1183 – The Return | Mandaborian on the Mandalorian S3E8
The great forge may not be for pizza but you can count on your sheep you’ll get sleep and this episode will end well since I know I’ll talk about light fixtures.
Episode 1183 – The Return | Mandaborian on the Mandalorian S3 E8
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time for the podcaster who’s here to…who’s full of…I don't know, I’m not even full…my air’s not even hot. I’m not full of hot air; I’m through…full of what would be empty air, but I’m…I was just filling it with random words while I was trying to think of something witty to say, which I didn’t come up with, which is okay, 'cause I’m here to keep you company and take your mind off of stuff so you could fall asleep. I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be your friend in the deep, dark night. If you’re new, I’m so glad you’re here. This podcast does take some getting used to, so give it a few tries. See how it goes. That’s just what most listeners said; oh, okay, it took me a while to figure out that I’m not…I’m only supposed to barely pay attention to this guy, or he’s serious when he says he’s just here to take my mind off of stuff and keep me company.
But I’m so glad you’re here. Structurally what we got is support — that’s how the show comes out free twice a week — then a long, meandering intro separate from the support, a show within a show meant to ease you into bedtime, and then we’ll be covering the final episode of the Mandalorian, Chap…8, 16…Chapter 24, Season 3, Episode 8. So, that’ll be a nice way to carry you off, really on a…I don't know if it’s on a high note, but it’s on an up…it’s on a note…a positive note. Yeah, so, I’m glad you’re here. Stick around, and I’ll try to put you to sleep. It’s time for Sleep With Me, the podcast that’s here to put 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. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake, whether it’s thoughts on your mind you’re thinking about about the past, the present, the future, thinking thoughts, so thoughts that…they’re on your mind or in your…or around. A word cloud, a thought cloud. I’ve had a few…I’ve had cloudy thoughts, foggy thoughts, thought clouds above my head.
I don't need a meteorologist to tell me that…they say, another chance…it’s overcast with a chance of over-thinking. Well, what kind of chance, Roy? Well, we got…I mean, they don’t pay us for accuracy, luckily, Merl, but about a 90% chance of over…99.999% chance of over-thinking at some point today. You could bank on…if that was actually statistically correct and there was way to bank on it, that would be a pretty good thing to bank on. So, thoughts, could be feelings, anything coming up for you emotionally related to those thoughts or feelings that are just there, it could be…oh no, it could be physical sensations, changes in time, temperature, routine. Sorry, I almost did that out of order. I didn’t want to do that, though. I wanted to make sure to do it in order for regular listeners.
There’s also…could be lyrics stuck in your head. There’s a lyric; should we talk about the weather? I don't know what that is from, but that’s when I was thinking about the…my brain says, always. By the way, not just about the weather, though. I gotta talk to you about spreadsheets, the past, the present, the future, physical sensations, changes in time, temperature, routine. Now, the reason I go through all that stuff is just so you know…you may feel alone in the deep, dark night, you may be alone, or you may be together alone if you know…if you’re familiar, that’s how I’ve spent…I shared a room with my brother in a house full of people, but when I couldn’t sleep while we were together, I felt all alone. I’ve gone through periods of my life where I’ve dealt with that in the daytime, too, and worked on that.
But at bedtime it can feel like that. Or you might be alone. Honestly, with Sleep With Me, it kind of is the inverse; you’re alone but we’re together in the deep, dark night, and I don't say that in a pithy way, though I don't know…here’s something, is…here’s a question that just popped in my head. I thought I was gonna make some sort of deep connection with you, but part of my brain said, is pith…what’s with the disrespect of pith? Isn’t that what’s inside of trees? I may have to look up what pith is, 'cause why is it pithy? Is cambium and pith the same thing? Because pith is one of the cornerstones of life, I would think, 'cause isn’t that what brings water and nutrients through the branches of trees to the leaves and to the roots?
Usually I don't look stuff up; I let my ignorance stand alone, but pith…well, pithy, maybe, is unrelated. Yeah. So, pithy is sorrow and compassion caused by something going on with somebody else. Oh no, that’s pity. Whoops. This is live. I love making this podcast. It’s not even humbling. It’s just awesome to be…I mean, my eyes aren’t perfect, either, and I have dyslexia, but that’s so funny. I was like, oh, pith; let’s just look up pith. Okay, it’s close, and I would say, why are you…I’d still stick to my guns. I wouldn’t say it’s the cornerstone of life, but pith is the…what’s on the rind of an orange or other citrus fruit, or the essence of something. Oh, then why is this…why is it called pithy if it’s actually the essence of something? Huh. We gotta keep…say, I thought this was a sleep podcast, not Word Notes.
Okay, so, pith; yeah, stems of vascular pants…vascular…anybody worn a set of vascular pants lately? But no, it is in the stems…okay, wait a second, we could be coming back around. Scoots may be right. Okay, in this case, I am right. Pith is in the center of the stem. The pith is encircled by a ring of xylem, and xylem is encircled by a ring of phloem…phloem, and pith growth is usually pale in color. Normally I don’t do this during a intro, if you’re new, but this is a learning opportunity. What is the uses of pith? No, I mean, for the plant. This is so human-centric. It’s like, here’s what humans could use pith for. What are plants using pith for? Mesoscarp…a few plants have distinctive-chambered pith. Nice pith, walnuts, with numerous short cavities. Gorgeous pith on those walnuts, holy mackerel.
Have you seen those…chambered pith in that genus? This is why I can’t get…this is the kind of stuff I say at parties and people just…and they say, are you trying to be funny or not, or connect with me? Okay, some…in some cases, they can store starch. So, maybe not the center of life, but they help with life. So, a pithy saying, I guess, is probably…it doesn’t quite…it’s like you’re trying to capture the essence…I don't know, maybe I should actually find out the factual meaning of it. But what I was just saying is you’re not…we’re together…we’re alone but we’re together is really the whole thing. Let me…but it’s not good if I try to talk and look something up. Pithy is a fruit containing much pith. You could say, don’t get pithy with me. I’d say, well, it’s just my natural state of being as a citrus that produces a large amount of pith, so I have to get pithy with you.
