The first season of ‘The Mandalorian’ comes to a close in ‘Redemption.’ This season pulled off a feat that not much has in the ‘Star Wars‘ universe since the days of ‘A New Hope.’ It got people, even people outside of ‘Star Wars’ fandom, talking about ‘Star Wars’ again. Of course, a lot of that discussion is due to a particular asset’s cuteness, but not all of it. The writing and the direction throughout the season, especially on ‘Redemption,’ are what kept people coming back.
Taika Waititi sits in the director’s chair for ‘Redemption.’ I have to say I’ve been looking forward to his episode all season long and I wasn’t disappointed. He can inject humor even into the darkest moments. Witness the scene between an injured Din Djarin and the reprogrammed IG-11 to see Waititi’s mastery. Waititi is also good at bringing the humanity of his characters to the fore. The path of IG-11 this season is a beautiful example of this. We start the season glad Djarin kills IG-11, and we end the season not wanting to see their new partnership end.
Moff Gideon comes on to the scene and makes quite the impression. Comparable to Darth Vader’s appearance in ‘A New Hope,’ there is no mistaking Gideon means serious business. The revelation at the end of the episode that Gideon has the Darksaber was a little lost on me. I haven’t invested in ‘The Clone Wars’ or ‘Rebels’ enough to understand the weapon’s importance. I’ll be giving those shows some time while waiting for ‘The Mandalorian’ to return. It seems evident that Gideon has an interest in the Mandalorians and Din Djarin in particular. How this plays out in season 2, we’ll have to wait and see.
There were a few loose points I would have liked to see addressed in ‘The Mandalorian – Redemption.’ If we’ve learned anything this season though, it’s that patience is rewarded. Assuming there aren’t significant behind-the-scenes changes before season 2, I’ll get the answers I want. New questions too, but that is really what any ‘Star Wars’ fan wants. And ‘The Mandalorian’ is the most welcome addition this year to the ‘Star Wars’ universe.