November 26, 2020

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THE MANDALORIAN 2×04 Review – This is the way

The Mandalorian Chapter 12: The Siege is available to watch on Disney+ now!

This is it guys. We have officially reached the halfway point. We only have four more to go. I hate to say it, but we are almost at the end. After just getting The Mandalorian back, it is almost ready to wave goodbye. As I expected, this episode set in motion some really intriguing plans for the future. The Mandalorian has no idea what he is in for.

After being directed to the location of Ahsoka Tano, who is on the forest planet of Corvus, Mando and The Child set off once again to continue their journey. However, we all saw how the Razor Crest looked. Before he can reach Corvus, Mando makes a pit stop to Nevarro for further repairs. After reuniting with Cara Dune and Greef Karga, Mando learns that the two have been cleaning up Nevarro. Their last challenge, an Imperial base, requires them to team up yet again. But all is not what it seems as the Imperial base harbors some very dark revelations.

Did anyone spot the mistake in this week’s episode?

The Mandalorian 2x04

The latest episode, directed by Carl Weathers, may be one of my favorites of Season 2. Including Season one, The Siege is definitely up there in my top 5. One of my biggest critiques of this Season has been the “side-quest” nature of some of the episodes. The Siege does fall victim to that ever so slightly. The entire premise is “While we fix your ship, can you help us?”. However, while it takes us away from Ahsoka Tano, it does focus on some really interesting things happening with Moff Gideon and The Empire. Obviously, I wont discuss what those things are, but after watching it I found my brain racing. What could it mean? How is this connected? Could ‘this’ and ‘that’ be connected to ‘this’? Something really big and exciting is on the horizon.

In terms of story progression, Chapter 4 takes a massive leap. We finally understand The Child’s role in this space adventure and what this could mean for the future. Depending on how this all plays out, this could tie nicely into the Sequel trilogy. Of course, this is just speculation for now, but I think there is definitely something there. The potential outcome of this particular story is truly exciting. The groundwork has been brilliantly laid, now we need to see where it takes us.

Mando hires an “engineer”

The Mandalorian 2x04

It was great having Cara and Greef back, as well as another familiar face. However, Greef really shined in this episode. Originally he just regulated the activities of the bounty hunters. He was the go-to man for work. But he helped turn Nevarro around. He has turned over a new leaf and it was great to see. Getting him in on the action as well was a really good boost for his character. At the end of Season One we learnt that Greef was a Government official. According to Weathers, we’ll learn more about his past this Season and I’m very excited to see how that develops. The Mandalorian has handled him incredibly well and Weathers has done a fantastic job at bringing him to life. It was refreshing to see him and Cara take the spotlight in this week’s episode.

When it comes to The Child, laughter is always guaranteed. The cute little Child is out of the action for the most part, but he has some hilarious and cute moments that provides a nice balance. Like the episode set in the village from Season One, seeing The Child interact with kids is always heartwarming. They keep finding ways to make The Child funnier and cuter and he hasn’t lost his charm in the slightest. Relax… no egg eating this week. But he does tap into his thieving abilities… I always knew he was a Sith Lord.

Speeder bikes really are the coolest

As always, this episode was visually stunning. We’ve seen Nevarro before but it was incredibly nice seeing it rejuvenated with life and colour. It felt busy, energetic, and somehow healthy. It was a very sweet environment. However, one of the episode’s highlights took us away from the little community and into the rocky volcanic terrain. The Speeder Bikes have always been a fan favourite thanks to the epic chase from Return of the Jedi. But I have never seen them implemented like this. As the episode came to a close we were given a fantastic chase sequence involving speeders riding down mountains, TIE Fighters, explosions, and tight mountain passes that took me back to the Boonta Eve Podrace. It was fantastic and gripping.

Audiences can expect and exhilarating episode with explosive action, plenty of laughs, and an unraveling story that will have fans wanting more. It was amazing seeing the trio working together again but I have a feeling this might be the last time their paths cross without imminent danger chasing their tales. Something is lurking around the corner and it is going to take the entire gang to face it. Perhaps a Jedi might come in handy?

I can imagine some people being disappointed by the lack of a certain Jedi. We’re so close to seeing a fan favourite in live-action and it is a shame that this episode almost acted as a barrier. However, fans can rejoice. Next week’s episodes has been directed and written by Dave Filoni- the developer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the creator of Star Wars: Rebels. Exciting things await us and despite having to do some more waiting, this episode did a great job at developing the story, answering unanswered questions, and planting intriguing clues ready for the future.

Cara and Greef on clean up duty

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Tune in next week for Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian!

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, with guest stars Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new Season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as co-executive producer.


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