1160 – The Apostate | Mandaborian on Mandalorian Chapter 17 S3E1
This episode will be oh so sweet and sleepy as we catch up with our old friends.
- The Elbow Dipping Conundrum
- Bitter Lounging
- Finding Nemo
- Pirates of Penzance
Notable Talking Points:
- Top 5 Milks to Dip your elbows in
- Is that helmet airbrushed??
- A Quality Ship Action Sequence
Episode 1160 – The Apostate | Mandaborian on Mandalorian Chapter 17 S3 E1
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, whether you call it a pram, a stroller, or a buggy or something…you say, what is that floating contraption that young being is in? Our green little friend? If you say, what is this person…what did I just tune…? Welcome to Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep — eventually — a podcast that’s here to keep you company while you fall asleep. Tonight, we’re gonna be talking about Season 3, Episode 1 of The Mandalorian, or Chapter 7…I don't know, Chap…one of the…or Chap…whatever the chapter is. I don't know if there’s…8, 16, 17…it could be 17, but that would only be me getting lucky with my guess. But it was a fun one, and…'cause I mean, I know I’ve talked about it before. I say, what do you call that float…?
Is that a…I guess floating pram…floating buggy doesn’t sound as good. Floating stroller…you’d say, no, it’s more…you’d just say…you wouldn’t call it a stroller. You’d be strolling…you could…it’d be nice to stroll with…that…wouldn’t it be nice? Who was that, The Beach Boys? They never…they didn’t…The Beach Boys weren’t together when the show came out, but if they were or you were to cover a Beach Boy song within the Star Wars universe…you know who would sing it? Wendy Marstrap would say, wouldn’t it be nice to be on…to be strolling with a floating pram? Or it’d be nice to be in a floating pram. You might say, what in the floating pram…? Okay, so, Sleep With Me is a podcast…I get it, I get it. Most people, when they get to this show, they don’t like it.
It takes two or three tries to get used to, so that reaction is normal. We also have a list of sleep podcasts at sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou. But this show is here because you do deserve a good night’s sleep, a bedtime you could look forward to, and I really hope I can provide it. I really hope I can help. But give it a few tries. See how it goes. Structurally what’s coming up; support, because a lot of work goes into the show — that’s how it comes out for free — then there will be a long, meandering intro, which is a big part of regular listeners’ wind-down routine or falling asleep routine, for some people. It’s a show within a show meant to ease you into bedtime. Then we’ll talk about Mandalorian, about twenty-five, thirty minutes into the show or so…as we call Baby Oso. So, that’s it. I’m really glad you’re here. I think that’s everything you need to know initially. Yeah, I’m here to help or to try to keep you company while you fall asleep, to be your friend in the deep, dark night. It’s time for Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. Thanks for making it possible, my patron peeps.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press Play. What I’m going to attempt to do, though, is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake. It could be thoughts on your mind, things you’re thinking about, so, thoughts…yeah, thoughts that you’re thinking about. So, thinking stuff. So, thoughts, it could be feelings, anything you’re feeling physically that’s coming up for…feeling like…physical sensations or emotions that are there related to those thoughts.
Sorry, my brain is literally…I guess this is…you…this is probably relatable stuff, but as I was trying to talk…this is not…I’m not kidding, what my brain just…which popped into my head while I’m trying to open this podcast and be there for you…my brain literally said, this…I mean, I guess I can’t quote literally, but what my brain just said to me was hey, do you think you could use find-and-replace to replace one space with three spaces throughout a whole thing? But in the specific program that’s not a word processor? I won't say the name of the program. My brain said it, and I said, do you realize we’re…? I said, I don't…hm. I said, well, that could solve something for us. You’re right, and I do believe it’s possible in a word processor. Is it possible within this app? I don't know.
But probably…I’m trying to introduce a sleep podcast; not the best time to talk about it. Then my brain said, but it’s related to…it’s tangentially related to the podcast. I say, I don't know if it’s tangentially related. I would say barely…it’s probably tangentially related to the podcast. You’re right. But right now is not the time, 'cause what I was trying to tell the listeners is no matter what you’re thinking about, how you’re feeling physically or emotionally or whatever else is coming up for you…it could be changes in time, temperature, routine, you could have something coming up, you could have…you could be facing a larger find-and-replace conundrum other than what…you say…now, don't worry, I’ll explain all the…I’ll try to lay it out.
Hopefully we’ll have time for a tangent where I can explain why my brain is contemplating this at the wrong time. But whatever it is…I mean, the reason I share all that and the reason I just shared that — what popped in my head — is because I don't want you to feel alone. Sometimes I don't say it this directly, but being alone in the deep, dark night, even if you’re in the room with somebody else…I guess that’s weird, but it can feel lonely, being alone. Or you could feel alone and lonely even though you’re not alone. ‘Cause the other person might be sleeping fine, or maybe they’re sleeping in another room, or maybe you got your dog there, you know? Or maybe…whatever. But it’s not easy, or trying to explain it to somebody that doesn’t quite get it, that can be lonely, too.
You say, well, this…well, okay, why don’t you try to…have you tried to rub milk on it? Rub milk…? Oh yeah, that’s what my grandmother used to do. Rub milk on what? ‘Cause I’m trying to…I was having trouble…oh, no, it was drink warm milk, and…oh, no, maybe it wasn’t. I think she would…oh, doesn’t that sleep podcaster tell people to dip their elbows in milk? No, he uses that as a metaphor, though, for the kind of…well, that’s what worked for my nan. It’s warm milk, though. Warmer than lukewarm, but obviously you don’t want…nobody wants to…it can’t be too warm. So, you just gotta make sure you test it. But don’t test it with your elbows, even though that may be the best thing to test it with, because your elbows are maybe slightly denser. But I would still just test it with a finger first.
Also, I’ve never thought about…for the most…well, yeah, let’s not talk about the cleanliness of elbows. Okay, do you real…? Oh, sorry. I was trying to make a metaphor about…yeah, people can’t relate. It can feel…you say, okay, I’ll…maybe I’ll try that one day. I don't know if you’re like me and you tried stuff like that, 'cause you said, well, I’ll try anything, right? I’m willing to try anything to get some sleep here, even trying to find the perfect…yeah, even trying to find the emotional thing to warm up milk to dip my elbows in, because for some of us, that takes…you say…the emotional wherewithal, and to say, well, I’m gonna warm up some milk. I’m gonna find some saucers…no, not a good idea. I actually have ramekins, 'cause I make this specific thing occasionally in those.
