Well, that moved fast! The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 6 gave us a whole load of stuff to digest and some old faces to enjoy. 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 14 of the saga is titled ‘The Tragedy’ was written by series producer Jon Favreau. It was directed by the awesome Robert Rodriguez. This is the shortest episode of the season so far. But a lot was crammed in and at no point did it feel rushed or like a filler.
The episode begins as the Razor Crest approaches the planet Tython. This is the location of the Jedi temple revealed by Ahsoka Tano. The two companions are playing with the control ball from the ship’s console. Mando tests baby Yoda on his force skills.
The temple and Boba
Landing the ship away from the temple we see the jet pack flight scene of the two of them from the teaser as Grogu’s ears flap around in the wind.
As Mando tries to work out how to ‘work’ the temple it doesn’t take long for Grogu to take over and enter a trace, reaching out through the force to the whole galaxy with a barrier surrounding him.
The Mandalorian season two episode six then gives us a glimpse of Boba Fett’s Slave 1 ship arriving. This is where it gets interesting around the Star Wars lore. Boba Fett was always believed to be a bad guy. But actually, he’s simply a gun for hire to the highest bidder. Like Mando at the start of the show he too is a bounty hunter. In this case, he just wants his armour back, what was his and his father Jango’s before him.
We got a call back to the first season when it was revealed that it was Boba Fett that rescued Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand character on Tatooine and healed her resulting in a life debt.
Boba Fett offers to guarantee Mando and Grogu’s safety in exchange for his armour setting up a collaboration from the end of the episode.
Boba Fett and Fennec Shand both came across as honourable and did not try to claim the rising bounty on Baby Yoda. When the remnants of the Empire arrive as a result of the tracker placed on the Razor Crest we see that Boba Fett stands by his word.
Din Djarin tries to retrieve Grogu from the platform multiple times but is blocked by the force shield, only for the shield to lower when he turns away. This leaves the child vulnerable as he is exhausted and unprotected.
As the Stormtroopers start to swarm on the small crew we see Boba Fett wield his gaffi stick in brutal fashion before finding the door or the Razor Crest open to allow him to retrieve his armour. This then leads to the big Boba Fett in full armour arrival to take out most of the troopers.
As the Stormtroopers retreat in their ships they’re taken down by Boba’s rocket launcher. Then the first ‘tragedy’ as the Razor Crest is blown apart from lower orbit by Moff Gideon’s Destroyer, a massive shock moment.
Despite Grogu being successful in communicating to force users across the galaxy, he’s seized by Gideon’s Dark Troopers, the second ‘tragedy’. We’ve yet to see them really show what they can do, but you would expect that to be held off until the series conclusion.
As Mando surveys the wreckage of the ship, finding Grogu’s toy and the beskar spear Boba Fett tells Mando that he will help him further as their deal is not concluded. He promised to keep the child safe and will continue to help him until that oath is fulfilled. A great twist to find Boba is honourable.
The title of the episode foreshadows Mando losing both Grogu and the Razor Crest.
The new crew then head back to Nevarro to get Cara Dune’s help to find Bill Burr’s Mayfeld character. In turn they hope he will help them trace Moff Gideon’s ship and allow them to rescue Grogu.
The episode ends with Moff Gideon encouraging Grogu to use his force powers on the Stormtroopers holding him. Grogu ends up exhausted again as he is taunted with the dark saber. He’s then stunned with the same stun ray used on Princess Leia.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10
Thanks for reading our Season Two Episode Six 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 five 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
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Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
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