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The Pandalorian Recaps: The Mandalorian Episode 2.8

Mando is fucking DONE with Moff’s bullshit. Last we saw of Moff was him reacting to Mando’s Holo-message where he basically told Moff, “You didn’t send for me, but I still came for you, and I believe you have my Baby Yoda”.

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Wasting little time getting to the action, we see an Imperial Transport with Dr. Pershing on board, a pilot and co-pilot are desperately trying to duck and dodge as Slave I, with Boba Fett at the stick is on their ass like white on rice.

PEW PEW PEW from Boba’s cannons, Dr. Bitch-Ass asks what’s going on. The pilot is like, “man this ain’t your lab, shut your bitch ass up”. The co-pilot is seen shitting bricks. 

Boba has a lock on the transport, blue beams emit from Slave I and strike the transport. Everyone on the transport is like “wtfffff”?  All their controls are down, they are just stuck and out of luck. Co-Pilot is like “I think it’s an ion cannon”, and at this point it doesn’t matter if it was sunshine and lollipops, you’re dead ass stuck in space.

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Sorry, so close we were looking for “what is an Ion Cannon”

Communications are down, but somehow Boba comes across their speaker phones I guess and tells them to lower their shield and disengage transponders.

Wish.com Young Dr. Venture suggests it’s pirates and asks if they should fight. The pilot who was a tough guy when everything works, now tells Doc that he doesn’t want to die today.

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I’m a hologram mashup compilation of all of Color Me Badd

Boba docks with the transport, Mando boards, Pilot is nice enough to tell Mando who Dr. Owie-Pokes is, like Mando didn’t already know. Mando asks if Baby Yoda is okay, Dr. “I Was Just Following Orders” Pershing immediately and convincingly assures Mando, and me, and literally all of us tbh, that Baby Yoda is alive.

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Typical Transport Pilot arrogance and entitlement tbh

To save some time, I’ll just say the pilot ends up dropping the co-pilot who, seconds before, was like “yo, I don’t know him I just work here”, the dickhead pilot has Dr. “he’s 50, so is he really a child tho?” Pershing as a human shield and hostage. Cara shows up, pilots starts talking mad shit on her planet and she smokes him like a cheap cigar. Dr. Starter Kit Mad Scientist has been secured. 

Wait, I suddenly notice Mando got his Jet Pack back? Okay. Well that’s good news at least.

Mando, Boba, Cara Dune, and Fennec Shand clique back up with Bo Katan and Koska Reeves. Mando tells them they need help and Moff has the child. Bo says you won’t find Moff. Boba gets all pissy and is like “Mando let’s bounce, we don’t need them”. Bo takes exception and long story short after she low key reads him the riot act about not being Mandalorian, she announces he’s a clone and she’s heard his trifling as voice thousands of times.

Boba and Koska square off. Mando reveals he has coordinates to the ship. She’s like ”wtffffff”, then she is all like “oh you know where the Saber…I mean, Moff is?”, Boba and Koska actually start fighting now.

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They eventually made s’mores

It’s a pretty even battle that comes to an abrupt end as Bo dresses them down for not fighting like that to protect their planet. Bo reveals Moff has the Darksaber, Mando tells her that Baby Yoda is his only priority and he could give a damn about a blacklight sword, she can have that shit.

The whole crew with Dr. “No Really, I’m A Good Guy” is doing some flight and attack planning, Doc tells them their assessment may be off. He reveals that Moff has several fucktons worth of Dark Troopers on board, and that those ain’t suits of armor, they are automated murder machines. Straight up murder droids.

Fennec asks where the murder droids are bivouacked, Doc reveals they are in cold storage because they draw a lot of power. It takes them a few minutes to boot up, which is still better than my PC load time. So basically the Dark Troopers just chill and wait for the beat to drop.

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Moff comes in here and pretends to be an EDM DJ

Mando asks where the homie Baby Yoda is, and we already knew they had him in lil ass baby shackles in the brig, but now Mando knows too.

Mando is going solo once they get on board, and everyone else goes after Moff because Cara wants him alive and Bo says she just needs him to surrender and she doesn’t care what happens to him. Plan is formed to basically use the imperial transport as a Trojan Horse to attempt to get on board.  Mando also is supposed to seal off the bay with the dark troopers and send them into the vacuum of space before they become a health concern. 