But it could also be…pithiest; you’re the pithiest plant I’ve ever seen. What is an example of pithy? Using a few words in a clear and effective way. Huh, so I thought…honestly, I thought pithy was pejorative, but…if I’m using pejorative correctly, which I may not be, but it sounds like pithy is a compliment that would…bestowed on most things, but not Sleep With Me. Except in this, I would say I’m…I guess I am being pithy. I’m saying, we’re together…alone but together instead of together but alone. That’s…took me eight minutes or something. It really did. So, that’s why I go through all those things, because I don't know exactly what’s keeping you awake, but I can probably relate to how it feels, and if I can’t relate to it, someone out here that’s listening right now, they’re leaning in and nodding and saying, I know what that’s like.
I’ve been through something similar and I know how it feels, and it’s not easy. That’s one of the reasons I make the show. The other reason…so, the one reason; I know how it feels in the deep, dark night. I know what it feels like to be together and alone, or together and lonely, and I also know from making this show how good it feels to be lonely but together across the deep, dark night, digitally, or whatever the heck that means. That could be pithy, too. No, I guess it has to be concise. Concise; that concisely wraps up that…whatever the heck it means, that I don't know that…yeah, that I don't know what it means. Okay, so, the other thing is you deserve a good night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping on a regular basis, you deserve a place you could get some rest so your life is more manageable and that you could be out there flourishing.
You deserve a bedtime you could look forward to or at least feel neutral about, and if you’re anything like me, that’s not always the case, and in the past it’s…felt like it would never be the case. So, I’m here to help with that. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna send my voice across the deep, dark night. I’m gonna use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones, pointless meanders, and superfluous tangents. Not to make another tangent, but if any Star Wars character had…that was mammalian-like had pith, I would say a Yodish being would have pith. You’d say…I mean, I’m sure there’s orange-like characters. I just saw Guardians, so there was people that were like pumpkins on that. But in Star Wars, you’d say, could Yoda have…could Yoda be…I mean, Yoda is pithy, so that’s…no, Yoda’s not concise, I guess.
I would not say Yodish beings are the pithiest, but they could…well, I guess not. You’d say, the most famous pithy being would be Treebeard, right? Treebeard of the Ents on Lord of the Rings. Is any…? Oh, Groot; okay, maybe…okay, you got me. Groot’s the most famous pith…pithiest being, or being…you say, I’m not pithy; I just contain pith. The pith within me. If Groot ever writes a book, because…well, I don't want to spoil Guardians 3, but if Groot could communicate or someone translated it from Grootish or Grooty or whatever, they’d say…maybe that’d just be one chapter, The Pith Within Me, Chapter…one of the…this is Chapter…this is in the 25th Anniversary Edition; The Lost Chapter, The Pith Within Me, within the Groot story. I Am Groot; obviously it would be called that.
I know, but would they have to explain it? The Story of Groot and…yeah, The Pith Within Me. One day I wondered…I got…one day I met Scooter. He said, you know what I always wondered, Groot? I said, I am Groot. Scooter said, right. What would it be like if we both try…if you helped make it into a particle collider? But he accidentally didn’t know that it was an electron microscope, and that’s when I saw the pith within me. The end. Okay, so…oh, I’m gonna send my voice across the deep, dark night, I’m gonna use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones, and pointless meanders. Superfluous tangents; we’ve already had a bunch of those. Those are all for a couple things to know. One, most people when they first start listening to this show, they do not like me. They do not like the podcast.
They’re skeptical, they’re doubtful, they’re frustrated. They’re tired, right? They’ve been looking for something to put them to sleep for a while. So, I don't know if you’re new. Maybe…or maybe you relate to that because you probably searched for different stuff, you paid for a lot of stuff, you tried a lot of different stuff, and now you’re here. That’s why I say give this show a few tries. It does take some adjustment to get used to listening to a podcast you don’t really listen to, where someone that’s…you say, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with you, but once you get started about pith, you can’t stop, huh? I say, yeah, there ain’t no party like a pith, pith party, 'cause a pithy pith party, it does…it is actually…stops very quickly, because by the…by definition, it…or…but if you were…anyway, I gotta move on.
Nothing like…anyway, I was trying to think of some other joke related to over-metaphoring, but didn’t go anywhere. Pith…I brought the podcast to a full halt with the word pith, and that’s why it does take some getting used to, just not listening…or just barely listening to me, because most podcasts…even sleep podcasts or meditations or whatever, you kind of are listening, and maybe you’re expecting…I’m here to keep you company, really, not to be listened to. Some people do listen to the show. Other people listen to the show almost at a mumble. So, as you become a regular listener, just kinda see how it goes.
If you already know you’re never gonna listen to the podcast again, sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou has other things you could listen to to…other sleep podcasts that are not like this one, so…that might work better for you, 'cause you still deserve a good night’s sleep whether you like me or not, and that’s fine. This podcast isn’t for everybody. That’s totally understandable. I’m definitely not everybody’s cup of pith. You say, that’s by…I say, well, it’s just a tiny cup of pith. It’s the smallest cup you’ve ever seen. You say, how did you lick…? That’s what they finally said; what happened with everything? They said, well, Scoots liquefied pith, and that was it. That was it for him, 'cause he just kept playing with it. It was more like some sort of gloop or glop. Okay, so, a podcast you don’t really listen to.