So, I do actually have access to ramekins, which I’m not positive…now I’m not…I guess they aren’t the right diameter. That would have been my go-to, though. I guess bowls…probably the best thing to dip…do you dip…do…is there such a thing as cross-elbow-milk contamination? Then your…the person you work with or whatever, they say, so, did you try dipping your elbows in milk? Yeah, well, it caused a lot of weeping. Oh, did you cry over spilled milk? No, though eventually I did later. But yeah, no, I had…it…you probably don’t…it was very emotionally taxing trying to get myself to figure out…and then microwave it and then test it.
Then I…so, I didn’t actually complete the task of…by the time somebody was…then right when I went to look and dip my elbow in milk, I did it where my neighbor…the window that looks out at my neighbor’s place…and they saw it. So, I don't know if I’ll…I mean, I may never sleep…it’ll be a…until I move, that’ll be…so, maybe you could relate to that and a normal person can’t. That’s why I make the show, because I’ve been there, and that can be a lonely place to be, weeping over non-spilt milk that you’re trying to warm to the right temperature to attempt something out-of-the-box — we’ll say in a kind way — to fall asleep. I mean, we say kiss your shoulders or dip your…we do joke about that. You could try it. I’m sure that…I guess probably not…you say, I don't know if milk’s good for your elbows.
I’d say, maybe it’s good for your skin, but probably not, 'cause you’re gonna wipe it off pretty quick. There’s another thing; if you’re a scientist in school looking in some sort of…I don't know if that would be…if you’re an epidermal…if you’re an epidermist. I don't know if that’s a thing. I guess we won't talk about floating prams in this episode, but…or, I mean, until later. But if you dipped…that would be interesting. You don’t have to credit me, but I would love a shout-out. You say, milk…the rate of milk absorption by…via elbow…and they’d…I would love it if you were having to defend your thesis. I say, what made you curious about how much milk an elbow can absorb over a time period, and why did you do the experiments at different temperatures?
Oh, it’s not a well-known fact or a well-known piece of advice to dip your milk in elbows to fall asleep. It’s actually a metaphor, but about things you’d be willing to try to go to sleep that might even work. But it’s more a metaphor about advice people give people that can’t sleep. But then we all…then a pod…then the person that made it up said, I’m curious about that, though. You could use any kind of milk. I’d say, unsweetened almond…oh, I’d say…here’s the thing. I’ll just say it right now. I would say, top five milks to dip my elbows in; oat milk coming in at number one. Coconut milk, I’d say, at close second. Oh boy, after that, maybe a…I don't know, after that…is there a hemp…? I think there is hemp milk. I’d say, give me some hemp…let me try some hemp milk for dipping. That’s three. Four; maybe almond milk?
Five; I don't know. After…I started crying at…before…trying…I was weeping before that. But I’d say at…for the love of…maybe they’d say, for the love of science, that’s why…why did you decide to do your thesis? Really? For the love of science, that’s why. I mean, there’s a long, meandering story related to it, but it’s really 'cause I loved looking into it. I’d say, okay, what did you discover? That dipping…that…well, that’s…dipping in your…elbows in milk is probably not a good way to fall asleep. We got that covered. Two; yeah, we’ve discovered all the…we discovered all those facts about absorption and those kind of things, which you can see in my spreadsheets here, presented in a visual way. I don't know how. I even got a infographic, one of those long ones.
Also, did you know this person’s trying to introduce a sleep podcast and we’re all in his imagination? That’s…for the love…that was what…would…made me say, for the love of science. Oh, really? Yeah. So, that’s why I make the show. So, I’m glad you’re here. So, whatever’s keeping you awake, I’m here to help, because you deserve a good night’s sleep, really. Really, that is important to me because I’ve been there, because I can relate to how it feels, and even if I don’t know exactly what you’re going through or how it feels…if I can’t relate to it, I’m pretty sure there’s someone out there listening right now who can, and they’re nodding their head right now, because even if they haven’t been in the exact same thing, they’ve gone through something like that. I don't know if that helps. Maybe it doesn’t.
But that’s why I make the show, is because me and all the other regular listeners, we know how it feels when you’re nodding your head along as someone tells you…no, seriously…or maybe it was honey. Maybe she dips her elbows in honey. I don't know. Let me call…oh, no, she’s…yeah. But maybe try honey or Demera sugar, whatever that…you say, no, I’m not…you know. Well, honey might not be bad, I mean, if I lived in a tub or something. Even then, it wouldn’t be a good idea. Nothing sticky, please. Even if it worked, I couldn’t…I don't think I could pull that off. ‘Cause you can’t see your…the problem is, you can’t see your elbows. That’s what was discovered in the imaginary thesis I just talked about. They call that the Elbow-Dipping Conundrum, or something. Whatever. I don't know. That’s why their budget spiked.
They said, well, I need helpers. It takes a team and a village to properly do scientific experiments based on dipping your elbows in different things, whether it be…'cause then you’d say, well, whether…what type of honey, honey? So, oh boy. So, I know how it feels. The other thing is you deserve a good night’s sleep. That’s really…even if you never listen to the show again, sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou has other sleepy stuff you could check out. But the thing is that you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a bedtime you could feel neutral about or look forward to. If I can’t provide that, I hope you find something that can, because you’re…if you get the rest you need, your life’s gonna be more manageable, it’s gonna be better, and that means the world we live in is gonna be a better place. So, that is important.
The other things to know…oh, this show is a show you just barely listen to. You just kinda barely listen. I mean, clearly…I mean, come on, let’s not joke around. This is not…you’d say, this is…there’s some level of coherence in here; it just doesn’t make any…it makes sense, but it’s senseless. So, a lot of people just barely listen. They’ll go…the regular listeners say, there he goes again, another tangent…how many tangents can a sleep podcast have about dipping your elbows in stuff? But Scoots has got them. I’d say there’s a limit. I mean, how many liquids are there? Come on, let’s be honest; there’s unlimited…I mean, not unlimited, but nearly limitless. Teas…but how many things…you go into a boba place; you say, what do you got, 1,100 drinks in here? Luckily I go in with a teen, so I just say, what should I get?
Even then…so, I don't know. But now I’m just thinking about going…do you have any elbow-sized containers? I’d like mine in a bowl, please. Boba and Elbows; that’d be the next…my next thesis for my next imaginary…whatever they call that thing when…I don’t even know. It’s not even a thesis, whatever it is. So, you deserve a good night’s sleep, the show is something you bare…just barely listen to it, just like a out-of-focus picture or someone you’re trying to humor. If it was…if you were…you’d say, really? Uh-huh. Yep. Okay, boba’s…uh-huh, uh-huh. Brown sugar boba. Yep. Uh-huh, uh-huh. So, that’s the other thing; also, there’s no pressure to fall asleep.
