SPOILERS AHEAD FOR EPISODES 1-6 OF THE MANDALORIAN
The sixth episode of The Mandalorian titled The Prisoner was released today on Disney+ and it gave us some new characters which seemingly are outside of the Bounty Hunter’s Guild.
Mando has seemingly taken a job outside of the Guild to make some easy cash.
First, Mark Boone Jr. (Batman Begins, Sons of Anarchy) plays a fixer and former associate of Mando who has assigned the group to extract a prisoner from the hands of the New Republic and Mando’s ship is key to the job as it conveniently is not detectable by the security system.
The group consists of Mayfield played Bill Burr, a former Imperial sharpshooter and is quick to point out he wasn’t a Stormtrooper.
A purple Twi’lek named Chion (spelling not confirmed) is played by Game of Thrones actress Natalia Tena. They allude that she and Mando have some sort of former flame relationship.
It turns out they’re springing her brother played by Ismael Cruz Cordova.
Zero, a droid that is voiced by British comedian/director Richard Ayoade likely best known for the comedian series IT Crowd. The droid ends up piloting the Razorcrest.
There is also a rather large red Devaronian named Berg played by Sponge Bob and Highlander actor Clancy Brown, who is the muscle of the group.
Matt Lanter played the New Republic soldier/guard on the prison vessel.
Also, directors Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow play New Republic pilots that show up at the end of the episode. Their X-Wing pilot characters respectively named Trapper Wolf, Jib Dodger, and Sash Ketter. They end up blowing-up the spaceport after Mando stashes the tracking beacon there.
The whole scheme is seemingly set up to double-cross Mando for a previous encounter and abandon him on the ship as they escape. After a tense exchange, Mando turns the tables and eventually has to tracks down the mercs leaving them locked in one of the cells.
One of the aliens in the cells is an Ardennian, the same species as Jon Favreau’s character Rio Durant from Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While the show is enjoyable it’s quickly becoming predictable in some respects. I’m really hoping that it starts doing more than repeating itself by having Mando do pointless jobs that don’t really propel the plot of the series or character development.
Oddly enough, this episode seemingly pushes Baby Yoda into the background and pretty much ignores him for the most part outside of Mayfield mistaking him as a pet rather than a child.
Episode 7 is set to be released on December 18th to avoid being released on the same day as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series depicts a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.