Gina Carano Tells Her Side, Claiming Disney Bullying, in Interview With Ben Shapiro

There is such a thing as action and reaction. Everything we say and do will have some sort of reaction from somebody else. In the case of the saga involving Gina Carano and her choice to use her social media platforms to speak her mind (see: Disney Has Had Enough – Gina Carino Out From The Mandalorian over Social Media Activity), I’m curious how this becomes bullying?

Sure, Disney is this mega large corporation and small minor role in Mandalorian Gina Carano is s tiny fish in their great lakes of entertainment. That paints Disney as the bad guy for firing her … or rather not inviting her to star in any more episodes of The Mandalorian.

We have questioned before if actors are ever really fired when they aren’t offered future or returning roles. It’s not like Carano didn’t get paid for the work she already did. $25,000-50,000 per episode, reportedly. That’s a darn good paycheck for a limited amount of work. Most people reading this would be happy to accept that job. Give me some armor and put me in, coach, I’ll take that and you won’t hear a blip from me on social media about bullying, Nazis or jews (unless the story involves that and it’s purely promotional/marketing).

Will admit it seems like they’re going a bit too far making Hasbro stop making popular Cara Dune action figures, but this is likely because they contain Carano’s likeness don’t want to see her make any more $$ from The Mandalorian. They want to terminate all business dealings with her so as not to be seen as hypocritical over condemning her social media activity.

But is this bullying or a business decision?

Sunday night in an interview with Ben Shapiro, she’ll tell her side of the story. How she found out she was fired from The Mandalorian via the same social media she weaponized with her counter-opinions.

“I was prepared at any point to be let go, because I’ve seen this happen to so many people. I’ve seen the looks on their faces. I’ve seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself (…) ‘you’re coming for me, I know you are.’ ” They’re making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, ‘I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to stay true to myself.’ “

Gina Carano Talks ‘Mandalorian’ Exit & Disney In Ben Shapiro Interview – Deadline

Again, especially for those not familiar with our prior posts on this matter, we support free speech and Gina Carano can say whatever she wants on social media. Am not sure, however, she can claim she was bullied by Disney and/or the sycophants who blindly worship the house of mouse and its sometimes extreme left-leaning support structure.

Carano is right leaning, clearly, which puts her on the opposite political side. This is a conflict before any words are uttered on Twitter, Facebook, Insta, etc.

Two subjects we try and steer clear of at this site are politics and religion. That’s not to say we don’t post on either subjects, but usually only when they involve movie and TV entertainment. Live TV debates, for example, would be one area we’ve touched on (see: The Shocking, Viral Star of Last Night’s Vice Presidential Debate? The Fly!)

Not telling anybody else what they should or shouldn’t say online or elsewhere, but will state from experience being on the internet, having websites, blogs, etc, for the better part of 25+ years now, these are two red, red, red hot topics that divide people very fast. In the United States, this country politically is divided with most on either side and then there’s some folks in the middle that tend to decide elections. You have both sides trying to encourage these people at election time that their way is the best.

The problem with Gina Carano isn’t that she has opinions and her right to share them, it’s where she’s voicing them and when. There isn’t any need to voice these opinions on her social media. She’s an actor and former fighter. That’s her business. Focus on being the best at that and let the people who want to talk about politics ramble on. When she’s done in business, retired and doesn’t work any more for others, that’s the time to light up the world with her politics, if she wants. Or, hey, just become a politician and that becomes your job. Then you can go all Trump on Twitter if you want.

Look at Stephen King. Man is still working, but doesn’t need to. He got flamed pretty hard for his comments on the Texas power outages this past week. Will it cost him some readers? Probably a few, but he writes so darn good that nobody really cares if his political views are extreme. It’s not going to cost him movies being adapted, because Hollywood ultimately only sees one thing: the all mighty green.

Gina Carano was expendable in her minor role on The Mandalorian. She might be a martyr now, which could be worse publicity-wise for Disney in the long run, but I doubt this will lead anywhere except to Carano being unable to secure that much work in the business for awhile. That’s too bad if she would have been a great fit for casting. We might never know.

