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THE MANDALORIAN (S2:E8) – THE Rescue REVIEW

Hole.. Eee… Smokes… What a closer!

I did not see that final scene coming from even a mile away. I just simply did not put two and two together until the final unveil. I think the biggest part that threw me off was how things aligned in the Star Wars timeline but let’s start from the beginning.



Mando and crew start off chasing down and capturing the head scientist we saw a few episodes back, that was working for Moff Gideon. It’s the same scientist that was directly involved in attempting to get little midichlorians out of Grogu. Capturing him gives Mando’s team a good plan to move forward with on how to ambush Moff Gideon’s ship.

Before heading off, Mando recruits Bo Katan and her sidekick for a little extra fire power. Their plan is pretty straight forward. Bo Katan and team will disguise themselves as an Imperial transport under fire from Boba Fett. Once aboard Gideon’s ship they’ll head for the bridge to capture Moff Gideon.

While she is raising a ton of hell, Mando will take a slight detour and attempt to shut down the Dark Troopers (the robot dudes that captured Grogu) and then head to rescue Grogu himself.

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The plan kicks off successfully with Boba chasing the imposter Imperial transport ship holding Mando and crew right into the Moff’s ship. Once on board Boba quickly jumps to lightspeed and it’s up to Mando and crew to complete the mission.

Bo Katan and co immediately step foot off of their ship and begin to raise hell. Moff Gideon is aware he’s been tricked and sends the signal to fire up the Dark Troopers. While Bo’s team is working their way towards the bridge with some epic shoot outs, Mando begins sneaking his way towards his own objective.

As Mando nears the Dark Troopers he’s not quite quick enough and before he can close the blast doors preventing the troopers from making their way to Bo Katan one of them slips through and it becomes Mando vs Dark Trooper.

We’re quickly shown the power of even a single Dark Trooper as it begins to pummel Mando. If not for Mando’s near indestructible Beskar armor he would have quickly been beaten to death (as shown by a number of punches Mando takes to the head).

Mando pulls out all of the stops to defeat the Dark Trooper and in the end uses the Beskar spear he previously acquired, to defeat the enemy. Soon after he ejects the remaining Dark Troopers from the ship and moves towards rescuing Grogu.

At the same time Bo Katan and team move in to capture the bridge. They blast their way in and eliminate all of the enemy troopers but Moff Gideon is no where to be found. As Mando rounds the corner to Grogu’s holding cell and enters he comes face-to-face with the Moff himself.

Moff is seen holding Grogu hostage with the Dark Saber and Mando is left with no option but to attempt to negotiate. Moff Gideon tells Mando that Bo Katan is only after the Dark Saber so that she can claim Manda’lore and that he’s already got what he wants from Grogu. Gideon agrees to let both Grogu and Mando go free if he can keep the saber.

As Mando reaches for Grogu, Moff Gideon strikes and an epic battle ensures. Mando and Gideon fight Dark Saber against Beskar spear but Mando is simply too much for the Moff and takes him hostage. Mando joins Bo Katan and crew at the bridge with the Moff in tow as his prisoner.

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Before anyone can celebrate a number of alarms begin to emit from within the bridge as the Dark Troopers begin to return. The troopers start heading for the bridge and considering the fight a single trooper put up against Mando, the group appears to be trapped…

As the Dark Troopers attempt to force their way into the bridge a lone X-Wing flies past and boards the star ship. Over a series of security cameras we only see a green lightsaber slicing it’s way through Dark Troopers heading towards the bridge. If you recall, Grogu previously reached out with the force in an attempt to contact any other Jedi and it looks like one did indeed hear the call.

As the Jedi nears the bridge Mando’s team waits in anticipation. When the dust settles and the Jedi appears we learn that it is non-other than a young Luke Skywalker!

After a bit of fan service, Luke takes Grogu leaving things open ended with where Mando will head to next. However, Mando does have the Dark Saber which technically means he can claim the throne of Manda’lore. We’ll have to see what happens next in the Mando timeline….

If you stuck around to watch the closing credits you also got a sneak peek at where our buddy Boba Fett is headed. It looks like he’ll get his own spin off show as well titled, ‘The Book of Boba‘ and I can’t freaking wait!

Director Jon Favreau has given the ol’ Marvel spin on Star Wars. With a mix of fan service and creative action scenes he’s managed to revive the Star Wars universe far beyond what Rian Johnson or J.J. Abrams were able to do. With a number of new Star Wars shows coming up and the awesome tie-ins between each of them we are in for quite a few years of great content from Disney and team in the Star Wars universe!


THE MANDALORIAN (S2:E7) – THE Believer REVIEW

The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome!



For the first time in a while, no Baby Yoda, but we did get to see a familiar face in Mayfield. What I really wish was we had his over-the-shoulder gun again because let’s be honest, that was pretty bad ass.

