Season 2 – Episode 7 of 8
Air date: December 11, 2020
Run time: 38 minutes
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Chapter 15 – “The Believer”
With Grogu AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda captured by Moff Gideon, Boba Fett and his partner promising to stay by Mando’s side until The Child is returned, they need to locate Moff Gideon’s ship.
Under false pretenses, Marshall Cara Dune breaks out Mayfeld (Bill Burr), prisoner from the scrapyard and returning scoundrel from season one. The mission is to find Moff Gideon’s coordinates and Mayfeld knows Imperial protocols and can hack the Imperial computer system.
Mayfeld tells them to stop by the planet Morack, there is an Imperial computer terminal there that can provide Gideon’s location. This won’t be easy, they’ll have to go undercover. Mando teams up with Mayfeld to enter the facility. Mando will soon face whether or not to break a Mandalorian credo in order to complete the mission.
Does Mayfeld double-cross Mando again to gain his own safety? What decision will Mando make regarding taking off his helmet to complete the mission? Does he do it? Will we see actor Pedro Pascal’s face? Will the mission be completed and they will receive Moff Gideon’s coordinates? What will be Mayfeld’s fate? Does he survive the mission and is returned to the prison scrapyard?
Tune into this week’s episode of The Mandalorian to find out these answers and more!
All the drama around Pedro Pascal allegedly frustrated that he couldn’t take off his helmet for the role behind the scenes (see: Do “BIG” problems exists with The Mandalorian Season 2?) and Favreau and company wisely covers this meta story in this episode. We learn the answer to just how far Mando` will go to rescue and protect Grogu.
The episode itself is a pretty familiar run and gun escape plot. Reminds me of an every week in and week out episode of The A-Team. It’s entertaining enough, but the most formulaic episode of the second season. It’s the kind of episode that the show risks falling into if it doesn’t forge new territory.
S2:E6 Chapter 15 “The Believer” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
Reviews by Others
After seeing the episode, I was curious what others thought. Here’s a few reviews I read from others. There are many, many more out there. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, watch it and judge for yourself first because spoilers abound in many reviews.
- Annayiel Online: “All in all, no it wasn’t as fantastic as last week’s episode but it was still very enjoyable and is leading up to what surely will be an epic finale.”
- Sean Hussey / ComicBook Debate: “I am often quick to praise writers and directors on episodes, but I must start by giving praise to Rick Famuyiwa. This episode is not only beautifully directed, it is also incredibly well written.”
- We’ve Got (Back) Issues: “It’s worth pointing that Grogu doesn’t appear in this episode proving that this is more than just the ‘Baby Yoda’ show.”
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