The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Child of the Watch
Season 2 of The Mandalorian produced the most substantial episode of the new season with Episode 3, titled Chapter 11: The Heiress, as it not only gave us the excitement we expect from the Star Wars series, but it also expanded its science. We now know that our titular protagonist (Pedro Pascal) belongs to a cult of Mandalorian society called The Watch, whose members would probably yell “Make Mandalore great again” if they lived in our world. The information puts a new twist on Mando’s frequently used phrase, “This is the way,” which now seems like a brainwashing tactic, rather than a simple affirmation of values.
But before Mando’s philosophy and upbringing was questioned, Chapter 11: The Heiress, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (who also directed Chapter 4: Sanctuary) and written by Jon Favreau, gave us some bits of humor. Even with the help of the Frog Lady (Misty Rosas), the Command struggled to land their severely damaged Razor Crest ship on the Trask Estuary moon. And just when Mando thought he had it all under control, the Razor Crest falls sideways into the water. Poor Razor Crest, nothing has been treated more badly in The mandalorian Season 2. The Mando asks a Trask dock worker if he can fix it, to which he emphatically replies no as the camera moves to reveal the horrible state he’s in.
The humor gave way to a bit of cuteness in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 when Frog Lady is finally reunited with her husband, Frog Man (John Cameron). I’m sure they have real names, but the program doesn’t bother to provide them, so we’re stuck with these. For what it’s worth, this is possibly the last we’ll see of them this season. His final moments on screen are quite sweet, further marked by a literal tune shift from The Mandalorian composer Ludwig Göransson, who ditches his usual bombastic soundtrack to add some warmth to the scene. Baby Yoda could have eaten a lot of his eggs, and he’s still hungry, have someone feed him please, but the Frog Lady family line will continue, thankfully.
Speaking of feeding Baby Yoda, the Mando takes him to a local Trask restaurant to do just that, where the Frog Man tells him that he will find information on the other Mandalorians he’s been looking for. Baby Yoda’s food turns out to be alive and that surprises him, but Mando doesn’t bother and tells him to stop playing with his food. The server finds a man who can help Mando, a guy named Quarren whose face looks like an octopus, and the two go sailing after Quarren says he has seen some Mandalorians two hours away by boat. Except it’s a ruse to steal Mando’s beskar, something everyone seems to be keeping an eye on, which isn’t surprising given the price tag.
Quarren throws Baby Yoda into the water where a giant sea animal is ready to devour him, though Baby Yoda has the presence of mind to lock himself in his case before he swallows him whole. Naturally, Mando jumps after him, which is exactly what Quarren and his men expected. They close the robbery doors and try to drown him. Fortunately for Mando, the other Mandalorians he’s been searching for appear out of nowhere (sky) and rescue him and Baby Yoda. However, Baby Yoda’s shell is almost destroyed, and Mando will need to find a new floating home for the green creature, but at least he is still alive. And that’s more than can be said for Quarren and his men.
Finding other Mandalorians is what Mando has been working on since the beginning of The Mandalorian season 2, and the time has finally come, having nearly died nearly a half dozen times along the way. But the reunion takes a very different turn after the three new Mandalorians remove their helmets. This goes against everything our Command has been told, there’s even a reminder of this fact in the “previously lit” episode recap, and it reacts exactly as you’d expect, telling them that anyone who removes their helmet isn’t true Mandalorian.
Star Wars Fans who have seen The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (the two animated series are set between Episode II and Episode IV, while The Mandalorian takes place after Episode VI) would have likely recognized the armor of our new heroic Mandalorians. Bo-Katan Kryze has been involved in the two animated series mentioned above, and her teammates are Koska Reeves and Ax Woves. This is the first Star Wars appearance for this latest duo.
In response, their leader Bo-Katan (Katee sackhoff) reveals that he was not only born on Mandalore, but also fought in the Purge. And the armor he wears has been a part of his family for three generations. If anything, she’s more of a Mandalorian than Mando himself, she seems to suggest. But it’s what she says afterward that changes everything we’ve been told about “the Mandalorian way.” El Mando is a Child of the Guard, a cult of religious fanatics that broke away from Mandalorian society with the goal of reestablishing “the old way.” Mando is surprised, declares that there is only one way and quickly flies off.
But after having trouble again at night in the harbor with some of Quarren’s brothers, and needing to be rescued again by Bo-Katan and company, Mando agrees to sit down with them for a drink. Bo-Katan tells him that Trask is a black market port where people make money selling things looted from Mandalore. Bo-Katan is trying to take back his home planet, which Mando believes is cursed, but you can no longer exactly trust what he’s been told, and he needs weapons to do so. Command says that’s not his mission, he needs to find the Jedi. Bo-Katan says he knows one, but first he has to help them with a mission of his own: embarking on an Imperial Gozanti freighter.
The four of them, Mando, Bo-Katan, Koska and Ax, dispose of the Stormtroopers aboard the freighter. Bo-Katan’s crew is very efficient, Mando seems to be almost taken aback by how little he has to do, though he can show his bravery and the strength of his beskar armor as he charges into a group of Stormtroopers who have them pinned down. in a time of need. Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) appears through a hologram to instruct his officer (Titus Welliver) to sacrifice himself for the common good, to prevent the weapons from falling into the hands of the Mandalorians, but Mando and the others arrive in time to stop. him from crashing into the water.
That’s when Bo-Katan reveals what he’s really looking for. She asks the commander (Welliver) to tell her who has the Darksaber in exchange for his life, but he kills himself knowing that Moff Gideon would never let him live if he reveals that. Although The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 is never explicit about the connection, the Darksaber belonged to the Mandalorians, as it was created by the first Mandalorian to be included in the Jedi Order. As such, Bo-Katan is the heir to the Darksaber, which explains the title of episode 3 of season 2 of The Mandalorian.
Bo-Katan asks Mando to stay, but he tells him that he must continue with his mission. And as promised, for his help, Bo-Katan tells him where to find a Jedi: the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus. These aren’t places we’ve ever heard of in the Star Wars universe, but we did hear of the name Bo-Katan utters a moment later. The Jedi is called Ashoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Padawan and one of the protagonists of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Disney had been keeping a close eye on the reveal, even though its presence was first reported in March, with Rosario Dawson it is said that she was chosen to perform his live action version.
We can’t wait for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4. Hopefully it won’t keep us waiting like Jango Fett’s actor Temuera Morrison, who hasn’t been seen since. the end of episode 1. And maybe we’ll also take another look at the mysterious hooded character played by WWE wrestler Sasha Banks, who is credited with her real name Mercedes Varnado, who was seen very briefly in Trask Harbor.
The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 “Chapter 11: The Heiress” is now airing Disney + and Disney + Hotstar whenever available. The new episodes are released on Fridays around 1:30 pm IST.