The Mandalorian: Chapter 8: Redemption (2019)
Season 1, Episode 8
10/10
This is some of the very best storytelling Star Wars has to offer!
29 December 2019
Warning: Spoilers
The Mandalorian is a very well thought-out chapter in the Star Wars canon and it's done something no one thought Disney could do with the franchise under its wing: unite the fandom in loving the same production so finely done by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau (Jedi veterans). It's got the story people wanted to see after Return of the Jedi: a lawless galaxy inhabited by Bounty Hunters with varying degrees of honor and wisdom: and there's no all-powerful authority to stop them in the Outer-Rim territories.

This episode plays like a movie that's paying off dozens of set-ups from a few movies before it, except this is a television episode: a part of a series that's had more vision and time to shine than The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. It's really quite wonderful what they've done in this episode: crammed in so much and it didn't feel rushed, be it the stand-offs or the rag-tag team of outlaws helping each other survive an Imperial Assault on a bar. Oh, and the Force is very strong in this one indeed: and it gives 'Baby Yoda' his time to prove his narrative-worth in the series.

Redemption is a suitable title for this episode, because this feels like a redemption of the old-school Star Wars people continue to love through and through.
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