Transport is heading toward’s Moff’s cruiser as Boba fires shots off towards it to fake an attack. The transport requests emergency docking and Moff deploys Tie Fighters. Shit. Boba continues to pursue the transport as two Tie Fighters deploy. The bridge urges the transport to avoid the launch bay as a Tie Fighter has a near miss, Bo obviously ignores them and heads in hot. They make a rough but safe entry to the Cruiser, Boba takes out the tie fighters like they ain’t shit, and then jumps into warp and beat feet the hell out of there

Our heroes come off the crash landed transport blasting everything in sight, Moff calls for the dark troopers to be activated, suddenly some robot EDM music starts playing and we realize shit is about to get real as the Dark Troopers boot up.

Once the smoke starts to clear, Mando is shown sneaking off the transport as he is off to go get Baby Yoda.

Our badass quartet of ladies in Bo, Koska, Cara, and Fennec handle their business as they start taking down anything and everything in their sight.

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Like Young Guns but with dope chicks

Dark Troopers finish booting up and look to exit cold storage. The Space Four Horsewomen kick some more ass and show us they are basically their own army of bad bitches. We get a visual of how many fucktons of Dark Troopers we’re dealing with, and it’s not looking good. The bay doors begin to open as a whole flight of Dark Troopers marches forward. Mando has a mild panic attack as he realizes that he didn’t make it to the door in time, he now runs to try to secure the bay doors. So close, but one makes it out before Mando can lock the doors.

So this angry ass Iron Man comes out and just starts handing Mando his ass. Thank god for Beskar. At one point after ragdolling Mando around, the Dark Trooper has him up on the wall and just starts piston punching him in the bucket. Beskar isn’t really phased, but let’s talk about what he sees out of. What kind of material is that and how do I get I on my phone? Not even a crack.

Mando has had no luck on any of his offense until he uses his flamethrower. It buys some time, Mando tries to get back to the bay where the other troopers are so he can flush them into space. Dark Trooper is like, nah not today.

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Not Ghost Rider

Nothing seems to be working. Finally, Mando grabs his Beskar Spear and quickly makes work of the trooper. He then sends the remaining punk ass iron mens to infinity and beyond as he clears the bay.

The four horsewomen continue advancing quite easily, taking out just wave after wave of storm trooper and officers on the bridge. Problem. Moff ain’t on the bridge.

Mando is seen approaching the brig, he’s switched to the spear as his primary and takes out a couple storm troopers acting as sentinels outside the doors. Mando opens the door, and shit. Moff is there with the Dark Sabre over Baby Yoda’s head. You bitch.

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That friend that can fade you up for cheap

Baby Yoda just looks exhausted. Moff tells Mando to drop the blaster. Mando asks for Baby Yoda. Moff flashes the Darksaber some more and starts explains a little more about it. Mando could give a shit, he wants Baby Yoda. Moff tells Mando that basically he knows more than most realize and he’s put it together that if it’s just Mando there, the rest are on the bridge looking for him. I guess that’s the downside to telling someone you are coming, they have some lead time to prep.

Moff continues to explain about the Darksaber and that if you have the sword you have the Mandalore throne. Mando reiterates how many fucks he has about the Darksaber and tells Moff to keep the thing, he just wants Baby Yoda. 

Moff agrees, retracts his blade, and explains he wasn’t really going to hurt Baby Yoda, he just wanted to study his blood. It’s like totally for science and stuff! Mando approaches to retrieve Baby Yoda. He tells Mando once he has the child that they have to GTFO and go their own ways.

As Mando leans in, the blade extends and Moff swings at Mando, the Beskar on his jetpack and armor deflect it. Mando has to jump to the defensive as most his weaponry has been spent and he’s given up his blaster.

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Moff Beauregard Gideon, where is your eye protection?

Moff is relentless as he advances and swings furiously but accurately over and over. The Beskar armor has protected him amazingly well.

Mando creates some space and retrieves his Beskar Spear! The two go back and forth, we see the power of the Darkasaber, while the spear resists it, we can see it become glowing hot after prolonged contact with the blade. Anything else in the blade’s path is sliced through by this laser Ginsu blade.

Mando tosses in a little offense, he closes the gap to Moff and uses more standard combat to knock him down and knock the Sabre from his hand. With the Beskar Spear pointed at his head as he lies on the ground, Moff realizes he’s being taken alive and is intrigued.