Believe it or not, this is a podcast that doesn’t put you to sleep. I keep you company while you’re falling asleep. I’m here to be your friend in the deep, dark night. There’s no pressure to fall asleep. That’s why the shows are over an hour, and there’s over 500 free shows in the archives, so you have plenty of time to fall asleep. Or if you need a break during the day, you could listen, and there’s people who listen who can’t sleep at all, so I’m here to keep them company while they’re listening and while you’re asleep. So, you just kinda drift off at some point while I’m here to be your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-sib, your bore-bud, your neigh-bore, your bore-bor, your Borebie…I love the Borebie. That’s a new one that we came up with.
But I…all these get recorded out of order, so, I don't know, it just…I like the way that sounds; Borebie. I mean, I guess when the Barbie movies…comes out, then we could…I was picturing it with a Y, but maybe we could have two kinds of bore…a Boreby and a Borebie. A Boreby with a Y and a Borebie…you know, I could be your Boreby with a Y or your Borebie with an I. I am Borebie. Okay, so, don’t really listen to me, no pressure to fall asleep, be here over an hour, most people don’t like me, a podcast you don’t really listen to, doesn’t put you to sleep…oh, structure also throws people off; more good news. The show is designed in a very specific way, but…and you can adjust it from there, but at first just kinda see how it goes.
Show starts off with a greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, so you feel seen and welcomed in. You say, I could check that show out. Then there’s a long…oh, then there’s support so the show can be 100% free. Paying for it’s optional, supporting it’s optional, because there’s a lot of people I’ve heard from that aren’t in a position to support the show. So, the free show is supported by the people that take action, but you don’t have to. So, that’s how the support allows us to do that. Then there’s a long, meandering intro which 2% of people skip and start the show at twenty, twenty-five, thirty minutes. But most people listen to it because it’s not really meant to put you to sleep. It’s here to ease you into bedtime, to be a buffer, a transition.
So, a lot of listeners listen as they’re getting ready for bed, they’re doing a wind-down activity, doodling, knitting, petting pets, drawing, folding laundry. Whatever it is; stretching, foam-rolling, looking out the window…instead of contemplating, you’re listening. So, then we cut off the rumination, you know? Googling…I mean, say…I mean, I’m not kidding…I don't like to brag but when this episode comes out, once again, somebody at Google will say, there’s a 0.004 spike in searches for the word pith and pity and pithy at about this time. That’s another anomaly. This is a high point in my life, is being another anomaly. Creating anomalies is great, and that’s actually probably true. They say, huh. People said, I wonder if Scoots knows what pith…was he really looking up pith?
Or you’re gonna actually want to see…and then you say, Scoots, I noticed you said this, but you were look…actually, great, thank you for letting me know, 'cause that’s how I learn. So, okay…so, what was I saying? Oh, so, the intro goes on and on and on. I don't know, sometimes when people don’t like the podcast or they don’t like the support, they lump the intro in with it, but it is a show within a show. So, there’s people that are falling asleep and there’s people that…but most people are getting comfortable, easing into bedtime, 'cause having a wind-down routine has been what’s shown to work, even a short one, like a fifteen to twenty-minute one like this one.
Then there’s support again so the show could be free, and then we’ll talk about The Mandalorian in a really boring way, so you don’t have to have seen the show, you don’t have to know anything about Star Wars, and if you don’t like those episodes, you could skip them, but I say give them a shot, because…I don't know, it’s a equal amount of people’s favorite episodes, and then people…most people just listen, but then there’s some people that don’t want those. But don't worry, there’s another episode…a different style episode will come out next time. But that’s…yeah, that’s the structure of the show. The show ends with some thank-yous and goodnights. That’s why I make the show.
I’m so happy to be able to make the show, honestly, because I do know it helps real people, and I hope you’re one of those real people it can help. Just give it a few tries. See how it goes…or that you find something else to help you. Really, I’m not kidding; I hope you can hear it in my voice. It’s such a honor to know how that feels and to know now there’s a weird digital place where you can just listen, and hopefully you get a sense that, hey, together alone or whatever we are, alone together. What did I say? Full of…it’s…that’s another…it’s an anomaly. Why don’t you join this happy anomaly? So, I’m glad you’re here. I work really hard. I yearn and I strive, and I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by, and here’s how I’m able to do it for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, Scooter here. We’re talking about the final episode of The Mandoborian, Mandalorian, Chapter 24. 8 plus 8 is 16, and 16 plus 8 is 24. The Return. I almost wanted to start humming the catchy tune of The Mandalorian, but I won't because that would not be part of the podcast. We’re booting up the Plus here, and, yeah, what do we got? Starts with a recap. The Dark Council with…was that…not Greef…whoever that dude is that we don’t like, whose name…I don't know why I can never remember it, but yeah. Then we get Katie O’Brien talking to him. This cannot be. I shall deal with the Mandalorians. Then we have Bo-Katan saying, hey, let’s retake our homeworld. Then somebody says, is that the voice of Lady Bo-Katan Kryze? Then we see jet packs. Those aren’t Mandalorians.
Then Axe flies up through a crack…oh no, they’re gonna catch us here. No! Capital…exclamation point. Then says, the purge will finally be complete. Moff Gideon says that. I don't know why…there’s some names I just have trouble with. I don't even know what Moff means, but I’d say, if somebody tells me to call them by a proper term like that, it’s already gonna be…I mean, my mom knew that I wasn’t cut out for that type of lifestyle. Like, what does Moff mean? I just put in Moff. It’s a political rank held by governors of each sector in the Galactic Empire. A council of Moffs. It’s like a council of Moffs. What do you call a council of Moffs in the pit of Sarlacc? It’s my joke of the day. What do you call any Moffs…? What do you call even a half a Moff in the pit of Sarlacc? But I’d say, I prefer more.