I’m gonna be here for over an hour, so whether you’re awake or asleep, you get plenty of time, 'cause I’m here to keep you company, to be your friend, your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-sib, your bore-bud, your bore-bestie, your neigh-bore, your bore-bor, your friend in the deep, dark night to keep you company while you drift off, not to put you to sleep. There’s people listening who can’t sleep — and I’m here to the very end — or people that need a break during the day. So, that’s kinda what works about the show, is I’m here whether you need to listen to me or not. If you need company, I’m here to keep you company. If you need the idea that I’m keeping you company and…but you don’t need to pay attention to it and you fall asleep, that’s…that works.
Or if you wake back up and you need a reset, that’s what I’m here for. Or some people listen all night long. So, I’m here…that’s what I’m here for. So, that’s…those are a couple things. The structure of the show also throws people off. It’s very specific why we make the show…the structure we do, but you could adjust. The show starts off with a greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, so you feel seen and welcome, and you say, I might check that podcast out. I probably say something silly. This time, I was trying to set up the floating pram that Baby Oso or Baby Grogu, as they call Baby Oso. Definitely this episode, it’s Baby Grogu. So, I said, okay, I get it. But Oso is the nick…baby…Oso is my nickname for Baby Grogu, 'cause…no longer known as the child.
So, it’s a loving name. Oh, so cute; that’s what it stands for. Oh, so sweet. Oh, so floaty in a pram. So, oh, so that’s the teaser, we call it, the start of the show. Then…or the greeting. Then there’s support because a lot of work goes into this show and I want it to be free, and that’s what makes it possible, or paying-optional. If you don’t like the ads, you could support the show, but if you want it free, you get it for free. That’s great. Then there’s a long, meandering intro, which I think we’re like, fifteen minutes into already, that is separate from the support. I do not want you to miss out on this if you’re new. So, that’s why I repeat it every intro. It’s a show within a show meant to ease you into bedtime. I mean, who knew we would be covering what we covered in this past fifteen to twenty minutes?
It’s fifteen to twenty minutes long. Looks like we’re over fifteen minutes; I just looked. I have no idea. The teaser was also long. These are good things in a sleep podcast. But yeah, the intro is meant to ease you into bedtime, introduce new people to the podcast. But regular listeners, other than the 2% that skip it and the small percentage of people that fall asleep really fast, which we’re so happy for them…they probably feel like they’re in a floating pram. What if they were in a float…? They say, what…are those cup-holders in your floating pram? Well, not…they’re liquid-holders. They’re like a cup…they’re like a cup, actually. They have a drainage out the bottom, which is great, and they have a high lip made of silicone.
Because when I’m in my pram…'cause if he had a floating…I gonna guess that was in Wall-E; if you had a floating pram, then you might as well use it like a…like all humans. You say, when I’m in it, I like to…if I encounter a sit…there’s a button on here, and when I encounter a situation then I need some soothing, I choose a liquid. Well, the liquids I have stored on board, and it heats the liquid up to a nice temperature that’s warmer than tepid but not hot, and then I can secretly dip my elbows in there and no one’s the wiser. Other than…they say, wow, you’re so chill. I’d say, yeah. If you only…what’s your secret? Dipping my elbows in liquid in a floating pram, man. What else would it be? What was I talking about? I went into a fugue state, or the fugue inventor state. Oh, structure of the show.
So, the intro goes on and on and on, 'cause a lot of regular listeners…it’s part of their bedtime routine, and it doesn’t have to be that way for you if you’re new. Just see how it goes. Like I said, you could skip it. But more people pay to listen to only intros than anything else for the show, so that just tells me…and I would have never known that until…that…the listeners that support the show and the interaction I have with them. So, that’s just…I don't know. So, the in…so, I just don’t want you miss out on it, 'cause sometimes people are just like, oh, this is just one big ad, or when does the show start? It’s like, well, it never…it’s always never started. That’s what the intro is, 'cause most people…or just what I’ve experienced for myself and what I’ve read, is having a bedtime routine and wind down is what really works.
It’s what makes bedtime special for me, and I mean…what I mean by that is I have different nights…I have a different wind down routine depending on if my daughter’s over or not. But last night…actually, last night I didn’t have a complete routine, but I do have certain…whatever they call them, anchors, I don't know, where I pet my dog. Last night, she wanted to go to bed even earlier than was scheduled. So, she likes it, and I wrap her in blankets, then I pet her and I say, ‘what a good dog’ and stuff like that. That’s part of my routine. Then I do other stuff, and then I’m reading Tommy and Tuppence from Agatha Christie, one of…this one’s more like…I guess it’s kind of a novel, but it’s kinda short stories, so it’s really fun. So, yeah, it’s…yeah. Oh, so that makes me…when I’m…when I have a book like that…and I read a lot of different stuff, but it makes bedtime feel better, even with…how I feel about the other feelings.
It kinda…I said, at least it feels neutral sometimes. So, that’s…oh, so hopefully the intro could be part of your wind down routine, or you develop your own wind down routine without the intro. Then there’s support again so the show could be free, then there’s our episode. Tonight we’ll be covering Season 3, Episode 1 of The Mandalorian, and talking about that and maybe some facts that came up on the show and stuff like that, and then there’s thank-yous at the end of the show. So, that’s the structure of the show, that’s why I make the show. I’m really glad you’re here. I really appreciate your time and you coming by, and I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by, and here’s how we’re able to do it for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, Scoots here. It’s time for the return of the Mandaborian…Mandalorian. Oh, boy. It’s been so long that this old…this old cracked iPad of mine…this little old iPad of mine, I’m gonna let it…it barely can shine…that I just used for this stuff, is…don’t think this is gonna be the right password, but it hasn’t even been…it was offloaded. Well, we’ll see if it works. Yeah, I’m not confident it’s gonna work. Oh, boy. So, yeah, this is a little user error with Scoots. I’m trying to get into Disney+, but I don’t…my…I did reach out to try to get access to The Mandalorian. I mean, I already paid for Disney+, but to try it get it early. I wasn’t able to do that, but it’s…I didn’t really try…I just e-mailed the…I don't think it would have made a difference because…just 'cause of the schedule anyway.
But usually when we’ve gotten access to stuff, it’s taken me contacting somebody and then them doing it, because…okay, let’s try this one. I don't know if I can copy and paste from an…my phone to an old iPad. Let’s find out. Oh, it worked. Wow. Does it work to get us in there, though? Oh, we’re in. Oh, no, it doesn’t have any profiles. Well, that’s interesting. Well, let’s see. I don't think this is gonna work, but…huh. Okay. Sorry, everybody. Well, this is kinda sleepy stuff that…it’s weird, though. But so, I did…no PIN. I don't know, I may be signing up. That’s strange. I don't…oh my gosh, I gotta put a birthday in? Okay. Oh, no…huh. I did get in. I don't know if this is an actual account or I just sign…this is when I’m like, hey…but whatever. Oh, here’s Account. Oh, who knows?
