Moff Gideon abducts Grogu, Boba Fett’s awesome debut
In this week’s episode of The Mandalorian, appropriately named “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” we finally see Boba Fett’s first official appearance in the series. However, it came at the expense of Mando losing The Child, as he gets abducted by the evil Moff Gideon.
Mando and The Child arrived at the ancient Jedi temple on Tython after Ashoka Tano who, in the previous episode refused to train Grogu, advises them there. She believes that whatever Jedi that are left will seek Grogu if they sense him while on the seeing stone. Almost immediately, The Child is placed on the seeing stone and a force field is activated around him. It is not too soon after that a ship comes down and Mando, thinking the ship is after The Child, goes down to buy The Child some time. It’s then revealed that it is Boba Fett along with Fennec Shand, the assassin from the first season who was thought to be dead after being ‘killed’ by bounty hunter Toro Calican, but was actually saved by Boba.
Boba Fett’s Return to the spotlight
Fans of the series have long awaited for the moment that Boba Fett would appear this season and he came out guns blazing in his debut. Despite having the shortest runtime (34 minutes) so far this season, we learned quite a bit about Boba in this action-packed episode that had us on the edge of our seats. We finally get confirmation that Boba is in fact a Mandalorian as his father was a foundling and fought in the Mandalorian Civil Wars. Got to love Jango Fett.
Boba Fett tells Mando that he only wants his armor back and doesn’t want to harm Grogu, but before they could discuss any further, another ship comes down with Stormtroopers. All three team up to fight off the Stormtroopers. After viciously smashing some Stormtroopers with his gaderffii staff, Boba retrieves his armor and truly goes to work on the bucketheads. Which, in my mind also reconfirms how seemingly useless Stormtrooper armor is as Boba completely smashes them open with the aforementioned gaderffii staff, and they are blasted by Boba with his… knee rockets? Yeah, that’s pretty badass!
Oh, that’s why it’s called “The Tragedy”
Just as the trio finishes the Stormtroopers off with the help of Boba’s jetpack missile, Mando’s Razor Crest ship is destroyed and Dark Troopers descend on the temple to snatch Grogu who, at this point, is completely drained of energy due to using the force for the most intensive period we’ve seen yet. The newly formed team is too late despite last-minute efforts from Mando and Fennec to try and intercept the Dark Troopers. Grogu was captured and brought onto Moff Gidon’s ship. It’s okay to cry now.
Boba Fett and Fennec pledge to help Mando get Grugru back in exchange for Boba’s amour, which Mando happily agrees to. The trio visits Cara Dune to find the prison where mercenary Migs Mayfeld is so that they can spring him from jail to help locate Gideon’s ship. It’s very possible we’ll see Cara, Ashoka, and other characters team up to help Mando save Grogu, and if that’s the case we are in for a very exciting season finale!
One notable takeaway in one of the final scenes is when we see Gideon enter the cell that Grogu is being held in and after showing him the Darksaber asks him, “Have you ever seen one of these from years past?” This implies that Gideon might know more about Grogu’s past or history than anybody else in the series thus far. Perhaps even the parts that Grogu himself cannot completely remember. Which makes you wonder how he would have known that information in the first place.
The Darksaber is more than just a cool anti-lightsaber weapon. Though, don’t get me wrong, it looks absolutely awesome. The Darksaber was the ancient lightsaber of Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. It has a special place in Mandalorian history, as it was seen as the greatest weapon the race has ever seen. It has killed many Jedi during the Old Republic, and has swapped hands many times since then. The history of its owner is hard to track, but historically it was accepted that whoever had the Darksaber was the leader of Mandalore. Though, obviously, this doesn’t hold true for Gideon, but, this is why Bo-Katan (a Mandalorian who wants to revamp their society) is hunting down Gideon for the Darksaber.
With just two episodes left in the season, it’ll be interesting, to say the least, to see if Grogu can be saved. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out if somebody did in fact hear Grogu while he was on top of the seeing stone. Season 2 Episode 7 of The Mandalorian premieres next Friday, Dec. 11th on Disney Plus.