Quick ‘Mandalorian’ Review – ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

At this point, I’ve revisited ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ on DVD. I’m also nearly finished with reading ‘Heir to the Empire’, the first of the original Thrawn trilogy, with me currently on Chapter 30. I’m hoping to share my review on ‘Heir to the Empire’ soon in May 2021 along with other reviews. 🙂

I’ve also seen the latest episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ series called ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’. I greatly enjoyed that episode and it certainly has some intriguing plot developments about the characters featured so far. There is also the live-action debut of an already established ‘Star Wars’ character. 😀

In this ‘Mandalorian’ episode, Mando and Baby Yoda visit the forest-planet Corvus where they meet Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi who wields two white lightsabers. This was my first introduction to Ahsoka in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. I was pretty impressed by her appearance here. 🙂

Ahsoka Tano was introduced in the 2008 film ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’. She went on to appear in ‘The Clone Wars’ series and the ‘Rebels’ show. It was interesting to see her in ‘The Mandalorian’ series. She had been previously voiced by Ashley Eckstein for ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels’ shows. 🙂

Rosario Dawson is very good as Ahsoka Tano. I heard her voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ back in 2017. I enjoyed how Ahsoka first met Mando and how she helped with answering his questions about Baby Yoda who seemed strong with the Force and has Jedi powers. 🙂

And yes, we get to know the true name of Baby Yoda in this episode. Baby Yoda is actually called…Grogu. Grogu? Okay, it’s not a bad name as it sounds, but honestly I prefer calling him Baby Yoda. Do we have to call him Grogu from now on? It was easy remembering him by Baby Yoda here.

It was great to hear Grogu…Baby Yoda’s backstory in the episode when Ahsoka shares it to Mando. I’m glad that Gorgu is in some way related to Yoda whom Ahsoka mentions by name. Apparently Baby Yoda was raised and trained at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant before the fall of the Republic. 😐

Mando offers to help Ahsoka in stopping an oppressive ruler who is in control of the city of Calodan. Earlier, Mando was employed to kill Ahsoka by the ruler, but Mando wishes for Ahsoka to train Baby Yoda in his Jedi powers. Both Mando and Ahsoka work together. The city’s ruler won’t see it coming.

It’s interesting to hear from this episode as well as the series overall that the Jedi and the Mandalorians were once enemies during the wars between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, I believe. Must be quite a contrast when Ahsoka and Mando work together in this episode!

The episode features Diana Lee Inosanto as Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth, who is the oppressive ruler of the city of Caldoan. She and Ahsoka fight each other during the episode’s climax. Ahsoka wields her two white lightsabers while Morgan wields a Beskar spear that she’d offered to give to Mando. 🙂

I got a buzz when Ahsoka asked Morgan where Grand Admiral Thrawn was. As I’m currently reading the original Thrawn trilogy of ‘Star Wars’ books, I’m wondering where ‘The Mandalorian’ series takes place in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Does it take place at the same time as ‘Heir to the Empire’ here? 😐

The episode also features Michael Biehn as Lang, Morgan Elsbeth’s right-hand man. Michael Biehn has been in ‘The Terminator’ movies and was in ‘Aliens’. I’ve heard it said that Michael Biehn dies in anything that he’s in, whether film or TV-related. Nah, I’m sure his character will survive in this story.

Tim looks away from the screen. Michael Biehn as Lang gets killed by Mando in the episode.

Mando gets given the Beskar spear by Ahsoka and is told to take Baby Yoda to the ruins of a Jedi temple on Tython, since she refuses to train him. Baby Yoda has more a connection to Manda than her. Ahsoka hopes that Baby Yoda may be able to call out to another Jedi through the Force in this. 🙂

Hmm! I wonder if Luke Skywalker will make an appearance in ‘The Mandalorian’ series. 😀 Overall, ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’ is a great instalment in ‘The Mandalorian’ series. I enjoyed Ahsoka Tano’s live-action debut in the series and I’m fascinated as to where Mando and Baby Yoda will go next here. 😀

By the way, ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’ was written and directed by Dave Filoni for a change in the series.

Stay tuned for my review on ‘Chapter 14’ in ‘The Mandalorian’ next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


Meanwhile…

THE TIMELORD MANDALORIAN STORY
Chapter 6

On the alien planet where Tim is, he’s sitting in his life-support cubicle with the doors open. He’s watching Baby Yoda happily eating away some chocolate left by Timelord007.

