“Chapter 12” reunites Mando with old friends and sneaks a peek at old enemies — and Baby Yoda goes to school.
This recap of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4, “Chapter 12”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Having kids is very much like the opening scene of “Chapter 12”. They don’t listen. They can’t follow rather simplistic instructions. They seem absolutely determined to kill themselves. All they want to do is eat. All of this neatly sums up Baby Yoda’s behaviour here in the run-down Razor Crest, prompting Mando to suggest they return to Navarro for repairs. Looks like we’ll be waiting another week before meeting Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano.
In the meantime, though, we get reacquainted with Gina Carano’s Cara Dune courtesy of a little action sequence to remind us how she gets down. When Mando lands on the planet, she and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) are waiting for him. Dune is the local Marshall now and has cleaned up in the town while Greef has focused on clerical business. There’s a school and everything, which is where Greef drops Baby Yoda off. Mando’s reluctant to leave him, and I don’t blame him, but we have some plot to get through. In the meantime, Baby Yoda uses the Force to steal some cookies from another classmate.
Mythrol, one of Mando’s former bounties, is working off a debt on Navarro, which still contains an old Imperial base which represents the last remaining obstacle to the planet’s safety and freedom. While it’s only running a skeleton crew, for some reason the base hasn’t been abandoned. Since Mando is going to be in town waiting for repairs, now seems as good a time as any for him to help decommission the place, firstly by overloading the reactor that controls it. Mythrol is their chaperone in exchange for some years off his debt. I don’t fancy this guy’s chances of survival, in all honesty.
Inside, the gang discover far more Imperial activity than seems reasonable for a supposedly abandoned base. It’s Mythrol’s job to trigger the overload process, which requires him to operate controls needlessly suspended over a lava pit, mostly so he can gripe about being afraid of heights and heat and lava, all of which is understandable, really. That only leaves a few minutes for the gang’s escape, but they’re distracted on the way out by some suspicious-looking lab equipment, and a holo recording of Dr Pershing informing the supposedly-dead Moff Gideon of his progress in the experiments — and how if they’re to continue they’re to require further access to “the donor”, aka the Child.
Naturally, this sends Mando into a bit of a panic, so he sets off on his own as Greef, Cara and Mythrol fight their way out the long way, which turns out to be much more exciting. After jacking an Imperial vehicle they make off through the canyons, pursued by Stormtroopers on speeder bikes — another dynamic, great-looking action set-piece. Before long, the Imperials upgrade to TIE fighters, and it’s touch and go until Mando arrives to save the day in the Razor Crest.
Mando doesn’t even bother to land — he and Greef call it even for the repairs, and he gets gone before Gideon figures out what’s up. In his wake, we see Greef and Cara playing dumb for the New Republic, but there’s a little tease that the latter might well join the cause sooner rather than later. “Chapter 12” leaves her on Navarro, though. And it spares time for a final scene in which Moff Gideon is informed that a tracking beacon has been planted on the Razor Crest. Uh-oh.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.