Then again, some studio might cast her because of all this negative light and promotion. Hard to say how this will work. I’m sticking by my former statements that she doesn’t need to make extreme comparisons involving Nazis and Jews, that’s just a landmine not worth stepping anywhere near, unless she’s in some film project involving this era.

Look at what Vince Vaughn, the Van Halen brothers and others have chosen to do. You can be plenty successful in life and business and avoid getting entrenched in social media controversy. Life might literally be too short to bother.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E8 Chapter 16 – The Rescue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 8 of 8
Disney+
Air date: December 18, 2020
Run time: 46 minutes
Directed by Peyton Reed

Chapter 16 – “The Rescue”

Boba Fett, Cara Dune and Mando intercept and disable the imperial ship carrying the clone engineer featured in an earlier episode. They stop by and pick up Bo-KaTan to join in the fight to take Moff Gideon’s ship and reclaim Grogu. Alas, the Dark Troopers are standing guard as well as a battle to reclaim the Darksaber which carries a secret of its own. Pinned down a ship arrives carrying a stunning visitor ready for battle.

Will Grogu be saved? Will Moff Gideon fall at the hands of Mando and his team or live to further build his evil Imperial forces? Who will control the power of the Darksaber? Who is the mysterious visitor that arrives?

Everything builds to an epic battle aboard Moff Gideon’s ship.

Summary

Did not see the ending coming, nor especially the arrival of that familiar Star Wars visitor. The Dark Trooper battling Mando on the ship was one of many entertaining scenes. This episode is pure Star Wars gold, the best of any so far in this series. Do not miss the end credits either, as a surprise awaits there as well.

We’ll be back in a future post to cover spoilers and more, but this episode is too good to ruin that this soon. I can’t wait to see where this series takes us next. Season 3 is totally primed. In the meantime, we’ll just have to speculate about how awesome Disney+ will be with more of this quality and type of Star Wars. Great work all around from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and their team. They should have been given the keys to the Star Wars kingdom as soon as Disney purchased from Lucasfilms.

Oh, and one more time Mando takes off his helmet. Can we stop having articles saying Pedro Pascal is complaining about not being able to take off his helmet? His helmet has come off multiple times in season two. We know his face. We know that perfectly manicured mustache. If Pascal ever did complain, it might be that it was about how hot it was having his head inside the mask so much. That part is believable anyway. This is a huge role for him. What actor wouldn’t want to be Mando?

S2:E8 Chapter 16 “The Rescue” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What did you think of Chapter 16: “The Rescue”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E7 Chapter 15 – The Believer ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 7 of 8
Disney+
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!

Summary

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.

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.”

What did you think of Chapter 15: “The Believer”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E6 Chapter 14 – The Tragedy ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 2 – Episode 6 of 8
Disney+
Air date: December 4, 2020
Run time: 34 minutes
Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Chapter 14 – “The Tragedy”

Mando and Grogu AKA Baby Yoda AKA The Child are kicking it in the Razor Crest on the way to a planet with a seeing stone, unaware that Moff Gideon has placed a tracking beacon on the ship. Mando can’t find a suitable landing spot, so he sets the ship in hover mode and he jetpacks Grogu to the ground. He places Grogu on the seeing stone in the middle of the circle and asks him to do his Jedi thing.

Mando notices they’ve been followed and tries to get Grogu to leave, but the creature is in full on meditation mode on the stone with a powerful force field surrounding him. Mando comes face to face with a man who claims to be Boba Fett’s son (UPDATE: actually, that’s how it appears at first, but it’s really Jenga’s armor the character is talking about — and you’ll have to watch to see who Jenga is, if you don’t know the lore), and he wants the armor back that Mando claimed in an earlier episode this season. He has a sharpshooter trained on Grogu if Mando doesn’t comply. But a new enemy for both of them emerges when an imperial ship arrives complete with a bunch of Stormtroopers and Moff Gideon. They are there to take Grogu.

Will Boba Fett’s son join Mando in a fight against the Imperial forces? Does Boba Fett himself appear? Does Grogu summon a powerful Jedi to train him? What sort of evil plan is Moff Gideon up to?

You’ll have to watch the episode to learn the answers to these questions, but it’s definitely the meaty episode we’ve been waiting for. There are thrills aplenty including several shock moments.

