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Why The Magistrate From Mandalorian Chapter 13 Looks So Familiar

Contains spoilers for The Mandalorian "Chapter 13: The Jedi"

The Mandalorian "Chapter 13: The Jedi" is easily one of the most important episodes in the show's run so far. Fans have been waiting ever since Rosario Dawson was cast as fan-favorite Jedi apostate Ahsoka Tano to see the character brought from the animated world to live-action, and her arrival didn't disappoint. Plus, after nearly two full seasons of calling Mando's partner either "The Child" or "Baby Yoda," we also finally learned our force-sensitive friend's real name — Grogu.

There's so much big-picture stuff going on in "The Jedi" that it's easy to lose track of what the self-contained story within the episode is even about. After all, not only does Ahsoka Tano turn down training Grogu because of trauma from watching her former master Anakin Skywalker turn to the Dark Side, but we also find out that Ahsoka is hunting legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe character, Grand Admiral Thrawn (gasp).

However, there is a story in "The Jedi" that is contained to just one episode, and it's a good one — Ahsoka Tano and Mando team up to take down the Evil Magistrate, Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) on the forest planet Corvus. While Tano battles Elsbeth, Mando faces off against her lackey, Lang (Michael Biehn).

A lot of people recognize Biehn from playing Kyle Reese in The Terminator and Hicks in Aliens, but you might also recognize Diana Lee Inosanto, who's also worked on some of the biggest franchises in recent memory, usually in the stunts department.

Inosanto has been a robot, an astronaut, and a vampire slayer

It may take nearly the entire length of "The Jedi" to build up to, but one of the best scenes in the whole episode involves a fight between Ahsoka Tano and Morgan Elsbeth. And while you're brain was working overtime to remember where you recognize Diana Lee Inosanto from, you were probably also thinking about how solid her fight choreography is. There's a reason why you should be (and likely are) impressed by Inosanto's prowess with a weapon — she's an experienced stunt performer and coordinator.

You might not immediately pick Inosanto out of a lineup, but it is almost a given that you recognize her stunt work. Some places you might recognize Inosanto's stunt work from include: Walker Texas Ranger, Wild Wild West, Mystery Men, Bones, and Leverage.

If you're a Star Trek fan, you might recognize that Inosanto was Linda Park's stunt double for a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, including the fan-favorite, "In a Mirror, Darkly Part II."

Much more recently, Inosanto acted as martial arts trainer to Rosa Salazar from James Cameron's sleeper hit, Alita: Battle Angel. Considering how popular that manga adaptation is with the kinds of people who scour their DVDs for every little detail, we wouldn't be surprised if some of you recognized Inosanto from there.

However, if there's one place you probably recognize Insoanto's stunt work from, it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Inosanto was Sarah Michelle Gellar's stunt double during the first season of the show. Imagine how much of the choreography and aesthetic of the fights between Buffy and her enemies were crafted in that first year? So, while you may not have seen Inosanto's face very often in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you likely feel her influence on the series' distinctive action sequences.

Inosanto has been a vampire, too

Obviously Diana Lee Inosanto has done more than just stunt work. If you've seen just how scary she is on The Mandalorian, you know she's got a background in acting, too. As the daughter of martial artist Dan Inosanto and the goddaughter of Bruce Lee, it's hardly a surprise that Inosanto can both coordinate a stunt and act up a storm.

If you want to go all the way back, there is a chance you recognize a very young Inosanto from Moonlighting. Believe it or not, Inosanto was an uncredited worker at Blue Moon in a number of episodes of the Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd vehicle.

Inosanto also played a Customs Agent in Pamela Anderson's so-bad-it's-good action film Barb Wire. She was also a vampire in Wesley Snipes' iconic vampire hunter movie Blade. And Inosanto is one of the innocent Eloi that Guy Pearce's Alexander Hartdegen encounters in the 2002 remake of The Time Machine. Simply put, if you're a fan of action movies, comic book movies, science fiction, or horror — whether you realized it or not, you absolutely have seen Diana Lee Inosanto long before she duked it out with Rosario Dawson on The Mandalorian.