The tie fighter graveyard to start the episode was a stark reminder of where the universe is left, in the aftermath of the previous wars and man do I love seeing Boba Fett in these episodes. Hiss armor looks much cleaner now but it would be nice to see him ditch the robe.

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photo cred: M8 Head

As for the Mayfield character, I wasn’t really excited to see him. I mean yea, loved the over-the-shoulder firearm but overall, not a big fan of the character. Was happy to see him go by the episodes end.

The trip into the Imperial base wasn’t all that exciting for me but I always enjoy the fan service, such as the use of thermal detonators. It was pretty obvious Mando and Mayfield were going to get some assistance just before reaching the base but I wasn’t expecting it to come from the tie fighters (was expecting the Slave I to swoop in) so it was cool and unexpected twist. It also create an interesting scenario where the bad guys were helping the good guys.

What’s really interesting in this episode is that we are starting to see a new Mando. Mayfield specifically calls him out in this regard referring to how people change their rules when they are in a pinch. Mando taking off his helmet for the first time this season was a significant moment for his character and makes me wonder if we’ll see more of that in season 3.

It was intriguing to watch Mayfield talk with his commanding officer but I felt like it was a little bit of a stretch for him to go AWOL and then for them to escape. I wouldn’t say it was an easy escape but it felt like if you shot a commanding officer in an Imperial base, getting out would be a little more difficult… Well I guess you could blame that storm trooper accuracy.

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I want to pause for a second to note the bomb that was deployed by Boba Fett. This was the same style of bomb that Boba’s father, Jango Fett deployed on Obi-wan during the Attack of the Clones. It’s one of my favorite explosives in all of the fantasy content I’ve seen. You just can’t beat the sound effects on that thing!

My biggest disappointment is how short this episode is with the last two episodes coming in at around 30 minutes or so. I would really like to see these episodes push closer to the hour mark and maybe just bring a little more meat into the dialog and character development. It sometimes feels like we’re moving to fast in this regard.

The closing scene showing Mando making his threat to Moff Gideon was great. We usually don’t see Mando try to be such a hard ass. He tends to try and play it neutral so it’s great when he muscles up on someone. I am a little confused on what his attachment is to Gorgu though. I mean, in the Ahsoka episode he was ready to hand him off, now he’s super attached to him?

I’m not sure I’m fully sold on that story line but I’m enjoying each episode despite that. Hoping season two closes out with an absolute banger of an episode and we get some more episode length in season 3.

I still haven’t had my epic space battle yet either damnit!


THE MANDALORIAN (S2:E6) – The Tragedy REVIEW

The return of the Hunter!



We finally got to see one of the most beloved Star Wars characters return to the screen. Boba Fett is back and he’s teamed up with the Mandalorian!

Let’s back up a bit though. So Mando and little Gorgu arrive on at the Jedi temple faster than I expected. I figured we’d see a couple more episodes before they reached their destination but they made it there awfully quick.

Upon arrival Mando and lil Gro head up to the top of the hill where the Jedi temple is. Mando sets Grogu on the center piece of the temple and Grogu starts channeling some sort of force…. well I don’t know what he’s really doing. It seems like he’s doing whatever it is he needs to do to contact another Jedi, but the episode never really explains…

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While he’s busy doing that, a ship dashes across the sky that is non other than the Slave I. Boba Fett shows up with a little help from one of Mando’s old friends and after a brief stand-off Boba and Mando agree to a ceasefire.

Boba claims he is only after his old armor that Mando picked up a few episodes back but before they can come to an agreement an Imperial Transport shows up and drops off a number of storm troopers.

And for like… the 5th time… Mando tries to get Grogu to stop his little meditation bit only to be blasted back by the power of the force field around Grogu. It literally took Mando like 5 tries here… to really get the point, which felt weird but whatever…

So all the while Mando’s screwing around at the top of the Jedi temple Boba and co are taking on the wave of stormtroopers. I don’t know how many troopers that little transport ship can hold but I swear about 20 troopers rolling deep out of that thing.

photo cred: Agnieszka Kowalczyk

And the fight scene that emerged was a mix of quick shooting from Boba co. and a martial arts style scene of Boba smacking around a bunch of storm troopers. I will admit it was cool to see the storm troopers trying to be a bit more tactical in their approach but it also felt very… Power Ranger-ish?

Thankfully, Boba spots his armor hanging in Mando’s ship and scoops it up before going on a brief rampage. Boba pulls out all the stops for this one, going all Iron Man on the storm troopers and sending them running off in their transport ships, which he then proceeded to rocket out of the sky with a missile.

Before Mando can offer any assistance a blast comes from the sky.

The blast was most certainly from the Imperial ship housing Moff Gideon…

and was most certainly aimed at Mando’s ship…

and it most certainly turned Mando’s ship into dust…

With Mando now down a ship, Moff Gideon sends his new troopers down to the surface to grab Gorgu just as he was exiting his mediation. The new troopers end up actually being droids which grab Grogu and blast off towards the sky to return to the Imperial ship.

