In The Mandalorian‘s sixth episode, titled ‘The Prisoner’, we find Mando again seeking another job.
The job is for him to join up with a crew and free a prisoner from a republic prison ship for a reward. It is a classic heist episode with a motley crew of characters seeking to rescue one of their friends. And of course, the deal changes constantly.
This episode is a stereotype, and I had to force my way through it.
Psychologically we continue to see a singularly solitary life that Mando leads with the exception of his companion—Baby Yoda. I’m also pushing the limits of the grace that I’m going to extend to this episode in suggesting that the prisoner is both the person they are rescuing but also the Mandalorian himself.
He is a prisoner to Yoda, but also a prisoner to his lifestyle.
In terms of the psychological aspects of this chapter, it is not very rich.
However, we do see Mando move further into the realm of hero.
Honor and redemption continue to be a theme. At the conclusion of the episode, we see him make amends for parts of his past. And in contrast to whom we saw in the first two episodes, the Mandalorian showed grace and patience under fire—even seeking negotiation and patience with a republic Pilot when he could’ve easily killed him.
His crew wanted the pilot dead, and there was a “Mexican standoff“ which was very annoying and very stereotypical of a spaghetti western.
If the writers were striving to create a true spaghetti western, then they nailed it. But I expect more from the Star Wars universe.
Again, the acting was horrific, but it was interesting to see the comedian Bill Burr play the role of a sharpshooter. There continue to be shout outs to the original films, but the references to memes and spoofs of the original series are annoying.
When Bill Burr’s character was described as being a sharpshooter for the empire, the Mandalorian said, “…that doesn’t say much.” Bill Burr‘s character shouts back, “I wasn’t a stormtrooper!“
He’s referencing the cultural reference that a stormtrooper can’t hit anything. It’s a funny line—and I get it—but I am tired of these episodes speaking to an old fan base rather than creating new content in a new direction in this universe.
The show needs to stop being funny, or rather, trying to be funny and stick to good writing and a good story.
This episode really isn’t worth watching except for the ending. There’s a nice twist which speaks to the redemption of the Mandalorian in that he covertly manages to call in an X-Wing fighter squadron which inadvertently protects and saves him.
It’s the double-cross which again is predictable and stereotypical, but it was nice to get a glimpse into the period of time between the fall of the empire and the rise of the first order. It’s interesting to see how the republic is attempting to restore order and justice to the galaxy.
I am going to finish the series to the end mainly because I have to. But this episode is worse than chapter 5, which I believed to be the worst of them all up at that point.
Let’s hope for one final good episode on December 18 leading into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And may the force be with you!
Check out our other reviews on The Mandalorian:
- The Psychology of The Mandalorian
- The Mandalorian Chapter One Review
- The Mandalorian Chapter Two Review
- The Mandalorian Chapter Three Review
- The Mandalorian Chapter Four Review
- The Mandalorian Chapter Five Review
- The Mandalorian Chapter Six Review (Currently Reading)