TL;DR – A visual spectacle with some fun moments but not much more
The Mandalorian: The Heiress Review –
One of the bonuses of using a streaming service for your delivery platform is that you are not constrained to 1-hour time-slot (well 45min with ads) of broadcast TV. The Mandalorian has already used this to bump up the story and action in the first episode The Marshall. This week we get to see it reverse with a much shorter but more concise episode.
So to set the scene, in last week’s episode The Passenger things didn’t quite go to plan, and that is saying something, which led to the Razor Crest being a leaky sieve with nothing but the cockpit secure from the ravages of space. However, janky it may be, but at the start of this week’s episode we finally make it to Trask an ocean moon orbiting the gas giant Kol Iben. After some … interesting moments landing (that did give me some Firefly flashbacks) they arrive mostly in one piece hoping to find the Mandalorians left on the planet. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
There is a lot that can be said about this episode, but I want to take a moment to talk about the action. We get two quick action scenes, and one long action sequence during this episode, which is quite a feat given the short runtime. While each of the action scenes was basically the same thing, each still felt different. The first was this scrappy brawl with everyone trying to get on top an unfolding situation. The second was a surgical strike where one side was entirely unprepared for what we are walking into. The third was a prolonged firefight throughout a cruiser where waves after waves of stormtroopers. Getting these different flavours on the same theme was good to see because it takes a lot of skill to pull that off.
All of this is set on an exciting planet full of some of Star War’s best production design. Trask is this ocean moon, so you get to see a wet misty outpost, almost like a rundown Ganymede from Cowboy Bebop. The ships look unique and exciting as they cut across the sea. More than this all the sets felt real and lived in and also skewing into the weird which has been a bit of The Mandalorian’s calling card. To add to this, this might be some of Ludwig Göransson best music to date.
While this was a more bombastic episode, there was also an undercurrent of caring. When The Baby was thrown to the monster, Mando (Pedro Pascal) did not hesitate to dive in after him. We also got to see Frog Lady (Misty Rosas) reunite with her husband in a touching moment, which was then reinforced when Mando has to leave The Baby with them to attack the cruiser. This time around we don’t get The Baby eating all the eggs, but being entranced by the baby tadpole. Though we could have done with the very obvious in-house references.
The central thrust of the story involves Mando finding a trio of Mandalorians and getting stuck up in their war. We have Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado), and Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides) all member of the Nite Owls, and all not held by the “I must wear my helmet at all times” rule. Now, if you had watched The Clone Wars series, I am sure the introduction of Kryze would have been great to see, but it all felt a little forced for me at times. It did get us to where we needed to go at the end, but something didn’t click for me there.
In the end, do we recommend The Heiress? Yes, yes we do. It was a fun episode, full of action, but also some touching moments. I mean there was a moment when I felt fear for The Baby even though intellectually I knew no harm was coming to them. But we got a BIG reference at the end of the episode for Ahsoka Tano, and I am sure that is going to blow people’s minds next week.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Mandalorian
Directed by – Bryce Dallas Howard
Written by – Jon Favreau
Created by – Jon Favreau
Based On – Star Wars by George Lucas
Production/Distribution Companies – Lucasfilm, Golem Creations & Disney+
Starring – Pedro Pascal with Misty Rosas, Mercedes Varnado, Katee Sackhoff, Simon Kassianides, Titus Welliver & Giancarlo Esposito