Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer(s): Jon Favreau
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Temura Morrison, Ming-Na Wen
Synopsis: The Mandalorian and the child travel to an ancient site
After what was, in my opinion, the best episode of The Mandalorian to date, they come back with an episode that is almost just as equal on every opposite level. Where in “The Jedi” we were given an exposition-heavy episode with some great action, “The Tragedy” provides some incredible action with some killer exposition.
It is starting to get into the point of the show where week by week they are offering the highest quality of television they can provide. Here we are given some big easter eggs, but instead of them being easter eggs, they do a phenomenal job of tieing new characters into the show as a whole.
We are also shown the most growth within Grogu we have seen. The Child is becoming a true character in the show rather than just a cute toy they can sell. This episode caused me to question where his character might go, and some of the little moments with Grogu cause you to think back to Ahsoka’s message in the previous episode.
What was so great about this episode is that it is clearly a filler episode. One to where you can introduce new characters, begin to bring back older characters, and further the story in a new direction. Many of the times, these episodes are bland and just one worth skipping. I applaud Rodriguez here as he not only crafted a very well filler episode, he managed to create one of the very best episodes of the season filled with great action, and a rise in emotional stakes.
Final: The Mandalorian is beginning to remind us why it is one of the best shows on television.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.