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The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 4 – Review

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This episode was supposed to be a bit of a filler ahead of Dave Filoni’s next offering. But The Mandalorian Episode Four, ‘The Siege’ as the episode is titled, kept the story moving along nicely. It filled in gaps around the motivation what’s left of the Empire for Season Two.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

This Mandalorian episode of Season Two was directed by Carl Weathers. It gives his character Greef Karga a lot more to do that we saw in Season One.

We start with the Razor Crest hobbling through space with Mando putting The Child to work in the tight areas of the ship. This feels like a little nod to the behaviour of Groot in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Remember when Rocket is trying to explain the bomb to him? You know it’s all going to go badly.

With the repairs not working the duo head back to Nevarro for some help revisiting old allies.

Nevarro

Cutting to Nevarro we see Gina Carano’s Cara Dune character. She’s upholding the law for the town in her new role as Marshall (a link to The Mandalorian Season Two Episode One).

When Mando lands on the planet in his beaten up ship the camera hovers over the repair crew and immediately you know that they’ve been corrupted by the Empire. Mando heads of with Cara and Greef to discuss a job.

We head back into the saloon where they had their standoff at the end of Season One. The bar has now been turned into a school. As they walk in you get a background shot of IG-11. The droid has clearly become a local hero after his showdown in Season One. The Child is left here for most of the episode and this is where the blue biscuits are discovered.

We get to see the character Mythrol again, played by Horatio Sanz. He’s working off his debt to Greef Karga which is referenced throughout the episode. It’s at this point we learn about ‘The Siege’ plan to take out a remaining Imperial research base that’s still on the planet. By removing this they can become independent and potentially trade with the New Republic.

The Siege

Arriving at the site the crew enter the base passing a troop transport on their way in, which will play a part later. They override the safety systems so that the base is overwhelmed by the lava below. This is a nod to Obi-Wan Kenobi turning of the tractor beam function of the Death Star in A New Hope.

As they head out of the base we discover that there’s more going on in that site than believed. It turns out to be a cloning station with specific research around Midichlorians. We see some failed clones and a recent message referencing a directive to recapture The Child for Moff Gideon. Is this a tie into The Rise of Skywalker and how the Emperor had a new body to accept his consciousness?

Mando immediately races off to get back to The Child. Meanwhile, the others fight their way out in the troop transport we saw earlier.

After last weeks audio treat with the sound of the AT-AT’s at the dockside, this week we had a call back to Return of the Jedi with the sound of the speeder bikes racing off in pursuit.

Just as everything is going badly in the troop transport the Razor Crest appears to clean house. We get another Groot reference with The Child as the blue treats from earlier come back up after the brief battle.

At the point Mando signals to them that he’s off to get back on the trail of Ahsoka Tano again.

Darktroopers?

We then see the New Republic investigating the goings-on with the Imperial base explosion. It seems that they are going to keep popping up during this season and they’re kind of in support of Mando’s quest and adding support to their numbers.

Finally, we see Moff Gideon’s Star Destroyer as one of the maintenance crew reports back to the Empire that a tracker has been installed and ‘The Asset’ has been seen. As this is feedback to Gideon we see he has created a new group of Stormtroopers, possibly linked to the genetic experiments that were going on.

Next week we expect the Ahsoka episode to take place. That is going to be one to look forward to.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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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.

Loki fight

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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