The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4, “Chapter 12: The Siege” brings an old Star Wars joke about the Empire’s lack of health and safety into canon.

In The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4, “Chapter 12: The Siege”, an old Star Wars joke about the Empire’s lack of guard rails makes it into canon. While the Empire has been defeated for a few years by the point in the timeline The Mandalorian takes places, there is still a strong Imperial Remnant that ensures its presence remains. That comes to the fore in “The Siege”, which sees Mando teaming-up with Greef Karga, Cara Dune, and the Mythrol to infiltrate an old Imperial base on Nevarro.

Much of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4 feels like an homage to Star Wars: A New Hope, which is compounded when the Mythrol has to drain the coolant lines using the reactor controls, allowing the lava underneath to explode upwards and destroy the base. The control panel and the way the Mythrol moves around it are extremely similar in design to Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Death Star’s tractor beam terminal in A New Hope, and so, fittingly enough, this is where the joke comes into play.

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