After a doozie of a kick ass chapter 13, chapter 14 picks up where we left off. We see Mando and Baby Yoda (Grogu) with shifter knob in hand, heading towards Tython and the seeing stone.
Mando and Baby Yoda are shown communicating slightly as Mando works on addressing Baby Yoda as Grogu, much like the rest of us adjusting. Mando asks Baby Yoda for the shifter knob back and eventually after saying Grogu a few times, he got it back, and in turn convinced Baby Yoda to use the force again to retrieve it.
It should be noted Baby Yoda has also started using more mouth fart and grunting sounds to communicate to some extent, it’s adorable.
Mando tries to explain to Baby Yoda that when they touch down, everything is going to change. He knows Grogu is extremely powerful and tells him that if a Jedi comes he has to agree to go with them. He also states that he can’t train Baby Yoda because the kid is just too powerful.
As they make their descent, there is a blue dot prominently shown on the shifter knob, not sure if there is any significance but I don’t feel much is by accident on this show. Mando realizes they can’t land close to the stone, so they pick a remote spot and then jetpack to their final destination.
Mando approaches the stone and asks Baby Yoda if it looks Jedi to him. Baby Yoda is placed in the stone and Mando is impatient and can’t quite figure out why it’s not working. Bright blue butterflies appear, and Baby Yoda is fascinated. Mando grows more impatient that nothing is happening as Ahsoka advertised.
At about the height of frustration a ship appears and is descending, Mando is like WTFFFFF? As the ship makes its landing, Mando tells Baby Yoda its time to kick the tires and light the fires, some shit is about to go down.
Suddenly, we see Baby Yoda in the Lotus pose, a transfused to blue light is beaming up from the rock into the sky and surrounds Baby Yoda, it’s almost like wisps of blue flame are surrounding and shielding him.
Mando tells Baby Yoda to snap out of it, they literally do not have time for this. As Mando reaches in for Baby Yoda he is kicked back forcefully about ten feet.
Mando realizes he’s going to have to take on whatever cloaked figure he can see advancing from the landed ship. Mando tells Baby Yoda he is going to try to buy some time.
Without really doing much thinking it seems, Mando just takes off towards the perceived threat. Completely gives up the high ground, I still don’t know why he descended into the valley. The kid is protected by this shield right now, stay with him and defend the high ground, but noooooooooo.
Mando heads down into a near kill box just kind of clumsily flopping around. Several rounds of blaster fire erupt and hit just feet away. Mando seeks cover behind a rock. Not sure if the rock is a seeing rock or if it had any other senses. I’ll assume it’s the tasting rock.
Suddenly, a grizzled voice breaks the silence and informs Mando that he has been tracking him. The same mysterious cloaked figure we saw last coming across the body of Fennec Shand. Mando asks if he is Jedi, or if he’s after The Child.
The man approaches and says he is there for the armor. Mando tells him to suck it, the only way he’s getting this armor is over his legit dead body. Dudes like, “nah playa. I want my shit. I want that old school Fett armor, it was my Daddy’s armor.”
Wait, what? Nah. BOBA FETT?!!
Mando asks a series of questions and they are all kind of evaded. The scene is getting more tense, and suddenly it’s revealed during all this time, a shooter was placed up on HIGHER GROUND!
Mando isn’t really tripping, he knows he has Beskar on and can take some licks. Boba is like “nah playa, my shooter got a lock on Baby Yoda”. Just like that, shit got real. The shooter speaks and says “if you remember, I don’t miss”.
In that instance, Mando realizes Fennec is alive and apparently well. Mando’s butthole puckers. You can hear it in his voice. Boba suggests they all chill and converse for a few. Everyone put down weapons. Mando is hesitant, eventually it’s agreed if he puts his pack down, everyone else lowers all their various weaponry.
Boba tells Fennec to stand down, she makes her way to the valley. Boba lowers his rifle (muzzle pointed towards Mando while lowering it and Mando was cool with that?!?), Mando leans his jet pack again the tasting rock from earlier.
Boba reveals he found Fennec left for dead much like he had been left for dead. She reveals she’s got a robot stomach now. Boba says he wants his armor and if he gets the armor he promises the safety of Mando and Baby Yoda. Apparently Baby Yoda’s ransom is worth about ten of Mando’s fly ass armor suits.
It’s not a bad deal honestly and Boba reminds him of just that. At this point in the game Mando definitely needs all the help he can get and he seems to have a lot of people who kinda get the importance of what he’s doing and what Baby Yoda can do.
A flying personnel carrier approaches before a dealIs finalized. Everyone takes up arms but Mando runs on foot, leaving his jet pack. I don’t understand this. In the time he ran up there he could have easily strapped the pack back on and flown up to the seeing stone. I digress I guess. I’m sure there is a reason.
Mando gets to the stone and Baby Yoda is still full on Lotus pose. Mando gives everything he has physically to try and resist the shield and retrieve Baby Yoda. Mando is eventually knocked for a loop, sent flying much further back and is out cold.
It’s tense for real, I’m starting to stress.
Fennec and Boba advance towards the ship, the bay doors open and storm troopers advance. Fennec and Boba make decent work of them. The numbers are becoming and issue though, enough troopers putting down enough suppression fire is a bad thing.
