In an emotional conclusion that marks a climax for the series, the creators fall back on Star Wars lore – leaving options wide open for a possible season three

A look back at the second season finale of The Mandalorian, “The Rescue”, appears as soon as the Quacta calls the donkey slimy …

There has long been an elegant simplicity in how Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Company (including Peyton Reed who returned to direct the finale from Favreau’s script) tell their stories It’s not just the mission-of-the- Week structure, which otherwise has unfortunately fallen out of favor with series for a more mature audience, but also how The Mandalorian reduces tired clichés to their basic, impressive essence, whether it’s the first Kurosawa homage of little Bobby or the 500 Time Bobby’s father experienced a heroic sacrifice, these devices keep landing with the full force of myth. They are designed to inspire the same awe we all felt when we first saw the Twin Suns of Tatooine or the Millennium Falcon in the Saw hyperspace jumping or otherwise understood that filmed entertainment is magic that can take us to places we never dreamed possible to go

And because the Star Wars films have shifted from mythical tales to mythological tales, the Mandalorian creative team understands that sometimes Mando can best be brought to the Cantina of Mos Eisley or on board Boba Fett’s ship …

When Ahsoka Tano pointed out a few episodes ago that there weren’t many Jedi left to train Baby Yoda Grogu, fans’ mental wheels spun about who could take the call from Seeing Stone if it were another Clone Wars -Character who did not see die in Revenge of the Sith? Could the omnipresent Samuel L Jackson seems to be explaining that Mace survived falling out of the Windu? Would Favreau be brave enough to have Luke appear himself, and if so, which actor would be brave enough to follow in Mark Hamill’s footsteps? (You may recall that things didn’t go so well when Alden Ehrenreich did the same for Harrison Ford)

Instead, Favreau borrowed a page from his colleagues at the MCU (and, by the way, Rogue One, which recreates Peter Cushing and the young Carrie Fisher) to digitally recreate Hamill’s more youthful face for a few precious, mostly spinal ones tingly minutes, the impact wasn’t entirely up to the level of young Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War, especially when Luke was partially connected to other characters (including R2-D2!), but rather the impact of seeing Luke himself stepping out of the box Past history in this story couldn’t have been more perfect.After Ahsoka turned down the job to allow her to star in her own spin-off, there was no one remotely satisfactory, be it for Star Wars obsessives who be able to name any surviving Jedi on a cue, or for the casual fanatic just knowing the movies, at this moment in history, Luke Skywalker is on to 1000 percent who answered Grogus’ call, and anyone else would have played exactly as they were: a second choice made based on practical considerations that Hamill is nearly four decades older than when he was in Return of the Jedi (the was discontinued a few years before the events of this show)

And Luke gets every part of the hero building he deserves.We’ve already enjoyed a practically full-length Mandalorian episode in which Mando, Cara, Boba, Fennec, Bo-Katan, and Koska join the forces aboard Moff’s light cruiser Infiltrate and Conquer Gideon All the action is as sharp and exciting as you want it to be.Everyone has a moment to shine – especially our title character as he defeats both a Dark Trooper droid and Darksaber-wielding Moff Gideon, with the Beskar spear is extremely useful in both cases After that, there is tension between Mando and Bo-Katan, who must recapture the Darksaber in battle to regain the Mandalore throne Giancarlo Esposito makes a meal of Gideon’s delight that these two thugs realize that they may have to fight each other for reasons beyond their control

But before the representatives of two very different types of Mandalore can come to blows, the few dozen Dark Troopers that Mando previously washed into space fly back on board Mando had barely survived against one of them, what the odds Appeared very bad for the rag-tag team that occupied the cruiser’s bridge.This is of course the case when a one-man cavalry flies in on an X-wing fighter wearing a brown robe and a green lightsaber wearing His right hand is hidden in a black glove. All of these clues point to Luke so obviously that it almost feels like the show is preparing us for a fake, but it has to be him, right? We only get intermittent glimpses, often through monitors on the bridge, of this Jedi, who is making his way through the remaining Dark Troopers, which was in part certainly due to budget issues, as well as the desire to save the reveal until he face to face is with Mando and the kid.And if Grogu is essentially watching Luke Skywalker on TV, it only adds to performance.Grogu is our first seeing Star Wars kids and gasping at the idea of ​​an almighty force who binds the universe and makes everything better.He reaches out a tiny hand to the screen, not just because he and Luke are linked by their powers, but because what he sees is literally great and he wants to get closer to it – even if it means leaving behind one’s father figure

