The Mandalorian: Season 2 Episode 4 Review - The Siege Spoiler Review


 I wish in my last article I added what I said to a co-worker when talking about Ahsoka Tano appearing in episode, "I doubt she will appear in episode 4" because if I did I could now say I told you so.  I was talking to a co-worker about episode three The Heiress and we were both blown away by the episode and he said he was excited for the next episode to see Ahsoka.  I warned him to be prepared to wait longer than one episode to see her.  In my review of episode three (The Mandalorian: Season 2 Episode 3 Review - The Heiress Spoiler Review) I myself got caught up in the excitement of Ahsoka being name-dropped by Bo-Katan, that at the time I did not even consider that episode four would not feature Ahsoka.  In episode four entitled The Siege Mando and the child return to Nevarro and meet back up with Greef Carga and Cara Dune.  The Siege may disappoint fans who were excited to see Ahsoka Tano, but the Siege was yet another great episode of The Mandalorian.  


RECAP

Episode Four starts off with Mando and the Child returning to Nevarro (after Mando has the Child attempt to help fix the Razor Crest which ends up being a fail) for some ship repairs.  Mando and the Child land on Nevarro and Greef Karga and Cara Dune are waiting for them, Greef asks his men to make repairs on the Razor Crest and one of his men gives a weird look (which comes back later).  We see that Nevarro is doing good and that Greef has Mythrol (the bounty that Mando brought in in the pilot episode) working for him as an accountant.  Cara Dune is now Marshall of the town and Greef is the Magistrate, they have cleaned it up and what was once a bar is now a school.  Greef leaves the Child in the school so he and Mando can talk business.  The Child has a cute moment where sitting at a desk with other children around him he sees a classmate eating a snack and begins to try and ask the kid to try the snack.  The kid refuses and the Child uses the force to call the snack to him, it was both a cute and funny moment, the work done to make the Child react more vocally and physically is this season has been one of my favourite parts.  In the business meeting, Greef asks for Mando's help in removing an old Empire base that was supposed to be unmanned, the mission is to overload the power generator and blow up the base.  

Mythrol accompanies Mando, Cara Dune and Greef Carga to the base and provides some good comic relief while also contributing.  As per usual the base is not un-manned and after the power generator is overloaded and as Mando and his team trying to make their escape from the base things get complicated.  It appears to be a scientific outpost (likely to study the Child), we see Dr. Pershing (another pilot episode character) was possibly trying to give transfusions to "volunteers" with blood samples that were taken by Dr. Pershing during the sort time he had possession of the Child.  Moff Gideon's plans involving the Child are still a mystery though it appears he wants to replicate force powers.  The Mando finally learning that Moff Gideon is not dead, leaves to go and get the Child leaving Cara, Mythrol and Greef to escape the base on their own which they in a fantastic way.  Cara Dune takes an Empire troop transport vehicle and drives it off the edge of a cliff, they are then chased by Strom Troopers on speeder bikes.  Greef uses the guns on the transport to take out two of the troopers while Cara Dune crushes the last.  After celebrating the destruction of the base our heroes celebrate only to realize that they are being chased by a squadron of tie fighters.  Greef is able to take out one of the fights but Mando and the Child (now in the Razor Crest) appear just in time to eliminate the other three fighters in a fantastic dog fight.  

After saving the day (the Child was having a blast during the dog fight and even threw up his stolen treat) Mando leaves to continue his journey to Ahsoka Tano.  We see Greef talking with the same New Republic officer that saved Mando in episode two, Greef gives him nothing about Mando but the officer believes the Razor Crest was involved.  Remember when I mentioned that one of Greef Carga's men who repaired the Razor Crest gave a weird look, well he contacts an Empire ship and reports he put the device on the ship.  The device is a tracking beacon and I think Mando is going to have his hands full when he finally reaches Ahsoka Tano, as Moff Gideon is surrounded by a large amount of Death Troopers as the episode ends.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This was my second favourite episode of the season so far, it had a lot of great action, funny moments and it forwarded the plot.  This episode may disappoint fans who were looking forward to finally seeing a live-action Ahsoka Tano but it is a great episode regardless of Ahsoka Tano.  I think if there was no Empire in this episode and it was just another adventure I am sure I would not have been as much of a fan as I was.  The Empire appearing and the plot of Moff Gideon, the Child and Mando was still moving forward and I was delighted.  The action scenes were really great and I think season two is definitely using a bigger budget as the episode and the effects all looked amazing.  I think when Moff Gideon and Mando finally have their confrontation it is going to be great, I think possibly as soon as the next episode we could get to see Ahsoka and Mando take on the Empire.  I can also see Ahsoka giving herself up so that Mando and the Child can escape.  The Siege was easily one of the best episodes of the series so far and I think the direction the show is going is that we are going to an epic season finale.  The New Republic officer appearing again and voicing concern for what he is hearing suggests that the New Republic may get involved in the fight against Moff Gideon.  I did not get what I wanted in the episode but what it gave me was just as good and I am going to be eagerly awaiting episode five.

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