The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 3 Review: “A nuanced perspective on the vast world our heroes operate in”

Good and evil were never binary concepts in Star Wars, but what spin-off TV shows have allowed so far is the space to really accommodate that nuance. Andor did an excellent job of introducing characters who wavered on the moral line. Now the latest episode of The Mandalorian season 3 is another thoughtful example as Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi), Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) right-hand man, becomes the focus of a compelling exploration of just how different the New Republic really is from the Empire.

The bulk of The Convert focuses on a seemingly reformed Dr. Pershing, who participates in the New Republic’s “Reintegration Program” for ex-Imperial officers. First we see him again in Coruscant delivering an impassioned speech about his research into cloning and genetic modification and how grateful he is for the opportunity to reform after joining the Empire.

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