Reflections on Chapter 6, The Prisoner

Reflections on Chapter 6, The Prisoner

Reunion. Betrayal. Survival. This chapter is a blast from the past for the Mandalorian. He is forced to confront the consequences and history of his past experiences. Once again, the Mandalorian is underestimated. One wonders when will “they” ever learn.
The chapter follows a familiar story line. It brings together most of the elements of a classic heist. Desperate for credits, the Mandalorian opts to take a job from Ran, an old associate he used to run with. Ran already had the team together. All he needed was the right ship. That is where the Razor Crest comes in. The Crest is a pre-Empire Gunship whose codes and identity signature are not in any known data base. To the Mandalorian’s chagrin, Zero the droid, would pilot the Razor Crest due to his ability to hit the precise flight angles needed to avoid detection. The rest of the team consisted of Burg, the Devaronian muscle; Xi’an, the Twi’lek knife thrower; and Migs Mayfeld, the swift talking trigger man leading this A-team of scoundrels. All of them have massive chips on their shoulders and display varying levels of inferiority complexes except for the Mandalorian. It is also revealed Xi’an and the Mandalorian had worked together before. Apparently Xi’ian was attracted to the Mandalorian at one time.
The job itself was simple in concept. The team had to break into a New Republic prisoner ship and break out a particular prisoner. The Mandalorian does not find out who the prisoner is until they arrive at the prisoner’s cell. Along the way we see the Mandalorian’s prowess at taking out combat droids. Additionally, the crew creates a problem by killing the lone human on the ship who, as he died, activated a beacon for a New Republic attack team to come and investigate. Finally, they arrive at the prisoner’s door. They open it to find Qin, Xi’an’s brother inside. More unresolved history is revealed as the Mandalorian is pushed into the cell, and the rest of the team attempts to make their escape. The Mandalorian is not without resources. He snags a guard droid, pulls it to him, and tears off an arm. Using the arm to open the door, the Mandalorian proceeds to hunt down and imprison every former team member on this job. He starts with the Devaronian who presented quite a challenge. Devaronians can apparently absorb quite a bit of punishment including fire in the face. In the end, Qin convinces the Mandalorian to finish the job and take him back to Ran. As they enter the ship, the Mandalorian neutralizes Zero as Zero was apparently getting ready to kill the child.
The Mandalorian knew that he had been sold out. He was also aware that they might try to kill him. He took Qin back to Ran, got his payment…but he left a present. Ran called for a gunship to kill the Mandalorian as the Mandalorian was flying into deep space. Just before the Mandalorian made the jump to light speed, Qin realized what the present was…the homing beacon. Ran saw it to. They both saw it too late as three X-Wings broke out from hyper-space and destroyed the landing bay with the gunship still inside. The Mandalorian and the child jumped into light speed leaving the whole mess behind. This chapter seems to stand on its own, however as the overall story progresses, this chapter turns out to be as important as the rest.

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