Baby Yoda looks up at Tim whilst he’s eating chocolate.

Tim: “Aren’t you going to share that chocolate with anyone? You’ll be sick again if you eat too much. And it’s rather greedy.”

Baby Yoda looks at Tim curiously, not understanding what he’s saying. He then continues to eat more chocolate whilst Tim’s stuck in his cubicle.

Tim: (laughs) “I suppose I can’t blame you. You are a kid after all. Aren’t you, Baby Yoda?” (Pause) “Although I suppose I should call you Grogu from now on.” (Pause) “Do I have to call you, Grogu? Baby Yoda’s a much better name than Grogu.”

Baby Yoda looks at Tim again and gradually laughs away happily.

Tim: (laughs) “You’re so cute and you don’t even know what I’m saying.”

Just then, a TARDIS materialises, whooshing and groaning as it went. Baby Yoda looks at the blue box fading in and out, rather amused by it, whilst Tim looks on amazed. The TARDIS makes a loud thump once it’s landed.

Tim: “Hang on! The TARDIS?! Has Jodie Whittaker come to my rescue? Or Nyssa?”

Eventually, the TARDIS doors open and out steps…Whiskeybrewer.

Whiskeybrewer: “Don’t go giving me the disappointed look if you thought I was Nyssa or Jodie Whittaker. You’ll have to put up with me for a bit.”

Tim: (surprised) “Whiskeybrewer? What are you doing here? How come you’re involved in this?”

Whiskeybrewer: “No time to explain! Tim, I need your help! Mando, Timelord and I were attacked by Stormtroopers when we visited Wolfie’s house. Or base of operations whatever it is. Timelord got shot and I…”

Tim: “What?! Timelord007 got shot! Is he alright?”

Whiskeybrewer: “Yes, yes, he’s fine. Don’t worry about him. He woke up when I called him by his real name. I won’t reveal it to any soul by the way…”

Tim: “You probably did if I wrote last week’s script as well as this one.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Yeah I probably did.”

Tim: “This blog’s scriptwriting is very confusing, isn’t it?”

Whiskeybrewer: “Anyway, Mando told me to head back to the planet where you were to update you on the latest situation. He gave me the coordinates to come here. As soon as I was leaving, Mando and Timelord got captured by the Stormtroopers. I think they were taken prisoner.”

Tim: “But what happened? I thought Mando and Timelord were going to see Wolfie to ask him about the whereabouts of some Francis person who’s out to get me as well as Timelord.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Wolfie wasn’t there. It’s a mystery. He wouldn’t answer my e-mails so therefore I went there to find Mando and Timelord there. That was when the Stormtroopers attacked. Timelord seemed to think there’s some puppet-master behind all of this.”

Tim: “Yeah, he’d probably be right. If only I can get out of this cubicle in order to find out what the answers are to all of this is…”

Just then, the cubicle manacles holding Tim inside unclamp suddenly. Tim becomes surprised as he finds himself able to get out of the cubicle he was in. Whiskeybrewer stands back, startled by Tim being able to get out.

Whiskeybrewer: “I thought you were trapped in there. That you had a life-support system you needed to depend on.”

Tim: (puzzled) “So did I.” (Pause) “It seems like I’m able to breathe properly again. Like whoever it was that put me in that cubicle in the first place has given me back my ability to breathe. It could be this Francis person that’s impersonating me doing my blog who’s set me free.”

Whiskeybrewer: “How’s that even possible?”

Tim: “I don’t know. I just don’t know.” (Pause) “None of this makes any sense as far as I’m concerned.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Even though you’re writing the story.”

Tim: “Even though I’m writing the story.”

A moment of silence ensues.

Whiskeybrewer: “So, what do we do now?”

Another silence ensues as Tim thinks.

Tim: “Well, we need to find a way to save Mando and Timelord from whatever prison they’ve been put in. As well as find out what happened to Wolfie. And I guess the best place to start would be to go back to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ headquarters.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Wouldn’t that be like falling into a trap? Like this Francis person was expecting you to return to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ headquarters?”

Tim: “Very possibly. But I don’t see how else to handle this situation. We’ll have to do it from the obvious starting point. And that’s at ‘Bradley’s Basement’ HQ.”