This may be…we’ll see if this works, eh? That’s what we’ll see. Okay, it does look like it’s working? Let’s see here. Okay. We’re getting a download, but we could always stream it. But I was just saying, yeah, I did try…I said, well, maybe we could get some media access, and I looked it up on the contacts. But I think I tried before, too. But it usually doesn’t work if you’re just a regular podcaster and you’re e-mailing their general media inbox. They have, obviously leading up to the show, a lot bigger things to deal with. So, with the other places that we’ve gotten access, it’s usually been…when we had…worked with the PR agency, the PR agency would then reach out to the PR agency for the show or the company. So, it’s not…but I said, well, there’s a chance.
Actually, to be honest, not to go on a continued tangent, but thinking of Baby Oso, Grogu, it was a growth opportunity. So, in a sense, it was a good thing because…I remember I looked it up three different times. Then there was the show’s inbox and then the overall one. I think the contact may have been the same person, anyway. But I said, why…I didn’t want to get outside of my comfort zone and even send the e-mail, so it was a win. I don't know if they made these episodes available early to anybody, anyway. I could have done more because I could have contacted other people that I know that cover shows and asked them who to contact. So, again, this is all in my arena. I guess I was just making idle chatter while I was looking it up. But we’re finally…we’re talking about Chapter 17, Season 3, Episode 1, The Apostate.
Let’s look up what ‘apostate’ means, to get started, 'cause that’s some serious vocabulary. Apostate is a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle. So, actually, there’s a little bit of…what is an apostate person? It’s the person rejecting it by one who once professed the faith and now publicly rejects it. So, that’s really interesting, 'cause I did not know what ‘apostate’ meant, and I had…so, that really does say…that really is a big hint as…maybe where things are going, because the show is The Mandalorian; the episode is The Apostate, and someone like me, I would have easily gotten the two…don’t get it twisted, as Rihanna says. So, that’s interesting. One who undertakes apostasy is known as an apostate, according to Wikipedia.
Apostasizing…apologies from apostasizers…embracing…it’s disaffiliation, abandonment, or renunciation by a person. Undertaking it is called that. Renunciation and criticism of or opposition to…so, this is…holy cow, I’m pumped now. I mean, I was wanting to look that up, right, but wow. That is cool. I mean, cool title for a episode…for especially Episode 1, and cool because…well, we’ll see as the season unfolds, but I’m…it makes me even more excited of what threads are gonna be pulled at here, right? Okay, so I got it starting. It starts with a recap. IG-88 or IG…what is it? IG something. That season, then Karga and Mando, the baby, the classroom, the blue…Bo-Katan’s…and crew. Then Grogu…mask comes off or the helmet comes off. Mandalorian says, you’re out.
So, again, this is where I thought the apostate meaning was, but that is not the case. So, I guess I don’t believe that the Mandalorian is the apostate. Could the Mandalorian become an apostate? Could the Mandalorian be apostasized? But I guess for some reason, I thought it was the person on the outside trying to get back in, but it’s the person who was on the inside…on the outside and saying, I’m staying on the outside. So, wow. Really, I guess I’m just stunned because it’s giving more and more meaning to the performances and the body language, and that’s how you know you’re in good storyteller’s hands. So, okay, we got the recap. Nevarro, Bo-Katan…only one way. Child helmet off…no more. How can I atone? According to creed, you gotta bathe in the waters beneath the Mine of Mandalore. This is the way.
But it’s all gone. Then we have sound effects in the background while the Lucas thing…Lucasfilm and the Star Wars titles come up…of working…and eventually it becomes clear it’s some sort of forge-based activity. Sound effects, though…Lucasfilm sound effects, Star Wars…forge action. Liquid into water. Oh, I was gonna look this up. So, yeah, let’s pause it here. Okay, there’s only theories on what the liquid is that’s being poured into the liquid there. But some people are like, maybe it’s some sort of…maybe there’s no reason to have a theory and maybe they’re…maybe it’s just a normal part of the forge process. So, I guess we don’t have an answer there, but that was part of it. But yeah, so, the armorer is working. We see the symbol on the back wall a few times.
There’s flames on the forge, there’s circular pieces of metal. Beskar, I would assume. Beskar, I would presume. Maybe even the Beskar from Season 1. I just read some of the comics that were from Season 1 as a prep for this. That kinda helped refresh part…but they’re not…they don’t have the whole Season 1 out in comic books yet, either. But yeah, then it’s some sort of dome or a helmet. He goes in the water. Then we got some welding, we’ve got some…what is that called where you…? Soldering. Electronicking, painting, air…you say, is that a airbrushed Mandalorian helmet? ‘Tis an airbrushed…that’s how we get that sweet, sweet color. Wait a second, I do have to rewind it because this came up a few months ago.
I don’t believe that they…so, a little continuity thing; I don't…I’ve never worked with metal before or paint, to be honest, but according to my speculation in a non-Mandalorian episode, you should use primer. Oh, maybe there is primer on there. Okay, there’s…it’s possible there’s primer on there before the painting. But is the…is my helm primed? I don't know. So, then…so, there’s drumming. A lot of stuff I want to look up, though. Okay, so we have the helmet, the symbol in the background…we see it a few times. There’s drums and then there’s these flags that come out. That was another thing. Let me look that up. I don't know what they’re called. Are those called…? When you’re in a royal thing and you have the sticks…I think they’re called something else in…maybe we’ll find out. Okay, Mandalorian flag meaning?
Let’s see if that Google…I don't know what year. The Mandalorian symbol…that’s the Mythosaur. Mandalorian symbols and meanings. This is from April, 2022. It’s 2023, though, right? Let’s see. That’s 2015, and that’s just the Mythosaur. Okay, this one’s from GamesRadar. It’s from 2023, March 1. Just see if there’s anything…GamesRadar…Bradley Russell…nine days ago. What is the way? The way is the way of Mandalore, which is kind of like a religion. I’m totally paraphrasing. It’s also the shorthand for the rules and the creed. Oh, there’s different subgroups of the Mandalorian. So, Children of the Watch is Mando’s sub…the creed and the way are kind of the same, or very much, that says. There are rules; they can’t take their helmet off, help other Mandalorians, and if you got the Darksaber, you can lead all of Mandalore.
