Super sorry for the delay on this one. There was a storm and I was without power for four days, coupled with catch-ups and errands, this review ended up on the back burner. So bearing that in mind, this will be a shorter micro review of chapter 22 of The Mandalorian, which was directed by series regular Bryce Dallas Howard. The episode was a fun Scoody-Doo-style adventure that had some really bizarre cameos that took me out of the experience.
On the topic of those cameos, there were three major guest stars in this episode. The highlight of the three was Christopher Lloyd, who is always a blast to watch. The main reason would be for that I think is that he became the character, without letting his ego take over the character. The same can’t be said for the other two celebrity cameos, which come courtesy of Jack Black playing…Jack Black and Lizzo, who is not a trained actor and it shows. The scenes featuring these two characters really took me out of the experience. As soon as I saw, or heard I should say, Jack Black, I was taken out of the show. Plenty of famous actors have been part of Star Wars, but Black was just playing Jack Black and it was weird.
The plot, reminiscent of I, Robot, involved Din and Bo looking for faulty droids and the source of their corruption. It was a fun side quest, with a droid bar in particular being a highlight. By the end, in typical Scooby fashion, it was the first person we meet on the investigation, Lloyd’s character, who still believes in the doctrine of one Count Dooku.
The end of the episode saw Bo become custodian of the Darksaber and I couldn’t help but think, that was convenient. In episode two of this season, Din was disarmed by that cyborg creature and Bo defeated said creature, so in front of the Mandalorians stationed on the planet, who believe in the power of the sword, gives it back to her. This scene was five minutes give or take and I can’t help but think this should’ve been more central to the plot of the episode. This stuff is more important than the droid investigation but it felt tacked on, highlighting the problem of this season: misdirection.
Considering it’s now Wednesday, you won’t have to wait long for the next review!
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