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The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 2 – Review

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Episode Two of Season Two is out for The Mandalorian. This episode is called ‘The Passenger’ and is chapter 10 in the story.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the episode, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

We start straight after the battle against the Krayt Dragon on Tatooine as Mando returns to Mos Eisley. Along the way, a group of Bounty Hunters set a trap to get themselves a nice payday. We get a nice camera shot of Boba Fett’s helmet. Alongside a reminder that the bounty is still on for our antagonists.

As they get back to the wretched hive of scum and villainy he heads straight to the Cantina. Back at the hanger, after a game of Sabacc, Mando gets a hint for where other Mandalorian’s might be. We meet a new alien who wants passage to planet Trask with her eggs in exchange for the information from her husband.

The sub-light-speed journey is explained as dangerous. As a side note for the story, The Child takes a liking to the eggs and starts to secretly munch on them.

The New Republic

We get to see two more New Republic X-Wings, one featuring Director Dave Filoni, a call back to Season One Episode Six.

After a chase and a trench run the Razor Crest ends up heavily damaged. Tempted to renege on their deal the passenger uses the translator function on a droid (a season one call back for Richard Ayoade) to refocus the Mandalorian.

It seems they’re trying to show how honourable Mando is compared to Boba Fett which will probably become a thing throughout the series.

We get a big clash with the white spiders inspired from Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars artworks. Mando manages to stop the mother spider. But they end up trapped in the Razor Crest’s cockpit escaping from the spiders.

Just as the spiders start to overrun the ship they’re saved by the New republic X-Wing pilots as they return to help out. They don’t arrest them as the thank you for the help in season one, but they don’t help much more either as the ship limps back up into space towards Trask.

This episode felt like a little bit of a filler after the strong launch last week with The Marshal. But they can’t all be epics, right?


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 4/10


Thanks for reading our Season Two Episode Two 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 One Review HERE.

Read IMDB information about The Mandalorian HERE.

The Mandalorian is streaming now on Disney Plus.

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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.


Check out our Hawkeye episode one and two review HERE.

Read IMDB information about Spider-Man: No Way Home HERE.

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