The more Moffs, the bet…the more Moffs that go into pits of Sarlacc, the better. He was created by Palpatine. Right now I got the Star Wars thing going, so I’m gonna have to bounce back here. There’s the Star Wars…we get the Lucasfilm. Starts in action; we got Bo-Katan. Axe is going…Moff Gideon…so, Bo-Katan’s leading a bunch of Mandalorians on the run. Axe calls; he says, I’m flying…I’m about to go through the clouds. Bo-Katan says, Moff Gideon’s around. This is a base and they’re going up to the fleet, so get everybody out of there. Use the capital ship as a decoy. They got too many ships. Understood. Then he says, I’m gonna lose the signal. Axe Woves really knows his bars, man, as far as like, on his phone. Some people don’t know that. It happened to me today. I mean, I should have known, but…and I lost my signal.
Okay, so, the Mandalorians kinda set up whoever’s pursuing them, but they’re all running, and they kinda lure a bunch of the troopers into…they trick them. They say, take your shiny armor and bury it. Then we got the Mandalorian, Din, being dragged. He’s sleeping, or is he? They say, who put two soldiers in charge of the Mandalorian, even though he was asleep? So, he gets away. It is a fairly long action sequence. A lot of moves, and…to the extreme. Whoever’s doing these action sequences, holy cow, are they…'cause they’re wearing the armor while they’re doing this. I don't know, I don't watch behind-the-scenes 'cause I just…very cautious ever since GoT…the last season of GoT, to consume any outside consumption. Then IG-12 comes in, 'cause…and helps. So, I didn’t know IG-12 was on that side, Grogu.
He sprays the Mandalorian…maybe Bacta spray. I heard that Bacta spray is good for what ails you. I thought that was something…like, in one of the games I played; said, oh yeah, do a little Bacta spray on that. Is it like Bactine? Maybe, but it actually works. Bactine just does one thing. It doesn’t…so, they’re talking. He says, Grogu, I’m gonna need you to be brave for me. We can’t keep running if this…we have to deal with Moff Gideon or this will never end. You’re my only hope, cutie pie. Grogu’s so cute. You with me? Grogu nods at that, then…okay, so what time is this at? 5:02 into the episode. Title card comes. Biggest, grandest Mandalorian music we’ve ever heard. Really good stuff. The biggest title music ever, there’s multiple…I mean, I don't…I said, what is this, the London Philharmonic or what?
Then we have running…earth quote. I don't know what that means, Scoots. We got a lot of Mandos running. Oh, the return…okay, yeah, multiple Mandos running. Oh, earth…oh, the earth is shaking a lot, which I don't quite understand why, but they’ve been lured into some old part of the floor or whatever. Mando calls Bo-Katan; by the way, got away. I’m gonna go catch Moff Gideon. Takes a jet pack from one of the Dark Troopers. Alright, you stay safe. Alright, you too. Then one of the local Mandalorians says, hey, I know a place we could hide out. So, they fly out, then we see the…what are those? TIE Interceptors. We don’t see any TIE Bombers leave yet, though. But a pretty cool sequence where they launch out of a cave, like cave-based beings. They fly up, and then we see Moff Gideon.
Now, this is pretty funny; I just…a little tangent. This is at 6:09. Because it comes up later in the episode is the only reason why it’s funny to me, and it is sensible. But when we…when our world overlays slightly with…there’s not a lot…the world of Star Wars…I mean, there is…okay, you got me; there is a lot of overlay. But you wouldn’t think in lighting…what are these things called? Lighting installments? No, they have lighting fixtures, right? Okay, so, Moff Gideon is in some grand office, kind of like you expect, probably the same office where he had the Dark Council meeting. He’s looking at a 3D projection of the schematics of the base, and he’s got…obviously…he does have a desk in this office, so I don't know if this is just…this is when he’s doing standing…what do you call the…holographic-based work, which he seems to do a lot of.
He does those holo-Zooms, which, again, thank goodness we don’t have that technology. Can you imagine, one, having to go to a Zoom and stand up the whole time, two…I mean, come on, a lot of us are wearing shorts or sweat pants. That’s one of the perks of Zoom, is being comfortable. So, two, you’d have…if you…especially if you were in some sort of formal thing like this where you have to have…you have to have your pants pressed and everything, and shoes. Presumably, they expect your shoes to shine. So, all that, but you need lighting. Just like in our world, their world needs lighting, and even in a large room like this, you’re probably gonna want to bring the lighting fixture down so it actually is effective.
So, you’re hanging it from the ceiling, and…so, it seems like a somewhat…now, it’s in a circle, so it is fancier than something a normal person would have, and would be good if he had…maybe…here’s a free idea luckily Moff Gideon didn’t use; Knights of the Round Table. Luckily, Moff Gideon didn’t do that. But if he did have the Knights of the Oval Table or the Troopers of the…it wouldn’t be Troopers of the…that doesn’t really work. I hoped he would not be able, as the rhyme goes. But he has the right lighting fixture for that, or to…actually, if this was a library, it’d be pretty good, 'cause you could have back-to-back librarians. This would make a good reference desk because you could have two outward facing…or…and if you needed to…well, no, 'cause it could be…there’s a place for you to come in and out.
So, probably I’ve worked in…'cause I’ve worked in oval reference desks when…back when I would…when I didn’t have…I didn’t…I had a three-quarter-time job, so in order to make enough money to pay my bills, I would pick up…or maybe it was…started at halftime. But I would pick up extra shifts at libraries in the county system I worked for. So, sometimes I’d be helming a…I wouldn’t be the librarian in charge. I was only assistant…library assistant to. But yeah, I would rock…I loved…well, I don't know if I’ve loved anything in my life; I mean, let’s be honest. But I really enjoyed working at a reference desk most of the time…some of the time. This may be in a lighting…these are the light…these are a few of the lighting fixtures I’ve seen; half-ovals and half-circles hanging from ceilings.
