Chapter 14: The Tragedy

Star Wars: The MandalorianAs instructed by Ahsoka, the Mandalorian takes Grogu to the seeing stone remaining in the ruins of a Jedi temple, where his connection to the Force may attract other Jedi who can train him. As Grogu communes with the Force, however, a ship lands nearby. The Mandalorian investigates, meeting a man claiming to be Boba Fett, and demanding the armor recovered by the Mandalorian on Tatooine, which he says belonged to him and his father before him. Fett has also enlisted the help of bounty hunter Fennec Shand, whose life he saved on Tatooine, and pledges both of their help in protecting Grogu in exchange for the armor. But the arrival of squadrons of Imperial stormtroopers prevents any further negotiations. Fett and Shand make good on their promise to protect Grogu, but Moff Gideon, commanding an Imperial cruiser overhead, sends Darktroopers to retrieve Grogu, and destroys the Razor Crest with a single well-placed shot to prevent the Mandalorian from following him. Since Grogu is still not safe, Fett and Shand still plan to honor their pledge to help the Mandalorian retrieve him.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Robert Rodriguez
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer)

The MandalorianNotes: Boba Fett offers no explanation as to how he survived the Sarlacc on the planet Tatooine (Return Of The Jedi, 1983), so fans attached to the explanations in prior novels and comics can rest easy because nothing here explicitly contradicts those tellings of events. Another piece of legacy Star Wars media that remains intact is the LucasArts video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, which originated the Darktroopers in 1995 and inspired a series of audio dramas a few years later. Fennec Shand first appeared in season one’s The Gunslinger.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Chapter 15: The Believer

Star Wars: The MandalorianThe Mandalorian enlists Cara Dune’s help to spring Mayfeld from a New Republic penal work camp, as Mayfeld’s knowledge of Imperial clearance codes is recent enough that he may be able to help find Moff Gideon’s cruiser. Cara Dune, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand are in on the operation as well, but it involves getting Mayfeld into a heavily guarded Imperial mining facility…and then being ready to move at a moment’s notice in case Mayfeld and the Mandalorian have to shoot their way out rather than making a quieter exit from the base. But once Mayfeld spots the Imperial officer who made him want to leave the Empire, the chances of a quieter exit – and of escaping intact – drop dangerously.

The Mandalorianwritten by Rick Famuyiwa
directed by Rick Famuyiwa
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Bill Burr (Mayfeld), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Donald Mills (Security Droid), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Miguel A. Lopez (Juggernaut Pilot), Barry Lowin (Shoretrooper), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer), Richard Brake (Valin Hess), Taeho de Vitto (Village Kid)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Chapter 16: The Rescue

Star Wars: The MandalorianWith the help of Boba Fett, Bo-Katan, Cara Dune, and Fennec Shand – and with a little bit of information gleaned from the Imperial scientist captured en route to continue his experiments on Grogu – the Mandalorian plans a two-pronged attack on Moff Gideon’s cruiser. His objective is to rescue Grogu, while Bo-Katan wants to recapture the Darksaber and regain control of Mandalore. Standing in their way is an entire platoon of Darktroopers – droid stormtroopers impervious to the weaknesses of either Imperial recruits or clones – and taking out even one of them is almost more than the Mandalorian can handle on his own. Bringing Moff Gideon to heel is somewhat easier, but once the entire team is trapped on the cruiser’s bridge with Gideon and Grogu, with Darktroopers crowding on the other side of the blast door, it seems a new hope is needed.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Peyton Reed
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Mercedes Varnado (Koska Reeves), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Thomas E. Sullivan (Co-Pilot), Luke Baines (Pilot), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer), Matthew Wood (Bib Fortuna)

LogBook entry by Earl Green