episode, I’m not sure it’s going to be for you. There’s so much that I love about this show to this point. There’s still plenty of time for it to go up or down from here, but it has me fully on board for now.
Episode 3 gets a Golden Donut.