After almost drowning in the Living Waters under the Mines of Mandalore, Din Djarin, Bo-Katan Kryze and Grogu are ambushed by a squadron of TIE Interceptors – and must find a way to escape to safety. Meanwhile, a few familiar Imperial faces are offered amnesty by the New Republic. Have they really renounced their unethical ways, however?

After a fantastic opening sequence that follows directly on from last week’s episode, we get a very odd diversion that takes over the majority of this week’s episode.

Dr. Pershing – who sought to experiment on Grogu – has taken up the New Republic’s offer of amnesty, yet seeks to continue his unethical cloning experiments.

Though this element of the episode is very well done, it feels clunky in terms of its placement – and takes us away from the main narrative entirely.

It feels like it’d be a great one off story for a Star Wars anthology show or something similar, but unless the thread is picked up again, it also feels like this was a bit of a waste of time.

It also adds to the sense that, following the climax of The Mandalorian season 2 and its own awkward diversion in The Book of Boba Fett, the show has lost its way. There’s no major drama to the plot, no particular sense of urgency and promising story threads – such as Djarin’s ownership of the Darksaber or even the living Mythosaur glimpsed in last week’s climax – seem to just be ignored.

There’s some fantastic Star Wars action and imagery here, but even the amnesty-focused sequences suffer from comparison with Syril Karn’s story arc in Andor at times, which it compares poorly to.

Andor has perhaps spoiled us; that said, there’s room for episodic Star Wars that’s lighter and less dramatically intense than Andor itself – but so far, Season 3 of The Mandalorian is not the way.

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