The Mandalorian: Chapter 11

Project Stardust has decided to come together and do a weekly roundtable among Anna, Lauren and Meaghan. Every week we are going to talk about things we liked about each episode, and a question we have. These discussions will have spoilers, so read on if you are all caught up!

Things We Loved:

 Bo-MFing-Katan (we had many iterations of this, as we were all screaming in delight)

Lauren: Once we knew Din was looking for more Mandalorians, I think many people were wondering if we would get some familiar faces from Clone Wars/Rebels. And then here Bo-Katan comes in all her glory, down to the scar on her forehead. Katee Sackhoff did an incredible job bringing this character to life and I’m so intrigued with her mission to locate and take back the Darksaber. Something else to love about the appearance of Bo-Katan and crew and their exchange with Din is the fact that we got A LOT of questions answered. BIG questions that may play into some major character growth for Din. We finally know why it’s not okay for Din to take off his helmet when so many other Mandalorians we know are fine with it. Mark that little mystery off your checklist. I hope we discover more about Din’s origin story and the lore behind the Children of the Watch. I’m all in!

Meaghan: Eff yeah!! She’s every bit as badass in live-action as I knew she would be. Katee Sackhoff is a goddess. I AM STOKED to see my Bo back in action! Can’t wait for her to kick Moff Gideon’s ass to get her Darksaber back! I’m also very in love with Mercedes Varnado as Koska Reeves and Simon Kassianides as Axe Woves. More of all of them, please! I also really love the little bits of exposition we get from Bo-Katan’s exchanges with Din, like why he can’t take his helmet off when, like, every Mandalorian we’ve seen outside of this show has no issues with it. I really hope Din has more of these kinds of conversations with Bo and Co. so we can see him evolve as a character. 

Anna: I was SO EXCITED to see Bo-Katan. Katee Sackoff is just so fantastic and I was thrilled at how well her character translated from the animated series to live action. I loved seeing more Mandalorians, learning about the Children of the Watch, and I am also really interested to see if this affects Din. I think this will give him pause and make him think, especially after seeing his ability to learn and grow in regard to his feelings on droids. I would also DIE to see an interaction between Bo-Katan and The Armorer. 

Frog Lady Story Resolution

Anna: I was so thrilled about how they resolved this storyline. Her reunion with her husband was just so happy and amazing. I loved that we got to see their first little one come into the world. I am REALLY pleased that The Child got to see this and understand the importance of the eggs. It was just so well done.

Meaghan: I love that Frog Lady got a happy ending! I was so invested in her that I was almost in tears watching her reunite with her husband. She deserves only good things. And to top it all off we last see Mr. and Mrs. Frog with their little tadpole. Hope for a brighter future and a continuation of their lines. These small glimpses into the wider galaxy are exactly the kinds of things I live for in Star Wars. Sure, I like the large galaxy encompassing drama, but it’s the small glimpses into the struggles and everyday lives of these regular citizens that really make the galaxy far, far, away feel real.

Lauren: I think my heart grew three sizes watching Frog Lady run to her husband. I was ready to go to war for her, so to see that she had the happy wrap-up she deserved was really everything I needed. Star Wars is about hope and we need to see that concept play out in both big and small ways. That said, the discourse leading up to this week’s episode questioned whether these eggs were the last of the species or the last of just HER line. I don’t think it matters. The loss of either would be pretty tragic, no? Thank goodness we get to end this side quest with a sweet tadpole baby.

Final Favorites:

Lauren: I’m a sucker for a good Star Wars hallway scene – please play the last eight minutes of Rogue One for me on my death bed on repeat – and the one in this episode was exceptional. It’s known throughout the galaxy that Mandalorians are fierce warriors, so when their bravery and technological innovations are on full display as they make their way through the ship, it’s pretty thrilling. It’s one thing to animate a scene like this, but seeing it play out in live action is so impressive and speaks highly of the talent both on- and off-screen.

Meaghan: As per usual, the directing was spot on. Please give Bryce Dallas Howard more directing gigs. Maybe a full-length Star Wars motion picture at some point? “Sanctuary” last season was one of my favorite episodes and “The Heiress” was just as riveting. She gets such human performances from her actors and I just love the way her episodes feel. I hope they continue to bring her in.

Anna: I was so thrilled when I saw Bryce Dallas Howard had directed this episode. I should have known because she had such a perfect touch for “Sanctuary” and this episode needed a similar hand. It was just so well done and showed off her diversity as a director. Her action scenes were really, really well done. Like Lauren, I also love that last hallway scene in Rogue One and this one was right up there on every level. More Bryce Dallas Howard!

We have Questions:

Meaghan: How is Ahsoka doing? Is she doing okay? Is she eating well? Did she get a new outfit? Is Rex with her? Will she please be my best friend? I actually have some anxiety about Ahsoka transferring to live action, but I’m also VERY excited to get more Ahsoka content, so I’m just feeling a lot of emotions right now. I can’t wait to see how Din and she get along and how she is able to help on his quest. Maybe she’ll be able to communicate with The Child! Maybe we’ll finally get to know the name of Yoda’s and The Child’s species! I’m very excited to see where this season is going.

Lauren: What is Ahsoka Tano going to wear? Do you think her montrals are longer now? Will she be able to communicate with The Child on a level that Din is not able to? Are they going to use the Force together? IS FORCE GHOST YODA GOING TO BE THERE? I have so much enthusiasm for this upcoming episode, I don’t even know where to begin with questions. I just suspect that I’m just going to cry and enjoy the ride.

Anna: First, did anyone else notice how many things that were supposed to be food for The Child tried to eat him this week?! I felt like that was a nice righting of the universe after the uncomfortable egg eating of last week. I am interested to see how Ahsoka and Din interact. I think there will be a lot of mutual respect, and Ahsoka will tell Din that she is not a Jedi and that he must continue his quest to find Jedi to train The Child. And yeah, CAN WE KNOW WHAT SPECIES YODA, YADDLE AND THE CHILD ARE?! Are there more Force sensitive beings of that species? Is The Child a clone of Yoda? I’m willing to bet that we won’t see Ahsoka until Episode 13, because that is the one Dave Filoni is directing, so I am really interested to see what we will see next week!