Okay, never remove your helmet. Okay, another one is that you have to protect the great…so, this is…I’m just trying to find if there’s anything about these flags, but…Children of the Watch and the armorer…Din Djarin is a Child of the Watch. Bo-Katan explains Djarin’s part of a more hard-line group that broke away. Children of the Watch want to reestablish the ancient order of the way, but what that entails is open for debate. Could it be isolationists, exceptionalism? How does the armorer fit in? She’s not just there to make the Mandalorians’ armor, but to teach Mando and the proxy of the audience about the way. Is she the leader? We don’t know, but she holds some sway. We still don’t know a lot about it. Okay, and that was it for that one. So, I guess I’ll just try to pause and see what we can see.
So, there’s one, two…two…okay. Oh, wait a second, so…oh, boy. I gotta rewind it. There’s other ones outside, but there’s only two being carried. Oh, banners, like a banner-person, right? That’s what they were called? Okay, so, one is a blue one with a Mythosaur, but then the other one, it looks like a stick with red on it, red blobs, kind of. So, I have no idea what that is, but maybe that’s the one…the Children of the Watch symbol? I don't know. Also, the drums and then…okay, so what’s happening? So, the armorer was in a cave and the drums start playing. The armorer’s been working on this helmet. She carries it out of the cave in a procession. There’s drumming. Pretty sure I can see drummers in the background coming out of the cave. There’s two banner-people.
They’re coming outside of a cave to a gathering of other Mandalorians on a beach. Then there’s a child who’s standing there in the water, kinda knee-deep, about? A little bit less than knee-deep. There’s other banners outside. There’s also…it looks like a reverse seven. What is that? Learn more every day. So, yeah, the child’s sitting there. Oh, I was like, is this a flash-forward or flashback? There hasn’t been any dialogue yet. There’s no dialogue for another five seconds, 'cause I just paused it. The armorer presents the helmet to the child and says, I swear on my name and the names of the ancestors, and the child repeats that; I swear on my name and the name of my ancestors that I shall walk the way of the Mandalore. The child repeats it. The words of the creed shall be forever forged in my heart.
We see other shots of Mandalorians watching, presumably, 'cause they have their helmets on. Now the helmet goes on the child’s head and there’s a sealing sound. This is the way. This is the way, the boy says. This is the way, everybody says. The armorer says it, the child says this is the way, then everyone says this is the way. Then the…so, this part is…I don't know if it’s super important, but the armorer dips a bowl in the water. From this moment on, I shall never remove my helmet. I don't know if the water was gonna get poured or…on the child’s head, but before the child can answer, you say, holy Jurassic Park, a giant turtle comes out of the water, and I mean giant. The turtle does not seem to see so well, so everybody says you gotta get out of the way. This turtle can’t see. It’s super-giant.
It’s also a turtle that has a tendency to snap. So, they say, grab all the…get out of the way, everybody. This turtle’s…can’t see and it’s just snapping. So, a lot of the Mandalorians are trying to…what do you call that? Herd the turtle or something? Some fly, they try to put…they try to say, hey, what about your shell? We’d prefer that you just leave. We don’t want any kind of soup, you know. We just want to finish our ceremony. We’re about to have the kid drink or get water poured on its head. This turtle is very resilient. It’s very prehistoric, too. The whole team of Mandalorians, they try everything. They try…what do they call those? Their things with their arms, their armpoons or whatever, to try to rope…a little bit of roping. The turtle says, I’ll rope-a-dope you.
The turtle even rolls over at one point while people are using their ropes on it. That doesn’t work. Then there’s a lot of Mandalorians helping other Mandalorians, including…the armorer makes a move, and…yeah, here goes the armorer running. Very good runner in sand. Dives…great…of not getting caught in the water. Helps somebody up; says, hey, let me help you up. Then the armorer gets knocked down by the turtle, and the child, the young person that just got their helmet, goes to the armorer’s side. Then the kid stands up, facing the turtle, and everyone’s like, oh no. But then we hear the whistle of the Mandalorian, and…that whistle sound. Then we see a ship come along and say, turtle, go home. Has one of those turtle-repulsors.
Says, please, turtle, go back to your…I think turtles live in a nest, even prehistoric turtles. So, the turtle goes back to its nest and we realize, oh, it’s not a flashback or a flash-forward; present time. Mandalorian lands, canopy opens, then Grogu pops up, Baby Oso, then it says, The Mandalorian. We get the opening sound…The Apostate, which is even more awesome. So, then the Mandalorian goes into the armorer’s cave. We see the Mythosaur. The armorer’s working. Grogu…Baby Oso’s with…and the armorer says, you removed your helmet. What’s worse, you chose to do it, and you’re not a Mandalorian anymore. Baby Oso…Grogu…'cause Grogu’s a teen now, I think. Creed teaches us redemption, the Mandalorian says. Not possible. We don’t have a homeworld. No more redemption. Armorer’s almost trying to ignore him.
Mandalorian says, what if the Mines of Mandalore still exist? Nope, gone in the Purge. The Mandalorian pulls out this green piece of thing with an inscript…metal melted into it…green crystal, and says, what about this? Isn’t this Mandalorian? The armorer says, okay. Grogu’s sitting at the table as well. Where’d you come upon this? Jawas. They got it from a traveler who claimed to have visited Mandalore. This is a relic. Only proves that the entire surface was crystallized by fusion rays, the whole surface. Grogu says, oh no; looks at Mando. The traveler got this, so perhaps it’s not as bad as it seems. Five is the…so, basically this is the season goal, here, which I’ll just sum up…which is sweet because it’s…basically, if I go home, back to our home and take a bath, then all will be forgiven.
So, I love that because he’s with…his whole goal…maybe for the season or the first half of the season? I don't know…to take a bath and maybe give Grogu a bath, though Grogu’s looking pretty clean, so he must have had a bath. So, mission; take a bath. Episode 1, at least. If a traveler can do it, maybe I can. We get a lot of good looks of Oso face. He has to…the Mandalorian has to bring proof, though, that he bathed in the mines…beneath the Mines of Mandalore. The decree of exile will be lifted and I will be redeemed by the creed. This is the way. At first, the armorer looks at Grogu, who’s making sounds, then looks at the Mandalorian. This is the way, I guess. I guess it is. It doesn’t sound like that, though. Sounds a little bit less…more nonplussed. Like, okay, if it’s…if you can do it, that is a fact.
So, the Mandalorian stands up. I think…oh, let’s rewind it 'cause I said, did the Mandalorian do a…or did somebody do Picard’s shirt move here? Let’s see. Okay…so, this is the way…so, the armorer stands up. Yeah, the armorer did it, a brief one, a Picard…or Riker shirt pull-down, if you watch Star Trek: TNG. Then I’ll see you again, the Mandalorian says. Then we have a little bit of an effect, then we’re in some sort of hyperspace tunnel? I did want to look this up, but there is one reveal here. So, they’re going through this…well, let’s look up…I don't…I probably looked it up before, but I don’t understand. Hyperspace in Star Wars; let’s look up that. H-Y-P-E-R space Star Wars. Okay, hyperspace Star Wars. Okay, yeah, there are explanations of what’s happening, but we’ll…we don’t need to get into that now, 'cause I’m sure the episode will get to it.
