The Mandalorian - Chapter 4 SPOILER Review
THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE DISNEY PLUS SERIES THE MANDALORIAN
The Mandalorian has, so far, impressed me more and more with every episode and I'm happy to say that trend continues.
After the first three chapters told, more or less, one long story that introduced us to the Mando and his world, it's appropriate that we take a chapter to deliver a solid, one-shot story as he makes his way through the galaxy. In this case, that story is a classic one: Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.
While this story has been done many times over, seeing it play out in live action in Star Wars was immensely satisfying, given George Lucas' admiration of the Japanese filmmaker. The Mando and Baby Yoda find themselves hiding out with a rural, farming community that is regularly under attack from bandits. He teams up former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune to fight off the bandits in hopes of fighting some sanctuary from the bounty hunters that are after him and the kid.
I love almost everything here. From geek out moments like the live-action Loth-cat to more adorable sequences with Baby Yoda, the chapter continues to deliver everything we've come to expect from the show. We also delve a bit more deeply into the Mando himself as outsiders begin to ask him about his people and his customs.
Cara Dune is also a welcome addition. The show has faced some criticism over the lack of female characters and I'm happy to see this Rebel fighter take center stage during much of the episode. She can go toe-to-toe with the Mando and, like him, is looking for a place to lie low for a while.
Of course, conflict finds them and after training up the towns-people, the episode climaxes in fight between the town and the bandits. This was, for me, one of the most impressive moments in the show so far. The AT-ST walker's viewports glow with a sinister red light and the show does an incredible job of making it feel dangerous. It chases the Mando and Cara through the woods and it reminded me of the t-rex from Jurassic Park both in its intimidating presence, and hulking size.
All in all, the Mandalorian is consistently giving me a reason to come back. Whether it be the adorable antics of Baby Yoda, the harrowing action, the Mandalorian mythology, or the Western feel, it's something I look forward to every week. The tease of the Mando taking his helmet off is a tantalizing prospect and one that I'm still not sure how I feel about, but I know I'll keep coming back to find out what happens.