The second episode of the third season of The Mandalorian, “The Mines of Mandalore,” starts with a trick by the shady Peli Motto. By the end of the season, it's starting to feel like there have also been some false leads.
Last week's first episode set up a season that seems to be about Din Djarin and Grogu's long, hard journey to the Living Waters under the Mandalore mines. By the end of this episode, though, that journey is over.
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The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: The Mines of Mandalore!
Grogu goes down into the dark, monster-filled depths of Mandalore's destroyed underground Civic Center twice this week, first with Din and then with Bo-Katan after Din is taken.
Both times, Grogu's guards talked a lot about themselves, their gear, their mission, and the history of their people. It makes it easier to understand what is happening on screen, including plans, motivations, backstories, and so on.
Last week's Season 3 premiere jumped from planet to planet, but this week's episode, which is about seven minutes long, is closer to the simple storytelling style that this show does well.
After a quick stop in Tatooine's Mos Eisley to do some shopping at Peli Motto's garage, Din and Grogu will spend the rest of the episode in Mandalore. Everything feels much more clear.
Before they leave, Peli convinces them to buy an R5 astromech unit because her Jawa contacts haven't yet found the memory circuit they need to fix IG-11.
Even though R5-D4 isn't certified for spelunking on Mandalore, and even though it vigorously shakes its head “no” when Peli says it was made for “piloting starfighters across the galaxy and fighting tyranny.
It can still analyze the atmosphere of the planet. Even though R5-D4 gets stopped right away on Mandalore by a group of big, shaggy, club-wielding humanoids called the Alamites, once Din saves the droid, it does give him the “go” sign to explore.
So starts the first drop and the first short speech. On the way to Mandalore, Din told them that he grew up on the moon Concordia and had never been to his people's home planet.
On the surface of the planet, he reminds Grogu of the path Bo-Katan told them to take: all the way down through the Civic Center to the beskar mines. He is amazed that, despite what he has heard for years, Mandalore's air is breathable, which means the world is not “cursed.”
But it's also not exactly safe. In addition to the Alamaite attackers, who were killed by Din's Darksaber, our heroes meet an enemy that looks like a giant metal crab and lives in a lair full of Mandalorian helmets.
This amazing creature or machine has one big, living eye inside all of its machines, and it can leave its larger robotic shell to walk around in a smaller cyber-skeleton.
Din is caught off guard by this crab thing, which puts him in a kind of rotisserie that spins over a fire and has tubes attached to drain fluids. Grogu leaves his pod to check out the danger and scoots along in a cute way as he does so.
When Grogu sees how bad his friend's trouble is, he jumps back into the pod and speeds away, flapping his ears, until he gets to the N-1 and has R5-D4 fly him to Kalevala to tell Bo-Katan. She hesitates for a moment but then agrees to join his rescue party.
So starts the second trip down and the second short speech. As Bo-Katan leads Grogu back down to where Din is trapped, she tells him a bit of her own story. She says that she is the daughter of the family that ruled Mandalore before the Empire and radical groups like Din's destroyed everything.
Din loves one version of Mandalorian life, but Bo-Katan shows a different one. He is all about discipline and rituals, preaching “the creed” that helps the Mandalorians, who are “scattered like stars,” keep their identity.
She, on the other hand, is a realpolitik kind of Mandalorian who is open to new ways of thinking and new alliances. She even tells Grogu that she and Jedi were friends.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2 Rating
When judging a show, everyone looks at its rating. Most of the time, the best way to know if a show will continue to air is to look at how well it does in the ratings.
As your rank goes up, your chances of making it are better. The show has a good IMDb rating of 8.6/10 and a good audience rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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