Despite many incredible moments throughout the Skywalker Saga films, there’s one from the first Star Wars live-action television series that might eclipse them all.
In the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” new fan-favorite characters Din Djarin (the titular “Mandalorian”) and little Grogu (affectionately known by fans as “Baby Yoda”) are trapped on the bridge of an Imperial cruiser as a battalion of heavily armed and armored droids called “Dark Troopers” are coming to kill them.
Earlier in the episode, Mando had barely managed to defeat one of the battle droids, so there was no way he would be able to survive against dozens more, even with Bo-Katan Kryze, Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, and a third Mandalorian at his side. As the team prepares to make their last stand, however, a lone X-Wing docks in the ship’s hangar bay — and one person, clothed in black, emerges from the ship as a calm but powerful piece of music begins to play.
Mando and the others watch from the bridge’s screens as the figure ignites a lightsaber and single-handedly destroys every single Dark Trooper on his way to the bridge. When he arrives, he lowers his hood and reveals himself. It’s Luke Skywalker, wielding his green lightsaber and wearing the Jedi costume from “Return of the Jedi.” At long last, the version of Luke that everybody had longed to see for decades was finally on screen, and it was glorious.