If you’ve been feeling like “The Mandalorian” is moving too slowly this season, “The Tragedy” ultimately makes up for it. It almost feels as if everything happens in this episode though we haven’t quite hit the conclusion yet. The episode also features the long-anticipated return of a classic Star Wars character. It’s hard to think of anything else you could desire.
But I’m Not Dead Yet
“The Tragedy” finally brings Boba Fett into play after a couple of teases of the character. No, there isn’t any explanation of the time between “Return of the Jedi” and now. Frankly, I hope there won’t be. Too much description can be a bad thing as well. Surprisingly, Fennec Shand also returns with Fett. It seems he saved her life on Tatooine, and now they work together. I guess if you are going to bring back your dead, bring back all your dead. Fett and Shand have tracked down Din Djarin to retrieve Fett’s Mandalorian armor, and the timing couldn’t be better.
Who Could It Be Now?
Din has brought Grogu to Tython to have him commune with the Force in the hopes of calling out a Jedi Master to train him. The net is heavy with speculation about which Master will come, but I’m not going to get into that here. Fett and Shand show up first, offering their protection of Grogu in exchange for Fett’s armor. There isn’t room to agree to a deal before the Empire shows up.
Butt Of The Galactic Joke
My partner asked why Stormtroopers even wear armor when they get picked off so quickly, and it was one of the first times I didn’t have an answer readily available. Especially with the idea that Beskar armor is relatively indestructible, it makes even less sense. The idea that the army of the Empire is such a joke is getting a little old. It would be nice to see them be a challenge at some point. The Empire is at Tython to retrieve Grogu, and Moff Gideon sends in his Death Troopers. They take him unchallenged, and it makes you wonder. If Moff Gideon was so sure of the Death Troopers’ capabilities, why not send them in the first place? I guess I’m becoming an advocate for Stormtrooper justice.
The Joy In “The Tragedy”
“The Tragedy” is a short episode, but it packs a lot in. Grogu is in the hands of the Empire now. Din is beginning to show a parental side, questioning what will happen if Grogu leaves for training. And a call seemingly went out for a mysterious Jedi to set things straight. Everything is in place for an epic end to season two. The bummer is that there are only two episodes left to go.