But while they’re going through hyperspace, Grogu sees these giant beings out the window. I don't know if you remember Finding Nemo, right? It is a little bit similar to that because they’re whale-size…kinda squid-whale combo. So, it just reminded me of the…what was that, the Pacific Coast Highway or whatever? Drift? I can’t remember what they call it. Let’s just look up one of these articles, though. Hyperspace; this is on the Wookieepedia on Fandom…starwars.fandom.com. Okay, a alternate dimension that facilitates expedious interstellar travel. So, hyperspace is an alternate dimension that can be reached by traveling at faster-than-the-speed-of-light hyperdrive. You can travel through hyperspace lanes across a great distance, and that enables the thing. Let’s see what else we have, here.
High Republic hyperspace was not truly understood. It was still regarded as a mystery even during the Imperial Era. It was, at any rate, a dimension of space-time, a alternative of real space, hyperspace. Normal laws of space and time don’t apply. You could use a stasis field to slow the passage of time on board. Oh, so that way you only age the same rate as the rest of the galaxy. Molecular displacement by breaking the speed of light…each point in real space is associated with a unique point in high…hyperspace. All the adjacent points in real space were adjacent in hyperspace, as well. So, each thing in reality had its shadow counterpart in hyperspace. So, that’s kinda how you’re able to find your way, I guess. But most of the other stuff about hyperspace is a mystery.
But you do have to use precise calculations; that’s what Han Solo told Luke Skywalker. Use hyperdrive, hyper-matter that thrusts the starship into hyperspace while preserving the ship’s mass and energy profile. You kind of jump from a specific point to another without having to travel directly between them. You have to have a hyperdrive engine. If you have a hyperdrive failure, you can’t jump, and if it…you could fall out of hyperspace or cut power to it. The Galactic Empire even used Interdictor vessels to disable hyperspace capabilities and couldn’t…could discombobulate you a bit. Large objects in real space cast mass shadows in hyperspaces, so that’s why you gotta be very precise.
There existed predetermined hyperspace routes which interstellar travelers could take, and people were constantly trying to map it out even better to move faster through new ways. Upon entering hyperspace, a ship appeared to accelerate dramatically. This is a phenomenon known as pseudo-motion. Hyperspace could be traversed using navigation computers, Force-sensitive navigators, or jump-by-jump journeys. So, I guess that’s a little bit about hyperspace. That’s more than I knew up until now. So, they’re going through a hyperspace tunnel. Grogu’s watching, sees the beings, as I said. Are they whales? There’s great, big music, and then Grogu…so, Grogu’s got a little dome to look out, but then Grogu goes through the dome and says, I want to snuggle with Mando. This really happens, too. Mandalorian is asleep.
Grogu’s basically like me; I’m gonna look out the window for a while…sees the whales, but kinda thinks they’re cool. I can’t quite read Grogu’s reaction. They’re like, way, way, way bigger than the ship. I guess I would say that if that’s the case, are they in hyperspace world or are they in the other world? But then Grogu goes and cuddles with Mando. Like, snuggles up to take a nap. Eventually they exit hyperspace and they go to Nevarro, which is cloudy. Console beeps and we hear the thing say, hey, welcome to Nevarro. That’s how we know. Haven’t seen it come up on the screen yet, but I had it written down. Getting a nice sky view. Yeah, welcome to Nevarro, a independent trade anchor on the Outer Rim Hyperlane Port. What’s the purpose of your visit? Here to meet my friend…an old friend.
We see Grogu checking out Nevarro. Really great effects. We see the arch that we know so well, and things are hopping in Nevarro. So, Nevarro is flourishing, I would say. There’s a lot of yellow to give it some extra color, there…it’s…oh, hop…it’s bustling, too. Its market area is bustling. There is even some sort of protocol-style droid, which we’ll look up in a minute, who’s just promoting…like a public relations droid. There’s chefs, there’s pets, there’s wildlife, there’s trees, there’s a large array of beings, there’s selling going on. Yeah, there’s the C-3PP0-style droid, but in kind of an off-white kinda ceramic color. There’s children, there’s buskers or a paid band playing music. Grogu checks that out. We see the IG droid’s statue, and the Mandalorian walks up to it and says, look at this, man.
He walks around the cobblestone streets. He says, Grogu, you remember your friend, IG…IG-11? Is that what it is? Let’s see. Grogu says, huh. Then Greef Karga says, Mando, what’s up? But yeah, let’s look up…C-3P0 was built by Anakin Skywalker. Etiquette droid, protocol droid, Star Wars character; we know that. It’s 3-P0…protocol droid; I guess that’s…protocol droid specializes in translation, cultural customs. Humanoid in appearance, and they can be eccentric and fussy. 4L0M is a…this is from Wikipedia; is a protocol droid from Empire TC-14. That’s different than a astromech droid. These are a few of the…these are a few of my favorite droids. But I don't know if they’re droids. But so, Greef Karga is now Chief Magistrate or Grand Magistrate? I don't know. Let’s see what we got here.
But it’s really cool watching Grogu just watch things. Street performers, IG statue…Head Magistrate? I don't know. We’ll get it in a second. He says, Mando! But I saw the cobblestones…but he has a long cape and he has two cape-carrying droids or bots. They’re probably not droids just 'cause I don't know if droid…I don't know if you’d use…I don't know if a droid has a bigger processor, right? I mean, if I know Greef Karga, then I would say that those are probably…have some sort of hidden purpose, right? That they…I’m surprised we didn’t see them later in the episode. But he says, holy cow, I heard you were back. Don’t believe it myself. Magistrate Karga, High Magistrate Karga. They do a handshake. Happy to see one another…come on, catch up. So, they head out, the three of them. Mando says, what’s going on here?
It looks great. Yeah, we’ve done a lot with it. Citizens have been doing a lot. Look at this. Then he has a office chair that Grogu’s spinning around in. We’re an official trade spur of the Hydian Way. Congratulations. What’s the Hydian Way, though? Let’s look that up. Okay, Hydian Way is a super hyper-route established by…somebody. Let’s see, Freia Kallea. It began in Bondian in the corporate sector and ran inwards to the core worlds and back out to the Southern Outer Rim. So, I guess this…yeah, it’s just a trade route. Rimma Trade Route…confluence of the Hydian Way, and the Rimma Trade Route. I guess it takes…it’s got a lot of important points in history and it’s appeared in a lot of different things. Cool. They also have a construction boom going on, Greef Karga says, or High Magistrate Karga; sorry.
