Finally, she’s here! Episode Five of Season Two of The Mandalorian has delivered Ahsoka Tano in live-action in an episode full of new bites of information. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
The chapter 13 episode is titled ‘The Jedi’ and based on the forest planet of Corvus. The planet has been scorched by the remnants of the Empire in a similar way to Mandalore.
We begin with a fight and a surprising early reveal of Ahsoka attacking a captured settlement single-handed. We get to see her duel white lightsabers that she wielded during Rebels. If you recall she gave up her original blade given to her by Anakin Skywalker at the end of the Clone Wars series.
Rosario Dawson looked great as the Togruta former Jedi. A relief that they nailed this, the effects were spot on. This episode was directed by Dave Filoni who is responsible for bringing the character to life in the Clone Wars series. So you knew he’d want the best for his creation.
Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn shows up with a cameo as a mercenary working for the Magistrate, a new character named Morgan Elsbeth. She’s presented with a backstory around the original movie trilogy.
The direction of the episode sees Ahsoka ultimately seeking information on the whereabouts of Grand Admiral Thrawn (jaw drop moment).
When Mando arrives he enters the town seeking ‘the Jedi’. People are reluctant to talk to a stranger, but is hired to hunt her by Elsbeth in return for a beskar spear.
On his hunt we get a glimpse of an owl, the creature that follows Ahsoka around during the Rebels series. We get a brief confrontation between the two before they converse. It’s at this point she spots Baby Yoda, as we still know him. We then get a whole load of back story as the two force sensitive beings converse telepathically.
All about Grogu
Baby Yoda, the child is revealed to be called Grogu. He grew up in the Jedi temple (episode title reference) and was smuggled out but someone he cant recall during the Order 66 massacre. According to the timeline he would be around the same age as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is at this time so they likely would’ve known each other.
His memories are then sketchy and he’s hidden his ability to use the force. His connection to the force has weakened and he has formed a dangerous attachment to Din Djarin.
Ahsoka looks to test Grogu. We get a lot of callbacks to the kind of test that Luke went through with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. This is where the child becomes stubborn and will only respond to Mando.
Ahsoka makes reference to not being able to train him due to his fear and attachment. Immediately pointing towards what brought down Anakin Skywalker. She notes that even strong Jedi Knight’s can fall as a result of this trait. She doesn’t want to see this happen again.
The Jedi and The Mandalorian
The two form an alliance to liberate the town and we get to see Ahsoka show off her skills and breeze through the town. During this attack we even get a brief view of a loth-cat, another sneaky Rebels reference.
Mando has a stand-off with the mercenary while Ahsoka faces off with the Magistrate. It’s at this point that we hear about Thrawn. A huge hint that he might appear at some point in live-action. Does this mean Ezra Bridger is still alive? Does it mean that Ahsoka and Sabine weren’t able to track them down in the unknown regions? Or, did they and Thrawn has since escaped and is on the rise again with Moff Gideon? This simple name drop opens up so many new plot threads.
Ahsoka hands the beskar spear over to Mando once the town is free. On the return to the Razor Crest Ahsoka repeats that she can’t/wont train Grogu. She says the only other chance would be to head to ancient Jedi Temple on the planet Tython. Here if he sits at the top of the temple mountain he will form a connection with the force and any surviving Jedi (and Sith) and chose his path. Any potential force users to survive the purge could now enter the series.
A brief introduction
That’s the end of The Mandalorian season two, episode five. As Mando headed away from the planet and Ahsoka continued her search for Grand Admiral Thrawn I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. This was a great episode and I found myself wanting more Ahsoka. I did think that she would appear in tow or three episodes this season to establish her a bit more for more casual viewers. The way they wrapped this up though suggests we’re unlikely to see her again this season but that an Ahsoka spin-off series is probably more likely, just like with Bo Katan from episode three.
It’s great to have these characters dipping in but I do hope that they’re not going to just treat them like celebrity guests in a sit-com and have expanded universe characters pop in and they wave farewell just to boost ratings. It means a lot more if they’re woven into the storyline.
This was a great introduction to Ahsoka Tano for those who didn’t know her. Now I just want more.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10
Thanks for reading our Season Two Episode Five review for The Mandalorian. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read more of our Mandalorian Episode Four Review HERE.
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The Mandalorian is streaming now on Disney Plus.
Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
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