Welcome back to The Mandalorian, we returned to the world of Star Wars as Season Two finally launched on Disney Plus. My oh my were there some surprises and some awesome Star Wars Easter Eggs in there.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
The first episode, called The Marshal, is a reference to Cobb Vanth’s character (played by Timothy Olyphant). The actor also appeared in the Western Deadwood and he retains a fair few of the traits across the two shows.
We initially see The Mandalorian and The Child walking through what seems like an abandoned settlement. We see a load of red eyes and looking on. There’s graffiti everywhere in the style of Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. Is this a nod to a character appearance later in the season? The role played by WWE’s Sasha Banks perhaps? We know we’re to expect Ahsoka Tano played by Rosario Dawson and we last saw the two of them together heading off to hunt for Ezra Bridger, so it’s possible.
Return of the Jedi returns
As we enter the Gamorrean fighting arena (Return of the Jedi nod) we’re met with a load of aliens much like Jabba’s in palace.
Seeking a character called Gor Koresh, voiced in the trailer. Mando is seeking other hidden Mandalorian groups hidden across the galaxy. It doesn’t take long before everything falls apart over greed to secure beskar armor with it’s rising price over increased rarity.
You know it’s all going to kick off the moment baby Yoda closes his pod.
After stringing him up for the red-eyed creatures. Gor Koresh finally reveals that the only Mandalorian he knows about is based on Tatooine. A HUGE hint about who we might be seeing soon.
There is a tonne of Return of the Jedi references in this particular episode of The Mandalorian in Season Two.
They land back in the same docking bay we saw in Season One Episode Five on Tatooine. We see the repair droids from The Phantom Menace return again. Plus it looks like we meet the same R5 unit that was featured in A New Hope.
We see The Mandalorian communicating with Tusken Raiders on his way to meet Cobb Vanth. The Marshal shows up in Boba Fett’s armour but it’s quickly clear that this isn’t Fett. Vanth also removes his helmet proving that he isn’t a true Mandalorian. Following a brief standoff, we’re introduced to the krayt dragon hustling the town.
Here we get a bit of a history lesson from Vanth. All about how he liberated the town following the destruction of the second Death Star.
We see a few more Easter Eggs here. From the famous ice cream maker prop, to the Boba Fett rocket launcher toy and Anakin Skywalker’s salvaged pod racer.
An uneasy deal sees the Tusken Raiders work together with the villagers and The Mandalorian to take down the krayt dragon. We get to see a side of the raiders we’ve not seen before.
They explain that the krayt dragon might have eaten the sarlacc pit containing Boba Fett, suggesting this might’ve been how he escaped.
The action scenes here are epic and much improved as we see the confrontation and eventual death of the dragon.
The Tusken’s celebrate further when they find a valuable dragon pearl hidden within the carcass.
Finally as The Mandalorian and Cobb Vanth part ways we get a hint that we’ll be seeing them together again later in the series. And as Mando rides into the sunset we get the Boba Fett reveal we’ve been waiting for. A hermit type Temuera Morrison with Tusken weapons looking down at the speeder bike. Is this a hint that Boba will try to get his armour back at some point in this season or the next?
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10
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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
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