- "Here you go, little one."
- ―Koska Reeves handles Grogu
Koska Reeves was a human female Mandalorian who was a member of the Nite Owls. Several years after the Great Purge, Reeves was on the moon of Trask, where she helped steal an Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser alongside Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, Axe Woves, and Din Djarin.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Meeting Din Djarin[edit | edit source]
As a member of the Nite Owls, Koska Reeves was on the moon of Trask with Bo-Katan Kryze to seize weapons the Empire had purchased using plunder from its conquest of Mandalore. While walking in the black market port, Reeves observed the Mandalorian named Din Djarin, accompanied by his foundling, Grogu, as he attempted to locate others of his kind. After seeing that she had been noticed by him, she retreated from view.
Reeves was one of a trio of Nite Owls who came to Djarin's aid when a crew of Quarren lured him out to sea as a ploy to loot his beskar. During the ambush, Grogu was swallowed by a mamacore. After helping to slay the Quarren, she dove into the water to retrieve Grogu. When she, Kryze, and Axe Woves removed their helmets to introduce themselves, their action challenged Djarin's sectarian interpretation of the Way by claiming to be Mandalorian despite revealing their faces; she visually expressed disdain for the nature of his upbringing once Kryze deduced he was a Child of the Watch. After Djarin took off with his jetpack, she and the other Nite Owls scuttled the Quarrens' ship.
Back in the port, Reeves and her two companions again saved Djarin from a second ambush by those looking to avenge the failure of the first, after which the trio invited their fellow Mandalorian for a drink. At the inn, the Nite Owls and Djarin had struck a deal to get him in contact with the Jedi in return for his aid in their mission, seizing weapons to take back Mandalore. In preparation for the attack, the Mandalorians sat upon Djarin's damaged Razor Crest to observe their target, a Gozanti-class cruiser.
Attack on the Gozanti-class cruiser[edit | edit source]
They planned to hit the cruiser with an element of surprise, hitting it right before ascending. The four Mandalorians boarded at the side of the cruiser and Reeves took off with a stormtrooper in her arms, dropping the soldier to his death. In the ship she moved together with Djarin against the walls to hide from the enemies' blasterfire until they were trapped in the ship's cargo control area by a panicking officer. Free of the distraction of blaster fire, the attackers were able to depressurize the hold and vent the Imperials into the sky. Reeves and Axe both stood by Kryze when she changed the terms of their deal by ordering the hijacking of the ship instead of only seizing the weapons. At the same time, Moff Gideon ordered the captain to kill remaining Imperial flight crew and crash the ship into the ocean in an attempt to kill the Mandalorians; on their way to the cockpit, Reeves counted down the ship's rapid descent to the surface using her Mandalorian vambrace.
Once in the cockpit, Reeves and Djarin took over manual control and barely prevented the ship from crashing into the ocean of Trask. Reeves continued piloting the ship and warned the others about a distress signal. After Djarin left the ship, Reeves flew the cruiser into the atmosphere and prepared to jump into hyperspace.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Koska Reeves had dark blue beskar armor and black bodyglove, a rocket pack, and Mandalorian vambraces. She carried a single Mandalorian blaster pistol. She wore a cloak when observing Djarin after his arrival on Trask.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Banks' cameo[edit | edit source]
- "I went straight from WWE from live national television, I would have to wake up at 5:00 in the morning, catch a flight and go straight to the trailer. And they're like, 'Why do you have glitter all over your face?' And I'm like, 'I'm sorry. I've been Sasha Banks.'"
- ―Sasha Banks, to Comicbook.com's Brandon Davis
Koska Reeves first appeared in "Chapter 11: The Heiress" of Jon Favreau's Disney+ series The Mandalorian, which was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard and released on November 13, 2020. She was portrayed by WWE star Mercedes Varnado, aka Sasha Banks, with Lauren Kim and Caitlin Hutson being her stunt doubles. Reeves first appeared in the official trailer for second season of The Mandalorian on September 15 2020.
According to Banks, she was discovered by Favreau after he saw her interview on the YouTube web series Hot Ones. After Bank's contact information was obtained, the casting director of The Mandalorian reached out to the WWE star over Instagram and Favreau offered her the job over FaceTime. Banks was initially nervous as she feared her portrayal in the show might clash with her wrestling career. To play her part, she apparently went straight from performing on live national television to waking up at 5:00 in the next morning, catching a flight and going straight to the trailer. Banks still had glitter on her face from the prior WWE event.
Portrayal[edit | edit source]
- "I also put in a lot of my wrestling character, as well as the moves. Instantly, you see me do a drop kick, an elbow and a fireman’s carry. Maybe Star Wars fans don’t know what that is but my fans do."
- ―Sasha Banks, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
Favreau and producer Dave Filoni gave Banks a brief backstory for her character, such as Reeve's identity as a Mandalorian and her mission to help Din Djarin and obtain the Darksaber. Banks also worked closely with Howard, who answered all of her questions and texted her prior to filming. The WWE star claimed that she had intended to provide a real-life sense of emotion to saving Grogu, putting in "everything" as if Grogu was actually drowning. Furthermore, she implemented her wrestling character, using moves she knew during her action scenes like the dropkick, the back elbow and the fireman's carry which her wrestling fans could recognize. Banks was supported by a stunt team as well, and Hutson did some of the action sequences as the wrestler did not want to do too much in case a mishap affected her WWE career, which she embraced weekly.
When filming a scene at the inn on Trask, Banks had to slurp a long udon noodle to imitate slurping an Octopus, although she had been down to consume an actual octopus for the show. The wrestler claimed to have been inspired by her favourite film Oldboy, where the main character Oh Dae-su slurps an octopus. Banks' costume had to be tightened only once. She found it harder doing choreography in the armor, being used to wearing more sports worthy clothing in WWE, but was able to play her part despite this. The hair stylist Maria Sandoval was behind Reeve's cross-braids, apparently intending for it to be unique that girls could cosplay it. In an interview with the Variety magazine, Banks praised how welcoming, Favreau, Howard and Filoni were and compared being on set to her first time in the wrestling ring.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- (First pictured)
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
- Otterson, Joe (November 17 2020). Sasha Banks Compares Filming 'The Mandalorian' to Her 'First Time Ever Seeing a Wrestling Ring'. Variety. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020. Retrieved on November 19, 2020. "It is a good time to be Sasha Banks."
- Davids, Brian (November 25 2020). Why 'The Mandalorian' Star Mercedes Varnado Will Always Check Her DMs from Now On. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 26, 2020. Retrieved on November 26, 2020. "The actor, best known as WWE Champion Sasha Banks, stepped into the armor of Koska Reeves thanks to a casting director's message over Instagram: "At the click of my fingers, we were shooting on set and now we're here.""
- Davis, Brandon (November 25 2020). The Mandalorian's Mercedes Varnado Talks Baby Yoda, Star Wars Ties, and Wrestling (Exclusive). Comicbook. Archived from the original on November 26, 2020. Retrieved on November 26, 2020. "The Mandalorian surprised fans in more than one way with its Chapter 11: The Heiress episode."