In episode 8 of The Mandalorian, director, Taika Waititi, leaves us gasping for breath after hilarious portrayal of stormtroopers.
All I’ve ever wanted was one good stormtrooper. One stormtrooper in the Star Wars universe who didn’t get killed right away in a blaster fight after standing, body exposed, in a spaceship during a shootout.
I just wanted them to come up with an actual challenge for the forces of good in the form of stormtroopers who were actually trained well and could carry out their mission. (I admit it. I’ve always been partial to movie villains.)
What we got in The Mandalorian was not that. But it was much much better. It was a confession.
In a scene near the end of the series, two stormtroopers who had just kidnapped baby Yoda were awaiting orders to go back into town to deliver the (viral internet sensation) package to their bosses. What ensued was the lengthiest close look at storm troopers we’ve ever seen, as they bantered back and forth about work and shot the breeze (and some targets) before ultimately getting taken down by the Taika-Waititi voiced IG-11 Nurse Droid.
It was better than we could have ever hoped. Comedic genius. I mean we all know Taika Waititi (episode 8 director) is funny. But this was amazing.
One of the stormtroopers couldn’t hide his obsession with trying to see what baby Yoda looked like (getting bit in the process) while they both talked back and forth about their job like they were paid by the hour and were indifferent about their employers. So. funny.
The scene also included some stormtrooper target practice where they both randomly started firing at a nearby bag, out of boredom — like ten feet away — and they both missed every time.
We all know stormtroopers suck, but at least we now know Disney knows it too. It was just amazing to see them acknowledge it in such a hilarious fashion, as one of the troopers shook his gun as if to say there was something wrong with it to cause the target practice misses.
The hilarity caps off with one of the troopers saying to the other that one of their comrades was just killed for interrupting the general. I was dead. Laughing my tail off. Well played, Taika and Disney.
Episode 8 was indeed amazing, though. It was composed by Black Panther composer, Ludwig Göransson, and it felt like a feature film all to itself. Tie fighter fighting, amazing cinematography, and void of cheesiness, the season finale was everything — and more — that we’ve come to expect from the creaters who brought us Marvel’s Avengers.
If you haven’t seen The Mandalorian, I highly recommend it! (And fun fact — George Lucas even got involved a bit in the filming process!)