“Chapter 11” reintroduces a fan-favorite character and teases the arrival of a much more beloved one as Mando finally figures out where he’s going — and who he might find when he gets there.
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After last week’s eight-legged escapades, “Chapter 11” finds Mando, Baby Yoda, and their new frog friend manually entering the atmosphere of Trask and landing the Razor Crest on the planet’s watery surface — if you could strictly call that a landing, anyway. It makes for a nice comedic beat and a good excuse to show off the show’s typically stellar visuals, as Mando hands a credit or two to the local mechanic, who can’t fix the ship, but can probably get it to fly.
Which means it’s time for a touching reunion between Frog Lady and Frog Dude, who rejoice over the survival of the offspring that Baby Yoda didn’t hungrily snaffle on the journey. In exchange for their safe(ish) passage, Frog Dude can point Mando to more of his kind, and “Chapter 11” gives us our first glimpse of Sasha Banks, lurking in the shadows nearby.
The Mon Calamari server (Norwood Cheek) in a local eatery directs Mando elsewhere, a few hours away across the water, while Baby Yoda enjoys a living chowder just for laughs. It’s a Quarren — they’re the dudes who look like Davy Jones — vessel that Mando hitches a ride on, and they promptly betray him by feeding Baby Yoda to a mamacore so that they can cage the pair of them and rob the beskar steel. Luckily, more Mandalorians arrive in the nick of time, including Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), who is able to retrieve the Child, but also informs Mando that he’s the child of a nutcase splinter faction of Mandalorians — a “Child of the Watch”, presumably meaning Death Watch, which will be familiar to any Clone Wars fans. (Sasha Banks, credited as Mercedes Varnado, plays one of the other Mandalorians, Koska Reeves, and Simon Kassianides plays the other, Axe Woves).
Mando is a bit sulky to learn this news, but eventually — after butchering a few more Quarrens — he sits down with his new Mandalorian friends for a meal. Bo-Katan can lead him to a member of the Jedi Order, but in exchange for that, she needs his help with their mission, which is to jack an Imperial Gozanti freighter loaded with weapons. To keep Baby Yoda safe, Mando leaves him with the frog couple, which doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea, but needs must. He immediately lays his beady eyes on the spawn as one of the tadpoles hatches, to a pleased coo from the Child.
The raid gets underway, and the Imperials are terrified enough of the Mandalorians to attempt to climb out of the planet’s atmosphere and jump to hyperspace early, despite port protocols. Naturally, the StormTroopers are no match for the Mandalorians, but they only need to hold the attackers off until they can make the jump to hyperspace. They’re foiled, of course, by their own idiocy, trapping the Mandalorians in the cargo control area… which contains the controls for the cargo bay they’re stood in. After ejecting the remaining Imperial guards, Bo-Katan taunts the Imperials on the bridge and explains she’s stealing the ship itself, which Mando isn’t happy about. Nevertheless, though, he has no choice but to go along with the plan.
Knowing hope is more or less lost, the Imperial Captain (Titus Welliver) calls Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) for backup, who tells him the situation is too far gone for that. Instead, he’s to plunge the entire ship into the planet’s surface. The Mandalorians are able to narrowly avert a splash-landing, but the Captain has no real leads on the Darksabre, which is what Bo-Katan is after (Moff Gideon has it, as we know). Mando leaves the ship before it leaves the atmosphere, with Bo-Katan giving Mando his next lead — on the planet of Corvus, he’ll find Ahsoka Tano. And the fandom rejoices.
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