Summary

This is the fastest paced episode of any in the series. It feels almost like one extended action scene. That’s both good and not so good. The subplot with Boba Fett’s armor being returned is the secondary subplot, but once again the protection of the Child named Grogu, becomes Mando’s primary mission. The title of the episode portends that this might not end well.

Always good seeing Stormtroopers getting blasted. Mando learning Boba Fett is the rightful owner of the armor is a fun nod to the past but we don’t learn how Fett survived the Sarlac Pit (maybe in the future?).

The action is very good and, despite Robert Rodriguez directing, this isn’t Star Wars meets Machete, it’s not grindhouse or Spy Kids in the slightest. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, executive producers, along with Rodriguez in the director’s chair make sure we’re getting the same consistent style for the show.

Too short, that’s my main criticism. It’s still very good — I mean, it’s The Mandalorian and one of the best shows around right now — easily a recommended episode, but it just feels like we were treated to an incomplete story. Intentionally leaving us hanging. Bad guys want The Child, we’ve seen this plot before and we already knew a bigger threat from Moff Gideon and his Imperial forces were coming, but this episode feels somewhat incomplete. Too much left for next week.

That said, it was all exciting and fun to watch.

This is episode 6 of 8, so it’s setting up a three part finale for Season 2. I suppose that’s kind of how this had to go down, but we’re left wanting more, feeling like the episode was cut too short, like we didn’t get a complete mission. Just a few too many unanswered questions. It’s like it wanted to be like The Empire Strikes Back, but there’s no Luke and Darth Vader with a stunning revelation about who Luke’s father is, there is a curious reveal involving the existence of Boba Fett, through a child seeking his armor. The ending, without spoilers, is total cliffhanger.

Guessing for some this will be a 5-star episode, because it sets up an exciting final two parts, but I’d rather have just seen all three episodes as one movie-length episode. Perhaps greedy, but honest. At the end of the day, I’m riveted by this series and it always leaves me wanting to see what’s up next week. That’s the highest compliment possible, so keep my (very) minor complaints in perspective.

S2:E6 Chapter 14 “The Tragedy” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

… 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.

  1. Jacob Mahady / The Sandcrawler Blog: “This episode was a lot shorter than I had originally hoped for. This might be one of the shortest ones yet and it felt like it. This episode blew by, as it set up for next week. Seeing Shand again was welcomed, too. She has a great assassin personality and fits in very well.”
  2. Paul Wilkinson / We’ve Got (Back) Issues: “I don’t know if it nostalgia, the lack of other entertainment at the moment, or if the show is really that good. It’s probably a bit of all these factors but this show is unmissable. The only thing missing was a Danny Trejo cameo.”
  3. Ready Steady Cut / Jonathon Wilson: “With several major developments, a lot of fun stuff for long-time Star Wars fans and a good deal of connective tissue with the first season, this isn’t the biggest, showiest episode, but it’s an extremely competent middle chapter designed to shift things around for the back half of the season.”
  4. Small Screen / Edward Lauder: “The other thing I love about Chapter 14 is that it sets up something truly exciting. It sets up Din Djarin finally building his team of misfits and rogues. This is something I cannot wait to see moving forward.”
  5. X-Geeks: “Robert Rodriguez did a good job with the episode, especially with some of the action sequences. This was a nice episode for him to be involved with, although it did go by very quickly, don’t you think?”

(UPDATE 12/4/2020 7:30am PT: Since we’re in the spoilers area, I should confess that I misunderstood that Boba Fett was claiming to be his son. That’s how I interpreted it on the first watch. Boba Fett explains at 25:00 in the run time that the father he spoke about was his own father, Jenga Fett. There is no Boba Fett’s son that exists, because the mysterious stranger *IS* Boba Fett (how did he survive the Sarlac Pit, I guess that continues to fuel my confusion), and it might seem like “how could anybody ever miss that?” but, yes, I did. Leave it to an insult from a stranger on Twitter to correct my bone-headed error above — quickly — once this was originally posted. I left the review text above as written with a minor update for better clarification. Go ahead, make fun of my mistake if you will. I wake up, watch these episodes usually only once and then immediately write my thoughts. I’m also trying to make the review SPOILER-FREE. A major part of this episode is Boba Fett returning to fight alongside The Mandalorian and reclaiming his armor along with Moff Gideon’s scheme to take Grogu back. By reading my original review you wouldn’t have that spoiled at all, which is what I’m trying to do here each week, but I shouldn’t erroneously point to characters that don’t exist in the story recap portion. Sometimes I can, do and will make mistakes. I’m owning this one, because it is somewhat funny and, yes, dumb. Sorry. 😉

