Warning: Spoilers for ‘The Mandalorian Chapter 15: The Believer’ ahead
Season 2 of The Mandalorian is winding down to its climactic finale, but its penultimate episode ultimately lacks a sense of urgency. The quest to rescue Grogu takes an unexpected, yet well-meaning detour that does not add or take away much from the season overall.
Chapter 15: The Believer follows the team established in last weeks episode of Mando (Pedro Pascal), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Cara Dune (Gina Carano). Joining the team this week is Bill Burr as Migs Mayfield, the ex imperial sharpshooter who was last seen in the prison break episode from season 1.
The episode follows the team as they break into an imperial refinery to acquire the coordinates of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). The crew sneaks into the base to gather the information that they need, but end up blowing a few things up along the way.
One of the biggest stand outs of this episode is the extended scene where Din Djarin must take his helmet off, which goes against the Mandalorian creed. Pedro Pascal finally gets some time to act with his face instead of his body, and it honestly felt somewhat uncomfortable, but in a good way.
Pedro Pascal knocked his six minutes of screen time out of the park as per usual, but the filmmakers managed to get across how wrong it feels to see him without his helmet. The only other time the audience has seen Mando’s face is the season finale of season 1, where taking off his helmet meant life or death. Even then, his helmet was off for 20 seconds max, so the effect did not have the time to draw out.
As for the episode as a whole, despite feeling like a bit of an unnecessary detour, this episode still had incredible action set pieces, specifically the attempted rhydonium heist. Its been a while since Mando was able to go toe-to-toe without the help of his armor or his weapons. The fight choreography perfectly showcases Djarin’s fighting skills and proved that he’s more than just his armor.
Other than Pascals six minutes of screen time and the transport set piece, this episode was pretty bland otherwise. Writer Director Rick Famuyiwa did not bring enough to the table to justify such a detour, especially when Grogu is out there in the galaxy in mortal danger.
Overall, it is clear that this episode may have its very bright spots, but it’s yet another filler episode that could have easily been accomplished in a larger season finale that focuses on the important task at hand. Luckily, if Jon Favreau has made one thing clear about this show, its that we can expect a grand finale that will blow every filler episode away.
Filmnetic Grade: B
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