Sean Gerber and I didn’t love Chapter 5 of THE MANDALORIAN, “The Gunslinger,” as much as previous episodes, but we had a great time talking about it anyway. (The Mandalorian made more rookie mistakes than the rookie he reluctantly partnered with, and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand deserved much better. Also, are they hinting that that’s Boba Fett at the end?)
And there’s a lot to be thankful for as we digest Chapter 4 of THE MANDALORIAN: “Sanctuary.” Director Bryce Dallas Howard leans with seasoned ease into the pastoral elements that brought such lovely touches of fantasy and magic to the Ewok movies and WILLOW (directed for Lucasfilm by her father and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY helmer Ron Howard) to deliver sincere emotion and big, hard-hitting action with a little bit of a horror twist. Speaking of hard-hitting, we finally meet beautiful badass Gina Carano as the incredible Cara Dune (who’s worth every bit of the wait and then some), while Julia Jones adds a hint of romance with her powerful performance as Omera. And, of course, there’s lots more of the Child. I loved this one!
Sean Gerber and I review Chapter 3 of THE MANDALORIAN, “The Sin,” which marks the remarkable Star Wars directorial debut of Deborah Chow, who’ll be helming all six episodes of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+.
Chow’s chops are fully on display here; she delivers complex action sequences that are easy to follow, and she injects urgency and emotion into every second of it. Sean and I really enjoyed talking about this one!