What did you think of Chapter 14: “The Tragedy”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E5 Chapter 13 – The Jedi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 5 of 8
Disney+
Air date: November 27, 2020
Run time: 47 minutes
Directed by Dave Filoni

Chapter 13 – “The Jedi”

Mando and the child head to a planet to learn more of his origins. A cruel magistrate offers Mando a pure beskar spear if he will kill a Jedi threatening her fierce power grip over the townspeople. Mando and Baby Yoda find the Jedi, who can speak to the Child. The Jedi tells us Baby Yoda’s name. Instead of killing the Jedi, Mando takes a different path.

You’ll have to watch to learn Baby Yoda’s name — or have it spoiled in a review or news article online, but, minor spoiler, it sounds a little too much like “Google” to me.

I’ve been itching to learn more about The Child’s origins and this episode gives us more than a minor teaser. It’s also fun seeing a Jedi wielding a light saber. The mini mission for Mando is entertaining, albeit a little slow compared to other episodes. All in all, another solid episode.

S2:E5 Chapter 13 “The Jedi” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What did you think of Chapter 13: “The Jedi”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

Hey Star Wars Hardcore Fans, Stop Trying To Get People Fired For Being Ignorant on Social Media

For a moment, or at least for the duration of this post, can we agree that whatever an actor says or does off screen, out of character, has very little to do with what happens in our favorite movies and TV shows?

(in the comments, feel free to agree or disagree) See: The Mike Tyson Dilemma – does promoting those who’ve done bad in the past imply support for their misdeeds?

Let’s face it, people say and do stupid things online, offline and everywhere in between. These days, word travels much faster on social media. Sometimes they mean the idiotic things said, sometimes they don’t, but stupid is what stupid does.

Stupid.

The bigger question at hand: should an actor lose his/her job because they say or do something stupid online? Those pedaling and pushing the #FireGinaCarino tag action say YES. If that’s the case, then Gal Gadot when she created that awful Imagine cover (see: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s Imagine Instagram Karaoke is disliked, imagine that?), should have been fired from WW1984. Or maybe because she — gasp — smoked cigarettes (almost everybody did once upon a time), her acting card should be revoked?

(relax, I’m joking)

Sigh. Gina Carano.

Gina Carano plays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian and apparently she’s said some things on her social media that have raised the ire of diehard Star Wars fans. I keep seeing these stories popping up in feeds and people are really passionate to see her gone from the series.

So offended, apparently, that some are calling for her to be fired from The Mandalorian.

Many fans have been calling for the firing of The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano over recent months, considering her controversial takes, likes, and retweets on Twitter. Recently, the actress who plays Cara Dune has made several anti-mask comments, as well as questioned the results of the recent presidential election. This is in addition to her past actions on the social media site that have come off as anti-Black Lives Matter, and mocking LGBTQ+ communities. With Carano showing no sign of stopping, Disney might be looking to get rid of the actress.

Gina Carano May Actually Be Fired From The Mandalorian, Here’s the Plan

Can we just make a pact, fellow netizens, not to join gangs trying to expel actors in movies for saying or doing something stupid on social media? I mean, really, does it matter what idiotic statement Gina Carano posts on her Twitter feed about any group, cause or people? Since when is what she says the gospel? How does any of that equate to her job as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian?

Or maybe it does. Maybe I missed where she’s trying to use her role in The Mandalorian to espouse these wrongheaded views? If that is what’s happening, I’d side with firing her, but that’s not it, is it? When the agendas overflow into the creative work, then it does matter, but something tells me the character Cara Dune has zero creative input by Gina Carano’s Twitter stream. Jon Favreau isn’t consulting her feed before working on the next Mandalorian screenplay. Is Carano flavoring her portrayal based on controversial world views? Perhaps.

