The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1: A key Star Wars concept goes off with a bang

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, “The Marshal,” takes a web page out of Frank Herbert’s Dune playbook, with acid-spewing megafauna that solely a fremen may love. Very similar to the primary season, the premiere is bursting with spectacle, constructed round a traditional Star Wars sensibility (and some recognized entities).

By the tip of its 55-minute run time, “The Marshal” additionally provides credence to a fan concept concerning the authentic Star Wars trilogy’s most legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett, rumored to have made a shadowy look within the first season.

[Ed. note: This recap contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1.]

“The Marshal” finds Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin aka The Mandalorian monitoring a rumor of a surviving Mandalorian on the planet Tatooine. He borrows a swoop bike from Amy Sedaris’ character, the identical goofy mechanic we met in season 1, and heads off into the desert towards a tiny port metropolis lengthy regarded as deserted. That’s the place he finds the eponymous Marshall, performed by Timothy Olyphant, a lonely lawman making his means on the sting of the Outer Rim.

Timothy Olyphant as The Marshall in season 2 of The Mandalorian.

Picture: Lucasfilm

The Marshall’s secret weapon? A battered go well with of Mandalorian armor that used to belong to none apart from Boba Fett. The circumstance makes it fairly clear that Olyphant’s character is Cobb Vanth, a law-abiding hero who acquired the armor within the web page’s of Star Wars: Aftermath, the canon novel set simply after the occasions of Return of the Jedi. We are able to a style of that timeline in episode 1’s satisfying flashback.

The Marshall has the legendary bounty hunter’s armor, and Din desires it again. However earlier than the pair can end their barroom brawl, all hell breaks unfastened. It’s a krayt dragon, an enormous monster lengthy regarded as extinct, and it’s tearing the city to items.

What follows is among the nice battles within the collection’ brief historical past, which skillfully weaves collectively spots of humor with big-budget particular results. It additionally reveals extra of the humanity of the Mandalorian, who spends most of his time performing as a translator for a misunderstood band of Tusken raiders. In the long run, the people, led by the Marshall, should band along with the sand individuals with a view to deliver the large monster down.

The Mandalorian makes use of the entire weapons in his arsenal, in fact, together with his new jetpack. The episodes motion sequences have been a transparent nod to the legendary Star Wars Vacation Particular, which first launched the character Boba Fett. The cartoon reveals him driving a sea serpent.

Season 2, episode 1’s huge reveal comes within the last few moments. Simply because the Marshall fingers over Boba Fett’s armor to Din Djarin, the digital camera cuts away. There, silhouetted on the horizon, is a mysterious bald warrior with a number of, well-worn weapons strapped to his again.

When he turns to face the digital camera, the face is unmistakable: It’s Temuera Morrison, the identical actor who performed Jango Fett within the prequel trilogy.

Is Temuera Morrison taking part in Boba Fett on The Mandalorian? Or one other character?

Temeura Morrison, wandering the deserts of Tatooine.

Picture: Lucasfilm

On the finish of the fifth episode in season 1, titled “The Gunslinger,” many followers swear that Boba Fett himself wandered into the body. May the bounty hunter have truly survived the autumn off Jabba’s sail barge and made his means via the stomach of the Sarlacc? In Darkish Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Darkish Empire run from the early ’90s, after which once more within the brief story assortment Tales from Jabba’s Palace, the phenomenally common Fett was established as having survived his run-in with the creature. These tales have been de-canonized when Lucasfilm went to Disney, however may showrunner Jon Favreau be remixing and recementing earlier EU lore by bringing again the character?

I’m not so certain. Boba Fett was a clone of Jango Fett, and whereas followers by no means noticed the bounty hunter’s face within the authentic trilogy, Morrison’s is the one we count on to see below that inexperienced and yellow helmet. However, Jango was additionally the template used to create the whole Clone Military. Morrison may simply as simply be taking part in the position of an extended misplaced Clone Military trooper nonetheless holding out within the desert.

The bigger lore has it that clones have been engineered to age a lot quicker than regular people, partly to assist prepared them for battle towards the Separatists. However who is aware of if one or two may need discovered a method to stave off demise and outdated age. Some speculate Morrison may truly be taking part in the position of Captain Rex, a grizzled outdated warrior who survived the Clone Wars solely to show up within the Star Wars Rebels cartoon collection. If that’s the case, he may assist Mando discover his method to Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and even Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson).

One factor the cameo guarantees: The Mandalorian season 2 guarantees to be extra caught up in Star Wars historical past — particularly what’s been written into canon on TV — then final yr. We’ll know extra when episode 2 premieres on Nov. 6.

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