Chapter XI: The Heiress - So here is Darth just sitting down to watch an episode that he thought wouldn’t have much to do with Mando-lore, and then bam! One of Darth’s top 10 sci-fi loves literally just falls from the sky bringing all the Star Wars animated goodness with her. - Bo-Katan in live action is everything I could have dream of and more. The armor? Beautiful. Her attitude? Perfectly fitting. He preaching proper Mando etiquette? Boss. Katee Sackhoff, you are as amazing as the day you flew into my heart 17 years ago. I hope and pray we see more of her not only in the future, but this season. Please! - Bryce Dallas Howard directed the one episode of the show I honestly didn’t like. Now she directed one of my favorites. This is the biggest come back this side of of Vader switching sides and saving the galaxy by committing elderly abuse! - So I know some aren’t happy with the shorter episodes, but I think the last two weeks are a good example of the length of the episodes should match the story they have to tell, not any arbitrary length. Last week didn’t have enough story for a 20 min episode. Tonight’s felt stuffed, but in the best way. An episode which will be worth watching over and over again. - Gizmo’s reversal of fortune with his food this week felt appropriate after last week. - In general Gizmo felt back to perfectly adorable again, after being kind of the worst last week. He was super cute, and never even tried to commit genocide! Hell he started bonding with his former lunch. And look, the episode was directed by a woman... fancy that. - So I feel pretty sure Sasha isn’t playing Sabine now, and I am rather happy about it. Nothing against her, because I do quite love her with all my pro wrestling fan heart. But I think tonight’s episode was a good indication of her acting skills. She is well suited to her role here and I definitely liked her in it. Also, Gizmo totally has a new favorite Mando. She eats just like him! - Seeing Sasha with her normal hair is unsettling for me some reason. - I don't know who the dude Mando was, but he seemed pretty cool to. Was I the only one who thought it was funny that Bo spent all this time with the rather "Imperial Mandos", and has now seemingly found herself not only with the "Rebels" faction, but seemingly their leader? - The climax was straight out of Solo, in the best way. The close quarters shoot out felt like the Mandos were robbing a train, more then a starship, and felt all kinds of neat. The Mando's crew just sliced through the Imperials like a lightsaber through butter. - So I am probably reaching, but does it seem that we were back inside the set for the prison in chapter 6 during the climax? I feel like they get a lot of mileage out of that space? - Moff Gideon is a brave man to be so casual while Bo-Katan is on his ass. Also interesting to see some "true believer" Imperials out there. Straight to crashing this starship with no survivor was hardcore. - It feels both weird and right, that Din's placement in this story feels much like the Ghost team from Rebels did. He's the focus, but has found himself in a much bigger world where he doesn't matter all that much. I like how "lost" in this world he feels. - No one, not even the Jedi, lose as hard as the Mandos. Even when handled the keys to their own home planet, they lose it time and again. - The setup for where this is going just has me all kinds of excited. Onward to next week, space cowboys.