Those are light fixtures that…I’m sorry, I’m not…I was not singing. I barely even rhymed. Okay, back to the episode. Okay, Moff Gideon’s in full…he’s a shiny version of Vader. They say, don't worry, everything’s about to be taken out. But he’s…Moff Gideon says, but…he actually has…what’s funny is he has a green light for Grogu. Or maybe that’s for the audience, like me. But he says, yeah, we’re gonna take out all the Mandalorians, but the Mandalorian and Grogu are free. Now, he doesn’t…another flawed thing…you say, dude, aren’t you paying attention to where they are on that map? Wouldn’t you have wanted to react sooner? ‘Cause he kinda blows it here. But, yeah, he says, don't worry, I’m gonna go get them. I mean, maybe that’s why; he has a long walk. So, he says, I’ll take care of them myself.
You should have sent some people that were closer, dude. Okay, so, then we see IG-12 and the Mando sneaking around. They have to call R5, and R5 says, I’m hiding. He says, yeah, we gotta scomp into the base. Okay, I gotta look up what scomp means. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry, but I wanted to confirm that that was the actual word. S-C-O-M-P. I said, did he say, scomp? I’m like, I’m pretty sure he said, scomp. I wrote it down, I put a box around it, I rewrote it in case I couldn’t read my handwriting. Okay, according…it’s also an acronym. SCOMP stands for secure communications processor. Oh, wait, maybe that is. Yeah, scomp link. Holy cow. I thought scomp was…is that like an adjective, like sneaking around? But yeah, scomp is…yeah, scomp link is a coupler with a astromech. So, that’s…they’re actually…that’s actually a verb.
I thought it was kinda…is that an adverb? No, -ly is…scomply. We’re scomply…but scomp…oh, it’s…has other meanings in other games. But yeah, that makes sense; secure communications processor. But yeah, so, it’s the scomp link for…so, he says, basically you gotta hack into this stuff. I need to know where Gideon’s command center is. There will probably be other things…I need your help. Be brave. Grogu’s down here, dude. Then he says, I don't speak binary, so I can’t understand no, even though if I did learn binary, that would be the easiest thing to learn other than yes, which probably I know, but I’m just saying, no, you could still do it. So, that’s cute 'cause he probably does speak binary and yes and no. I mean, right?
That’s what…I mean, I don't know it, but…so, R5 looks…flies into the base, looks over, takes a peek, and first we see one of those humming, 4-wheel, baby droids that go do-do-do…like, hums to itself. One of my…a few of my favorite droids, like I’ve sang before in my imagination. Cute droid. But yeah, R5 hacks in. We see Mando and IG-12 working the halls…troopers, you know…I guess they’re just on certain patrol…they’re patrolling the wrong way. IG-12’s working…actually has the ability…I don't know if it’s Bluetooth or what, but sends it right to the wrist-mapper. So, Mando great at reading maps, because…I play video games and I’m like, wait, where the heck is…? I tried to…I needed visits from fish, really. I said, where…? I can’t even find a lake on this map. I was zoomed all the way in.
Okay, Axe calls to the capital ship and says, yo, they’re coming up. But Mandalorians have a good…they don’t overthink it. The guy that’s flying the capital ship says, okay, how do…how…they say, by the way, everything’s messed. Get everybody to the surface. A bunch of TIE Fighters are on their way. Sure. How shall we proceed? Or maybe he just says something and then he says…that’s how he says how we shall proceed. Load the gauntlets. Send everybody down as reinforcements. We’ll leave this ship behind as a decoy. So, he…Axe runs on. I’ll take care of the cruiser, and…better get moving. So, everybody runs off. Axe Woves has a little bit of Bruce Campbell in him. He doesn’t have the funny parts, but he could. I’m sure he could be…he could pull off a Bruce Campbell. So, the Mandalorians fly out.
They hop on the drop ships. A lot of action sequence here. All the ships head in…out of orbit. There’s a fair amount of them. We see the other planet, Celestina or whatever, Concordia. I think that’s the right one. Then we see…it’s pretty cool, 'cause they just miss each other. Oh, there are TIE Bombers. So, then the capital ship…they don’t…of course they don’t recognize, huh, there’s no other ships up there; that’s weird. So, Axe is running the ship solo. He puts everything on auto that he can put on, and then he says, I’m just gonna head right towards him. So, he just is a distraction. He’s trying to create a distraction and cost them a few fighters. But, you know, obviously it’s just the capital ship with one person, so pretty out-manned. Back to the sneaking around with Mando and Grogu-12.
Good driving…okay, so then we get these laser walls. Mando says, okay, I only have my wits. That’s the only thing I have, so you stay here. R5, open the doors one at a time. Barrier shields. This is pretty cool. I think this is where…is this the part? No, it doesn’t say that. Oh no, that’s later. But this is another great action sequence. Very fun, 'cause there’s two…per shield capsule, there’s two Dark Troopers. So, the Mando…Din Djarin, the Mandalorian…R5 jams the other walls, so the other troopers have to wait for the door to be unlocked. So, they’re kinda prepared but not really, 'cause you’re dealing with the alpha Mandalorian, right? Each time, there’s a challenge, but then the Mandalorian accumulates more things. You’ve got these other Dark Troopers waiting. So, yeah, really cool.
What was that…what time was that? Around twelve minutes in. A little bit like MTV’s Challenge. I’d say the Mandalorian would be good at that. Probably wouldn’t want to see him on there, but…then R5’s still opening the doors. Oh, it’s called a mouse droid. Huh. So, the mouse droid finds R5. It has sirens on it, so it starts running sirens. The Mandalorian’s like, hey, open the door, dude. R5 does not have a chance to respond 'cause he’s dealing with the mouse droid. He uses a little zappy-pooh, then gets back to work. There’s this cool slide move by Mando where he just totally slides on by, though his armor is also very effective, comparatively. He takes everybody out. He says, good job, R5. Proud of you. R5’s proud of himself. Then a bunch of mouse droids — four of them with their alarms — come.