The belters are mining the asteroid fields at the edge of the system. A lot of money here in Nevarro to be made. He says, I could set you up with a prime track in the hot springs, right by the hot springs. You and the little one could settle down. Hang up your blaster. Live off the fat of the land. He goes, by the way, his name’s Grogu. Oh, sure, if you say so. Carl Weathers is really good. He says, anyway, look at this parcel I got already set aside for you. Talk about…and he goes, I appreciate the offer, but I have matters to look after. He goes, oh, I’m confused; I thought you were done with your mission and you wanted to hang with me, but you’re still running around with this critter. Mando stops Grogu’s spinning. He goes, it’s complicated. I finished my quest, but he came back to me. I removed my helmet; now I’m an apostate.
He goes, yeah, you should definitely stay with us, then. Grogu also Force-grabs some Skittles or something off of Greef Karga’s desk. Here, you’d be a landed gentry. Then another protocol…or another protocol-type droid comes in. High Magistrate…he goes, not now. He goes, there’s someone to see you. By the way, it’s pirates. Pirates in the Courtyard. Remember that musical, Pirates in the Courtyard? Was that in Pirates of Penzance? So, we got some…another protocol droid, a third one. So, you got a lot of them on this planet. So, there’s all these pirates. What was the person’s name? Beef something? Or something. Let’s see. Stand…they’re trying to get into the school…Vane. Thought it was Bane, but Vane. He’s the head of a crew of pirates, six of them, I think, total. I thought five at first, but it’s six.
They say, come on, let’s get a drink. He goes, that’s a school. Let’s go back to my office and talk. He goes, well, that’s why they won't let me inside? Everybody cracks up. A school? He goes, my boss’ treasure…your cut of my boss’ treasure built this saloon, Pirate King Gorian Shard. We all know who that is, so why don’t you come back to the office? I’ll give you a drink. Cool it down and we’ll do a toast to your captain. They go, no, no, no, we’re drinking here. Bring us drinks. He goes, it’s a school. The pirate says, not anymore. Now bring us a drink. We get some shots of…Mando’s leaning on a tree, looking cool. Then High Magistrate Karga says, is there a problem here? The guy says, not if you serve me a drink. He goes, no, not at this…this is a school.
I got a feeling this guy’s gonna be more trouble, 'cause he’s bragging. He goes, school, huh? His school. He goes, we used to work for you and cause trouble in this bar. Now it’s a school? Not acceptable. Then it very…becomes very…like a Western; showdown at the school that was once a bar corral. Calls High Magistrate Karga soft, and he says, no, I realize this is still the frontier. Try me. Vane or whatever says, ha, ha. Then we get some classic Western shots, close-ups. We see Grogu kind of winks or something, blinks. Everybody’s standing ready, but who…not faster than the High Magistrate, so he takes the squirt gun away from…and he goes, tell Captain Gorian Shard to…this is no longer for your hanging out. But then the other guys try to make a move, so Grogu says, bye-bye; I’m tagging you out of this game.
Then High Magistrate Karga says, hit the road, Vane. V-A-N-E, by the way. Mando says, sure, that’s a good idea. He says, yeah, then they’ll know Nevarro’s respectable. Then he says, clean up out here, droids. He goes, Mando, I need a marshal. He says, what about Dune? He says, well, out…not around anymore. What happened to Moff Gideon? Got busted by the Republic. So, Mandalorian says…he goes, what do you say? Kick it here, man. He goes, put on some stripes. Get a stipend. It’ll be a great…you’ll do a great job. He goes, get one from the New Republic. He goes, no, no, no. We’re gonna be independent. He goes, not under my watch. First independent trade anchor in the whole sector. He goes…Mando says, I can’t do it. I have something pressing. Oh, okay, apologies. Didn’t know you were here on business.
Everybody can take…everything…but he takes something with a cup of…they can take it. Mando goes, by the way, I need that…he goes, what do you need? He goes, that droid, the IG droid. He goes, IG-11 was…that was lava. That’s a statue. He goes, well, that…he goes, those are just some parts that were left over. Mando goes, yeah, well, I need something to go exploring on Mandalore. They go, plenty of droids, man. You don’t need this droid. He goes, let’s give it a shot. So, then there’s…first independent IG-11, then there’s this music sequence. A Droid I Can Trust; another book I might write. I even put, who’s that girl? He’s the droid I trust. I don't know why I thought, who’s that girl?, but…so, he gives it a shot. There’s a working sequence.
He tries to…basically, he jump-starts the droid, but the droid goes back to its old programming. This is actually kind of a dual sequence. It’s kinda action, but it’s kinda comedy. It’s really well done. I kinda felt like it had stop-motion in it. I don't know, but it was cool. Basically, I think the protocol droid stops the IG droid by pushing over a bust of Greef Karga, High Magistrate Karga. So, they get to say, now that’s using your head. He goes, that’s too big a job, man. You’re not gonna be able to fix this thing on your own, clearly, if it reverted to its old programming. ‘Cause it basically said, I gotta take the baby in. Also, Mando football-tossed baby…or the teen Grogu to Karga. Grogu’s like, great catch. Then they load it up in a cart and they go, we got great droidsmiths, by the way, here. So, we’ll put…they’ll put IG back.
So, they go to this little tiny door and Mando goes, are they gonna do a good job? He goes, why don’t you ask them yourself? Another quality comedy sequence, the Anzallians. They say, what do you want? These are kinda like Mup…little, tiny Muppets, which Grogu says, so cute. They say a bunch of things like…this is where you see how the show succeeds on being consumable by families but without being…but being really fun for everybody. I don't know, I thought this…but they can’t fix…they’re like, we can’t fix the thing. But basically, Greef Karga has to translate for the Mandalorian, but we can understand them so it’s even funnier, and they’re in a tiny room. Mando says, it’s broken, it’s broken. He goes, this one’s my friend. Not your friend anymore. Can’t fix; broken.
Then they go, we need a, whatever, memory chip or something, or a mainframe. Pudu says, you should get a new one. It’s just so funny. Memory circuit; that’s what you need. Can you fix it if you get the memory circuit? Yeah, if I get the memory circuit, I can. But then Grogu tries to hug these little repair people. They’re like…but they say, no, Grogu, they’re not a pet. But he’s really just holding it like it’s a stuffy. No hug, no…I’m not a stuffy, they say. Bad baby. He’s a bad baby. Then Grogu tries one more time. So, I don't know, excellent, excellent stuff. They get back on the ship. Hope to see you soon. Keep IG-11 safe ‘til I get back with the parts. So, mission two…one, take a bath. Two; fix the droid. Says, safe travels. Grogu waves goodbye from his little dome. I don't think they’re overdoing it.
