Chapter 12: The Siege
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|"Chapter 12: The Siege"|
|The Mandalorian episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2|
|Directed by||Carl Weathers|
|Written by||Jon Favreau|
|Produced by||Jon Favreau|
|Cinematography by||Matthew Jensen|
|Editing by||Jeff Seibenick|
|Original release date||November 20, 2020|
|Running time||37 minutes|
"Chapter 12: The Siege" is the fourth episode of the second season of the American streaming television series The Mandalorian. It was written by showrunner Jon Favreau and directed by Carl Weathers. It was released on Disney+ on November 20, 2020.
The Mandalorian returns to his friends Greef and Cara on Nevarro for repairs on his ship but is talked into blowing up an old imperial base. There turns out to be more happening at the base than they realized.
The Mandalorian and the Child head to Nevarro after the Mon Calamari repairs to the ship proved inadequate.[a] They reunite with Greef Karga and Cara Dune there, who have since turned the planet around. Cara has become the local marshal, while Greef has taken on the role of magistrate, assisted by the unnamed Mythrol.[b] In return for the repairs, The Mandalorian agrees to help destroy an old Imperial base on the other side of the planet. The Child is placed in a new school and endeavours to steal macaron treats from a student.
The base turns out to have more than just a skeleton crew and stormtroopers patrol the corridors. They deactivate the lava cooling system, so that the natural lava flows will destroy the base. During their escape, they find scientists and vats of what appear to be cloned bodies. The scientists attempt to destroy the evidence. Mythrol uncovers a recording from Dr. Pershing that reveals he had been transfusing the blood of the Child, which has a high 'M-count' into test subjects. Stormtroopers soon swarm the team and they are forced to escape before the lava overheats and destroys the base.
The Mandalorian flies from the base to retrieve his ship, using his jetpack, whilst Karga, Dune, and Mythrol steal a stormtrooper transport. A chase ensues between the transport, driven by Dune, and speeder bikes manned by scout troopers. Greef Karga kills the last scout trooper, but TIE fighters launched from the base chase after them, disabling the transport's cannon. The base soon explodes due to the overheating of the lava. As the TIE-Fighters close in on Dune, Karga and Mythrol, the Razor Crest appears and destroys the Imperials.
With his ship repaired and Nevarro secured, Mando heads for Corvus to track down Ahsoka Tano. The New Republic visit Karga to investigate the incident, with Captain Carson Teva noting "something is brewing and we need to put a stop to it". Teva speaks with Dune, who tries asking for her help in fighting remnants of the Empire. When Alderaan, Dune's homeworld, is mentioned, she tells Teva that she lost everything after its destruction.
An Imperial officer receives confirmation from one of the mechanics working for Greef Karga that a tracking beacon has been placed on the Razor Crest. Moff Gideon is informed and declares that they will be ready.
The co-starring actors cast for this episode are all returning from previous episodes, and include Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Horatio Sanz as a Mythrol, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon. Additional guest starring actors cast for this episode include Ryan Powers as an alien worker, Daniel Negrete as a school kid, Morgan Benoit as an Imperial Security Officer, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee returning as Captain Carson Teva, and Katy O'Brian as an Imperial Comms Officer. Lateef Crowder, Barry Lowin and Brendan Wayne are credited as stunt doubles for the Mandalorian. Chris Bartlett performed a teacher droid, voiced by Kathryn Elise Drexler. Amy Sturdivant, Gene Freeman and Dominique Price, and Tsuyoshi Abe are credited as stunt doubles for Cara Dune, Greef Karga, and the Mythrol, respectively. "The Child" was performed by various puppeteers.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode received an approval rating of 92% based on reviews from 24 critics, with an average rating of 7.45/10. The website's critics consensus reads, ""The Siege" doesn't take the season by storm, but Carl Weathers' deft direction and some exciting character moments for Giancarlo Esposito make it another enjoyable installment."
Huw Fullerton of the Radio Times gave the episode 4 out of 5, and said that although some fans might be disappointed by having to wait before seeing Ahsoka Tano, he wrote: "For me Chapter 12 was one of the most significant episodes we've seen so far. As much as The Mandalorian thrives on older Star Wars connections, the fact that it also stands so well within its own canon and world-building can only be a good thing." Laura Prudom at IGN said Weathers "effortlessly evokes the iconography of the films here... None of it is particularly subtle, but it's deployed with enough adrenaline to make for an exhilarating ride." Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone praised Weathers calling his direction "terrific" as well as praising the digital effects and stunt teams. He suggested that the episode felt like a backdoor pilot for a show featuring Cara Dune. Louis Chilton of The Independent was frustrated that the episode was another side quest and took focus away from the main characters, "A five-minute-or-so stretch sees Mando's associates steal the limelight, but the sequence feels too much like a drab spin-off, a stark reminder of just how much The Mandalorian relies on its two leads."
- Sepinwall, Alan (20 November 2020). "'The Mandalorian' Recap: Spin-off City". Rolling Stone.
- Weathers, Carl (November 20, 2020). "Din Djarin, Cara and Greef are back together on a brand new mission! Come along with us during "The Siege" episode of #TheMandalorian which was directed by yours truly. Let Disney+ and yours truly know what you think about what we bring to you. Enjoy!!! #BePeace". Twitter.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- Tanzim Pardiwalla (28 October 2020). "'The Mandalorian Season 2': Jon Favreau On Carl Weathers' Directorial Role On The Series". Mashable India.
We worked him into the show a lot more than he agreed to do. And now, in season two, he’ll be directing for us.
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- Laura Prudom (20 November 2020). "The Mandalorian: Season 2, Episode 4 Review". IGN.
- Louis Chilton (20 November 2020). "The Mandalorian 'Chapter 12: The Siege' is one drab side-quest too many – review". The Independent.