Damnit They Are Trying to Get Me to Like Boba Fett… and Succeeding
Special Bonus Episode! Brian and Darryl are reviewing The Mandalorian Chapter 15: The Believer!
The Mandalorian (Season 2 Episode 6)
Prisoner Migs Mayfeld is working on The Karthon Chop Fields but is remanded into the custody of marshall Cara Dune. The Mandalorian needs Mayfeld, a former Imperial soldier, in order to acquire the coordinates to Moff Gideon’s ship. Mayfeld directs them to a hidden Imperial rhydonium refinery on Morak. As all the others are known to Imperial security, the Mandalorian must accompany Mayfeld into the refinery to access a terminal and steal the coordinates. Mayfeld and the Mandalorian hijack one of the transports and disguise themselves as soldiers. The highly explosive rhydonium shipments are attacked by pirates, who the Mandalorian fights off with the aid of two TIE fighters. They reach the facility, the only shipment to survive.
The terminal Mayfeld needs is in the officer’s mess hall, but Mayfeld sees his former commanding officer, Valin Hess, and fears being recognized. The Mandalorian goes instead but the terminal requires a facial scan, forcing him to remove his helmet to acquire the codes. He is confronted by Hess, but Mayfeld intervenes. After a tense drink where Hess callously dismisses the Imperial soldiers and civilians who died in Operation: Cinder,[a] an angered Mayfeld shoots Hess dead. Mayfeld and the Mandalorian fight their way to the roof, while Fennec Shand and Dune provide covering fire, and Boba Fett arrives aboard Slave I. Mayfeld destroys the refinery with a well-placed sniper shot. The ship is pursued by two TIE fighters, but Fett obliterates them using a seismic charge. Dune lets Mayfeld go free as thanks for his aid, and the Mandalorian sends Moff Gideon a threatening message, vowing to rescue Grogu.
Title: Chapter 15: ‘The Believer’
Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
Written by: Rick Famuyiwa
Release Date: December 11, 2020
Pedro Pascal … The Mandalorian
Bill Burr … Mayfeld
Gina Carano … Cara Dune
Temuera Morrison … Boba Fett
Ming-Na Wen … Fennec Shand
Giancarlo Esposito … Moff Gideon
Donald Mills … Security Droid (voice)
Gabriel Ebert … Gunnery Officer
Miguel A. Lopez … Juggernaut Pilot
Barry Lowin … Shoretrooper
Katy M. O’Brian … Comms Officer
Richard Brake … Valin Hess
Taeho K … Village Boy (as Taeho De Vitto)
The episode was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa.
The co-starring actors cast for this episode are all returning from previous episodes, and include Bill Burr as Migs Mayfeld, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon. Additional guest-starring actors cast for this episode include Donald Mills as the voice of a security droid, Gabriel Ebert returning as an Imperial Gunner Officer, Miguel A. Lopez as a juggernaut pilot, Barry Lowin as a shoretrooper, Katy O’Brian returning as an Imperial Comms Officer, and Richard Brake as Valin Hess. Lateef Crowder, Brendan Wayne, and Barry Lowin are credited as stunt doubles for the Mandalorian. Amy Sturdivant, Chad Bennett, and Dane Farwell are credited as stunt doubles for Cara Dune, Migs Mayfeld, and Valin Hess, respectively. This is the first episode of the series not to feature Grogu.
Ludwig Göransson composed the musical score for the episode. The featured tracks will be released in the second volume of the season two soundtrack.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode has a score of 87% based on reviews from 15 critics, with an average rating of 8.02/10.
Keith Phipps of Vulture.com gave the episode 4 out of 5 and wrote: “That world becomes a richer, more compelling place to tell stories when Star Wars acknowledges that not everything can be categorized into Light and Dark.” Katie Rife of The AV Club gave the episode a B+ and wrote, “This was really Bill Burr’s week to shine” and “As far as detours go, this was a thought-provoking one.” Ben Travers of IndieWire gave the episode a grade B and praised writer-director Rick Famuyiwa. Travers was impressed by the pirate fight, and loved the camerawork, and but also the moral conversation, saying Famuyiwa “delivers an exciting adventure through the dark side and a convincing enough lesson in cultural relativism.”
Reviewers compared the transporting of highly explosive cargo to the film French film The Wages of Fear (and the English language remake Sorcerer).
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