Oh no, five, and they start running into him. Oh no, now there’s four. But he just takes off. Oh, one more. Oh boy, poor mouse droids. Okay, then R5…or then IG-12 sees the Mandalorian’s moves, and they go into another room which is full of those Bacta tanks. Mysterious…one, two, three…oh, wait a second…okay, I thought…I was trying to count them before and I was unsuccessful. I thought there was twelve total, but there might be fourteen to…one, two, three, four, five, six, seven…fourteen. May even be sixteen if…missed one. One, two, three, four…and we find out that inside are Moff Gideon lookalikes. Grogu even peeks at one and does not…says, papa, me no likey. Okay, there’s six there, and the Mandalorian starts messing with the controls and says, let me overload something.
Six, seven…yeah, I guess there’s seven on each hull. Very peaceful being a…being in a Bacta…I guess Bacta spray bank…Bacta tank. So, if you’re fully submersed…I don't know if this is Bacta tanks; I’m just saying. Seems to be some other thing. But yeah, then they all go bye-bye and they…then we see the Mandalorian’s flying. Oh, from the ones that are trying to get away. This is kind of like…a little bit of a shoehorned plot point, but it’s still a nice sequence. They find these underground surface caves full of water and green stuff, and Bo-Katan says, holy green stuff, there’s flowers and butterflies down here. They say, yeah, we started…is this natural? They say, well, we…yeah, there’s stuff…trouble above, trouble below. You found these gardens? No, we planted them. They’re farms. These are indigenous to Mandalore.
Bo-Katan says, I’ve never seen anything outside of the domed cities. They say, yeah, once the planet was abandoned, they were…sprouted up and we cultivated it. Say, wow, the surface could sustain…all they need is room to grow. Then the armorer says, Lady Kryze, your reinforcements have arrived. It’s go time. They come out of the rainy clouds and the Mandalorians fly out and join them. Everybody’s nodding and smiling. So, yeah, they come out, they meet up with the ship, and a lot of cool flying, more jet trails, which we’ve been enjoying this season, clouds…the armorer starts to send the Mandalorians out. She releases them, she heads out, she meets up with Bo-Katan. Says, what up? I have the sharing…by the way, there’s gonna be a lot of sharing of the sharing hammer and sharing tongs.
Bo-Katan pulls out the Darksaber. The Mandalorians head into the base. Now, somehow they knew they were coming, because the Dark Troopers head out to meet them. Them we have a basic dance-off, share…everybody wants the share hammer or the Darksaber. But as the armorer likes to say, I am holding the share hammer and share tongs, so, I’ll share…then Bo-Katan says, I know how to use this Darksaber. So, all in the air, serious action, back and forth. Then we see…wait a second, holy cow, because now the Mandalorian and Grogu go into the room with the light fixture and the holo-map, and the Mandalorian’s ready for action now. So, it was not that far away, and the door seals them in, of course. So, I say, what…did Moff Gideon have to use the restroom first?
Which would make sense, 'cause he’d have to take off probably a large portion of his armor. He says, holy cow, my clones are gonna be perfect. We’re even supposed to have the Force, the one thing I never had. Say, dude, that’s…they saved you the trouble. You really want clones that have more power than you? I’m sure he would have put some other…I’m sure he would have put some flaw in there or something, but I think they were helpful. Say, I can’t believe it; they were ready to go, almost. Then the Mando…okay, now they’re in a…in the open part of the base, the hangar area or whatever. He says…Moff Gideon says, let’s dance, Mando. So, they start to dance, but his suit…I don't know if it’s Moff Gideon or the suit or both.
I don't know anything about Moff Gideon’s history, but he’s definitely very spry in this suit and he definitely has the dancing advantage of…against the Mandalorian. Then we have a little slow-mo…I thought this was cool. I forget what they’re called, though, the…not the Crimson Guard; that was in Star…or G.I. Joe. Not the High Council. I don't remember what they’re called. Crimson…but they go against the Mandalorian, three on one. Just like Paz Visala; at first you say, holy cow, they make quick work of Mando. Then Grogu comes out; he says ‘no’ three times. Then in slow motion, they head towards Grogu. The Mandalorian says, no. Grogu heads off. Mandalorian trips…they close the door behind them, and Grogu looks to be in trouble. So does the Mandalorian.
Meanwhile, it seems like the Mandalorians are not having any trouble with the Dark Troopers. Hammer’s being shared among everybody. So, they say, okay, if you share the Dark Hammer with me, I will take a nap. Then we have a bunch of sweet moves, knee darts, then we have Grogu dancing with the…what are they called? I forgot what they were called. Praetorian Guard; there you go. I knew it was…Crimson Guard, Praetorian Guard. But they’re actually not; they’re more of…they’re not crimson-colored. Okay, so, we got a lot of stuff happening at once. So, you got Moff Gideon continuing to show how much better of a dancer he is than the Mandalorian, including catching his hand in his. So, he shows that he’s tough.
But we do catch a little bit of Bo-Katan saying, wait a second, something’s going on down there right now. Yeah, she sees something. She heads down. She deal…she goes to deal with him. I got this; go save your kid. Moff Gideon says, Bo-Katan Kryze, what’s it gonna be this time? You want to give up again or should I dance-off with you? She says, let’s have a…he says, oh, wait a second, I have a purple…nearly…I don't need a Darksaber; I have a purple sleepy saber. So, they do practice, you know, kinda Nerf-style. Grogu’s running on the light fixture. But actually, wow, it’s a high-quality light fixture 'cause it’s…lands on Grogu and…but then the Mandalorian comes in. Then we get some great teamwork. This did remind me of the movie John Wick. So, you have…I mean, John Wick does not have the Force, but just the style of action.