Back on the bridge, the ladies are waiting, and then the bridge doors open. Mando comes in with Baby Yoda, Moff, and a fully extended Darksaber. Bo is seen with a “Wtfff?” face combined with some “oh please tell me you don’t have that sword” face. Moff looks pleased with himself.

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Guys look at this cool sword I found

Bo asks what happened, she’s in total disbelief of what she’s seeing. Cara chimes in that he brought him in alive and the New Republic will get Tom play with Moff now. Moff chimes in again and says she’s talking about him with the Sabre. Moff encourages Bo to kill Mando and take the Sabre.

Moff further explains that Mando is now the proud owner. Bo looks like she is seething. Mando goes to hand it to her because as he’s made clear, he gives a shit about the Sabre. Moff, looking seconds away from a complete and total giggle fit explains she can’t take it, she has to win it in battle. Mando is like “Bitch, whatever then, okay, cool, I yield”. Nope, that doesn’t work either apparently. Shit.

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Just take it, it’s rude to refuse a gift

Moff continues with the history lesson and says the Sabre has no real power, the power is in the story. Without the Saber, she ain’t shit but a Mandalore poser. Mando manages to emote through his bucket again and we can see he’s thinking “Bruh, is he serious???” as he stares head cocked to the side back at Bo.

She’s like…”man, yeah. It’s true. We gotta fight”. About that time alarms go off, the vessel is being boarded. The fate of the Darksaber will have to wait. Uh oh, the Dark Troopers have returned home and they still have a mission. We see the scale of how many there are again, then Moff tells them they are getting all the troopers and reminds Mando he about got served up by just a single one. Shit.

The Troopers begin advancing to the bridge, Cara pushes Moff out of her way and down to the ground, he sees a blaster on the ground and hides it. Moff still seems confident this flight of troopers will kick all their asses.

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Y’all got USB ports, my phone almost dead

Koska and Bo continue to monitor the advance on what appears to be a state of the art small black and white security camera screen.

Mando sets Baby Yoda down and tells him that he’s getting him out of there. Baby Yoda definitely needs some fluids, looking completely hungover. He needs a juice or a Lunchable at least. 

Troopers shown advancing closer, Bo and Koska continue watching their radio shack monitors. Fennec yells out and orders the bridge to be sealed, as the doors closed, two elements worth of Troopers approach. Koska tells everyone the Troopers are there and we know it’s go time.

Our heroes focus on the doors as they know the assault is looming. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM… over and over on the doors. Moff says they have an impressive fire team but it’s inevitable, once the Troopers enter…everyone is going to be dead but him and Baby Yoda.

BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. It’s tense. So tense. Moff smiles fiendishly as we hear continues percussion from those piston pounding strikes on the door.

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Just sayin…

Alarms sound, attention turns. A lone X-Wing is shown approaching. The crew doesn’t seem impressed by one X-Wing. Koska gets on the comms and requests them to identify. Radio silence.

Baby Yoda begins to rouse a bit and we get the feeling that Yoda is somehow connected to whoever just showed up. Suddenly, the booms at the door stop. Fennec asks why they’ve stoped advancing.

On the 7/11 Convenience Store Security monitors, they see all the troopers have stopped. Then, from the back we see a robed figure walking with purpose. We then see Troopers attacking the figure, but with little effect.

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We soon see shots being deflected back. Troopers getting sliced like Black Friday prices. Koska in disbelief says “A Jedi???”, Moff realizes his odds of coming out of this as he expected are about none, and while he bragged and boasted about knowing everything, he clearly didn’t expect this surprise Jedi.

Soon we see a green sabre, that beautiful familiar hum from the blade. More troopers are slap chopped to droid hell. We see the use of the force here and there to push back troopers, but this cat is making us look like he’s strolling through the parking lot on his way to get some delicious, piping hot Arby’s.

Baby Yoda is watching this unfold on the security displays as Koska wraps foil around a coat hanger to try to get a better signal on the screen. Suddenly the Jedi slices a trooper horizontally in half and just keeps on walking to get to the horsey sauce.

It’s becoming more and more evident who this a Jedi likely is. X-Wing, green lightsaber, glove on one hand, and then we get a glimpse of the saber’s hilt. The Jedi continues to advance.

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Moff is starting to panic. Sensing times almost up, he retrieves the blaster and fires off at Koska, Baby Yoda has gotten up and now Moff turns his aim to Baby Yoda, Grogu just kind of looks up like “Really? I’m just trying to watch this black and white tv show”, shots emit from Moff’s sighted in blaster, milliseconds from striking Baby Yoda.