Boba flexes his muscle without a blaster. This weird shepherd’s hook kind of weapon is highly effective though.
Troopers are blasting mortars into the air, then it happens. A big ass laser Gatling gun is set up and and they just start busting off shots with that big ass chopper. *Brrrrrappappapapa gratata!*
Fennec is ducking and dodging, bobbing and weaving, and he’ll just running for her second life with all she has. She gets pinned down behind a big ass Boulder and then diverts all her robot stomach power to her legs and pushes the boulder down. Suddenly, like watching a classic episode of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC), the Boulder heads down the hill like a giant bowling ball and taking out anyone in range, which eventually the big ass laser Gatling gun was in range and WHAMMY! No longer a threat.
I don’t know how command structure works for troopers but what appeared to be the platoon sergeant or any even field commander gets taken out by Boba Fett as the dude is seen giving orders to continue to advance on Fennec. Not today!
Boba looks to the Razor Crest and starts heading toward it. Business is about to pick up. Troopers continue to advance on Fennec as she evades and seems to finish off the last of the troopers. Maybe I spoke too soon, another shop lands with a second wave.
Mando comes to, he tries to get to Baby Yoda again but I think he’s learned that what he puts in energy wise to that shield, comes back at him like eleventeen times.(do the math if you don’t believe me)
Mando says he’s going to protect Baby Yoda and to just stays there. Mando enters the fight. No sooner than as Mando is out of sight, the shield drops, and Baby Yoda goes nite nite.
Fennec picks off more and more troopers, but, again it’s a numbers game. A trooper announces they ain’t got no beef with her, they just want the child. About that time Mando shows up, cocks the whistling birds, let’s them fly and they just start blasting.
Mando tells Fennec she can go because he owes her one. She says they have a deal, sticks with them, more troopers close in.
Suddenly, a grenade appears and we see BOBA FUCKING FETT. Not only does he rock the armor like his pappy before him, he just wrecks shop. This is his “if the coach would have put me in” moment and he shines.
We get a sense of what all the armor is capable of, which is a lot. Boba is a bad bad man!
The troopers retreat because they are bitch made.
The two carriers fly off, and oh yeah, Boba has a big ass rocket he can lock onto this. Hits one carried, collateral damage takes out the second. As Mando applauds the shot, Boba informs him that he was aiming for the other ship.
Before we can truly enjoy the joke, a read beam appears from out of nowhere and the Razor Crest is absolutely destroyed. Gone. Just rubble. Fennec tells Boba he should get to his ship. Mando realizes he didn’t have full coverage on the ship.
He snaps out of it and realizes the threat isn’t over and Baby Yoda is still on the stone. We see Moff Gideon on the bridge of his ship and it appears pretty obvious he took out the Razor Crest. Mark ass buster. Like, you don’t fuck with someone’s ride man. That is his livelihood. If you got beef you settle it or squash it, don’t be some imperial bitch about it.
Moff sends off Dark Troopers. So basically four angry ass iron mens descend and surround sleepy time dreamland Baby Yoda. I’ve always heard the dark side has cookies, and if so I’m worried af for Baby Yoda’s lil ass force soul.
Mando and Fennec run up the hill because he never did retrieve his jet pack. The dark ass iron men close in, one snatches up Baby Yoda and they all take off together.
Fennec tells Boba by radio that they have the child. He pursues in his ship, gets a lock but is told to disengage so Baby Yoda isn’t hurt. Boba agrees and says he’s going to follow. As he breaks through the cloud he radios to Fennec and says “they’re back”, when Fennec queries he says the Empire is back and he can see the ship with his own eyes. He disengages and returns to the ground.
Mando is seen in the crater where his ship was and eventually finds the shifter knob. He then finds the Beskar spear. He retrieves them both.
Boba has to literally login to his phone on his armor to prove to Mando it’s rightfully his. Mando agrees. Mando assumes they will all part ways, but Boba reminds them they are still indebted since they promised the safety of the child.
Mando hitches a ride with Boba and they return to Nevarro, Mando learns Cara is a New Republic Marshall now so apparent she did take up the badge shown earlier. Mando asks Cara to look up a prisoner. The prisoner, Mayfeld (Bill Burr). Basically Mando says he wants to jack Moff’s ship.
Cara seems a bit reluctant to help since she has rule to follow now, but Mando informs her they have Baby Yoda.
Jump back to Moff. We see him approaching a room and can hear a bit of chaos. Doors open and we see Baby Yoda using the force and just slinging troopers around and force choking them. Moff let’s Baby Yoda fire himself out a bit and then shows off the Dark Saber!
Moff suggests a nap, a trooper blasts Baby Yoda with a sleep ray, and Moff orders Baby Yoda to be placed in shackles and to let the doc know they have the child.
Good lord that was exhausting. Just over thirty minutes, somehow felt so short but also like forever at times. I still think Baby Yoda is a good boy. I think they want us to see the force chokes and things as dark behavior, but I just see my dude defending himself at all costs. If he was a dick, he would he just squashed the butterflies from earlier for giggles, ya know? He may be a lil shit, but he isn’t a dick.
So until next time, which can’t get here quick enough, I’m The Pandalorian and I’m worried sick about Baby Yoda.