The recap leading into Chapter Seven of The Mandalorian – “The Reckoning” – certainly gave some strong hints for what was to come in the episode; in fact, my first thought was “they’re getting the band back together”!
Okay, it’s more like getting the band all together for the first time, but that’s besides the point – because one by one Mando picked up the friends he’s met along the way to return to the place where it all started. First Cara, then Kuiil the Ugnaut, and even IG-11, who was apparently resurrected and reprogrammed by Kuiil. (I was with Mando, though – I wanted to trust Kuill enough to believe that IG-11 is one of the ‘good guys’ now, but his red ‘eyes’ don’t help things.)
I wanted to like the montage of Kuiil teaching IG-11 all the things for the humor in it, but in the end it seems an odd-montage-out compared to the rest of Chapter Seven, especially when Mando collecting Cara involved watching her in some sort of arranged bar fight and their eventual meeting with Greef Karga featured a nighttime air attack by some sort of pteradactyl-dragons.
But I digress, because let’s be honest, the most important part of any Mandalorian episode is Baby Yoda. It was interesting to get a bit more insight into how everyone views The Child, with Mando admitting that he thought it was engineered, although Kuiil quickly put that idea to rest. And speaking of putting ideas to rest, I’ve been solidly in the ‘Baby Yoda is just acting like a toddler as a defense mechanism’ theory camp, but him force choking Cara when she was arm wrestling Mando, apparently not understanding that it was just a friendly bout, makes me question that theory more than anything else has.
Of course, not long after that Baby Yoda healed Greef Karga, which reminds us again that he’s very probably way more than he seems…and after what happened at the end of Chapter Seven, I think we have to hope that whatever he is helps him – and our ‘heroes’, so to speak – get out of what looked like some pretty big trouble. With Moff Gideon appearing as what we can only assume is the true big bad, Mando, Cara, and Greef cornered by him, and poor Kuiil killed in his attempt to flee with The Child, “The Reckoning” certainly lived up to its name…just maybe not in the way any of us viewers would have hoped.
Let’s just say that I’m more than a little worried now about how they can possibly wrap up this season in a satisfying manner…which I only say because I’ll be very upset if it doesn’t end with Mando and Baby Yoda back together and flying off into hyperspace.
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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