In the live-action Star Wars universe, we've seen quite a few impressive droids who've gone on to become fan-favorites, with some turning into pop culture icons such as R2-D2 and C-3PO. Others such as BB-8 and K-2SO also come to mind, especially as they've fought against oppression and helped the rebels over the duration of the franchise, building fans' affinity for robots with real personality in George Lucas' cosmic realm.
However, The Mandalorian unleashes a brand-new droid with a killer instinct unlike any other we've ever witnessed so far, and in the process, director Jon Favreau shows us exactly what the most lethal 'bot in the galaxy is truly capable of in the heat of battle.
When Pedro Pascal's mysterious Mandalorian agrees to recover a much-desired bounty for the Client (Werner Herzog), we find out a lot of hunters have tried but failed in the past on said mission. Upon reaching his destination, the unwavering Mandalorian is guided to the fortress protecting the target by the Ugnaught, Kuill (Nick Nolte), where once more he's told only the most skilled mercenary will be able to extract the target from the opposition.
And it's no easy feat because it's a heavily-armed compound and the Mandalorian is clearly outnumbered. When he infiltrates and his cover's blown, though, he finds an unlikely ally in Taika Waititi's durable war machine, IG-11. The latter surprisingly shows up and starts killing off enemies in brutal fashion, with his body, while looking like a bucket of nuts, bolts and rust, rotating at different sections, making him a series of spinning guns. His precision is spot-on and as he quickly fires away as if he's Clint Eastwood, IG-11 even does some fancy behind-the-back moves, demonstrating he's a showman shooter with plenty of style. He's slick, suave and a droid with bravado we're not accustomed to, blasting with the aim of Deadshot or Hawkeye.
What makes him so clinical is IG-11 is light on the feet and pretty quick too, standing out because we haven't really seen such fast droids before. Think L3-37 from Solo: A Star Wars Story, but with the mindset of a soldier -- one who's even more relentless in their pursuit of the objective. IG-11 is a true bounty hunter as well, negotiating in the heat of battle as to what the split should be with the Mandalorian once they claim the asset. It's a true homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as the scene-stealing droid helps the Mandalorian stave off certain death.
However, when they find the numbers are too large, the nihilistic IG-11 wants to activate its self-destruct sequence, which the Mandalorian insistently objects to. He doesn't want to die and he knows the blast radius will be big, reaffirming this robot is indeed a weapon of mass destruction lying dormant. Instead, after some reassurance that they'll survive, IG-11 with his sturdy metal armor and the Mandalorian succeed in slaughtering their enemies after the latter jumps on a space machine-gun to kill off the opposition, leading to the big revelation when they enter the fortress that they're here to pick up a Baby Yoda.
IG-11's mission is to kill it, though, which leads to the Mandalorian shooting and killing IG-11. It's a bit of an injustice to see such a badass robot rendered obsolete this early on, but rather than being a letdown off the bat, it could be a misdirection as the Mandalorian does have a code and a sense of loyalty, hinting that IG-11 might just be incapacitated but still alive. After all, his chemistry with the Mandalorian was spot on, and Favreau might be setting up a feud to come later on with the droid hunting the Mandalorian and the baby.
There is potential for a strong rivalry there, and seeing as both are rocking near-indestructible pieces of armor and they have brilliant war skills, it could be a hunt for the ages with the deadliest droid ever acting as the ultimate predator, especially one who's not afraid to sacrifice himself for the job at hand.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The first episode is streaming now on Disney+.
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