Let’s Talk: ‘The Mandalorian: Chapter Four’

(This post contains spoilers.)

The Mandalorian: Chapter Four has arrived and yes, it was fantastic yet again. Like I said in my spoiler-free review, the storytelling was allowed a lot more time to grow, dialing down the intensity to put the series on pause. Gone is the nail-biting suspense and peril replaced with character growth for The Mandalorian as he finds himself faced with a life he could have. One that sees him shedding his armor to settle down with a beautiful woman named Omera on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

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(The Mandalorian’s got a girlfriend. Ha-ha!) This was the best element of the episode as we got to have a lot of questions answered, mainly the helmet-removal conundrum that permeated our thoughts with each passing episode.

However, learning that he doesn’t take his helmet off in front of others (“This is the way” he says to Omera) did have me scratching my head a bit. In The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels we are introduced to many Mandalorians, Mandalorians who actually walk around with their helmets off, even in front of others who aren’t a part of their people. So when did this idea that The Mandalorians have to stay covered up in presence of others originate? During the “Purge” that was spoken about in the last episode of The Mandalorian? Is this a defense mechanism for these people because of what the Empire did to them in the time since Star Wars: Rebels? Or is this a rule designated by a certain clan that our title hero, The Mandalorian, is a part of? I hope this question is answered in the coming episodes.

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Cara Dune’s introduction could’ve been better but I’m not complaining. She was brought into the series in a fascinating way as we were immediately given a crash course on her toughness. Watching her knock The Mandalorian flat to the ground with one punch was definitely jaw-dropping!

This is a bit of spoiler but I know she will be in the final two episodes of the series, meaning we’ll get to see her being awesome again in a few more weeks. I mainly appreciated that the relationship between The Mandalorian and Cara Dune wasn’t sexual but rather featured mutual respect between two powerful characters who can take care of themselves very well. What a duo!

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But one of the aspects to the episode that was very entertaining was the fascinating action sequence where the villagers had to take on the raiders and the AT-ST walker. It was thrilling, action-packed, and we were once again allowed to see how awesome newcomer ex-rebel shock trooper Cara Dune is.

While this isn’t my favorite episode–that honor still rests with the second episode which feels me with immense joy every time I watch it due to the directing, cinematography, music, and the several situations presented throughout the episode, the fourth episode manages to tell a great story and help move the series forward.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.

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