After a great kick-off last week, The Mandalorian season 3 episode 2 aka Chapter 18 managed to amp up the excitement when Din and Grogu visit the mines of Mandalore. But before they encounter what lies hidden on Mandalore, they visit an old friend in hopes of finding a part for IG-11. Let's get into Chapter 18 “The Mines of Mandalore” with this Mandalorian season 3 episode 2 easter eggs and breakdown.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2 Easter Eggs and Breakdown
Mando and Grogu arrive on Tatooine as Mos Eisley is celebrating Boonta Eve.
Boonta Eve is one of the three holidays established by the Hutts to celebrate their victories against the Parliament of Moralan and Xim the Despot at the Third Battle of Vontor. This particular holiday is named after Boonta the Hutt. If it sounds familiar it is because a young Anakin won the Boonta Eve Classic, the pod race, in Star Wars The Phantom Menace.
Peli Motto is in her garage speaking to a Rodian whose speeder was stripped for parts. She offers to fix it. Jawas show up with the parts, because they stripped it. She still has Cal Kestis' BD-1 droid along with her other Pit Droids and R5-D4.
Grogu force jumps from the Starfighter into Peli's arms.
She asks who taught him to leap like a Lurmen. Lurmen are a small species from the planet Mygeeto. They were first seen in Star Wars The Clone Wars.
Peli then asks Din if the Hutts are back or is he going to take on Boba Fett. Last time Din was on Tatooine he was helping Boba Fett become the new leader of the area.
No one has the memory core to fix IG-11, not even the Jawas. She offers him R5-D4 instead.
Din doubts the droid can handle spelunking. Peli reminds him that R5-D4 fought in the Rebellion. Both the droid and Din are reluctant to travel together, but she adds the droid port back and they fly off to Mandalore.
R5-D4 also called Red, was the droid that short-circuited when Luke Skywalker bought him instead of R2-D2 from the Jawas in A New Hope. Later on he joined the Rebellion and helped spy on Imperial forces.
She calls out May the Force Be With You.
As they approach Mandalore, Mando tells Grogu that this is the homeward of their people. He was raised on the moon Concordia and he has never been to Mandalore but that it was once a beautiful planet. It was governed by Pre Vizsla and was home to The Death Watch.
The fusion bombs used to destroy the planet during the siege have disrupted the magnetic field around Mandalore, making getting communications out impossible.
R5 is sent to get air samples from the ruins below. When he disappears off the map Mando goes to check on him. He is attacked by Alamites, lizard-like creatures. He draws the Darksaber and uses it to defeat them, however it is still too heavy for him to wield properly.
He finds the droid who confirms the atmosphere is breathable. Mandalore is not cursed. Bo-Katan was right.
Last week Bo-Katan told them to find the Civic Center. When they find it they head down to try to find the mines. In the debris scattered all around, Mando finds a Mandalorian Helmet. It's a trap. He is taken prisoner but a crab-like robot.
A one-eyed, mostly robotic creature is the one operating the machine. He uses an electrospear on Din. It looks similar to a Dianoga, the creature that was living in the trash compactor on the Death Star. But more robot than cephalopod.
Grogu tries to use the Force to help Mando but alerts the creature instead. Mando tells him to go get Bo-Katan. Grogu flees. A dragon-like creature snaps at him and then an Alamite also tries to attack. Grogu force pushes the Alamite out of his way.
Grogu and R5 make it to Bo-Katan. She takes them on her ship, The Gauntlet, to rescue Din.
Bo-Katan mentions knowing and fighting alongside a few Jedi in the past. She didn't name drop but I will– Kenobi and Ahsoka to name a few. They are also attacked by the Alamites before finding Mando in a cage.
To defeat the one-eyed creature and its mechanical monster, she uses The Darksaber and her shield gauntlet.
In the cave, she makes Din and Grogu Pog Soup, a meal all Mandalorians are raised on.
Din wants to continue to the mines to be redeemed. She agrees to take him because she knows the way. Mando
They find The Living Waters. There is a plaque detailing how Mandalore the Great first came to this Mythosaur Lair and tamed the beast. That is why the Mythosaur is one of the traditional symbols found throughout Mandalorian culture.
Din takes off his weapons and goes into the water, reciting The Creed, the same thing the boy in episode 1 was saying before they were attacked. He suddenly sinks. Bo-Katan jumps in to save him and as she pulls him out a Mythosaur appears under the water.
Episodes 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian Season 3 are now streaming on Disney+.