Bo-Katan and Moff Gideon go back and forth, dancing off with their sabers. Also have the stuff with the Mandalorians and the Dark Troopers, but the Dark Troopers are not very effective. Praetorians, at first, they do seem pretty tough, but Grogu’s got some good Force going. So, he manages to save his papa quite a few times, and then his papa eventually…he does…it is John Wick style. It’s cool, but he definitely needs Grogu’s help. But yeah, the Praetorian Guard, they go to visit the…wherever that place where the Emperor was hanging out. He says, great job, kid. Then we see Axe Woves is piloting the capital ship into the base for a permanent landing. So, he calls; he says, Bo, Kaska, come in. Coming in hot. Get everyone out of that base. That’ll put the base to rest. So, Bo’s going back and forth with Moff Gideon.
My mind…meanwhile, everybody else — I guess understandably — they do seem to respond very well. The Mandalorians start to make a break and Bo-Katan seems to be outmatched by Moff Gideon, even though she makes one last attempt. He breaks the Darksaber. Not really Bo-Katan’s fault, but I say, who…Darksaber? The thing was made…it wasn’t made strong enough, 'cause he short-circuits it. Pulls off her helmet; says, no more Darksaber. Now you’ve lost. But I said, dude, are you paying attention to anything? Mandalorians are weak once they lose their trinkets. She smiles. She says, by the way, we’re stronger together. Then Din Djarin comes out with Grogu and they say, now it’s…and then Axe Wove’s ship is coming in. Perfect aim on this Axe Woves. I mean, he’s got a pretty big hole to shoot for.
He jumps…he manages to get off, too, so we’ll see him again, maybe. The ship comes into the base, which obviously creates quite a situation. We see everybody has to get together; Bo, Din, and Grogu. They’re still going back and forth. Grogu actually sits down. Oh, he does the Mandalorian-style slide. He pushes down…what do you call it? So, they all work together, all three of them, but eventually we see the ship come in. They’re trying to hide between Bo-Katan’s little tiny shield, but then…so, we see…we knew it would be okay, obviously, but first you get a few minutes of like, huh. But then you hear the Force music and you see Grogu’s kind of Sue Storm style, I’d say, or…who was that? You know, comic…like a small, local shield that shields them but not Moff Gideon. Shield bubble.
Sue Storm’s the most…person I’m thinking of, but there is somebody from…oh, Jean Grey, maybe. So, yeah, they…everything sweeps over them, and then they look at each other. Grogu’s like, I need a nap now. Holy cow. The base is falling to pieces. We fade in and then we come back out. We see the old domed city from above. We hear some drums and we’re down in the Living Waters. Bath time, baby. Time for a tubby, all…every Mandalorian’s gathered. They’re playing the drums and the kid that loves to be smelled by the beings on that other planet — we’ll find out about this one — is there. I swear on my name and the name of the ancestors. Ragnar…I shall walk the way of the Mandalore and the words of the creed shall be forever forged in my heart. No interruptions this time.
The kid becomes…goes from foundling right into apprentice. This is the way. Ragnar says, this is the way. The Mandalorians say, this is the way. Walks off…then the Mandalorian, Din, walks up with Grogu. Grogu’s ear was cutely stuck on the Mandalorian’s chest. They come out. They’re at the Living Waters. Grogu says, papa, am I gonna take a bath? He says, Grogu’s my…not right now. He’s not a foundling anymore. Can we add him to the song? The armorer says, well, he can’t speak, so, can’t take the creed. The Mandalorian says, okay, well, I’m gonna have to find a technicality then. No, he’s gotta remain a foundling. The Mandalorian says, luckily I have the whole rule…I have the way memorized. If his parents gave him permission, couldn’t he be a apprentice then? Yeah, but parents…I mean, he’s a Yodish being.
We don’t even know what that means. We just know that’s what Scoots says. Grogu makes a lot of cute noises, then the Mandalorian says, then I’ll adopt him as my own. Grogu looks up; papa? You’ll be my official papa. The armorer says, this is the way. The Mandalorian says, this is the way. Grogu’s eyes say, my papa. Din Djarin is accepting this foundling as his son. Now, this has been a precedent in…with Ragnar, so, makes sense. Grogu makes some more cute noises. You are now Din Grogu, Mandalorian apprentice. This is the way. Grogu kinda nods. You gotta take your apprentice on his journeys, by the way. You gotta…just as your teacher did with you, so hit the road. Mandalorian says, this is the way. Grogu looks into the Living Waters.
No bath for Grogu, but Grogu looks deep, and then we scroll down to the depths and you say, holy James Cameron documentary, we just saw…we see the Mythosaur, whose eyes open, and say, howdy-hi, I am the Mythosaur. By the way, could somebody toss me some briny shrimp or something down here? Then we see a Mandalorian flag hanging. Slow zoom out…we have the Man…the armorer; she’s carrying a torch. Very Olympic-style, though it’s walking slowly. She hands it to Bo-Katan. Bo-Katan turns, rotates, and holds it up, and lights…the Great Forge is re-lit. Great work everybody, 'cause they really did a good job. Looks like you could cook a good pizza in there. I know people get those pizza ovens lately. Then everybody does the gauntlet clap and then Axe Woves says, for Mandalore, three times or four times.
He really yells it. Then we have the M1 come out, or the N1 come out of hyperspace; heads into a planet. Oh, it’s that beach planet with the beach base. Beach base, come in. They say, yeah, we’re just here chilling with our palm trees and our bar. We’re really defending the…this is why we can’t get to the Outer Rim, 'cause we’re just kicking it in our club house. Mandalorian says, how about you do a little less kicking it and more kicking…I think that…I already forgot this guy’s name, the character, but he’s drinking blue milk. He’s talking to a Greetish being. Says, let me buy you a drink, Mando. Says, I’m here on business…Carson Teva. Appreciate it, man. Made our jobs easier. Mandalorian says, you would have got to it. I just got there first. I believe in you. Grogu grabs some bar snacks.
