Saturday, August 22, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: The Mandalorian

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m watching the entire season of every series nominated in the top category.

The Mandalorian: Season 1, Episode 7 “Chapter 7: The Reckoning” (B)

Every episode of this show so far has felt like it was introducing new characters, and it was moderately satisfying to see most of them return in this installment. We also got a peek at the only actor who scored an Emmy nomination for his performance, “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” star Giancarlo Esposito, though the actual episode he submitted is the next one. Unsurprisingly, Carga is still alive, and he seemed more than ready to forgive the Mandalorian for shooting him and, for all he knew, killing him, but the Mandalorian still hasn’t caught on to the fact that almost everyone from his past wants him dead. Fortunately, it was Baby Yoda’s healing that changed Carga’s mind and convinced him to kill his associates so that they could instead try to go after the Client together. Cara is a loyal friend and partner, and she seems to work well with the team. The show’s most endearing character aside from Baby Yoda, Kuiil, was reluctant to participate in all this but happy nonetheless to do his part, and it’s a shame that he ended up paying for it with his life. He even managed to reprogram the IG-11 droid to serve rather than kill. Cara was not happy when Baby Yoda mistook her friendly arm-wrestling for a threat on the Mandalorian’s life, and let’s hope he has some more of that magic on hand for the finale. Four stormtroopers was always a stretch, but this army isn’t anything they’ll be able to defeat without some serious help.

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