‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian – The Reckoning‘ takes the disparate elements of the show and starts to weave them together. My chief complaint this season, albeit a minor one, was that there wasn’t continuity between the episodes. I knew that eventually, things introduced one week would show back up later in the season. In a world of binge-watching and bombshell-of-the-week viewing, at times, I found my patience a bit strained. A quote from Yoda comes to mind, though. “All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was.” Maybe I need to remember to focus a little more on the moment and less on the outcome.
Aww C’mon Dad…
‘The Reckoning’ features a mini-season amongst the reintroduction of familiar characters. Catching up with Kuiil (Nick Nolte), we learn that he’s spent his time rebuilding IG-11 (Taika Waititi). We’re given, via flashback, a view of the almost paternal repair that Kuiil puts into IG. That path is reminiscent of the time Mando (Pedro Pascal) has spent with the child. Granted, it would appear Kuiil is better at parenting than Mando. Even Cara (Gina Carano) questions why Mando has left the child in the cockpit moments before the ship goes out of control at the child’s hands.
Nature Versus Nurture?
The view of nature versus nurture raises some questions. Kuiil’s view is that it is possible to teach IG-11 not to be a killing machine. Mando completely disagrees and distrusts that IG won’t turn on him. Contrast these scenes with what we are seeing of the child. He is extremely protective of Mando, but that protection comes at what cost. The child isn’t receiving much guidance, especially in the use of the force. One moment he’s nearly killing Cara over an arm-wrestling match, the next he’s healing Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) wounds. It’s clear from these scenes that the child cannot fall into Imperial hands, but is Mando the right person to raise him either?
The Empire Strikes Back?
The dispatch of The Client and the reveal of Moff Gideon raises a few questions. Who exactly is the child, and why is the Empire so interested in him. We seem to find out in the episode he isn’t a clone as Kuiil has worked with clones before. He points out that Cara might be, but that is another story. The Empire’s interest in the child would appear to come from his midi-chlorian count. Was the Empire always searching for younglings after the execution of the Jedi? Or is this something that started after the ‘death’ of Emperor Palpatine? That is speculation on the events of ‘Rise of Skywalker’, though, and I’ll save it for another review.
For Another Time
It’s nice to see that there was a purpose in the adventures of Mando this season. There are still questions to be answered next week, though. Will we spend the break in seasons going crazy trying to figure out what happens next? The slower pacing of this show suggests not, though it feels like wrapping up the more considerable intrigue in the state of the Empire might not be as easy as it sounds. ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian- The Reckoning’ wraps up a lot of the season, but still leaves us with plenty of questions.