The Mandalorian, Episode 2 – “The Child”

| November 19, 2019

If there’s a bright center to the universe, the Mandalorian has landed on the planet that it’s farthest from.  The second episode of the Disney+ exclusive “The Mandalorian” is exactly what I wanted from the first episode – an fun episodic adventure without a lot of dramatic baggage dragging it down.

If the first episode tip its hat toward the westerns of John Ford and Sergio Leone, this one leans more toward old Samurai epics.  I thought immediately of Seven Samurai and Yojimbo and more immediately of the 2010 epic Warrior’s Way.  This installment is short on dialogue and long on tone and mood and especially inhospitable environment, a Tatooine-like wasteland called Arvala-7 in which our titular hero finds himself stranded thanks to some fast-moving Jawas who scavage his ship.

What sets this episode apart from the first is that it isn’t trying to push the story forward.  If the first was gummed up by plot details, this distinguishes itself with three very entertaining – though separate and distinct – action sequences.  First is an attack by Trandoshans.  Second is a road chase involving the Jawas.  And third is an assault by a horned creature in an effort to steal its egg.  What sets them apart is that they all feel different, all have different purposes and all have a different pace.

Plus, the episode is light on dialogue.  There isn’t much that needs to be said.  The Mandalorian is in a hostile environment and constantly finds his efforts to leave frustrated by native forces.  That’s it.  That’s all you need, especially in a show this visually incredible.  The shots of the hero and his infant bounty wandering across the desert are breathtaking.

Although I still question what kind of show “The Mandalorian” fully intends to be, I’m not complaining.  I am in the mindset of trusting writer and creator Jon Favreau.  He apparently wants to dole things out slowly and methodically and not push this show toward fan service.  I’m okay with that.  I have spoken.

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Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.
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