And in this moment of separation, and not in the revelation of Luke’s face, “The Rescue” is actually most powerful. As exciting as it is to even briefly include Luke on the series, this isn’t his story. His story ended spectacularly well with it The Last Jedi Here he is a means to several purposes: to save the good guys from the Dark Troopers, to offer Grogu protection and training, and to separate Mando from his surrogate son, at least temporarily, No, this is the story of Din Djarin, an orphan, that was saved by the guard and raised under their strict laws This country in turn saved another orphan and cared for him so much that his bond was more important to him than the rules that existed that defined his whole life. When the child touches his father figure’s helmet, Mando decides to take it off, not out Necessity, as he did in the first season finale or last week’s episode, but because he wants Grogu to see his face, know who his guardian really is, and that he is his face only for Can touch a moment for him, the mission has long ceased to be a job, or even the job the armourer assigned him that is love, and it’s just beautiful – beautiful enough to justify the drawbacks under which the series in these two Seasons had to operate while Pedro Pascal could only act with his voice (*)

(*) Getting him exposed because of the plot in “The Believer” though, and not just because Mando apparently took the time to trim his mustache between episodes, just imagine how much more powerful it would have been if he hadn’t already done it in the previous episode under different circumstances

Aside from the post-credits scene where Boba and Fennec claim the palace of the late Jabba the Hutt for themselves, Mando and Grogu’s split leaves things relatively open for season three and it’s hard to imagine them staying apart for too long considering how fundamental the kid’s cuteness is to the show’s appeal, not to mention the obvious limitations on what the show can do to this young hatch.But for now, Mando has the dark sword and no kid, that he could protect.He could join Bo-Katan now to take back Mandalore, and maybe agree to play a figurehead while she actually sort of things.He and Bo-Katan could start fighting right away, or he could just run away for one Take on another bounty hunt job, or team up with Cara to track down Grogus’ stolen blood (and / or subjects who have been injected with it) en Incidentally, “The Book of Boba” may not be the name of a Boba / Fennec spin-off, but rather the subtitle of the third season, in which Mando and Boba switch from reluctant allies to enemies (At the moment, Disney has not clarified what the title is based on refers)

But this was an exciting and ultimately tearful end to a season that has improved in almost every way after a very satisfactory debut year.While Moff mocks Gideon Mando and Bo-Katan for their inevitable duel, he declares that history is the real one Has Power, Not the Darksaber The Mandalorian is a show that understands how powerful stories can be.This is the path to the heart of the child in each of us who cares a little about Star Wars

* With immediate effect, Favreau and Filoni decline interviews and decide to let the finale speak for itself

* The post-credits scene raises several questions: Given the expanded size of Bib Fortuna since we last saw him in Return of the Jedi, is there anything inside Jabba’s throne that makes its occupants gain weight? leaves? (And if so, does Boba need to increase his cardio level?) While running his late boss’s criminal empire, did Bib ever buy a new rancor to occupy the pit under the throne room, or were Fennec and Boba both safe while she was were the bars? And whether or not Boba is in a season three spin-off, can we please see how he takes on Cobb Vanth next year?

* The show recontextualizes a familiar Star Wars device again into something that appears new and scary In this case, the launch tube for the TIE fighters is enlarged to make them appear more intimidating. Meanwhile, the stolen Imperial shuttle’s journey through the subway feels far more dangerous than if similar shuttles landed on the Death Star (The use of extreme close-ups allowed the already imposing Dark Troopers seem like an even bigger problem for Mando and his friends)

* Finally, the fact that Luke Skywalker spoilers started popping up on social media so quickly is a reminder of the complications that come from releasing episodes at midnight Pacific Time, Disney is only following the lead of Netflix that this is than introduced the time when most streaming episodes fall but it’s different for full season release and a show that premieres episodes weekly on the other hand, the show is available worldwide so there really isn’t a good time to protect people from spoilers but I wonder what would happen if Disney or some other streamer went for a 9 P, for example Eastern release for a season I’m not a weirdo

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