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Boba quickly jumps in his ship and pursues them but upon realizing they are heading towards a much larger Imperial ship, backs off and returns to the surface. With Grogu now captured Mando has no other choice but to team up with Boba Fett for the most epic bounty hunter team up in the history of ever.

It was unfortunate how short this episode was, coming in at 33 minutes. But it was completely action packed with some great fan service in the return of Boba Fett. I wouldn’t mark this episode as my favorite but it was great to see Boba again.

I’m left wondering though…

Who did Grogu contact… and will we see a Jedi answer the call?


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:E4)

Hello Miss Dune.

It’s really great to see some familiar faces in episode 4 and I really wish we could get more Cara Dune. I think her character has a lot of potential to make some additional appearances and she’s a great all around bad ass. Her close quarters combat is a great change of pace for the more western shootouts we typically see and it makes sense considering the actress is a former mixed martial artist.

At this point I wanted to share a great tweet by the one and only Elon Musk in which he noted what else do Gamer Jedi use their Force powers for other than getting snacks. Unfortunately, it’s since been deleted, but I did find a screen grab for you viewing pleasure:

Moving on…

We once again get to see Mando’s craftiness on display as the team attempts to infiltrate an Imperial base. Instead of waiting around for the elevator to be hacked Mando fires off his jet boosters and heads up to the top of the base to dish out some Mandalorian bubble gum. I’m really enjoying this take on the character and letting him drive his own narrative in the story.

I have to ask though… did we really need the blue guy for this episode? I could have done without him to be honest…

But the cats out of the bag for Moff Gideon now. Mando no longer thinks he’s dead (but none of us ever did) and should be on high alert at this point. The bigger question though is what is Moff Gideon up to?

A new breed of super clones? Maybe….

Force immune clones? Maybe…

We’ll have to wait to really see how it plays out but it sounds like he’s building himself a small army in an attempt to capture baby yoda which we still don’t know what for. Mando’s going to need some reinforcements soon if he’s ever going to stand a chance.

I was incredibly impressed with the speeder chase turned tie fighter chase turned aerial ass whopping that was the last part of the episode. The speeder chase started off really well and it was a great scene for the series over all. So often we see dialog and shootouts, so anytime we can get a high speed chase scene I’m all in!

Also can we talk about the turn around time on those ship repairs?!? Hot damn they had that thing looking top notch in a matter of hours… or did I suffer from a time lapse? Either way it’s awesome to see Mando’s ship back in good shape and hopefully for some more dog fights!

I’m looking forward to more action next week and really ramping up into the second half of the season. Overall the first half of the season has been fairly impressive so let’s see if the second half can out do itself!

Fun Friday: The Mandalorian (S2:E3)

Episode 3 packed much more of an action punch and gave us some great story points to start connecting the dots and getting into the overall story arch into place.

My first thought after a couple of minutes in was how bad Mando needs a new ship. It seems like that point is really being highlighted this season and I’m almost starting to suspect Mando will walk out of season two with a brand new ship much like he walked out of season one with new armor. If that is the case, we might have to wait until season 3 before we start seeing some bad ass dog fights… damnit…

I’m starting to notice that every time I watch an episode I can’t help but tie it back to some other movie franchise… first Tremors, then Alien, now Pirates of the Caribbean. Is anyone else seeing the trend here…

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Oh and also, fuck those squid dudes. I was already getting pretty sus about them and then they knocked little baby yoda in! Mando tried to do his thing but ultimately was screwed and then BAM! More Mando’s show up and start kicking ass!

I loved seeing the additional Mandalorians show up and I like the idea of various Mandalorian flavors. The blue armor was a nice touch and their helmets were some of the best I’ve seen so far. Also, another action packed scene!

The ‘commandeering‘ of the Imperial ship, pirate reference there, was a great scene all around. It’s about time we had some sustainable action and while I love lil baby yodie he does make it difficult for Mando to fully flex. We got a nice reminder of just how durable Mando’s armor is and a second reminder that stormtroopers still can’t aim for shit, unless you have great armor.

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The grittier spin on the Empire was great to see as well. I mean we’ve all seen the Empire shoot their own guys before but typically we see the Empire be actual cowards when push comes to shove. I like the idea that they are willing to kamikaze in the name of the Empire. The kill-pill was icing on the cake.

So now I have even more questions. What’s up with the Dark Saber? How did the Empire get it and how did the Mandalorians lose it?

Oh and let’s not forget the Jedi that was watching Mando at the very beginning of the scene and the fact that every Mandalorian takes off their helmet. Will we ever see our Mando without his helmet again? Honestly I hope not but I’m really looking forward to seeing what Episode 4 has in store next week!

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!!