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.
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
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
Read IMDB information about Loki HERE.
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