“Chapter 5: The Gunslinger” is the fifth episode of the first season of The Mandalorian. It opens on a dogfight between the Mandalorian and an unnamed bounty hunter in deep space.

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It is the first real dogfight of the series, and for a moment it looks as if the Mandalorian and the Child won’t get out of this one alive. His opponent has him in his sights, Mando loses an engine and even ‘Baby Yoda’ looks worried. Then the rival bounty hunter makes the mistake of using the Mandalorian’s tagline “I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold”, and it’s game over thanks to some fancy flying.

 

Mando (Pedro Pascal) is then forced to land in Mos Eisley on Tattooine after his ship’s damaged in a dogfight another bounty hunter looking for The Child. A mechanic called Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) agrees to repair his battle-damaged ship, for a hefty price, and Mando is thus forced to help a young man called Toro Calican (Jake Cannavale — son of Bobby) enter the Bounty Guild by catching mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) so they can split the bounty.

The Mandalorian is just excellent. The show his much more enjoyable than anything else recently in the Star Wars universe in our opinion. At around $10 million an episode, the production design is superb (and the funky western scoring sublime) bringing forth some wonderful otherworld landscapes, settings, and creatures. The cast is a cut above, particularly for a TV outing. The show has succeeded at creating the atmosphere of a Spaghetti Western, and the Mando himself is pleasantly unpredictable, with a heart of gold.

Jon Favreau serves as creator, head writer, and showrunner, as well as executive producer, alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. The show stars Pedro Pascal in the title role.

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Television Series

8.5/10

Battle Scene

7.5/10

Overall

8.0/10

Pros

  • VFX
  • Personality
  • Motivations