Monday, March 27, 2023

The Mandalorian - The Foundling

In an episode that keeps its focus on our main characters (amazing how much better that works!), "The Foundling" spends more time with the Mandalorian cult that have embraced both Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) after their return from Mandalore. Along with Grogu finally beginning his Mandalorian training, whose abilities shock some members of the tribe, and flashbacks to his escape from the Jedi Temple (which feel a bit unnaturally shoehorned in here to make use of Coruscant sets and visuals used in the previous episode), we also see Bo-Katan lead a group of warriors including Din after one of the children is snatched by a local predator.

It's certainly a major improvement over last week's episode, but there are some flaws to the episode. I've already mentioned the Grogu flashbacks which feel more like conveniently fan service than legitimate plot, but there's also the timing of events which suggests the kid should have been long dead before the the Mandalorians even mounted their rescue attempt let alone made into the nest. It's also worth noting despite spending an entire episode with this clan we don't know a single thing more about any of them afterwards than when the episode started as its primary focus isn't to introduce them so much as to have Bo-Katan learn about their loyalty and value to a cause. With proof that Mandalore isn't poisoned, may we see a return for the cult to Mandalore this season?

  • Title: The Mandalorian - Chapter 20: The Foundling
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