Now that you’ve had the weekend to watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian, lets talk about the awesomeness that it entailed! The Mandalorian Chapter 11 is titled “The Heiress” and it was definitely the most exciting and best episode of Season 2!
What made this episode so special and cool is the fact that it’s the first episode of the series that starts to majorly crossover with characters that we know and love from the Star Wars animated shows like The Clone Wars and Rebels.
The episode introduces us to Katee Sackhoff reprising her role as Bo-Katan Kryze, but in live action form. She is joined by two other Mandalorian characters including Koska Reeves, who was played by Sasha Banks and Axe Woves, who is played by Simon Kassianides. These Mandalorians are a group of operatives known as the Nite Owls, a faction that goes back all the way to the Clone Wars and they weren’t always on the side of the Jedi or the established order on the planet Mandalore. But now Bo-Katan and her crew plan to take back their home planet now that the Empire has fallen and she is looking to get the Darksaber back from Moff Gideon.
In the episode, Mando manages to make it to the planet Trask, a water planet populated with Mon Calamari and Quarren. It’s here that he drops off Frog Lady (Misty Rosas) and her eggs and she reconnects with her Frog Man (John Cameron) and the family is back together and happy.
While Mando pays to have a lot of work done on his bashed up ship, he gets some information on where he can find other Mandalorian to help him on his mission. Mando finds himself connecting with a Quarren fisherman who offers to take Mando and The Child across the sea to find the other Mandalorians. It’s on this mission that they are attacked by the crew of the ship because they want Mando’s Beskar armor.
During this scene, The Child is swallowed up by a giant sea creature being held in the hull of the ship. Luckily his flying carriage was closed up before that happened. Mando finds himself in a bad situation, but he’s saved when the three Mandalorians he’s been looking for fly in and kill the rest of the Quarrens. Those Mandalorians include the previously mentioned Bo-Katan, Koska Reeves, and Axe Woves. Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze is the rightful heir to Mandalore and the last of her line.
One of the Mandalorians even dives into the ship’s cargo area where the giant sea creature is to save The Child. It’s a pretty badass and heroic moment.
She explains that Mando is a member of the Children of the Watch, which is a religious cult that broke away from Mandalorian society, whose goal is to re-establish the ancient way. This is why the Nite Owls can remove their helmets and the Mando won’t. Mando gets frustrated over the situation involving this new faction of Mandalorian and rockets off with the Child and watched from afar as the three warriors scuttle the ship and fly off themselves.
Mando later finds himself confronted by an angry gang of Quarren led by something who found out his brother was killed on the ship attack. As things get heated and Mando finds himself in another sticky situation, the three Mandalorian fly in and save him again. They want to talk to him and he agrees to have a drink with them. Bo-Katan explains that Trask is a black market port and the remnants of the Empire are running guns and she wants the weapons to help in her effort to retake Mandalore and to see a new Mand’alor on the throne.
Mando shares with the Mandalorian warriors that he’s been quested to take the Child back to the Jedi and Bo-Katan asks what he knows of the Jedi, and then offers to lead him to a Jedi if he agrees to help them on a mission to get an arsenal of weapons from the Empire. The Mandalorians want to rob an Imperial freighter full of weapons and they have a plan to attack it as it lifts off. Mando always seems to get drawn in to help out other people to get what he needs.
Before Mando leaves on this next journey, he drops The Child with the Frog Family, so that he’s safe. Of course, The Child is eyeing the eggs the whole time and we’re all left hoping that he doesn’t eat any more of them.
The four Mandalorians embark on their mission to breach the freighter and start taking out waves of Stormtroopers that are on the ship. The ship’s commander, who is played by Titus Welliver, does everything he can to stop the raid but is unsuccessful. He even calls Moff Gideon for help who tells him that help is not coming and that he has to scuttle the ship. So, he kills the two pilots and starts to take the ship down to crash it.
While this is happening Bo-Katan decides that she is going to take the whole ship, and also reveals that she’s looking for an item and she plans to use the ship as bait to get it back. That item is the Darksaber. Remember, before we saw Moff Gideon wield it, she was the last one to have it.
The team of Mandalorians manages to get control of the freighter and keep it from crashing. This whole sequence involving the Mandalorian assault on the ship is incredibly thrilling and extremely awesome! I loved everything about it. One of my favorite parts was when the group finds themselves being heavily fired upon by a team of Stormtroopers and Mando runs right into the line of fire toward the Stormtrooper being shot multiple times and throwing a couple of little bombs at them blowing them up.
After they take control of the ship, Bo-Katan finds out that Gideon has the Dark Saber and she asks Mando for his help in her battle and he once again tells her he has his own mission. He then asks where he can find the Jedi and 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 the Star Wars fans go wild! This episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, and she did an awesome job with it!