Synopsis: In The Marshal. The Mandalorian is drawn to the Outer Rim in search of others of his kind.
Having found news that there is one of his kind on Tatooween. The Mandalorian travels to a remote settlement, which was believed to be dead after the Empire pulled their forces out. As he arrives he learns that the town now has a marshal who has the added protection of some Mandalorian armor, which was taken from Boba Fett by Jawas.
The Marshal who goes by the name of Cobb Vanth strikes a deal with Mando. Cobb asks for help to sly a sand dragon that has been terrorizing his town. In exchange for the help. Cobb will hand over his armor.
Timothy Olyphant puts in a fantastic performance as Cobb Vanth and carries off wearing Boba Fett’s armor really well. I enjoyed the way that the friendship between Cobb and Mando built as the story moved forward. The shared chemistry between Olyphant and Pedro Pascal as the titular character is what made this story work. Furthermore, the stakes within the story are what helps the two characters strike a bond. The addition of the sand people and Mando having to strike a three-way deal between them and the town also helped.
This was a really strong opening episode for the second season and had the added thrill of us seeing Boba Fett without his armor towards the end. Additionally, the ideal of Mando working with the marshal and sand people worked really well. I really hope we see Cobb return in future episodes.
I also have to give credit to the visual effects crew who managed to conjure up some wonderful set pieces of Mando, Cobb, and Sand People battling the sand dragon. The final 10 minutes of this episode are a visual treat for sure.
I also have to credit the shows composer Ludwig Göransson for some wonderful music cues throughout.
- CGI & Stunts9.7
- Incidental Music10