The Mandalorian Chapter 22 Went Full Law & Order: SVU And Fans Are Loving It

Contains spoilers for "The Mandalorian" Season 3, Episode 6 — "Chapter 22: Guns for Hire"

Fans are reeling after another exciting episode of "The Mandalorian" with unexpected guest stars and a gripping, investigative story. As Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) and Din Djarin ("Mando," played by Pedro Pascal) continue their mission to reunite the Mandalorian tribes, they encounter an intriguing mystery. In the latest episode, a surprise detour guides our heroes to the glitzy planet Plazir-15, where droids are behaving strangely. This introduces a familiar television format that fans absolutely love as Mando and Bo-Katan work together to unveil the truth.

Viewers of the long-running procedural "Law & Order: SVU" were quick to notice the similarities in "Guns for Hire." Several plot points from the action-packed episode line up with the storytelling style specific to the show, which made the adventure stand out even more. From riveting questioning sequences to dastardly guest stars and crucial pieces of evidence, fans are celebrating the distinctive elements that remind them specifically of "Law & Order: SVU."

One clever audience member, u/Tronvillain, even had a new nickname in mind for the starring dynamic duo, stating on Reddit, "I did not expect to get Detectives Djarin and Kryze in an episode of "Law & Order: Droid Victims Unit." This set the tone for numerous other fans to sound off in the comments about the many sequences that reminded them of the acclaimed drama.

Fans thoroughly enjoyed the procedural elements

Viewers have spoken, and they seem to unanimously agree that "Guns for Hire" bears a striking resemblance to a traditional episode of "Law & Order: SVU." Many fans were baffled by the trio of special guest stars, one of which is the surprise villain of the bunch, marking a signature trope from the beloved crime series. Another user, u/travio, pointed out the culprit and quipped, "and just like Law and Order, the big guest star in a mundane role is the bad guy in the end." They're referring to notable screen actor Christopher Lloyd, who became both a "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" legend after his latest villainous role.

Additionally, many even took note of other recognizable details, like u/Dr_Randall_Savage, who said, "The most on-the-nose part of the whole episode was the part where they searched the body and found a matchbook advertising a local bar." This is the key piece of evidence, following Mando and Bo-Katan's questioning of the Ugnaughts, which introduces another familiar plot device. On the hit detective drama, interviewing citizens at their jobs often uncovers important clues that help figure out the mystery. 

This leads to a nail-biting chase scene through the illuminating city streets, where Mando obtains a critical source of information from a compromised droid. They take it to a lab tech who utilizes one of the most iconic "Law & Order" lines; as u/Atraktape noted, "They even did the 'Wait what's that there, enhance!'" That sequence in particular cements the sprawling references to the esteemed series that fans both enjoy and even hope for more of.