Just to be clear, totally not defending whatever stupid things she’s said, because I’m fairly certain they deserves pushback. Glass houses and all, but how many have said stupid things and regretted them at some point in their lives?

I’m not going to grab Carano’s tweets and dissect here, because that just draws more light on stupid, and nobody needs that.

Am growing tired of seeing the response for stupid words resulting in gang “fire this person!” mentality. We’re in troubled times with a lot of people losing work and is it really wise to band together and try to get anybody fired for their personal views? (think that’s like the third time in this post I’ve asked, but am legitimately curious)

More and more companies have HR social media policies and the wise probably should tone down the hot topic commentary or risk being unemployed. There are so many things people can focus negative energy on, but the most negative of energy is disinterest. If you hate what Gina Carano says or does, then don’t watch any of her work. Disinterest is the ultimate diss for every creative work.

There’s the problem. You can take the Star Wars out of the actors, but not from the fans.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E4 Chapter 12 – The Siege ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 4 of 8
Disney+
Air date: November 20, 2020
Run time: 38 minutes
Directed by Carl Weathers

Chapter 12 – “The Siege”

The Razor Crest is badly in need of repair, especially after botched repair attempts in Frogland, so Mando tells The Child they will make a stop at Navaro. There, they meet up with old, friendly contacts: Marshal Cara Dune and Magistrate Greef Carga and Mando’s bounty in the first episode is unfrozen from carbonite and trying to help the cause.

Cara Dune busts in and takes down a bar full of seedy thieves. She makes a friend of a tiny furry creature, grateful that his life has been spared. The Razor Crest lands at the port and Greef Carga orders his people to fix the ship like new. The Child is put in a school with other kids and a 3-P0 like teacher.

While waiting for repairs, Greef and Cara ask Mando to help to take out an imperial base located in Navaro near a lava pit. The team sets out, soon running into conflict.

What happens with the side mission? What is the empire doing in this base? These questions and more await in this week’s exciting episode.

Another solid episode, this one light on The Child and heavy on Greef Carga, Cara Dune and that guy bounty in the season one first episode for comic relief. We’re treated to pure Star Wars action including Stormtroopers and Tie Fighters in a trench. Some good progress on the main storyline, this is an excellent, entertaining episode.

S2:E4 Chapter 12 “The Siege” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To read all our coverage related to The Mandalorian see search results. We watch and review every episode, usually on the day it is released.

Time to get into SPOILER territory. To offer additional perspective and insight, I went looking, reading and grabbed pull quotes from some other reviewers that I came across, there is no specific order otherwise below.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Mandalorian S2:E4 Chapter 12: “The Siege”?

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

  1. The Future Of The Force / Max (Grade: B+): “In the end, we have a pretty good picture of what the Imperial Remnant is planning and as always, we are excited to see the outcome. B+ all the way.”
  2. The Sandcrawler Blog / Jacob Mahady: “Overall, this episode was fantastic. It had great action, it gave great backstory to characters, there were dogfights, chases, and shootouts. But, once again, the episode was way too short. This one felt like it blew by. It seems that is the only consistent complaint with the show, is the fans demanding more. I’d say they are doing an excellent job on this show. “
  3. TL;DR Movie Reviews and Analysis: “…while this felt a little like rehashing old territory, the production qualities are so high that it just works. There were some hints to the broader Star Wars story in this episode, and we will need to see how that develops in the future.”
  4. We’ve Got (Back) Issues: “Din Djarin is quickly becoming a galactic version of the ‘Littlest Hobo’ (showing my age with that reference). He wanders into town, solves someone’s problem, then moves on. This a standard template for classic American television and has been used for years in shows like ‘The Fugitive’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘The A-Team’”

What did you think of Chapter 12: “The Siege”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E3 Chapter 11 – The Heiress ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 3 of 8
Disney+
Air date: November 13, 2020
Run time: 34 minutes

Chapter 11 – “The Heiress”

The adventure to find where the other mandalorians are at continues. Mando, the frog lady with her jar of eggs and The Child crash landing into a port with aquatic pirate-like creatures. Frog lady reunites with her frog man. Frog man tells Mando to ride on a boat to a nearby place. Mando and The Child are on the boat with some unsavory alien types that throw The Child into the mouth of a creature being transported on the ship. Mando dives in, they trap him in a cage and the battle is on. Several more Mandalorians storm the ship to save Mando and The Child.