He’s in an IG-11 helmet, so that gets us a chance to complete that circle. It’s not your friend, though. Reminds him of somebody he once knew. Isn’t that a name of a song? Carson Teva says, what up? His blue milk’s more like Powerade color, you know. The Mandalorian says, by the way, I’m looking for some work, Carson. I can’t…I got my kid now. It’s official, by the way. Okay. I know you’re not…you’re too busy here drinking at the base to deal with any remnants. I need some work. Okay, so, you want to work for the New Republic? He goes, on the down-low, maybe. Case-by-case basis only. Independent. Carson Teva says, yeah, there’s…you know what kind of bureaucracy we’re talking about? Never approve it. He goes, yeah, you won't tell him. He says, let me think about it. He goes, you already have, man. Goes, it’s a great deal.
By the way, I’m the toughest dude by far anywhere, ever. He goes, what I want for a down-payment is that IG-11 scrap-head. Need it for parts. Then we see Nevarro, which is looking good. Nice paint job on some of the buildings. Greef gives him the deed to a cabin just outside of town, where you could lay low with your new family. Greef loves…between adventures; he loves that it’s Din Grogu. So, he gets a kick out of it. He says, what up, Din Grogu? You could kick back there, too, at the cabin. The Mandalorian says, I got a gift as well. He’s got the mechanic droids…Anzaleans. It’s IG-11, your new marshal. Hey people, I’m the marshal of Nevarro. Very robo-bud. I’m here to serve and keep it going. I’m at your disposal. Serve at your pleasure. He’s got a matching paint job to Greef Karga’s High Magistrate outfit.
Then we go to the cabin out…not in a bad spot. A little bit of greenery. Could use a little bit more shade, I mean, if you’re asking me, but…and cool, cool way to end it, in my opinion, because of the style of the…Mandalorian’s sitting with his feet up on the porch, and then Grogu’s helping a frog fly. Then there’s one of those…I don't know what you even call it, but it zooms into just a circle of Grogu and the frog, which is just fun, and the frog jumps into the water. The episode ends with…the first panel is flying Mandalorians and troopers, then the second panel is the capital ship and a bunch of TIE Interceptors and stuff like that, then we got the tanks with the cloned what-do-you-call-it’s…Moffs, then the Mandalorian take…he’s…in this case, he’s totally taking out the control panel.
Then we have a shot of the…what are those things…? TIE Bombers in the bay, then we got a TIE pilot flying, then another shot of the capital ship getting taken down, and then the indoor gardens or the subterranean gardens. Very beautiful. Another thing; you see some…oh, and then the armorer, she doesn’t have the share hammer in this shot. I mean, this is pre-production, maybe? She’s got some sort of Dyson backpack vacuum, the share vacuum. It looks pow…it definitely looks powerful. Then Bo-Katan with the Darksaber, and then more flying inside the base as part of the big dance-off number. What else do we got here? Then some sort of…oh, okay. I couldn’t figure this out. It’s funny that it’s easier to figure out on a smaller screen. But when I was watching it on my TV, I was like, what is this? So, it’s a hall.
I guess it’s in great shape, so total rebuild at this point. So, it doesn’t look like what it looked like in the episode. But it’s a hall full of people. Now looking at it, it’s all Mandalorians. But when I was looking at the TV…I guess 'cause I don’t have my glasses on. That’s probably unfortunately why I couldn’t figure it out. There’s a clue why I couldn’t figure it out, 'cause now this is way closer to me. I could see that it’s all Mandalorians. But so, this is the Great Forge, which when they say Great Forge, they actually mean three separate forges. I think that was clear in the other one, too. The Great Forge is the room, I believe. I mean, this is just my assumptions. So, of course I believe my assumptions.
So, the Great Forge, a lot of Mandalorians…there’s one on the right side watching solo up…or walking…sorry, excuse me, I just gotta…they’re walking out to use the restroom or they’re…no, it doesn’t look like they’re on…it looks like they’re just standing up on a ledge watching. Then we go to a tropical base. I don't see the IG-11 helmet. It looks a lot grittier in this picture, and more depressing, where in the show, the tropical base looks like…what, do you want me to go to the Outer Rim? I’m kicking it at Tropical Base. Then we have a shot of Grogu…I’m not sure if it’s a frog now. Mandalorian’s in a rocking chair, or he’s just got a chair leaned back. His feet are up. Really cool. There’s a couple lights on. It’s dusk. M1’s parked, and…really cool shot, because…just because…yeah, it’s just very funny.
I don't know, great way to…I don't know. I feel like a very on-brand ending at a cabin out in the out-front. Yeah, that’s the end of the episode. Yeah, I mean, I guess a season that…there’s…I try to avoid all speculation, but I can’t avoid titles of articles. It does seem like people are saying…I don't know, but I feel like…so, this is Season 3, right? We got the writer’s strike, which I think will be a good thing for everybody in the end. But so, I don't know if Season 4 had been even started, but it definitely seems like that…I’m fine with it being delayed as long as possible to make sure that everybody gets working conditions where they can flourish, especially when we’ve seen the…well, anyway. It’s the end of the episode; nobody…you’re resting. So, we may have a little wait for Season 4. But yeah, I guess the main question was, is Pedro Pascal gonna be in Season 4? I don't know, but we’ll find out, won't we, at some point? Yeah, that’s it. Thanks for watch…or listening, and I’m so glad I can get…help…get to help you fall asleep. Goodnight, everybody.
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(Transcribed by Leah Hervoly)
- Holographic-Based Work (HBW)
- The Old Gauntlet Clap
- London Philharmonic
- MTV’s Challenge
- Bruce Campbell
Notable Talking Points:
- Ain’t no party like a Pith Party
- Papa Me No Likey
- Din Grogu, Mandalorian Apprentice