What Was Moff Gideon up To on the End of ‘the Mandalorian’ Episode 4? Dark Troopers Might Be Coming

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mando instructing The Child in

The Mandalorian is all about Mando, aka Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter within the time not lengthy after the Galactic Empire fell in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. And after Season 1, Mando’s large mission is to ship The Child (aka Baby Yoda) to the Jedi, since he’s Force-sensitive. 

But one thing creator Jon Favreau and co-executive producer Dave Filoni have executed with the collection is create a bit of Star Wars media that’s completely its personal factor, away from the Skywalker saga. In doing so, it’s additionally taking in numerous different features from Legends or canon that slot in completely whereas additionally making longtime followers lose their minds’ with all of the unanswered questions it leaves in its wake. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers forward for The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 4]. 

Mando simply came upon that Moff Gideon is alive and is desperately in want of The Child

Mando in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2.
Mando in ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 | Disney+ / Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Mando headed again to Nevarro with The Child as a result of his ship, the Razor Crest was barely flyable. Cara Dune and Greef Karga had been there too, which was an enormous plus for Mando and Baby Yoda. Things had been trying up within the city they chased Imperial Stormtroopers and leaders out of, however the Empire wasn’t utterly off the planet simply but. 

Cara and Greef Karga enlisted Mando’s assist to explode a ahead working base the Empire nonetheless had there. However, they got here to seek out out it’s a completely operational army lab. Dr. Pershing left a message about needing extra M-cells (from The Child) for the specimen within the tank there. 

It was hinted at, however not outright acknowledged, final season that The Child was a product of the Empire or Dr. Pershing’s program. He had a Kaminoan insignia on his uniform; the Kaminoans famously created the Clone military for the Clone Wars. It’s clear on this message that with out The Child, they don’t have sufficient midi-chlorian or M-cells for the beings within the tank to hold out no matter experiment they’re doing. 

This is the second when Mando and the gang additionally came upon that Moff Gideon is, in truth, alive. They thought he was lifeless this entire time after their combat in his TIE fighter within the Season 1 finale. Mando will get off Nevarro with Baby Yoda, however not earlier than an alien places a monitoring system on his ship with out him figuring out. 

Moff Gideon is presumably creating Dark troopers; that is their first look in wider canon

This is what results in one of many greater moments within the episode, and it’s oh-so-short too. Moff Gideon is on an enormous Imperial ship. This is after the viewers sees that the Imperials know Din Djarin’s monitoring system is lively. And Moff Gideon is in a wing of the ship stuffed with blacked-out Stormtrooper uniforms. 

At first look, this appears odd and perhaps aesthetically cool, however nothing extra. But, there’s in fact extra to it than simply cool-looking Stormtroopers. There have been Shadow troopers earlier than, however these are Dark troopers. 

For these which can be very conscious of Star Wars online game lore, Dark troopers have been round for the reason that ‘90s, but haven’t made it into the broader canon, particularly not any of the movies or collection. As Entertainment Weekly reported, generally Dark troopers are Stormtroopers with weaponized fits, and different occasions they’re droids. It’s unclear which sort these are, however judging by the truth that they appear fairly lifeless, they’re in all probability droids. 

Whichever model of Dark troopers Favreau is bringing into canon, lastly, it’s going to be epic. And it’s going to certainly be a ache in Mando’s neck. Stormtroopers, he’s been capable of deal with comparatively effectively. But automated transformer-like Dark troopers? Yeah, good luck. 

‘The Mandalorian’ continues to convey enormous features of ‘Star Wars’ to the small-screen  

The Mandalorian had so much to reside as much as when it first got here out final November. It was the primary live-action Star Wars collection, ever, and likewise one of many first Disney+ collection to hit the streaming platform when it dropped the identical day. But since then it’s actually gone above and past followers’ expectations. And numerous it has to do with features like this. 

Favreau, Filoni, and the complete writing and directing workforce for The Mandalorian dive into the unique coronary heart of Star Wars and dig into outdated features of Legends, outdated themes, and even newer characters like Snoke. They try this and subtly infuse them into this new story flawlessly which is nothing in need of spectacular. 

So though there was a little bit little bit of fear from followers that this season could be method too filled with pre-existing characters coming in like Boba Fett, Bo-Katan, and Ahsoka Tano, the artistic workforce of The Mandalorian clearly is aware of what they’re doing. Plus, in the event that they hold together with surprises from non-canon materials or simply nice Star Wars connections, like Dark troopers, The Mandalorian will proceed to remain sturdy. 

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