Will Mando and The Child get out of the boat? What’s up with these other Mandalorians? Are they the real deal or imposters like the last city?

There is a recurring theme developing with Mandalorians and the whole helmet on or off thing so far in season 2. Can kind of see why Pedro Pascal was reportedly annoyed that the storylines kept having Mandalorians taking their helmets off (see: Do “BIG” problems exists with The Mandalorian Season 2?) and yet he’s the real Mando and must keep his on (or does he?). There is some explanation provided here surrounding this mythology.

The first part of this adventure is good, and the second half provides a very quick side mission that ties together some hanging plotlines from season 1. But hey, can we get Mando to the other Mandalorians, or rather to the Child’s true origins, please? Or is this going to be a little like Gilligan’s Island every episode where Mando can’t ever seem to get to the major end goal. I suppose all the things getting in the way is one easy way to drag out a series, but it works for a couple episodes and becomes tiresome after that. Let’s hope episode 4, the halfway point, has more actual main story progression. Or are we just going to keep The Child’s origin story always out of reach? (I trust Favreau will pull back the curtain before the series is canceled, but it might be drawn out a lonnnnnnnng time).

For the reason mentioned above, this is still recommended, but I took away two stars. Yes, The Child does cute things, the sea beast on the ship encounter was cool, but we want to learn more about The Child’s origins. It’s ok to divert the storyline here and there for side adventures, but hopefully that doesn’t become too regular an occurrence. Having not watched Rebels and the Clone Wars TV shows, I’m probably missing out on some history here, especially from reading other reviewers reference that say this tied up some things. I’m getting that sense, but there are some of us who have really only followed the movies, this and some books and stories, not everything that has ever come out.

This episode seemed on the brief side too at 34 minutes. I mean, can’t they run out longer episodes consistently? Like minimum of 45 minutes? I don’t mean make 45 minutes just to say it was 45 minutes, but there is so much story available in the Star Wars galaxy that I find it difficult to believe that they can’t roll out more meatier run time episodes. This is a good episode, it’s not amazing. Even when The Mandalorian isn’t amazing, it’s still way better than pretty much any other streaming TV show. So, keep that in mind with my three-star rating. A very respectful 3-stars it is.

S2:E3 Chapter 11 “The Heiress” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

To read all our coverage related to The Mandalorian see search results. We watch and review every episode, usually on the day it is released.

Time to get into SPOILER territory. To offer additional perspective and insight, I went looking, reading and grabbed pull quotes from some other reviewers that I came across, there is no specific order otherwise below.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Mandalorian S2:E3 Chapter 11: “The Heiress”?

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

  1. Josh / Star Wars Thoughts (10/10): “So yes, overall, this was a fantastic episode, and it was probably my favorite one yet. The action sequences were tremendous, the intrigue and drama was high, the pacing and story was perfect, and the way it tied into a larger storyline was the best of any episode we’ve seen.”
  2. Murphy’s Multiverse: “By hitting it out of the park in more ways than one, Chapter 11 has shown the way for what Season 2 could end up becoming, with the certainty that what got achieved in this episode can and will be a focal point of what Star Wars can aspire to accomplish in the coming years. Long live (this) Star Wars.”
  3. Sean Hussey / Comic Book Debate: “Truthfully, this episode fired on all cylinders for me. As a longtime fan of The Clone Wars and Rebels, this episode was a lot of great fan service for me, but I also think it provided a lot to new fans of the saga as well. Something that I immediately appreciated was the explanation as to why some Mandalorians remove their helmets and some do not.”
  4. Talking Films: “I continue to be amazed at the practical and special effects of the show – this week it was the semi-aquatic life forms of Trask that took centre stage for me. The Mon Calamari and the other mouth-tentacled species were incredibly crafted and so, SO realistic. The full-on, non-stop reliance on practical prosthetics and makeup to create alien life is maybe the best part about the new Star Wars productions since 2015”
  5. The Canon Padawan: “After what I consider one of the weaker episodes last week, the show has jetpacked back with a truly great episode!”
  6. The Geek Freak Podcast (Grade: A): “My grade for this episode might be inflated because of the return of Clone Wars legends. I think for an unfamiliar viewer, it should be close.”

