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"The Gunslinger" has flare and nostalgia to spare, but with only three episodes left to go, The Mandalorian's lack of forward momentum is starting to feel like narrative wheel spinning.
Nostalgia is one thing, but the utter dearth of new ideas here just makes the bountiful references a glaring reminder that this has all been done much better before.
"The Gunslinger" continues this straightforward streak.
It seems this is the last we'll be seeing of Sedaris in Star Wars but at the very least, we hope Mando's going to be a tiny bit more careful with his young charge from now on - especially given the number of people after them.
Part of what makes the Mandalorian such a compelling character is that he's great at his job but he's never superhumanly great at his job.
With an over-reliance on nostalgia & fan service, "The Gunslinger" does little to propel the plot forward, resulting in a rather mediocre outing of The Mandalorian
As soon as Mando gets hailed during his descent by the Mos Eisley tower, Star Wars fans of old had to know this was going to be an Easter egg-filled episode, and "The Gunslinger" delivered, even if it came in a little soft on impact.
The latest episode of the show was so packed full of Star Wars winks, nods, and callbacks you'll either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it. I geeked out hard. But I'll also be the first to admit, it was a lot.
Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand is treated similarly, a plot point in human form, gone before we can begin to care about her backstory or future. She does, at least, make for an excellent Dune Sea sniper, and allows for the episode's best sequence.
Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, titled "The Gunslinger," is all about the fan service.
The Gunslinger wasn't a fancy episode and shows this is a series that doesn't need to have these major spectacles every outing.
Visually stunning, and in a longer season the episode might not stand out as sharply as it does. But with only three episodes left to go, I'm going to raise a glass of spotchka to the hope that [It] returns to its groove as quickly as possible.
The pace is oddly meditative. It's impressive that the show works as well as it does, but it's also obvious that at some point, something gotta give. Or at least happen.