Chapter 4: Sanctuary

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"Chapter 4: Sanctuary"
The Mandalorian episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 4
Directed byBryce Dallas Howard
Written byJon Favreau
Featured musicLudwig Göransson
Cinematography byBaz Idoine
Editing byDana E. Glauberman
Original release dateNovember 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)
Running time39 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Co-starring

Guest starring
  • Julia Jones as Omera
  • Isla Farris as Winta
  • Asif Ali as Caben
  • Eugene Cordero as Stoke
  • Tiffany Thomas as Sorgan Farmer #3
  • Aydrea Walden as Sorgan Farmer #4
  • Trula Marcus as Sorgan Farmer #5
  • Sala Baker as Klatoonian Raider Captain
  • Ida Darvish as a common house proprietor
Episode chronology
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"Chapter 4: Sanctuary" is the fourth episode of the first season of the American webseries The Mandalorian, based on characters by George Lucas. It premiered on Disney+ on November 29, 2019 in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. The series follows the titular Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a lone bounty hunter collecting bounties from the highest bidders. The episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard and written by series creator Jon Favreau.

Plot[edit]

On Sorgan, a sparsely populated forest planet, a village of farmers is pillaged by raiders. The Mandalorian soon lands on Sorgan looking to hide from the Guild with the Child. In a local restaurant, they come across a suspicious mercenary (Gina Carano). The mercenary identifies herself as Cara Dune, a former Rebel shocktrooper who had left her position and is hiding on the planet, which she asks the Mandalorian to leave. Back at the Razor Crest, the Mandalorian is approached by two of the villagers hoping to hire him to drive off the raiders. He accepts in return for lodging in the isolated village and uses their payment to hire Dune for extra help. Once at the village, a widowed mother named Omera (Julia Jones) takes them in and offers them food. Dune and the Mandalorian find a set of tracks in the mud outside the village and identify that the raiders have an Imperial AT-ST, a small armored walker with heavy guns. Dune insists the villagers leave and make their home elsewhere, but they refuse and decide to fight.

The Mandalorian and Dune show the farmers how to defend themselves and then set up traps in the krill ponds for the AT-ST. The Mandalorian and Dune infiltrate the raiders' camp to provoke them into attacking. The AT-ST then chases them back to the village but stops short of the krill ponds. The Klatooinian raiders then attack the villagers, while the AT-ST shoots the village with artillery fire. Dune then gets beneath the AT-ST, shooting into one of the viewports. The AT-ST takes the bait and steps into the pond, sinks, and then falls over. The Mandalorian then throws a thermal detonator into the walker, blowing it up, and the raiders flee back into the forest. With peace having returned, the Child plays happily with the other children. The Mandalorian tells Dune and Omera that he plans to leave the Child there as he feels it would be a better life. However, a Kubazi bounty hunter from the Guild takes aim at the Child from the trees. Before he can fire, Dune shoots him from behind. The Mandalorian realizes the Child has to stay under his protection. He bids farewell to Omera and Dune, and leaves the village.[1]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard,[2] who is the second woman to direct a live-action Star Wars project. According to Howard, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni allowed individual episode directors the freedom to "put our stamp on everything". She said this surprised her father, Ron Howard, who directed Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story.[3] The episode was written by showrunner Favreau.[4][5] Dallas Howard also stated Pedro Pascal was not present during filming due to other commitments and the role of The Mandalorian in this episode was performed by stunt actors Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowde.[6]

Casting[edit]

In November 2018, Gina Carano was cast as Cara Dune.[7] In September 2018, Julia Jones joined the cast in an undisclosed role, later revealed to be Omera.[8]

Music[edit]

Ludwig Göransson composed the soundtrack for the episode.[9]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode holds an approval rating of 91% with an average rating of 7.45/10, based on 22 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Under director Bryce Dallas Howard's deft guidance, "Sanctuary" scales down on big action-set pieces to find intimate character moments, exposing a deeper sense of humanity underneath The Mandalorian's metal suit."[10]

/Film compared the episode's plot to that of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kane, Alex (November 29, 2019). "The Mandalorian recap: Chapter 4 'Sanctuary'". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Tyler, Jacob (October 18, 2019). "Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Season 1 Writers Comprise of Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, & Chris Yost". Geeks WorldWide. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Agar, Chris (August 20, 2019). "Mandalorian Directors Had A Surprising Amount of Creative Freedom". Screen Rant. Valnet, Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Mandalorian – Episodes". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Maidy, Alex (November 29, 2019). "TV REVIEW: THE MANDALORIAN - CHAPTER 4 "SANCTUARY"". JoBlo.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Sharf, Zack (December 9, 2019). "Pedro Pascal Is the Mandalorian, but That's Not Him Starring in Every Episode". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (November 14, 2019). "Star Wars: Gina Carano Joins 'The Mandalorian'". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Boucher, Geoff (September 5, 2019). "'The Mandalorian': Julia Jones Joins Cast of Disney+ Live-Action Star Wars Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Mandalorian: Chapter 4 (Original Score)". Apple Music. Apple Inc. November 29, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Mandalorian: Season 1 Episode 4". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Young, Bryan (November 29, 2019). "The Mandalorian Goes Full Seven Samurai With 'Sanctuary'". /Film. Retrieved December 5, 2019.

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