The Mandalorian Chapter 19: The Convert features plenty of easter eggs, callbacks and references to other parts of the Star Wars universe. Here is everything we noticed.
Katy O’Brian returns as former Imperial communications officer Elia Kane, although how “former” she actually remains to be seen. While she totally plays Dr Pershing in service to the New Republic, it seems she may actually be a double agent, still working for Moff Gideon and orchestrating events that will lead Pershing back into the Empire’s clutches. Digging the spy vibes, either way.
Dr Penn Pershing
We learn Dr Pershing’s first name is Penn and that he’s devoted his life to experimenting with cloning because he believes the research could save people’s lives. He wanted to use cloning to make medical advancements, but the Empire twisted that for its means (probably cloning the Emperor). By the end of the episode, Pershing is in pretty bad shape, as he undergoes a grotesque electroshock procedure at the hands of the New Republic (although it’s really Elia Kane who turns up the electrical current, which means this might actually be part of Gideon’s plan to get the doctor to defect back to the Empire).
Coruscant and the Core Worlds
Somehow, Coruscant returned! Everyone’s favourite city planet is best known as the setting of much of the Prequel Trilogy, especially Revenge of the Sith. Still, it was actually first introduced in the pages of the classic Marvel Star Wars comics, specifically issues #61 and 63 from 1982. That said, the Imperial Capitol wasn’t properly named “Coruscant” until Timothy Zahn’s seminal Legends novel Heir to the Empire.
Coruscant is located in a region of space known as the Core Worlds, which is the seat of power of the galaxy, containing the wealthiest planets, no matter which faction is ruling it. It should be noted that at this point in the Star Wars timeline, five-ish years after Return of the Jedi, Coruscant isn’t actually the galaxy’s capital anymore. Instead, the central government of the New Republic is Chandrila, Mon Mothma’s home world. The New Republic established a rule where the capital changes every few years for reasons. You’ll remember that in The Force Awakens, set some 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the New Republic capital is the doomed Hosnian Prime, which is blown to smithereens in that movie.
TIE Interceptors, Bombers, and Imperial Star Destroyers
Lots of Imperial ships return in “The Convert”…
– Bo-Katan’s Gauntlet starfighter faces off against TIE interceptors in the opening combat sequence. These are upgraded versions of the standard TIE fighters, built for speed and outfitted with way more firepower. They’re basically designed to prey on weaker ships, which they do here. This design first appeared in Return of the Jedi.
– TIE bombers destroy Bo-Katan’s castle, leaving her both without a clan and homeless. Their purpose is basically in the model name: TIE bombers are much slower than other Imperial starfighters but carry much more devastating payloads. They were actually first introduced in the classic Marvel Star Wars comic issue #12 from 1978, although you may remember them best from The Empire Strikes Back.