The Mandalorian Recap: Season 2, Episode 5
By Sam Hixson, Guest Contributor
After 12 episodes and a lot of questions, we finally have broken down some walls into the past of the Child. As anticipated we got to see the debut of Ahsoka Tano played by Rosario Dawson and she is as badass as advertised. She is working to free citizens of Calodan who are under an authoritarian that has clearly oppressed their rights and subjected them to cruel and unfair treatment. The leader is magistrate Morgan Elsberth who wants to ensure that things stay the way they are by forcing Ahsoka to surrender.
Enter the Mandalorian who has come to Calodan seeking the one who Elsbeth wants out of the way. She puts up a Beskar spear in exchange for Ahsoka’s life. Mando is able to track Ahsoka down and now can work to gain a better understanding of Baby Yoda who he has been traveling the galaxy with and forming a very tight bond with. Through telepathy, Ahsoka finds out that Baby Yoda is really named Grogu (Gonna be hard to get used to that) and he escaped from the Jedi Temple when Order 66 happened. A cool tie in to Revenge of the Sith. Now after all this time did we really think the Mandalorian and Grogu would part ways? It’s never been that simple.
Ahsoka, who is the padawan of Anakin Skywalker, knows the force can be tricky and can make anyone go bad if not harnessed the right way. She is very insistent that she can not train Grogu and his immense power that he has been hiding for years. She fears that Grogu’s anger of being alone for so many years can be very dangerous and will make him use that power for evil. It is expected for Ahsoka to have a reaction like this considering she watched her very powerful Master become corrupted by the dark side of the force. I loved the scene where she is trying to get Grogu to use the force but Grogu refuses until the Mandalorian coaxes him into taking the silver gear shift ball from his hand. This surprised Mando clearly who said it would be a first if Grogu listened to him. It’s a big reason the Mandalorian can not leave Grogu at this point, their attachment to each other has become very strong. The Mandalorian has been able to establish a close relationship which is something he struggles to do with others. While Grogu may be very dependent on the Mandalorian for care, he has also helped him out in several situations that would have compromised Mando. This dependency on each other has turned into friendship and comfortability. Something that Grogu needs if he is going to use his power for good. Grogu responds to the Mandalorian because of that sense of security. Their relationship will only improve now that Mando has some background knowledge of Grogu and finally has a name for him other than just ‘Kid’. Throughout their relationship, communication has been their weakest link. They can’t have conversations that go back and forth but they have found a way to gain some understanding of each other just by being together and helping each other out. This relationship still has a lot more growing to do and learning something as simple as a name can help. The fight scenes in this episode were a lot of fun to watch.
Of course Ahsoka is very busy trying to free the people of Calodan and the Mandalorian can be of service so they naturally help each other. A lot of the fighting is Ahsoka going full Batman on the Magistrates goons. The Mandalorian has a minor but important role in the battle that ends up with an old western showdown between him and Lang who is sort of the general for Elsbeth. Lang really thought he could pull a fast one on Mando by faking surrender but Mando cleans him up in a very predictable fashion. I don’t think there are many that can beat the Mandalorian in a gun draw. Ahsoka and Elsbeth battle with Lightsaber and Beskar and Ahsoka gets the best of her. Ahsoka was looking for information and that information is the location of Grand Admiral Thrawn who we could be introduced to later on in the season. The Beskar spear was the Mandalorians prize from the Magistrate if he killed Ahsoka originally before they teamed up. Ahsoka offers it to himand he declines at first because he feels it is a violation of his code but ends up taking it. The Mandalorian and Grogu remain together for now. Ahsoka tells the Mandalorian he is like a father to Grogu and they should be together for the benefit of Grogu. Ahsoka gives them a lead on a new place to take Grogu to try to use his power, the planet Tython. Tython has strong connections to the force through a Jedi temple and can help Grogu choose his path. Now we have to assume getting to Tython will not be an easy task with the Empire seeking Mando and Grogu. What help will the Mandalorian receive next? Will we see any old friends? What will Grogu decide to do? We have only a few episodes left and a lot of questions to answer. Friday will provide us with much more to think about as we near the season finale.