Beginning after five years of the events of Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian follows Din Djarin, a lone bounty hunter played by the talented Pedro Pascal, as he sets off on a journey in the outer reaches of the galaxy to retrieve the child Grogu.
The Mandalorian is the first live-action series in Disney’s massive ‘Star Wars’ franchise. The first season of the show premiered in 2019 and season 2 is currently on air. Created by Jon Favreau, the show has garnered great popularity among Star Wars fans.
This week, Chapter 15: The Believer, has been the talk of social media. It aired on Disney + on December 11th and left us all speechless; but if we were to use words, we (and many others!) would describe it as touching and explosive. If you haven’t had the chance to catch the episode, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Mandalorian season 2, Chapter 15:
A Quick Rundown of Chapter 15
Chapter 14: The Tragedy had left us with an adrenaline rush and the excitement continued in the penultimate episode as Din Djarin tracks down Moff Gideon and criminal Mayfeld, who is the only person who can help him complete his task. Mando needs to infiltrate an imperial facility to find the code that will lead him to Moff Gideon’s ship.
If you’re someone who can’t handle spoilers, we suggest you watch the episode first and then come back to continue reading.
The episode takes off on fields of Karthon Chop. We see some imperial junk and a bunch of New Republic prisoners, while their condition is not ideal, for one prisoner things start to look up when New Republic marshal Cara Dune remands him and tells him that she’s got a job for him. That prisoner is none other than Mayfeld. The episode is full of stunning images and the viewers just love it when the Slave I appears on the screen.
After many turns of events, the episode ends with showing Gideon on his cruise as he receives a holographic message from Mando. The battle is on, and both Gideon and Din know it.
For more details, you’ll have to watch the entire episode yourself, but here are some things that stood out to us in this chapter:
We finally know how the Slave I works
Boba Fett’s ship is a unique one and we all know it. Chances are you’ve also wondered how exactly it works. There aren’t many ships in the galaxy that land on their backs, but this one does. This episode revealed to us the working of the ship; we know now that there is a spherical cockpit inside the ship, which—while the rest of the ship rotates during take-off—remains stationary.
It was in an episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars when we saw the fuel source rhydonium for the first time. It appeared many times since then, and we saw Sabine Wren fight off nasty critters using rhydonium. In chapter 5, we witnessed the fuel source in all its combustible glory and this time, it was mined on the planet Morak.
It was a Grogu-less episode
It was the first time in the entire series that we didn’t get a single Grogu scene. But the episode went on just fine because it didn’t have any pivotal plot points that needed his presence.
The battle of Taanab
If you’re an avid viewer of Star Wars, you must have noticed the reference to the iconic line that was delivered by Lando Calrissian in Return of Jedi. Mayfeld tells Din that his ‘commanding officer’ lost his hearing in a battle at Taanab.
Another reference popped up when Mayfeld brings up the 1999 cult classic comedy Office Space saying, “Let’s go fill out those TPS reports, so we can go recharge the power coils.” Seems like our favorite used-to-be villain is a hard-core Mike Judge comedies fan.
Palpatine, who has a pretty conclusive death in Return of the Jedi, is resurrected in the show. He tells Kylo Ren about how he magically came back to life and the Dark Side of Force has many abilities and some of them are ‘unnatural’. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine said something similar to Kylo Ren’s grandfather, Anakin Skywalker.
When Mayfeld talked about the terminal system, we thought it would be some kind of a verification system for security; however, it let Mando in without any problems.
At first, we thought it recognized his face, but how would that be possible? Then it occurred to us that maybe it’s just a logging system and not a security check. This causes concern, as now the system has Djarin’s face details, which means Gideon can use them against him anytime.
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Mayfeld brings up that he served in Operation Cinder, following that announcement things got intense. What happened in Operation Cinder was that the Empire tried to stop the rebellion, fearing that they might end up killing Emperor Palpatine.
After the second Death Star was destroyed in The Return of the Jedi, the Empire decided to launch satellites that would destroy the climate of other planets. This battle has served as a backdrop of many Star Wars video games over the years.
Chapter 15, along with all the other episodes of the show, have been filmed at the Manhattan Beach Studios in California. The second season is directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Filoni. Chapter 15 was solely directed by Famuyiwa.
It’s surprising to hear, but one of the main themes of the show is parenting, specifically fatherhood. The relationship between Mando and The Child have father-son dynamics. It’s unusual for a Star Wars series to have that kind of a connection between characters, and any portrayal of parenthood in the movies and shows is a poor one.
Nonetheless, it’s very refreshing to see this dynamic in The Mandalorian, as it makes the characters more relatable.
Good vs evil
Another recurrent theme of the show is nature vs nurture. This is evident through Din’s transformation from a bounty hunter to a protector. Mando doesn’t trust that he can change because he’s a firm believer in nature, but he’s proven wrong by Kuiil who— in the process of teaching him how to function again— instills in him a different kind of approach. He nurtures Mando to be better and to always fight evil and protect well.
Now that you’ve gone through the rundown of Chapter 15 of The Mandalorian, we know you can’t wait for the next episode to drop already. While The Mandalorian on Disney+ is one of the latest shows released, you’ll be excited to hear that an announcement was made by Disney that it’ll be releasing around 52 new titles in the next few years.
Yep, you read that right. From Marvel, Star Wars to Pixar, we’ll be getting exciting new feature films and series on all our favorite characters. These new titles include Wanda Vision, The Falcon, and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, Ahsoka, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Lando, and many more.
Hold on tight cause we’re in for a treat and check out the trailers of these 10 New Marvel and Star Wars on Disney+ here!