Reflections on Chapter 3, The Sin

Reflections on Chapter 3, The Sin

Kinetic.  Emotional.  Deep.  These are the first three words that come to mind.  The musical score really helps you keep pace with the show.  It keeps you engaged and at the edge of your seat.  It helps you focus on the emotional, deep and kinetic nature of this chapter. 


The episode opens with the child playing with the ball knob.  That knob turns out to be a very important component throughout the whole story. 


Once the asset is delivered and payment is made, the Mandalorian expresses concern for the future of the child.  This is uncharacteristic of a bounty hunter.  However, it would not be uncharacteristic of the Mandalorian.  There are two very important issues waying on the Mandalorian.  First, his own origins are at the forefront of his mind.  Securing and taking care of the child has triggered important childhood memories about the Mandalorian’s own origins.  He is a foundling.  He was saved from certain death by Mandalorians.  Subsequently he was nurtured, raised, and trained by Mandalorians.  As he looks at the child, he see’s similarities to his own life and begins to wonder what his obligations are to pay forward the gifts he has been given.  Second, the job was executed for remnants of the Empire.  Mandalorians hate the Empire.  The Empire destroyed their home world, and stole their resources, causing the Mandalorian people to scatter to all corners of the galaxy.  As the Mandalorian takes his seat in his cockpit, these two main thoughts are plaguing him.  His conscious outweighs his pragmatism.  He decides to act.

This episode reveals more about the Mandalorian culture.  Honor is held at the highest esteem.  When the Armorer was about to award the Mandalorian his signet, he declined citing that it was not a noble kill.  When it was discovered that the beskar had been in imperial hands, this provoked a visceral response from Paz Vizla.  The Armorer stepped in and reminded all the circling Mandalorians about the way of the Mandalore.  “When one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey”.  What does this mean?  A careful study of the Mandalorian culture reveals that there are orthodox Mandalorians, such as the Children of the Watch, who follow a strict set of rules along with an honor code that harkens back to an ancient time in Mandalorian history.  Most Mandalorians shun this way of living.  It is clear that this is the only way of life for the Mandalorian.  Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 show that a Mandalorian will honor the code, even if it means his death.  Herein lies the conflict.  The Mandalorian also has to follow the bounty hunter guild code.  Choosing to follow this code is important because he is an orthodox Mandalorian.  His word is his bond.  One must wonder, is sinning against one code a violation of the other?  The Mandalorian has been living in black and white for much of his life.  Now his concepts of honor and commitment are coming into conflict.  He had to make a choice.  In either case it is a sin to violate either code and he knows it.  Still, he chose his Mandalorian values over the bounty hunters code.

The episode ends with the Mandalorian rescuing the child. One by one he dispatches stormtroopers using an array of weapons organic to his armor to include his blaster and vibro blade. We see the true capabilities of a Mandalorian warrior. We also see his limitations. Overwhelming numbers is the only way to defeat a Mandalorian. Just as it appeared that the Mandalorian was not going to make it, his covert appeared. They quickly dispatched and scattered the remaining bounty hunters so the Mandalorian could escape. Greef Karga was waiting in the Razor Crest. Creating a diversion, the Mandalorian shot Karga precisely where the beskar was. The Mandalorian knew where he was shooting. He did not want to kill his long-time employer. As the episode closes, we see the Mandalorian making for hyperspace. What next?

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