Last week, we essentially got a filler episode, to the protest of many fans. This week, we get more filler, though this time I think the worldbuilding will be a little better received.
Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Grogu are back at Djarin’s coven of Mandalorians, who are still hanging out at that beach where that alligator monster almost killed them all, when a flying alien snatched up a foundling. Bo-Katan leads the charge to get him back, and she earns the gratitude of Paz Vizla (Tait Fletcher), as the rescued foundling was his son.
It does beg the question: Why stay on that planet at all? Multiple Mandalorians have already been needlessly killed by the wildlife — I think it’s time to find a new location to set up camp.
During the rescue, Grogu stays behind with the Armorer (Emily Swallow), who forges him a news beskar breastplate. During its forging, he has flashbacks to Order 66, during which we find out that a Jedi played by Ahmed Best, who is known for playing the infamous Jar-Jar Binks, saved him. The sequence is arguably better than Bo-Katan and Mando’s rescue, as it is clear what’s going on, there are huge stakes and it has the thrill factor. The fight against the flying alien is a shaky mess during which we never doubt that any of the show’s major characters will survive, or that the foundling will make it out alive. The show did kill off a few protagonists in Season 1, but I think it is far more conservative with whittling its cast down nowadays, especially because this season already has an early exit due to off-screen drama (Gina Carano’s Cara Dune).
I think fans will welcome this episode more warmly than the last one because, while nothing huge of consequence happens, it does solidify Bo-Katan’s standing with this group of Mandalorians and it does give us more insight on how Grogu escaped the Jedi Temple. I liked last week’s episode and I think fans will come around to like it, it just came at a time when many thought we’d see some mythosaur action. Knowing how Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are, they’ll probably save it for the season finale.
“Star Wars: The Mandalorian” Season 3: Episode 4 “The Foundling” gets an 8/10
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