Well, that set up a lot of cool stuff. Episode Three of Season Two is out for The Mandalorian. This episode is called ‘The Heiress’, it’s chapter 11 in the story and it’s a corker.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
This episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. It was a much stronger entry for her than Episode Four in Season One.
We pick up straight from the previous episode. After surviving the spider attacks the Razor Crest limps its way towards the planet Trask.
The landing is set up to be a close call and you think Mando has nailed it until a last-minute blow-out shoots the craft into the water. We get a great audio Easter Egg with the sound of the AT-AT walker from The Empire Strikes Back. It’s replicated with dockyards crane walker hauling the ship out of the sea as Mon Calamari look on.
Welcome to Trask
After leaving the ship for repairs The Mandalorian Season Two Episode Three gives us a couple of the scenes from the trailer. This includes the first glimpse of WWE’s Sasha Banks confirmed as a new character Koska Reeves (not Sabine Wren as rumoured).
As Mando and The Child head to a Cantina to get some food we get a little Alien style face sucker joke with Baby Yoda, who’s told not to play with his food.
After getting some questionable information about the location of fellow Mandalorian’s they head off to sea with a Quarren crew. Only to be set up and trapped with a Sarlacc type creature in the ships hull. This is the point where they’re rescued by the Night Owl group of Mandalorian’s lead by Bo-Katan Kryze. this character is played by Katee Sackhoff. Sackhoff resumes her role from The Clone Wars and Rebels animated TV shows. It’s the first time we see the character brought to live-action.
The Night Owls
Bo-Katan Kryze was the last known leader of the Mandalorian clans before the Imperial purge. She is the last known holder of the Dark Sabre before we saw it in the hands of Moff Gideon at the end of The Mandalorian Season One.
It’s Bo-Katan who explains to us about helmet lore. The ‘Death Watch’ creed with which Din Djarin grew up is revealed to be a more traditional branch of the order. This explains a lot towards why he frowns upon helmet removal, but the Night Owls are ok with it.
We discover that Bo-Katan are on a secret mission to retake their home world Mandalore and you would assume recover the Dark Sabre.
She lets him know that she knows exactly where to find a Jedi. She will tell him the information he seeks in exchange for help on an assault on an Imperial supply ship.
The Mandalorian’s cut through the team of Stormtroopers like butter. Easily making their way through to take over control of the ship.
We see the first return of Moff Gideon of the season via hologram as he instructs the ship’s captain to crash the craft to prevent it falling into the hands of these ‘pirates’.
Bo-Katan reveals that she’s looking for something to help her reunite the Mandalorian clans. This is clearly the Dark Sabre and suggests that this episode won’t be the last we see of the Night Owls.
Then a tease to what fans have been waiting for the first mention of Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano. Bo-Katan shares the information on where to find Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan with Mando in payment for his help.
It’s assumed that the next episode will likely be a filler on the way to meet Ahsoka. We know already that Episode 5 is the one directed by Producer Dave Filoni so it’s possible they will hold the reveal back a week until then.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
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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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