Monday, December 14, 2020

The Mandalorian - The Believer

In an episode that brings back another familiar face, which has become The Mandalorian's bread and butter, the quest to rescue Grogu begins with Cara Dune (Gina Carano) using her clout to get the cutthroat Mayfeld (Bill Burr) released from prison into her custody. Using their captive's knowledge of Imperial codes and procedures, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and his pals hope to locate Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). However, in another constant theme of the show, things turn out to be a bit more complicated from the firefight just to get into an Imperial facility to Din's latest compromise when deciding how far to go to rescue Grogu.

The episode offers a little redemption for Mayfeld who turns out to be useful into getting the pair into the facility while also showing some strong anti-Imperial stripes. Mayfeld's monologue about compromise only takes a few minutes to force the Mandalorian's hand into revealing his face to keep the mission alive and play to Valin Hess's (Richard Brake) ego... at least until Mayfeld shoots him. In an action-heavy episode, Dune and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) get to play sharpshooter, but Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) is kept mainly in reserve aboard Slave I, although does manage to steal a scene that unsubtlety hearkens back to the worst Star Wars movie ever made.

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