In Review: Star Wars: The Mandalorian – The Gunslinger

The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head.

Synopsis: The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head.

Review: This week the action moves to Tatooine where we see a few iconic locations from ‘A New Hope’ put to great effect.

The Story

This episode kicks off with a pretty decent dogfight with what looks like an old Rebel Fighter ship with a similar look at an X-Wing. Mandalorians ship takes quite a pounding from the other pilot, but he pulls out the famed Top Gun, “I’ll brake and he’ll fly right by maneuver” and gets the better of the other pilot. Due to the amount of damage taken. The Mandalorian is forced to land and he chooses Tatooine as his destination. As he lands at Moss Eisley he pays out some money to a female engineer and her droids to do needed repairs.

At this point, Mando goes into the bar where he meets another bounty hunter who is rather green and looking to make a name for himself. So a deal is struck in which Mando helps him capture an assassin called Fennec Shand, who is played brilliantly by Ming-Na Wen.

As ever things do not go exactly to plan and The Mandalorian and his youngling Yoda have to move on. It would seem that word has gotten around that our Mandalorian has pissed off his bounty hunting guild.

The Acting

Ming-Na Wen puts in a solid performance as Fennec Shand who has a fun scene where she tries to manipulate the young bounty hunter while Mando goes off in search of a Dewback to carry them all back to Moss Eisely spaceport.

Jake Cannavale also puts in a pretty good showing as the young Bounty Hunter that our Mandalorian friend tries to take under his wing.


A pretty solid episode in which more focus is on the bounty hunting aspect and not so much on Baby Yoda.

I really enjoyed the Dogfight sequence at the start of the story where we get to See Mando’s ship go up against a faster ship and still manage to come out on top. I’d love to see more space battles in future episodes as well as some of the aspects of Star Wars, which we haven’t seen in a while such as flying into a meteor storm in order to evade capture. Basically have Mando employ some smuggler’s tricks as things become more and more desperate for him.

Overall. A pretty good story with some nice moments.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian - The Gunslinger
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