Whiskeybrewer: “I have a bad feeling about this.”

Tim: “Come on. Let’s head in your TARDIS. Oh and let’s not forget Baby Yoda.”

Whiskeybrewer: “You mean Grogu?”

Tim: “No, I mean Baby Yoda! Mando will probably kill me if I didn’t bring him along and left him abandoned on this planet.”

Tim picks up Baby Yoda in his arms as he and Whiskeybrewer re-enter the TARDIS. Once inside, Whiskeybrewer’s TARDIS dematerialises, whooshing and groaning as it goes, heading for ‘Bradley’s Basement’ headquarters in order to search for the Mandalorian, Timelord007 and hopefully Wolfie wherever they are.

……..

Meanwhile, with Timelord007 and the Mandalorian, they’re chained up in a prison cell, unable to break out. The manacles around their wrists are tight, preventing them from getting out.

Mandalorian: “These seem to be crudely-fashioned manacles. Rather less advanced for the Stormtroopers. I wonder who’s in charge of them.”

Timelord007: “I wish I was back at my nan’s, watching ‘Doctor Who’ Season 21 on her black and white TV, eating sausages and chips.”

Timelord007 suddenly goes into a fantasy…

……..

Darth Vader: “Timelord! I am your sausages and chips!”

Timelord0007 as Luke Skywalker: “NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

……..

And we’re back in the room…

Mandalorian: “Why did you suddenly imagine yourself being Luke Skywalker from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ talking to Darth Vader and about sausages and chips?”

Timelord007:Hey ‘this is my life flashing before my eyes’ moment! Give me a break, will you?” (Pause) “Also, I want to pay tribute to Dave Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader, as he passed away recently. May the Force be with him…always.”

Mandalorian: “Don’t succumb to panicking, Timelord! We’re not going to die!”

Timelord007: “This is the end! For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky!  And I was so looking forward to watching the rest of your second season, Mando. Especially now Ahsoka Tano has appeared. She upstaged you in the recent episode and has made me believe in ‘Star Wars’ being good again.”

Mandalorian: “This is you over-exaggerating!”

Timelord007: “This me telling it how I see it! I ain’t afraid to show my emotions! I certainly don’t hide them behind a helmet!”

Mandalorian: “And now you’re just being rude.”

Timelord007: “Although your helmet does look cool.”

Just then, the prison cell doors open. Mando and Timelord look up to see who’s visited them. They’re shocked by the sight.

Mandalorian: “As if this day couldn’t get any worse.”

Timelord007: “You’ve got to be joking!”

TO BE CONTINUED…

2 thoughts on “Quick ‘Mandalorian’ Review – ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’

  1. Timelord 007

    Ahsoka story is amazing please check out Clone Wars & Rebels or find her story on You Tube she is amazing.

    Loved the episode gives the arc a much needed push as to where the story is going, the actress playing the Magistrate is the late Bruce Lee’s goddaughter, Michael Biehn & late Bill Paxton you could play a drinking game how many times they have died in movies lol

    Blimey when i find out who shot me going be hell to pay not only that i was enjoying my nostalgia trip back to 1982 & simpler times watching Doctor Who on Mondays & Tuesdays in the dark eating sausage & chips one night & bacon & chips the next lol.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review.

      I would love to check out ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels’. Thank goodness they’re available to watch on Disney+. I’m currently reading the Thrawn trilogy and I hope to share reviews on those as well as ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. After that, I’ve got in mind to review ‘The Phantom Menace’ novelization, ‘The Clone Wars’ movie and the two ‘Mandalorian’ seasons. After that, I’ll review the ‘Attack of the Clones’ novelization and hopefully some seasons of ‘The Clone Wars’. It’s all in hand. This is the way! 😀

      Very pleased you loved this episode. Interesting Diana Lee Inosanto is the late Bruce Lee’s goddaughter. I had no idea. Wow! Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton have died in many movies, have they? I think this ‘Mandalorian’ episode is the first time I’ve encountered Michael Biehn and seeing him die in this. 😀

      I’m baffled why you imagined yourself as Luke Skywalker talking to Darth Vader who said he’s your sausages and chips. 😀 I’m glad you paid tribute to the late David Prowse. I’m glad I’ve met him at a convention once if only for a brief time. He also played the Minotaur in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Time Monsters’.

      Many thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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