Dark Troopers vs Storm Troopers in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2: Three things we would like to see in the future
The Dark Troopers have been a big part of 'Star Wars' video games making their debut in 'Star Wars: Dark Forces'
'The Mandalorian' Season 2 had quite a lot to offer in 'Chapter 12: The Siege'. If the return of Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) along with some explosive action lit up the episode, the storyline that saw Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in a facility with what looked like Dark Troopers saw the series introduce a non-canon element. While the segment by itself wasn't lengthy, what it did offer was a glimpse of something novel that we would see on a live show.
The Dark Troopers have been a big part of 'Star Wars' video games making their debut in 'Star Wars: Dark Forces'. While the Storm Troopers have been a commonality in the series so far, their counterparts are not exactly the white-outfitted soldiers. Ahead of their potential appearances, there are three things that most of us would want to see.
A better Arsenal
Minus the usual blasters, what we would like to see is more advanced and deadly weaponry from the Dark Troopers. The concept of Dark Troopers in itself was a major advantage designed to overcome their rebel forces. In addition to armor-piercing blasters and swords, they were armed with the ARC Caster, which can emanate powerful bolts of electricity. The first phase of Troopers had vibroshields and these would be a welcome addition to the show.
In all probability, the Empire took Phase 1 templates of the Dark Troopers or at least that's what we can make of when we had a brief look at their stormtroopers. The phase II version also made its debut in the 'Dark Forces' and that sees with them a sleek but durable armor compared to the Storm Troopers. We might probably get a chance to see the exo-armor Phase III suit as well. With 'The Mandalorian' known to keep a tight lid on their developments, this leaves us room for speculations only.
An actual threat
Much like the thugs in a Super Mario game, the Storm Troopers over time have become nothing more than regular soldiers. This was evident in the way Mando and Dune take them out without breaking into a sweat. Perhaps the Dark Troopers can actually pose a direct threat and cause some serious damage. This would mean trouble for Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). Plus, if they can shoot with good aim, that would be a bonus.
With Chapter 13 set to premiere on Friday, November 27, there's much excitement not just about the possible appearance of Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka Tano, but more of Gideon and his Dark Troopers.
What are your thoughts on 'The Mandalorian' introducing Dark Troopers?
'The Mandalorian' Season 2 drops with new episodes on Fridays on Disney+.