**WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE MANDALORIAN, THEN DO NOT READ THIS POST – IT’S FILLED WITH SPOILERS!**
The fifth episode of The Mandalorian has recently made its debut and the series continues to impress. In my opinion, The Mandalorian is the best live-action Star Wars story since the original trilogy (yep, even better than Rogue One).
The show is event television. It’s a programme which captures my interest for 35 minutes a week, and doesn’t get interrupted by mobile phones, social media, or any other distraction. I simply switch off from the outside world for the duration of each episode – something I sadly struggle to do with any other programme.
Of course it’s not just me enjoying The Mandalorian, countless fans of the show are praising the series (and sharing Baby Yoda memes), and there is a great buzz about what is on offer. However, last night I did noticed a few comments online saying that not much has happened for the last two episodes (Chapter 4 & 5).
I couldn’t disagree more. If anything, the last two episodes of The Mandalorian have continued to explore Mando’s character development and his integrity and this is very, very important.
In Chapter 4: Sanctuary, Mando teamed up with Cara Dune in order to protect a village from a group of raiders. During the course of the episode, with the help of the villagers, Mando and Cara manage to see off the raiders and restore the once peaceful environment.
Towards the end of the episode, Mando considers leaving The Child in the care of the villagers, believing he will have a better life. He isn’t offloading the infant because he no longer wants to look after him, rather he wants to ensure his safety.
Ultimately, Mando realises The Child will not be safe without his protection and the pair leave the village together. It was a decision which continued to demonstrate Mando’s character arc and growth.
We know Mando cares for The Child, this was evident during Chapter 3: The Sin, when Mando turned against The Client, but in Chapter 4 he could have easily given The Child up. Sure, The Child would be a target, but Mando owes him nothing, right? Survival of the fittest and all that. But he didn’t.
Chapter 4 established a stronger bond between Mando and The Child; it showed that Mando truly cares for the infant; and he even cares for vulnerable people (in this case, the villagers).
This episode also demonstrated his ability to trust and connect with people like Cara Dune, who he sees as a good spirit. And this is something which was explored further in Chapter 5: The Gunslinger.
At the beginning of Chapter 5, Mando is wary of Peli Motto, the owner of a repair dock in Mos Eisley. But by the end of the episode he rewards her (financially) for her assistance with his ship and for looking after The Child in his absence.
Mando sees goodness in people and that is because he is a good person too. We can’t be told this – we have to see it through little moments which continue to shape his character.
He has to be given opportunities to make the right decision, then we need to see him choose the correct path. His actions tell us who he is, and sometimes these actions are told in the small moments.
The Mandalorian is about the journey. It’s about seeing how Mando grows and changes – as he interacts with The Child and with the other characters that come into his life.
This is a story about integrity. Sure, Mando is a bounty hunter, but he has a code of ethics and an understanding of the greater good and that’s what we need to see each week.
For me, each episode of The Mandalorian has been just as good as the one that came before – if not better. This show is drawing out its story, so that it can make Mando one of the strongest, most developed characters in the Star Wars universe, and it can only do this through good pacing.
I can’t wait for Chapter 6, 7 and 8. This show is as good as any Star Wars movie and I have truly enjoyed everything that has been served up so far.
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