Spoiler alert: This blog is published after The Mandalorian airs on Disney +. Don’t read unless you’ve seen season two episode four
We did it! … It may have been premature – Mythrol
Let’s hear it (briefly) for Mythrol. I’m not sure there is a technical term for your type of character in a drama, but I recognize one when I see one. Leo de Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon, Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, any character from a western played by George “Gabby” Hayes. If you want something contemporary, also try Kevin Hart’s Franklin “Mouse” Finbar in Jumanji.
This sidekick, played for a laugh but with a little bit of heroism hidden inside him (and perhaps the potential for betrayal too) is a great addition to the action adventure mix. A little lightness is a good thing. Despite Mando’s occasional dry sense of humor, he can’t be seen to be fooling around too often – he’s the hero. And his most trusted assistants, Greef Karga and Cara Dune, are a bounty hunter union rep and a former shock trooper respectively, so they’re pretty serious too.
So when the gang reunites for this week’s mission inside Navarro, it’s nice to have Mythrol together. It is an amphibious type and wears a wet suit when on land, which emits a blast of steam at inappropriate times. He’s reluctant to get involved, a bit scared, and prone to arrogance, but in the end he’s brave when asked. It is their movement around a control tower without a security railing that allows the gang to take down an Imperial outpost base of operations. Or should it be a “secret laboratory for genetic experiments”?
Karga asks Mando to help deactivate the base to complete Navarro’s transition from a lawless cesspool to Outer Rim Denmark. He throws out a full set of repairs as an incentive, but Mando, as always, is intrigued by the prospect of battle. She makes her way in jet packs to the base and discovers that she is very active. After Mythrol has deactivated the cooling lines and unleashed a torrent of lava (I just finished Chernobyl, I have flashbacks), the gang starts shooting their way out of the base only for things to quickly get weird.
As the gang nears their exit, they stumble upon a series of tanks containing what appear to be disfigured torsos. A hologram of a sinister doctor from season one, Dr. Pershing, appears describing a situation where “there were promising results … then sadly the donor rejected the blood,” adding that he had only been able to draw one “small amount of blood”. “From” the child. ” We all know who Pershing is talking about and the man to whom the message is addressed, Moff Gideon.
What follows is five minutes of thrilling fare, as first Dune and Karga on a transporter and then Command at Razor Crest engage in action-packed chases with Imperial foes. Karga takes out a stormtrooper on the roof of the transporter, who is shocked when he sees a cannon turn 180 degrees to find him. Din Djarin turns off his engines mid-flight to confuse a Tie fighter before blowing them into the realm. It’s a great couple of sequences, my favorite part is watching the soldiers descend a vertical rock wall on their landspeeders.
Our heroes survive and soon Marshal Dune can once again protect his new home, while Greef can put his feet on the desk. Meanwhile, Mando has a fully operational ship and launches once more in search of Ahsoka Tano. Except there’s only one thing, the Razor Crest has been outfitted with a tracking device and it’s sending a signal directly to Moff Gideon.
The moral of the story
Never let your guard down. Navarro is a much better place since we last visited. Everyone wears loose dresses and the local spit and sawdust inn has been turned into a school. Greef Karga has gone from being a Guild traitor to a white-bearded magistrate and even Mando’s first necklace, Mythrol, is on his way to proving himself respectable (until his debt is paid, of course). Maybe Din Djarin got complacent around friends or Karga doesn’t really know his “best men”, but after succeeding in so many challenges this week, it’s the guy they leave to fix the ship that happens to have the most villainous impact.
A band of bandits with hairy faces and two stubby fangs are ripped apart by Cara Dune. I can’t identify them. She takes a very meerkat-looking creature that had been intended as a snack and turns it into her pet. And that is your right. Otherwise it’s a great week for Mythrol.
The appearance of a former Blue Squad combatant, now a New Republic investigator, is a reminder of past battles, Alderaan in particular, and a shared story with Cara Dune. Meanwhile, Moff Fring is back in action, and Mando knows it too.
Baby Yoda Clock
Boy, do they grow up fast. Not only is the “asset” being relied upon to do small-scale electrical fixes at Razor Crest today, but he’s able to sit through a school lesson, make a friend, and then steal that friend’s electric blue macaroni using the force. Also, Baby Yoda seems to have learned the skill of deferred gratification. At the end of the episode, he still has a few macaroni left (and one regurgitated it in his robe). It’s a shame that all the remnants of the Empire are about to start haunting him.
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