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THE MANDALORIAN (S2:E5) Review

Not a bad entrance at all.

Finally we get some Jedi time… Don’t get me wrong, I love that we’re in the bounty hunters world, but a jedi or sith here and there mixes things up. Reminds us that our character isn’t the most powerful being in the universe, but those quick shots there at the end, show us why he’s still a bad ass.

I really enjoyed watching Ahsoka’s hit-n-run fighting style. It was a new flavor of fighting that we haven’t seen much of in the Mandalorian. It’s great that we can have some change of pace and not every episode is a western style shoot-out (still love those too though). The way we only see Ahsoka’s saber’s light up through the fog before she drops another solider shows a fantastic level of creativity. It added some realism to how she is able to take on so many enemies at once.

forest covered with fogs
photo cred: Eric Muhr


And let’s not forget little baby yoda just wanting his knobby knob… oh my bad I mean Grogu… Is it just me or was this episode on overload for new information? Let’s break it down a little bit first because there’s still a lot of new content.

So Mando arrives on a desolate planet looking for the Jedi. The local imperial leader tries to hire him to hunt down the Jedi and points Mando in the right direction.

Long story short Mando finds Ahsoka Tano and they fight for like half a second. During that fight Mando blocks her light sabers with his armor!!! I didn’t realize beskar armor was that tough and it makes me realize even more that Mando is just like a living turtle… lol… with a blaster…

white daisy flowers in bloom during daytime
photo cred: Sindy Strife
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I did find it odd that Mando knew her name right out the gate. Like… was he planning that name drop for a while or… anyways…

Mando and Ahsoka head back into town and basically kick some ass like you would expect. They defeat the imperials but we learn that Ahsoka is looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn who is another character from “legacy” Star Wars. It seems like we’re going to get a lot of fan service going forward on Mandalorian episodes. We’ll have to see how it plays out but so far it’s been subtle enough to work.

Although we only caught quick glimpses of Ahsoka’s lightsaber’s the curved styling of them was a fresh take on the typical lightsaber hilts we see on the big screen. I do sort of wish Ahsoka had agreed to train Grogu, it kind of seemed like she shit on Mando’s deal and he was just like, “Thank You.” Well it for sure seems like we’ll get some more Ahsoka in the future.

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What I really want to know is… what’s Mando going to build with his armor?!? I mean he’s already pretty solid. I don’t think he’s taken a single injury this season. I’m curious to see how they use the beskar and I really hope it’s not just something they pass off in some crap trade either. Oh and one last thought… what Jedi (or Sith) is going to come to Grogu….

All-in-all, I think this was the best episode so far. I was pretty happy to finally get to see a lightsaber!

Fun Friday: The Mandalorian (S2:E2)

Episode two… episode… two…

Let’s start from the beginning… we get a taste of another opening fight scene. It wasn’t great, but not terrible either. I suppose the best part was watching Mando pull a fast one on the little jawa looking dude and blasting him off with his jet pack. It also showed us another little trick Mando has up his sleeve for possible future use.

From there things didn’t really get us too far. Mando is looking for more Mandalorians and he gets an idea of where they are yet he’s required to take a passenger with him, even though he already has a good idea of what system they’re in before he even takes off…

Is it just me or is Mando being… too nice…??

I mean… He is still a bounty hunter yea?

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Anyways, I did get really excited once he made it into space and was met by two Republic X-Wing fighters! I was really, really, REALLY hoping for a great dog fight here and yet… I was let down by Mando making a terrible exit from that fight. I loved the quality of the cinematography as they were flying through the clouds and the maneuvers he was making to try and lose them, but I guess I was hoping for more.

And was it just me or was anyone else waiting for Sigouney Weaver to jump out in an exo-suit and help Mando out?!? As I’m watching the ice cave scene unfold I’m thinking to myself, facehugger… facehugger… facehugger… and then…

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ERRR MERRR GERRRDDD!!!!! GIANT FACEHUGGER!!!!

The chase scene here was actually pretty entertaining and I loved the various sizes of the Star Wars facehuggers.

I was not a big fan of how this scene ended though. Why did the Republic fighters even bother to save Mando and then pretty much leave him for dead? They were pretty much saying we’re going to help out but also… sucks to be you

I don’t know… I wasn’t really feeling how that scene ended. It just felt a little cheap as a way for Mando to escape. I would have been okay if the Republic fighters had just helped him patch up his ship a bit and called it even stevens. Whatever…

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After that, the episode ended a little abrubtly. I was expecting some sort of wrapup to the whole adventure but it looks like frogger will carry on to next week. On a final note…

Stop eat those eggs you little egg sucker!!

Fun Friday: The Mandalorian (S2:E1)

Feels like a parsec since we last saw Mando but damn it feels good to be back! Episode 1 didn’t give us any big plot points but it did entertain and even surprised in a couple of places. Jon Favreau does know how to tell a story on the screen.

One of the most obvious points I can make is that we’re going to see a lot more of what a bigger budget can get us. From the character costumes and set designs to the special effects and quality of cinematography, season 2 is going to leave season 1 in the dust, so to speak.

Which means we should see some better fight sequences and hopefully… hopefully… some great space battles. At times I caught myself thinking, “man if only they had this technology back when they made the originals…” But hey, I’m not complaining. I really felt back in the Star Wars/Mandalorian universe.

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The opening fight sequence was a good start but really left me wanting more. I appreciated the nods to the new armor set though and enjoyed seeing how Mando makes use of it. It’s a lot of fun watching him use his gear so I’m really hoping they continue to play into him upgrading his armor set, tools, and weapons.

Speaking of armor… and a little fan service… the Boba Fett call out raises a ton of questions. Did he not sit in the belly of the Sarlacc for thousands of years? How did the Jawas get his armor? How do you find rockets for that thing and did Boba not know how to use them in Return of the Jedi?!?!

Was anyone else waiting for Kevin Bacon to show up and tell all the sand people not to move? How many of those guys got sacrificed to that Krayt Dragon… and how did they decide who would go try to call that monster out?!

I really couldn’t help but think it was just a… BIG… ALASKAN… BULL WORM!!!

Alaskan Bull Worm by Anarchrist17 on DeviantArt
photo cred: SpongeBob

In all seriousness though, I was impressed with how it ended. I half expected the bombs going off on the beasts belly to be the end of it. I was happy to see the original plan fall through and to watch Mando have to freestyle his way to victory. I think this is where the Mandalorian really shines. Everything goes to hell and he’s got to think on his feet with the tools he’s got at hand. It was fun to watch.

Did anyone else notice Mando looks a little beefier this season?

Did anyone catch if it’s still Pedro Pascal playing the role or if/when he cut ties with season 2? Was really bummed to hear of the issues they were having. Loved him in GoT!

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Overall I thought it was a solid season opener. The fight and battle scenes were a solid start and it’s always great to see a flamethrower or two. I am a little worried about falling into a trap where we see side story after side story with out any real overall plot movement. Hopefully episodes two and three can start building us more into the plot of season 2.

Let me know what you thought of episode 1 and who the hell that guy was at the end!?!?