This review contains full spoilers for episode five of The Mandalorian Season 3, now available to watch on Disney+.
The threads finally converge in Episode 5 of Season 3 of The Mandalorian, which connects the pirates on Nevarro, the dysfunction in the New Republic, and the dream of reclaiming Mandalore. Much of the plot of “The Pirate” is heavily sketched out and Jon Favreau’s dialogue is a bit repetitive at times, but there are also a few big surprises that hint at a good future.
The episode kicks off meeting Greef Karga’s urban planner, interrupted by the inevitable return of Captain Gorian Shard. Of course, it is not understood that Greef did not want to hang on to the remote bureaucracy, but it is disappointing that a man who was a pirate, a hunter in the role of the commander’s group and on behalf of the imperial remnants did not have a plan to face the great danger beyond the New Republic. help from a droid by sending a Princess Leia-style message. The guard has been torn away, but even the most comfortable of all cannot ward off the capital ship. New trains sound great, but first you should spend your resources on protecting yourself given the dangerous life in the Outer Rim. There’s a reason why you can’t have nice things there unless you’re a big part of a crime syndicate or other potentially scandalous people when you don’t want to mess with them.
The message is delivered in the distress of Greef, Captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), who is suspended at the New Republic base when Star Wars Rebels’ Zeb Orrelios (Steve Blum) makes his live-action debut. Gruff Lestat looks great and it’s a wonder that a very talented voice actor is getting the role. He’s probably been reserved with the rest of the crew from the Ghost in Ahsoka, but it’s a shame not to get him, and Teva immediately heads to Nevarro with some other former rebels they can summon. But the Mandalorian continues without a sense of urgency and Teva flies to Coruscant to seek help through her own means.
This goes hand in hand with the bureaucratic expectations that the New Republic has become. “Chief, this is no longer a rebellion,” Colonel Tuttle (Tim Meadow) tells Teva. The scrappy good guys may have won the war against the Galactic Empire, but they’re losing the peace. Shard mentions that the New Republic can’t even protect the Middle Rim from the Pirate Nation, further plotting the Mandalorian First Order origin story following Dave Filoni’s Star Wars Resistance. The dialogue is quite dull and repetitive in the scene on Coruscant, as Teva repeatedly connects the dots between the remnants of the Imperials, Moff Gedeon and the pirates. Yes, he tries to make his case for official indifference, but Favreau feels like it’s a bit too difficult to prepare viewers for what seem like fairly obvious plot points.
Even worse for Teva, Tuttle takes advice from Elia Kane (Katy M. O’Brian) who should just give him an easy way to avoid intervention by reminding Nevarro not to sign the paper that would make New Earth. Republic services. Prata does a great job of adding some humor to his exasperation with Teva, especially the slightly smirking “Uh-oh” when Kane introduces it at the right time. That means Teva will have to look elsewhere for help.
Peli Motto presented R5-D4’s experience in the Rebellion as a selling point for Din Djarin, but it also seems like something of a weakness as he wanted to make his droid run where it was supposed to be hidden. The suspense of whether the Mandalorians are forced to intervene, with the excessive grumbling and added grandeur of Paz Vizsla (Jon Favreau), who was obviously going to help Din after Paz’s son got out of favor in the last episode. However, it’s hilarious that the Boy Scouts are using a talking stick to hammer the refrigerator.
As big a threat as these pirates are meant to be, it’s hard to take them seriously when the Shard looks like the King’s Swamp and the gang in Nevarro seems to cut straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean as they stumble around drunk and harassing a few people. they remain in the city. When Din says he wants 10 to 1 odds, his swag is pretty obvious. Dismissing a civilian population should be terrifying, but the mission is rather playful, from the Anzellan scumbags to the Kowakian lizards of the Mandalorian apes pointing them in the right direction.
She is suspended from the great battle that follows, where the Mandalorian pirate forces dominate on the ground and in the air. Some of the season 2 episode “Tragedy” was used in the escalating weapons on the ground, but “Pirate” lacks the huge and overwhelming pressure that arose from such a small number of defenders as if they were infinite storm forces.