The Mandalorian Chapter 15: The Believer

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Chapter 15 is one of my favorites of the season. For me, this episode brought to the forefront what Jon Favreau has created. He has made a Star Wars story that is three-dimensional with real characters.

Mayfield

Bill Burr has been on a hot streak this year. For over a decade, he has delivered some of the best stand-up comedy specials out there. When you hear his voice, you know that a good show lies ahead. At the end of Chapter 14 when his mug shot appeared on the screen, I have anticipated what he would bring to the table in this episode.

Mayfield extends a narrative that I’d only heard from Benicio Del Toro’s character in the Star Wars universe. He argues that these planetary feuds are meaningless compared to the people that live and survive in the universe. We weep for Jedi’s that continue on their journeys, but while they do this, there are millions of people on the planets they reside on who are just trying to make it to the next day.

Confronting his former commander, he laid it out not only for his own ghosts but for all the ghosts of the Star Wars universe. Not being special doesn’t mean you don’t have a home and family expecting you. He also proved that just being an average guy still gets a whole lot done.

Unmasked

Mando removed his helmet. First to wear a stormtrooper outfit so they could enter the citadel and then to scan his face to get the coordinates to find Grogu. A man that wouldn’t remove his helmet to possibly save his life removed it to help save his child’s. Their bond is strong and Ahsoka is right, it will probably get them both hurt down the road.

His inability to emote was stellar acting on Pascal’s part. Anyone that can sit next to Bill Burr during one of his deliveries and keep a straight face deserves an award. Their banter was hilarious and I just hope that the announcement of so many new shows for Star Wars means a world where these two run into each other more often.

The Call

If you’re Moff Gideon, does a hologram call from Mando scare you? Yes, it’s surprising that he found you, but does the threat get to your core? At this point, I think he’s intrigued, but I think his comeuppance is not for this season. He still has that dark saber and I don’t think that’s something that gets resolved in a single season. To me, it seems like an arc that will continue, especially on another show.

Moff Gideon is shaping up to be a man in black like in the Stephen King universe. He works for the Empire and there are bigger bad guys that he serves, but the last of him isn’t going to be in one single fight on a single show. A character like this can pop up anywhere to create havoc. My only interest is the reunion between Mando and Grogu. If that reunion is postponed until Christmas of next year I just don’t know what we’re going to do.

I’m loving this season, I’m dedicated to the series, and I care about the characters being created for this universe. All of this is to say that I can’t wait until the world is normal again so that we can flock to Galaxy’s Edge to live out our fantasy worlds from this show.

Sabrina Monethttp://sabrinamonet.com
A writer surviving in the Bay Area. When I'm not working, I'm trying to finish my manuscript or consuming unhealthy amounts of television. I watched Return of the Jedi on the big screen and have been a fan since. In 1998, I crashed a media event and stole one of the signs as a memento that I was there - George Lucas saw me do it.

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