Suddenly, Mando dives in and the Beskar absorbs the shots. The ladies have Moff surrounded how and order him to drop the blaster. Realizing he’s sufficiently up Shit Creek without a paddle, he turns the blaster, puts the barrel under his chin and as he’s about to pull the trigger, Cara uses the butt of her rifle to remove the blaster from his neck and hand and then she knocks his ass out. 

Our Jedi keeps inching closer to the bridge, moving with a style and swagger that lets you know he’s a bad dude. Either that or he’s new boot goofin. Maybe both. After the Jedi takes out his 47th trooper, Baby Yoda is seen at the monitor and now touching the screen. 

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*chants “whoop that trick”*

As the Jedi makes his final approach to the bridge, the initial wave of a dozen or so troopers who were near the bridge now turn their attention toward the elevator. Baby Yoda and Mando stare at the screens together.

We cut to the final approach and this Jedi is just like C-Walking through these troopers with his Sabre and force powers. Just not bothered at all. Mando and Baby Yoda watch more while both seem to be thing “THAT BOY GOOD”. As he gets to the last Trooper, he uses the Force to basically crush the trooper in on itself. Gangsta.

Baby Yoda and Mando look at each other because they both know what’s about to happen. Mando orders the doors open. They ladies all look at him like he’s nuts and Fennec asks verbally if he is crazy. Mando, carrying Grogu, walks over and opens the doors himself as he sets Baby Yoda down.

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Yeah he’s probably a Jedi

The Jedi walks in, blade extended, you can see the green glow reflecting off Mando’s Beskar. The Jedi secured his Sabre by attaching it to his belt. Lifts his hood and pulls it back.

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when you got that glow

It’s Luke Skywalker in his prime, holy shit. Mando asks if he is a Jedi, Luke tells him he is. Baby Yoda looks around the chair and seems captivated. Luke extends his hand and says “come little one”. Baby Yoda looks at Mando, Mando says that Grogu doesn’t want to go.

Luke states “He’s asking your permission”.

Luke tells us Baby Yoda is strong but needs guidance and assures Mando he will give his life to protect Grogu, but he will not be safe until he masters his abilities. Baby Yoda looks back at Papa Mando.

Mando picks up Baby Yoda and explains he need to go, promises he will see Baby Yoda again. Baby Yoda gestures to Mando’s bucket. Mando reveals his face to Baby Yoda and in turn everyone there. Baby Yoda reaches out and touches Mando’s face. Mando reiterates it is time to go.

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Mando shaved for this

Baby Yoda still seems hesitant. It’s a big change and Baby Yoda has just been through some shit and no one thought to bring him any snacks wtf. He hugs Mando’s leg like a kid when you drop them off at daycare, preschool, or school for the first time. Suddenly R2-D2 shows up and starts bleeping and blooping with Baby Yoda.

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Please robot can, feed me

Baby Yoda waddles toward R2 as seeming to ask “You got any games on there I can play?”. R2 and Baby Yoda chop it up for a bit, then, Baby Yoda gestures to Luke to pick him up. Luke obliges.

Luke and Grogu take a long look at each other, Luke looks at Mando and says “May the Force be with you”. Soon as those words are spoken, Luke leaves with R2 and Baby Yoda. Our heroes watch as Baby Yoda looks at them the whole walk back to the elevator.

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Peace

Mando and Baby Yoda share a final look as Mando nods, then the elevator doors close as the credits roll. Hallelujah, holy shit, where’s the Tylenol?

I must admit. I very much hoped that as Luke carried Baby Yoda to the elevator, or when they all look back on the elevator…Mando would have pulled out the shifter knob and Baby Yoda would have used the Force to retrieve it. I guess we can’t have it all.

What an amazing season and what a stellar way to end the season. I’ve already been long winded, but, make sure you stick around after the credits!

There is still the whole issue of the Darksaber that is going to need resolution. I’m guessing Moff’s Boss is going to be pissed. Ahsoka out there chasing Thrawn. Baby Yoda about to start Pre-Jedi-K. My head is still spinning.

They did an amazing job connecting so many dots, giving answers to open ended things that have lingered for literal decades. A whole new realm of possibilities!

Thanks for tuning in, thanks for reading these, and tune into Disney+ on Christmas Day as we will get a glimpse behind the curtains on season 2!

Let me know what you though! Until next time, and as always, I’m The Pandalorian and happy holidays!

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