After last week’s seafaring episode, The Mandalorian Chapter 12 takes us to not only the dry, volcanic planet Nevarro, but some familiar faces that I, for one, was incredibly excited to see.
Our first scene on Nevarro is Cara Dune (Gina Carano, Haywire) blasting up the old meeting spot where there is a gang of Aqualish who refer to her as “The Marshal.” As it turns out, Greef Karga (Carl Weathers, Rocky) and Dune have cleaned up the planet, turning the town into a prosperous and peaceful settlement. Greef operates as the magistrate and is assisted by a Mythrol (Horatio Sanz, Saturday Night Live), the same person/alien Mando captured for a bounty in the very first episode of the series. While Mando has only stopped for ship repairs, in usual fashion he’s asked to assist in a mission in return for repairing his ship. I guess he saves a lot of money by doing all these favors but man, he never gets to just do what he needs to do and then leave when he needs to leave. That would be a pretty boring show though.
Despite Greef and Dune making these big improvements to Nevarro, an Imperial Base on the other side of the planet still remains active. In order to keep The Child safe, Mando drops him off at a school where a droid (voiced by Kathryn Elise Drexler) functions as the teacher. As expected, as soon as Mando leaves. The Child gets into adorable mischief.
Arriving at the base that they initially thought it was just a skeleton crew, our groups gets a lot more than they bargained for. When they break into the base, it’s full of Stormtroopers guarding what turns out to be some crazy mad science going on. The scientists attempt to destroy the data, but the Mythrol is able to restore a single hologram that tells them the true reason the Empire is trying to get The Child back in its possession.
Even though he always wears his helmet, it’s always so obvious when Mando is distressed. They way Pedro Pascal speaks and moves makes it so apparent even without facial expressions. Of course, it’s always a big plus to watch Gina Carano do sweet MMA moves and kick all the Stormtrooper ass. The true spotlight of this episode though goes to Horatio Sanz. While The Child sits this one out, the Mythrol provides the majority of the comic relief. Honestly, he reminded me a lot of Barf from Spaceballs which made me really happy.
This episode has a dash of everything we love from Star Wars – blaster shootouts, a ground ship shootout, an in the air shootout, bad guys getting punched in the face, and, of course, a good dose of the cutest little green bean in existence. What made it especially important is the bomb it dropped on us right at the end.