It’s Friday, and for Star Wars fans, that means Disney Plus has released The Mandalorian Chapter 11, which is the third episode of Season 2. The new chapter comes on the heels of last week’s episode that sent Din Djarin and the Child on a dangerous detour to a snow planet filled with Ice Spiders. This week’s episode gets back into the swing of things. When we last saw the Razor Crest, it was limping along on its journey to the planet Trask, with massive holes in the hull and its occupants a little worse for wear.
The Frog Lady, Mando’s esteemed passenger from Chapter 10, and what is left of her catch of eggs, are still trying to get back to her husband. Hopefully she can keep the insatiably hungry child away from her brood long enough to make it and keep her bloodline intact.
The Mandalorian Chapter 11, entitled “The Heiress,” picks up shortly after the Ice Spider attack and sets Mando on a whole new course. One chock full of Star Wars lore. Strap in, folks. This is one helluva chapter.
The Razor Crest has a very thrilling and bumpy landing onto a dock on Trask, a water planet populated with Mon Calamari and Quarren. Once down, Mando pays a Mon Cal to repair the ship while Frog Lady (Misty Rosas) reconnects with her Frog Man (John Cameron) and the family is back together.
Frog Man tells Mando where to go for information on the Mandalorians, and he and the Child take in a meal at Trask’s version of Long John Silvers. There, Mando connects with a Quarren fisherman who can take the duo across the sea to find the other Mandalorians.
The Mandalorian Chapter 11 trades the western aesthetic for a good old fashioned high seas adventure. The fisherman wants to show Mando and the Child a beast they have captured, but then double crosses our hero by feeding the Child to the beast and trapping Mando in its sea cage so the Quarren can collect his Beskar armor after he’s dead.
Mando is saved by three other Mandalorians, who jet down and kill the Quarrens. One of the fabled warriors (Mercedes Varnado, aka WWE’s Sasha Banks) dives into the tank and saves the Child. Mando thanks his clansmen — until they pull off their helmets. The leader introduces herself as Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) of Clan Kryze, the rightful heir to Mandalore, the last of her line.
She explains that Din Djarin is a member of the Children of the Watch, a religious cult that broke away from Mandalorian society, whose goal is to re-establish the ancient way, which suddenly explains so much about Jango Fett, Boba Fett, Din Djarin, and all of the backstory from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series (it’s all on Disney Plus, you should really give it a watch).
Seriously, The Mandalorian Chapter 11 is connecting some major dots here.
Mando gets angry and flies away with the Child and watched from afar as the three warriors scuttle the ship and fly depart themselves.
Later, Mando is confronted by some angry Quarren who lost family in the boat attack and the three warriors one again show up to save him. Then he agrees to have a drink with them. There, Bo-Katan explains that Trask is a black market port and the remnants of the Empire are running guns — guns she needs to retake Mandalore and to see a new Mand’alor on the throne.
Mando tells the warriors three that he’s been quested to take the Child back to the Jedi, and Bo-Katan asks what he knows of the Jedi, which is very little. She offers to lead him to a Jedi if he helps them on a mission. Poor Mando is once again drawn into the schemes of others.
The Mandalorians want to rob an Imperial freighter full of weapons. They have a plan to attack as it lifts off and hit it before it reaches the airspace.
Mando leaves the Child with the Frog Family, and sets off on his new mission.
The four Mandalorians run their assault, breeching the freighter and taking out wave after wave of Stormtroopers. The ship’s commander (Titus Welliver) tries everything he can to stop the raid, but is unsuccessful. Bo-Katan reveals that she is taking the whole ship, which angers Mando. She also reveals that she’s looking for an item and she plans to use the ship as bait to get it back.
The Imperial commander calls for help and is greeted by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who tells him that help is not coming and that he has to scuttle the ship.
The Mandalorians get control of both the guns and the ship as they stop the freighter from crashing in the nick of time. Bo-Katan finds out that Gideon has her item: the Dark Saber. Bo-Katan asks Mando for his help in her battle and he once again tells her he has a mission. He asks where he can find the Jedi. She tells him to take the Child to the city of Kaladan on the forest planet of Corvus, there he will find a Jedi named Ahsoka Tano.
And jaws dropped across the world.
Is This Star Wars?
This episode drips with Star Wars goodness from top to bottom — but not just the saga films. The Clone Wars animated series gets some major love here, with Bo-Katan looking for the Dark Saber, and the fact that she sends Mando off on the next leg of his journey. This time, he’s off to Kaladan to meet up with Ahsoka Tano — yes THAT Ahsoka Tano.
I may have gasped when her name dropped. Even though we’ve known that she would featured this season, Favreau and company are not holding back with the deep Star Wars lore. In three episodes, The Mandalorian has dove deeper into the mythos of the Galaxy Far, Far Away than the prequels ever did.
There’s also some fun Stormtrooper action, and an appearance of Moff Gideon, and seeing the Mandalorians work as a team in full live action was something special, for sure. As much as I loved The Mandalorian Chapter 9, I may have actually liked this episode better.
Writing And Directing
The Mandalorian Chapter 11 was written by Jon Favreau and was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Howard handles the action like a seasoned action-film veteran. I will go ahead and say it — she directs Star Wars better than her dad, and I say that as a fan of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The Mandalorian Chapter 11 was heavy on Mandalorian exposition, and ties to Star Wars canon with the animated shows. It fired on all cylinders and casting Katee Sackhoff as the live action Bo-Katan (she voiced her in the animated shows as well) was a special treat. Sasha Banks also proved that she can act and I would love to see more of her going forward.
This episode was just stacked with Mandalorian history and the fact that Favreau is working to connect these dots makes me very excited to see what comes next.
The Mandalorian Chapter 11 is available now on Disney Plus. All images courtesy of Disney and Lucasfilm.