After last week’s Jedi-heavy story, Din Djarin and
The Child er… Grogu (that’s going to take some getting used to) continue their adventures this week on Disney Plus with The Mandalorian Chapter 14. The one thing that’s been nice about Mando’s weekly adventures is that it wasn’t trying to tie into the Jedi and/or the Skywalker clan, and was letting an unexplored corner of the Star Wars universe take center stage.
Can the show get back to focusing on Mando’s mission this week, along with the prerequisite “favor” that he will inevitably have to accomplish to move forward, or will there be more surprises in store for everyone’s favorite bounty hunter? With only only two episodes left after this week, time is quickly running out on the second season of The Mandalorian. And there are still plenty of questions that remain.
And things really got moving this week — at a break-neck speed. Hold onto something, as this episode does not relent for the 34 minute run time.
The Mandalorian Chapter 14, entitled “The Tragedy,” opened once again with Mando (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu having a tender parent/child moment — this time playing with the Force — in the cockpit of the Razor Crest. They made it to Tython, the planet that Ahsoka Tano revealed in Chapter 13 could help Mando find a suitable Jedi for Grogu to train with. Without much ado, the Razor Crest sets down and Mando jetpacks Grogu to the Seeing Stone to do whatever it is he’s supposed to do. Simple enough.
Unfortunately, while Grogu is sitting on the stone, Mando spies another ship scouting their location — a ship that is very, very familiar. Mando tries to retrieve the kid, but he’s already well into a Force trance. Mando decides to confront the unwanted guest himself to buy Grogu more time to complete his meditation.
The guest is the first to fire, and when Mando and the stranger come face to face, he meets Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), a simple man making his way through the galaxy — like his father before him. Boba demands his armor back, and Mando refuses, as the armor belongs to a Mandalorian. Boba makes a threat, and reveals that he’s not alone. Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) is with him, with her sights set squarely on Grogu.
It seems it was Boba Fett that saved her in Chapter 5 during Season 1. Now they are a team. Boba just wants his father’s armor back, and Mando will not oblige. Before they can come to an agreement, another ship enters the airspace — this one filled with Imperial Stormtroopers — and Boba and Fennec begin to take them down while Mando tries once again to retrieve Grogu.
It seems the Force shield around his diminutive co-pilot is strong, and Mando gets knocked unconscious. Fennec holds the troopers off, while Boba utilizes his Tusken Raider Gaderffii Stick to literally crack open the white armor of the troopers in a very brutal fashion. As he makes his way through the battalion, he spies the Razor Crest, and it’s open cargo door.
Mando wakes up and still cannot get to Grogu through the Force shield. He then decides to join the battle to hold off the stormtroopers, but he and Fennec get surrounded.
Then all hell breaks loose.
Boba Fett in his armor appears (*remember to breathe*) and then does something Star Wars fans have never seen: he uses every weapon imaginable in the armor to take out the stormtroopers and their ships.
As the two destroyed Imperial transport ships fall to the surface of Tython, a suborbital blast lights up the Razor Crest, obliterating it. Boba jets off to Slave-1 as Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), from the bridge of the Star Destroyer, sends down his Dark Troopers to retrieve “the asset.”
Mando and Fennec race back up the hill to the Seeing Stone but the Dark Troopers HALO jump and snag the exhausted child, only to jetpack away. Boba gets a bead on them in Slave-1, but Mando calls him off because of the danger to Grogu. Boba follows the Dark Troopers up and finds an Arquitens-class Star Destroyer. He says, “They’re back. The Empire, they’re back,” and he breaks off pursuit and returns to the surface of Tython as Moff Gideon jumps to lightspeed.
Back on the ground, Mando rummages through the ashes of the Razor Crest and retrieves the gear shift ball and the Beskar staff, the only two things to survive the blast.
Boba shows him that his chain code is encoded in the armor, and has been for 25 years. He shows Mando that his father was Jango Fett, who owned the armor before him. Mando learns that Jango was a foundling, much like himself, and Boba reveals that Jango also fought on the Mandalorian Civil Wars. Mando agrees that the armor belongs to Boba. Boba thanks him for returning the armor, and Mando says their business is complete.
Boba reveals that they are not done. Because the armor was returned to him, the fate of the child is now his responsibility (I love Mandalorian honor code!) and Boba and Fennec pledge themselves to Din Djarin to help get Grogu back.
The three bounty hunters return to Nevarro and Mando asks Cara Dune (Gina Carano), who was made a New Republic Marshal in Chapter 12, for help in locating a prisoner. Mando wants to break out Mayfield (Bill Burr), the ex-Imperial sharpshooter last seen in Chapter 6. Dune refuses to help break out a murderer from a New Republic prison, and Mando tells her that Gideon has the kid.
Aboard the Star Destroyer, now cruising in lightspeed, Gideon checks on the asset, only to find Grogu Force-playing with two stormtroopers like they were toys. After he exhausts himself, Gideon shows the little guy the Dark Saber and then he allows the stormtrooper to stun the child. Grogu’s tiny hands are shackled and Gideon says tells his communications officer to contact Dr. Pershing and let him know they have their donor.
Is This Star Wars?
Where can I even begin? THIS is the Boba Fett that fans have always imagined but were never allowed to see in the films. He fights like a man possessed, destroying with ease and taking control of the situation like only the myths have hinted at.
Boba Fett has always been a guy with a cool outfit and nothing else going for him. He was portrayed in the original trilogy as literally the worst bounty hunter in the galaxy, and was ultimately bested by a blind man with a stick. The Mandalorian Chapter 14 changed all that with one scene.
Not only did we see Boba fight melee with a Gaderffii stick, which was also awesome to watch, but the way he used all of the components of his armor was pretty incredible.
Seeing Slave-1 again was also a nice touch. What I find interesting is that for ever deep cut that this show throws at long-time fans, it is just as steeped into its own mythology now. The fact that Fennec returned and played a huge role, and Mayfield could return as early as next week — and the hints of what is going on with Mandalore and Bo-Katan, this series is redlining like no other show on TV, and it’s doing it at the right time. There are two episodes left, and I suspect they will be just as action packed at The Mandalorian Chapter 14, if not more.
Writing And Directing
The Mandalorian Chapter 14 was written by Jon Favreau and was directed by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City, From Dusk Til Dawn). Rodriguez pulled out the stops in the action scenes, and I have a feeling that Boba’s badassedness was in part due to Rodriguez’s direction. He’s a well-known fan of the saga, and like us, he too wanted to see Boba Fett be Boba Fett. Both Rodriguez and actor Tem Morrison delivered in spades.
The Mandalorian Chapter 14 was unrelenting in its storytelling, and I cannot harp enough about seeing Boba Fett in action. This was also a transitional episode, as Grogu getting taken sets up the final two chapters, which could very well be an assault on a Arquitens-Class Star Destroyer. Could viewers see all of Mando’s supporting cast joining in the rescue? These next two chapters are going to set the world of Star Wars on fire, and I, for one, cannot wait.
The Mandalorian Chapter 14 is available to stream now, exclusively on Disney Plus. All images courtesy of Disney and Lucasfilm, and remain the property of Disney.