What did you think of Chapter 11: “The Heiress”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E2 Chapter 10 – The Passenger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 2 of 8
Disney+
Air date: November 6, 2020
Run time: 42 minutes

Chapter 10 – “The Passenger”

Mando and the Child are heading out on the speeder and trapped by scavengers who want to steal and kill them. A fight ensues and The Child is held at knifepoint. Mando fights his way out and then bargains for The Child’s life.

They head into town and get a lead on the location of the other mandalorians thanks to a poker game with The Mandible (lol, this giant ant in a cantina). The price to travel is to bring along a passenger with precious egg cargo that can only travel at sub lightspeed.

Mando is worried about the dangers of traveling sub-light but agrees to the mission. What follows is an adventure full of shocks and surprises. Will Mando and his cargo arrive safely or encounter danger?

This episode has everything that makes Star Wars beloved. Baby Yoda/The Child up to cute mischief by attempting to eat the cargo. Several great flight scenes involving the Razorcrest navigating various obstacles and multiple terrestrial enemies to battle.

What is missing is it doesn’t advance the central story much, but it’s a very fun and cool sidetrack mission. Season 1 had a few of these side missions and they felt like they were taking us away from the good stuff, that they were filler to keep us from the real action, but that’s not really the case here. There is almost a cross-over Alien vibe to this episode which I found extremely cool. Imagine an Alien and The Mandalorian comic? Yeah, this feels like it.

I can’t believe this was all packed in 42 minutes of run time! Love it. If Jon Favreau keeps cranking out amazing episodes like this, he should be given all the keys to the Star Wars kingdom (if he doesn’t already have most of them — at least the Disney+ keys anyway). Don’t forget Dave Filoni too as his fingerprints are certainly on, in and around this episode. Can’t wait to see what Chapter 11 brings us next week. It’s like Christmas morning every Friday.

S2:E2 Chapter 10 “The Passenger” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To read all our coverage related to The Mandalorian see search results. We watch and review every episode, usually on the day it is released.

Time to get into SPOILER territory. To offer additional perspective and insight, I went looking, reading and grabbed pull quotes from some other reviewers that I came across, there is no specific order otherwise below.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Mandalorian S2:E2 Chapter 10: “The Passenger”?

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

  1. Annlyel Online: “It honestly never lets up. No, the story does not veer into the ultimate plot of this season–find Mandalorians to discover The Child’s origins–but instead chooses to take a different path, featuring a nail-biting adventure that had me loosing my mind with happiness.”
  2. Den Of Geek: “This episode was, well, weird, in a great way. Action and absurdity piled on each other in what felt like an adventure movie. It’s not deep, and it might be polarizing, but as escapist fun, this season is off to a good start.”
  3. DiscussingFilm: “Chapter 10 may not turn out popular with everyone, as it does retain the episodic nature that the series is known for and could come across as kind of pointless at some points since we don’t know the full scale of what’s been presented to the audience. Despite this, the show definitely seems to be pushing for more than just single episodic tales. It finds a balance of humor and distress that fits just right with the genre play”
  4. filmdecrypter: “With The Passenger being little more than a transitionary episode, the best description for it at the moment is filler. Believe me, it pains me to give that term to any episode of this show.”
  5. Nerds On Earth: “After the explosive action of this season’s premier episode, “The Passenger” definitely feels like a pumping of the brakes. But that’s not to say it is without its merits.”
  6. The Cutprice Guignol: “I don’t think any show should be pumping out filler content, really, but for one like The Mandalorian, with such a tight eight-episode run, a story like The Passenger feels downright frustrating. By the time the episode comes to an end, we’re still at the same point we were when we started, and that’s frustrating given that we’re already a quarter of the way through the entire season.”
  7. The Sandcrawler Blog: “…is doing a great job of giving us some monsters fear. I mean fear, to the point of going back to your roots and hop like your ancestors did thousands of years ago. “

What did you think of Chapter 10: “The Passenger”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E1 Chapter 9 – The Marshal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 2 – Episode 1 of 8
Disney+
Air date: October 30, 2020
Run time: 54 minutes

Chapter 9 – “The Marshal”

This episode can best be summarized as: Star Wars meets Tremors on Tatooine. Clearly, Favreau and Filoni believe in the sentiment, “go big or go home.” Love it!

