A Fine Digression Dominates ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3, Episode 3

by Frank Martin

The great thing about the Star Wars universe: it is extremely multifaceted. It contains so many different shows (and films, games, novels, comics, stc) ranging so many different styles aimed at so many different demographics. But that’s not all. It also touches on multiple aspects of the universe. The Mandalorian has primarily been a western-styled action series. This week’s episode, though, took things in a different direction. Although it started out with action, it primarily focused on a Imperial scientist as he is being reintegrated into New Republic society. It was definitely a different tone for the series, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worthwhile.

Picking up were the last one left off, Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) takes Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) back to get his ship. Unfortunately, they are attacked by TIE fighters who destroy her home. The focus then shifts to Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) as he just finishes a rehabilitation program to be useful to the New Republic. Unfortunately, Elia Kane (Katy O’Brian) is also a part of the program and convinces him to obtain a mobile lab to continue his research into cloning. This turns out to be a trap and he is sent back to the rehabilitation program.

Because of this shift from the Mandalorian to a side character who hasn’t really been fleshed out in the past, many fans might not like this episode. It’s reminiscent of episodes from The Book of Boba Fett that focus solely on Djarin rather than the show’s title character. But it gives fans a better glimpse of how this era of Star Wars operates. It’s a time of transition in the galaxy, one that will ultimately lead to the First Order’s rise. Expanding upon it is extremely interesting and should not be discounted as the season continues.

The Mandalorian streams Wednesdays on Disney+.

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