‘The Mandalorian’ Episode Three Review: “This Is The Way”
The Mandalorian continued its streak of fantastic episodes this past week with the third episode, titled “The Sin”. The story shifts into a more frantic pace with this episode. This action filled episode continues the high standard quality of the series. Moreover, it continues the show’s excellent character building.
Taking place shortly after chapter two, “The Sin” opens with the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) delivering the target to his client, albeit reluctantly. After growing close to the child, he manages to convey a subtle closeness to the creature. The character development is at its best after he claims the reward. Mostly, we learn the traditions that the Mandalorian culture carries with a certain coldness. The Mandalorian is reminded of who he is by his people. Shrouded in loneliness, to be devoid of feelings. “This is the way”, he is told. Mando is even praised by the head of the Bounty Hunters Guild. However, it’s clear his guilt weighs on him. Equipped with new armor and gear, he goes to correct his mistake.
This is where The Mandalorian kicks into high gear. The last half of chapter three is exhilarating. Above all, it serves the story and the character. Seeing the Mandalorian raid the empires safe house was thrilling. Moreover, his standoff with the guild was intense and great to watch. I can’t recall any other Star Wars property with gunplay like this. Overall, the choreography is excellent. Moreover, it’s interesting to watch an action sequence service character development.
That is exactly what happens at the end of this fantastic episode. After saving the child and surrounded by all sides, hope seems lost. However, reinforcements arrive in the form of fellow Mandalorians. Arriving en masse, they save our protagonist from a hopeless situation. The phrase “This is the way” is repeated. Only this time, it is in an entirely different context. Empathy and community win the day. By acting altruistically, the Mandalorian shows his culture how powerful they can be when together. Originally wanting to discourage feelings of empathy, they now give their lives freely to help one of their own. It’s a touching moment and the best part of the episode.
The direction by Deborah Chow was phenomenal this episode. Chow brings a real eye for character development throughout. Conveying subtle feelings of guilt, empathy, and community is no easy feat. However, she manages to do it wonderfully. The Mandalorian has a knack for having great directors. The eye for action and character bleeds into the episode. “The Sin” plays with ideas of greed and selfishness, but eventually settles on the idea of community. Of empathy. This would not be a Star Wars show without a positive message. Despite trying to stay in the shadows and lay low, the Mandalorians risk everything. The saying said throughout the episode takes on a powerful new meaning. This is the way, indeed.
After this episode, I hope to see more of the Mandalorian culture and people. So far, The Mandalorian absolutely lives up to its show title. One way or another, each episode is sure to reflect the culture of Mandalore. Another highlight of this episode was Carl Weathers as Karga. Taking a more active role this episode, the leader of the Bounty Hunters Guild proves to be an interesting antagonist. I hope to see more of him in future episodes. Hopefully, with an interesting assortment of Bounty Hunters.
Overall, this third episode of The Mandalorian was fantastic. Continuing the trend of high quality that executive producer Jon Favreau strives for. Not to mention, Chow brings heart and action to this episode. With exciting story developments and The Mandalorian himself set in a new direction, it will be exciting to see where the story goes from here. – Ernesto Valenzuela
Grade – 9/10
New episodes of The Mandalorian release on Disney+ weekly.
The series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Bill Burr, Taika Waititi, Ming Na-Wen and Werner Herzog.