The Mandalorian – Season 3 Episode 6 Recap & Review

Guns For Hire

Episode 6 of The Mandalorian season 3 picks up where the last one left off, with our bait-and-switch perspective continuing. Din is no longer the most important Mandalorian, nor is he really the focal character, as we fall to Bo-Katan for that accolade.

Part of her quest, to reunite all Mandalorian, comes from the rogue band of Mandalorians that were working by Bio-katan’s side. Right now, they’re on course to take out Captain Shuggoth. Axe Woves has been hired by Mon Calamari Viceroy, and yes that’s that’s their real name. It turns out Shuggoth is involved in an illicit affair with the Viceroy’s Prince, who says his reluctantly goodbyes and leaves.

Meanwhile, Din and Bo-Katan head off to find the rogue Mandalorians, with the latter still not wearing her helmet and given a docking slip to land on an independent planet called Plazir-15. The planet itself is an independent hub, but when the pair are greeted by a couple of imperial droids, Mando ends up spooked, before they head deeper into the city.

Now, the planet itself has a droid malfunction problem. The two ex-Imperials in charge here give the lowdown on what’s going on. Played by the enigmatic Jack Black, he reveals that he used to be a planning officer during the war. Thanks to the New Republic Amnesty Program, he was able to rebuild Plazir-15. Captain Bombardier came to the planet as part of his rehabilitation, rebuilding the planet on which his wife served as nobility since it was created.

So what of the Mandalorian warships in the fields? Well, the family have hired them for protection. They’re not allowed a military, given Bombardier’s history, but should Bo-Katan and Din get involved, it could get see Mandalore be shown as a sovereign state. But of course, they need to fix the droid problem first.

They can’t just turn off the droids completely with the failsafe, given the people have voted against doing that. The only thing for it is to root out the problematic droids, and that comes from speaking to the engineers themselves, the Ugnaughts. There’s a really telling shot just after this as our two Mandalorian head down in an elevator, but the only person visible is Bo-Katan. It’s also telling that Grogu isn’t with them either.

It doesn’t take long for the pair to find a defective battle droid, something which they chase through the streets before eventually putting it down. Bo-Katan finds a spark pad, which just so happens to have an address, along with the words “The Resistor”.

Bo-Katan tells Din to stand down and let her do the talking, but he does no such thing. It works though, as the bartender helps, pointing out that the droids there just want a second chance to live and the rogue droids aren’t actually helping their cause. A lot of them are worried that they’re going to be replaced by humans.

When the pair do their due diligence on the rogue droid, the autopsy shows that it appears to have some sort of chain code on its side. Linking back to its origin, they work out the rogue droids were shipped onto Plazir-15 illegally through none other than the Head of Security himself, Commissioner Helgait.

When he’s brought to justice, The Duchess exiles Helgait, while the two Mandalorians are given the key to Plazir while Grogu is given a knighthood for… reasons? Anyway, they do get an audience with the privateers. As a result, Bo and Axe end up fighting, with the former coming out on top. Din decides to give her the Darksaber after what happened last week, and as such, she gets her people back.


The Episode Review

So The Mandalorian returns with another sub quest, one with a very simple investigation into rogue droids. Around that though, we see Bo-Katan take charge of the privateer Mandalorians but with the thinly veiled promise of Mandalore being given their blessing, I’m still not quite sure why they needed to go through this quest to get access to them.

Given they were just out in the open, could they not have flown over to them? Or at least used their scanners to track down other lifeforms on the planet? The entire quest feels like busywork and it reinforces that earlier notion that this is basically like a videogame with side quests peppered through in order to gain experience points to fight the big boss.

This season has been a mess and there’s no denying that the story has flip-flopped around without much purpose. In a way, it feels like those anime stories that are used as filler before more content for the manga is written, although those are usually better written than this.

The Mandalorian may have been solid for its first season but since then this has been slipping, and the third season really exemplifies that. Good visuals can only go so far; the writing in this show is poor and the lack of direction visibly hurting this show’s prospects now.

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