The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, “The Marshal,” takes a web page out of Frank Herbert’s Dune playbook, with acid-spewing megafauna that just a fremen may just love. Similar to the primary season, the premiere is bursting with spectacle, constructed round a vintage Famous person Wars sensibility (and a couple of recognized entities).
By means of the top of its 55-minute run time, “The Marshal” additionally provides credence to a fan principle in regards to the authentic Famous person Wars trilogy’s maximum mythical bounty hunter, Boba Fett, rumored to have made a shadowy look within the first season.
[Ed. note: This recap contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1.]
“The Marshal” unearths Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin aka The Mandalorian monitoring a rumor of a surviving Mandalorian on the earth Tatooine. He borrows a swoop motorbike from Amy Sedaris’ persona, the similar goofy mechanic we met in season 1, and heads off into the barren region towards a tiny port town lengthy regarded as deserted. That’s the place he unearths the eponymous Marshall, performed through Timothy Olyphant, a lonely lawman making his method at the fringe of the Outer Rim.
The Marshall’s secret weapon? A battered go well with of Mandalorian armor that used to belong to none rather than Boba Fett. This all strains up with earlier tales: Olyphant’s persona is Cobb Vanth, a law-abiding hero who got the armor within the pages of Famous person Wars: Aftermath, the canon novel set simply after the occasions of Go back of the Jedi. We get a style of that timeline in episode 1’s pleasurable flashback.
The Marshall has the mythical bounty hunter’s armor, and Din needs it again. However prior to the pair can end their barroom brawl, all hell breaks unfastened. It’s a krayt dragon, an enormous monster lengthy regarded as extinct, and it’s tearing town to items.
What follows is without doubt one of the nice battles within the collection’ quick historical past, which skillfully weaves in combination spots of humor with big-budget particular results. It additionally unearths extra of the humanity of the Mandalorian, who spends maximum of his time appearing as a translator for a misunderstood band of Tusken raiders. After all, the people, led through the Marshall, should band in conjunction with the sand other folks to be able to convey the large monster down.
The Mandalorian makes use of the entire guns in his arsenal, after all, together with his new jetpack. The episode’s motion sequences have been a transparent nod to the mythical Famous person Wars Vacation Particular, which first offered the nature Boba Fett. The cool animated film displays him using a sea serpent.
Season 2, episode 1’s massive expose comes within the ultimate few moments. Simply because the Marshall fingers over Boba Fett’s armor to Din Djarin, the digital camera cuts away. There, silhouetted at the horizon, is a mysterious bald warrior with more than one, well-worn guns strapped to his again.
When he turns to stand the digital camera, the face is unmistakable: It’s Temuera Morrison, the similar actor who performed Jango Fett within the prequel trilogy.
Is Temuera Morrison taking part in Boba Fett on The Mandalorian? Or every other persona?
On the finish of the 5th episode in season 1, titled “The Gunslinger,” many enthusiasts swear that Boba Fett himself wandered into the body. May the bounty hunter have in fact survived the autumn off Jabba’s sail barge and made his method in the course of the stomach of the Sarlacc? In Darkish Horse Comics’ Famous person Wars: Darkish Empire run from the early ’90s, and however within the quick tale assortment Stories from Jabba’s Palace, the phenomenally standard Fett used to be established as having survived his run-in with the creature. The ones tales have been de-canonized when Lucasfilm went to Disney, however may just showrunner Jon Favreau be remixing and re-cementing earlier EU lore through bringing again the nature?
I’m now not so positive. Boba Fett used to be a clone of Jango Fett, and whilst enthusiasts by no means noticed the bounty hunter’s face within the authentic trilogy, Morrison’s is the only we predict to peer beneath that inexperienced and yellow helmet. However, Jango used to be additionally the template used to create all of the Clone Military. Morrison may just simply as simply be taking part in the position of an extended misplaced Clone Military trooper nonetheless retaining out within the barren region.
The bigger lore has it that clones have been engineered to age a lot sooner than standard people, partially to lend a hand in a position them for struggle in opposition to the Separatists. However who is aware of if one or two may have discovered a technique to stave off dying and outdated age. Some speculate Morrison may just in fact be taking part in the position of Captain Rex, a grizzled outdated warrior who survived the Clone Wars simplest to show up within the Famous person Wars Rebels cool animated film collection. If that’s the case, he may just lend a hand Mando in finding his technique to Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and even Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson).
Something the cameo guarantees: The Mandalorian season 2 guarantees to be extra stuck up in Famous person Wars historical past — particularly what’s been written into canon on TV — then final 12 months. We’ll know extra when episode 2 premieres on Nov. 6.