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.
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The Mandalorian is streaming now on Disney Plus.
Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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