The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 7 felt like a bit of a filler as it builds towards the big season climax in the next episode. But there’s still plenty of good stuff to talk about. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
Chapter 15 is titled ‘The Believer’. We start with the return of Bill Burr’s Mayfield character from the space station heist in Season One Episode Six. Here he’s part of a penal colony labour camp taking apart bits of old Imperial ships for scrap. There are some pretty cool visual Easter Eggs to keep an eye out for.
Mayfield is transferred to Gina Carano as Cara Dune, now a New Republic Sheriff and led away to a waiting Slave 1 ship.
A paint job
Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett steps out of the craft with a buffed up suit of armour (watch for new action figures). Then Din Djarin joins them and Mayfield starts to get worried. He ends up joining the crew to try to get some time off of his sentence.
We get a really good look inside Slave 1 for the first time. The ship rotates around the crew quarters which is pretty cool to see for a fan of the original trilogy.
Mayfield explains that to get the location of Moff Gideon’s ship he will need to access a terminal. The best option being on fuel mining world Morak (not Morag from Avengers).
In order to go undercover it has to be Mayfield and Mando to approach the facility. The tanks are similar to those from the Clone Wars series. The pair do the classic uniform switch with the guards, leaving his armour with Cara Dune.
The journey in
We see the local villagers who have no love for either side and just view the New Republic and Empire as invaders. A little bit of foreshadowing to DJ in The Last Jedi.
Mando protects the tank from pirates as they try to blow up the volatile chemicals. The remnants of the Empire are the ones who rock up to save the day here. They’re protecting their tank which becomes the only fuel tank to make it to the refinery that day. They get a heroes welcome as they arrive.
The location of the terminal they need to access means that Mando has to change his rules and remove his helmet. This is all for the greater good of rescuing Grogu. Is this the start of a softening of his Death Watch rules to be more aligned with the rest of the Mandalorian clans.
Once Mando has the data the pair are pulled into a discussion with the Imperial Officer. The subject of Operation Cinder arises which Mayfield was a part of and the officer directed. Operation Cinder was a purge arranged by Emperor Palpatine to take place following his death. This would be where any suspected rebel locations would simply be destroyed one planet at a time.
So angry was Mayfield with the policy that he takes out the officer. Here they need to make their escape. Mayfield blows up the refinery in an act of redemption as they leave. Escaping in Slave 1 Boba Fett uses the same charges to blow up the tie fighters as Jango did in Attack of the Clones.
Cara Dune and Din Djarin let Mayfield walk off to freedom for his help in the heist. Finally, we wrap up on Moff Gideon’s ship as Mando delivers a message of warning to Baby Yoda’s captor. This nicely sets up the finale.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thanks for reading our Season Two Episode Seven 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 six 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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