I don't know what the internet’s saying with Grogu’s cuteness. It does feel like it’s…in a good way, it’s a throwback with the Muppet…I mean, I don't…and again, I’m not in a place of knowing the difference between Muppets and visual effects, but either way, to me, it’s like…it has a feel of that Henson-level stuff. So, they take off to head somewhere else. We don’t know where. But what shows up, but pirates? Oh, first he says, being a Mandalorian’s not just about squirt guns. It’s about navigating, and you gotta know where you’re headed next. So, you got your hyperspace map and your fuel gauge. So, you have to look at those. Oh, and then your proximity sensor, which means that something’s here, a warning…pirates. So, three pirates pull in behind. Avast, they say. Avast, Mandalorian. Yeah, I can’t believe you…oh, it was only four.
So, it was five pirates. The first count I had five, then I had six. Pirate King Gorian Shard’s men, you’re gonna answer to them. Mandalorian says, stick to other stuff. Then Grogu buckles up with Mando, or into Mando. Then we get a ship action sequence, which is quality. I don’t totally understand the physics of the Mandalorian’s ship, but the Mandalorian’s ship definitely looks way faster and more maneuverable than the other ships. It looks totally rad. But so, the pirates are chasing Mando. They’re in a asteroid belt. We even see some of the asteroid-mining going on. Then Mando basically outmaneuvers them slowly. One down right now, but they’re chasing. Yeah, we’re gonna get close. Grogu is having fun like it’s a ride, which they’re like…star…maybe a new Star Wars ride.
Anyone got eyes on the Mandalorian? So, then he manages to either land or hide on asteroids, which they don’t…they can’t adjust to, 'cause either their maneuvering or their ability to guess…so, he slowly takes most of the pirates out except Vane. At some point he pops up behind the three…the last three ships, very much like another blockbuster movie from the summer. Different, but very much like it in a sense, where you get that same joy. So, it’s somehow…it’s a sequence…you know how it’s gonna play out, but you still get to enjoy it, you know? But then there’s even one last surprise, 'cause he’s chasing Vane. He says, bringing the Mandalorian to you, Captain. Then, I don't know…I did not have a chance to look up the voice of the person playing Gorian Shard, but what a voice. Holy cow.
But they have Mandalorian locked. Dank ferrik. We see Gorian Shard, who’s very much like a sea captain. We got you. Mando says, I got no quarrel with you. Says, yeah, but you messed with four of my team and then five ships, so probably a billion dollars. Surrender your ship and I’ll let you go. Mandalorian says, never trust a pirate, kid. He hits the nitrous on the ship, and they jump ahead. Pirate ship…the big pirate ship looked really cool, too. Gorian Shard looks not happy. Then we see a Earth-like planet which is Kalevala, and it’s raining. A lot of sea. This is…oh, wait a second, I missed the thing. It’s like a off-world of Mandalore? Let’s see. Wind whooshing…another planet in the Mandalorian System. That’s the Mandalorian castle. It’s on the coast. A really nice one.
It’s got a landing pad, it’s got a teal droid…top-of-the-line droid, by the way. The droid kinda looks like a Flavoradio from RadioShack from the 1980s, in a good way. No shade. So, Mandalorian hops out, Grogu hops out. Again, a mystery thus far, on the first watch, for me, of what was happening. But this is where we get the payoff, that it took me looking up the name…but Mandalorian goes up the stairs from the landing pad. It’s kinda marble, concrete, cement. Goes in. We hear the spur sound effect, but instead it’s the Mandalorian’s boots on this long throne room hall, or a giant throne room. Very big…some windows. Din Djarin. Bo-Katan kicking it. The body language of this…and there’s a relief statue in this thing. There’s stained glass windows, but just…Bo-Katan’s performance here, of kicking…it’s not just on a throne.
Bo-Katan’s kicked back on the throne, lounging. But as we see in the dialogue, bitter lounging. Also rocking that headband. Yeah, what about your plans to retake Mandalore, the Mandalorian says? I didn’t have the Darksaber; somebody else did. Nobody followed me. What about your fleet? They left as mercenaries 'cause I didn’t have the Darksaber, dude. Do you have the saber? Yeah, in my back pocket. Okay, well, why don’t you lead them? Wow, yeah, just a — I’d say — iconic image. So, you gave up on taking Mandalore, huh? She takes a breath through her nose, stares at him. Your group gave up on Mandalore before the Purge, dude. Where were you? Children of the Watch and all the factions before you fractured and shattered our people. She stares at him, bitter-faced. Go home. Nothing left.
Mandalorian says, I’m going to Mandalore so I can take a bath, bathe in the Living Waters, be forgiven from my transgressions. Still, she barely moves. You’re a fool. Holy cow, this is a really great scene. There’s nothing magic about the Mines of Mandalore. They supplied Beskar to our ancestors. The rest is superstition. Planet’s gone, plundered, dumped on. The Mandalorian says, but you said the curse is a lie. Which one is it? If you want to go to the mines, be my guest, but don’t…they’re beneath the civic center in Sundari. The Mandalorian says, thank you. I think he’s got some rain on his helmet. He goes, I’ll find out if the planet’s uninhabitable. He walks off. She kinda moves something on her hand. She says, goodbye, Din Djarin.
He walks off with Grogu, and that’s the end of the episode, except for the art, of course, which had thirteen pieces of art. Out of the cave, the procession…it was the first piece. Then turtles versus flying Mandalores, or a turtle…turtles. Then Mando saying, turtle, go home. Then the gate at Nevarro and Mandalorian parking…carrying Grogu in that picture. Then the IG statue and the Mandalorian carrying Grogu at the IG statue. Then reverting the IG…IG-11 reverting, then the droidsmiths working, Grogu hugging, then a close-up of Grogu hugging one of the droidsmiths, with a big smile, actually. Then the pirate carrier and the ships, and then a close-up of the deck of the pirate ship with some of the fighters, then the landing at the castle, and then a distant shot of the throne room, and then…oh, wow, a little bit different style look.
I like both looks. In this one, Bo-Katan is kinda slumped in the throne but going out of the front of the throne, where I feel like the choice to be slumped across the throne is…this is more of a passive, defeated slump in the picture, but the one I feel was more effective was an aggressive, more bitter defeat, more of the apostate. This is more of a defeated stance where the one actually is more of an apostate stance, of a casual slump that’s nothing but casual. I don't know. I don't know, maybe I’m…maybe I just like this too much. That’s the last shot of the first episode. So, good to be back with all you and good to be back with the Mandalorian. Goodnight, everybody.
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(Transcribed by Leah Hervoly)