Pirate leader Gorian Shard returns with vengeance on his mind – and a desperate Greef Karga sends a distress signal to the New Republic to ask for assistance to save his people. When Captain Carson Teva struggles to find the will to help Nevarro’s displaced, threatened civilians, he turns to the person he believes will want – and be able – to assist: Din Djarin.

However clunkily some elements of The Mandalorian’s ongoing, somewhat meandering plot have been delivered, they finally begin to come together in a really satisfactory way in this episode.

The space pirates from the opening episode, the awkwardly shoehorned-in Dr. Pershing episode, Bo-Katan’s sighting of the Mythosaur and more are all picked up on and develop here.

This episode also helps to refocus the series and give it a purpose again, after Djarin’s quest to become accepted by the Children of the Watch seemed to pay off far too soon.

There’s also a pretty jaw-dropping cameo early on; though it’s fan service – which The Mandalorian is somewhat guilty of relying on a little too much at times – it’s genuinely wonderful to see a beloved character popping up again in a reasonably subtle way.

There’s still some awkwardness in terms of the way things play out – with a weird timeline and Carson Teva always seeming to be in the right place at the right time, no matter how convenient that may be, as well as some surprisingly subpar prosthetics work – but this is most definitely the most complete and satisfying episode of season three so far, in that it delivers just about everything it needs to – some phenomenal action, great development for several characters and even a superb cliffhanger.

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