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The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 6 – Review

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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.

Under attack

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.

Tragedy

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.

Darth 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


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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review

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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!

Alliance

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.

New champions

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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