‘The Mandalorian’: ‘The Gunslinger’ was a MidSeason Dud

This show is starting to feel like a series of disjointed chapters with the underlying theme of protecting baby Yoda. But to what end?

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This is my fifth installment of the psychology of the Mandalorian. 

In this review, I will be more critical in terms of the actual show, but I do want to revisit some of the continuing themes. 

The Mandalorian, as I have discussed in prior articles, is struggling with attachment and also redemption. The Mandalore homeworld was a pariah of the galaxy in that they served the Empire.

We also learn in this chapter that Mando is actually a former shock trooper for the Empire. These are elite troops who served the Emperor,  and so it would seem that not only is Mando out for himself as a bounty hunter, but he also sold his soul to the Empire. 

I find it ironic he is now carrying one of the greatest icons of the Jedi order—in the form of baby Yoda. As I have mentioned before, I believe that The Child is actually the clone of Yoda.

The main problem I have with chapter 5, titled The Gunslinger, is also one of the things that I really enjoyed about it. We are able to revisit Tattoine and Mos Eisley spaceport as well as the Cantina from A New Hope. I think the mood has been set very well with the fall of the Empire and we see imperial helmets on display. Murdered in an apparent rebellion after the Empire fell. 

It is clear that the Stormtrooper Garrison is no longer located on this planet. In addition, it seems clear that the economy has collapsed on this planet as the Cantina is nearly empty and is run by a droid. In Star Wars 4: A New Hope, droids were not allowed in the Cantina. So we get a sense that this is a planet barely surviving economically. 

I enjoyed the familiarity of the scenes including the Dune Sea, the Cantina, and even watching Mando land his damaged ship at Mos Eisley spaceport.

What I did not enjoy about this episode are the continued themes of learning to have family and attachment.

I do understand that this team must continue but I would like things to move along and be a little less obvious. Having the mechanic repair Mando ship and take care of baby Yoda was over the top for me. Let’s not be so obvious.

The special effects were the worst of any of the episodes, and there were many contrived scenes. I did not need to see a new bounty hunter trying to join the guild seated in the same chair as Han Solo. Although I will say I did appreciate the art of negotiation both with this young bounty Hunter as well as the Tusken Raiders. 

What I expect from this show is to learn new things about this universe post the imperial collapse. I felt as if the acting was poor and while I understood sort of where they were headed with this episode, it fell short. 

The Mandalorian series is starting to feel like a series of disjointed chapters with the underlying theme of protecting baby Yoda. But to what end? The Mandalorian is running from people trying to keep Yoda safe. But can he keep this up forever? 

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