Glad to see Mando and The Child back, kicking it first in a fight club. Mando is on a mission to find another Mandolorian that can help lead him to others like The Child, only to be double-crossed at gunpoint. After Mando cleverly and cunningly dispatches the hostiles, The Child and him are off to Tatooine where Luke Skywalker once roamed as well as Tusken Raiders, Jawas and more. Good seeing this setting again. Felt somehow like going back to a childhood home.

There is an underground creature known as the Krayt Dragon, which is essentially a giant Tremors-like monster that is killing and terrorizing the surrounding area. At a nearby town, Mando encounter a town marshal wearing sacred Mandalorian armor. Mando is none too happy with the disrespect and a battle is about to ensue, when the Tremors-monster strikes. A deal will be struck if Mando helps slay the dragon and save the town he will be given back the armor.

You’ll have to tune into this excellent episode to see how it turns out. Other than The Child looking cute as always, not much involvement with him. Kept expecting he might use his powers to intervene. Again, you’ll have to watch to see if that happens.

This episode was written and directed by show creator Jon Favreau. He has written most of the episodes of Season 2, as was the case in Season 1, which means we’re in store for a lot of great Star Wars action and adventure! I think almost any series where continuity in an overall story is important the fewer writers involved, the better. There are several guest directors planned including Carl Weathers. The guest directors can collaborate and stylize as long as they stay true to Favreau and Dave Filoni’s basic series vision.

This episode jumps us right back in where we left off with an epic monster battle. Mando and The Child ride again!

S2:E1 Chapter 9 “The Marshal” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

Past Episode The Mandalorian Reviews

To read all our coverage related to The Mandalorian see search results. We watch and review every episode.

Now, what follows gets into SPOILER territory. To offer additional perspective and insight, I went looking, reading and grabbed pull quotes from some other reviewers that I came across, there is no specific order otherwise below.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Mandalorian S2:E1 Chapter 9: “The Marshal”?

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

  1. Aleef Ashaari (80/100): “The production value remains extremely high, which is totally expected, and it’s always appreciated that the crew behind The Mandalorian is still incorporating practical effects whenever they can. The spirit of Star Wars has always been in pioneering special effects, so kudos to Favreau, Dave Filoni, and everyone involved.”
  2. Credits & Canon: “Overall a solid episode, if not a tad slow paced”
  3. Discussing Film / Michael Slavin (4.5/5):”When examining this as a standalone episode, it is perfectly serviceable at points and brilliant at others. While there are issues with it, some of that is likely a result of the aforementioned hype – simply creating standards that would have always been incredibly difficult to reach. The characters are still well-written, the plot is engaging, and once again, Baby Yoda still manages to bring me joy with every little appearance.”
  4. Pete Messum / critical popcorn (4/5): “…made for a solid, if not especially exciting start to The Mandalorian‘s second season. With fun action, cool aliens and some great bits of Baby Yoda reacting to everything around him (always a highlight in this show), it hits all the right beats, but it feels like the best is yet to come this season.”
  5. Talos More / Kyran Gibbons: “…brilliant Star Wars, packed with familiar themes, faces and locations while feeling just as fresh as the first season. Jon Favreau, showrunner turned episode director, but most importantly, Jon Favreau the Star Wars fan, knocked it out of the park.”
  6. The Sandcrawler Blog / Jacob Mahady: “Overall, this was a fantastic premiere. The entire episode was perfectly done. There was the perfect Western appeal that the show is styled after, there were elements of classic Star Wars while introducing some new aliens and concepts, and finally just look at that back story we got to Vanth and the insight we got into the Tuskan Raiders. What an interesting culture.”
  7. X-geeks: “This was a very strong opening episode and has set the bar for the rest of the season, without question. Last time around, as great as the episodes were, there was a fair amount of treading water with the main story arc, but already from only one episode, you just feel like the pacing and story progression will be a lot more focused this time around.”

What did you think of Chapter 9: “The Marshal”? Tell us about it in the comments below.