The Mandalorian Chapter 7 The Reckoning Review

Review | The Mandalorian: Chapter 7 ‘The Reckoning’

The Mandalorian Chapter 7 is to date the best episode in the series. It remains to be seen whether the season finale can top this!

 

The Mandalorian Chapter 7 ‘The Reckoning’ is to date the best episode in the series. And it remains to be seen whether the season finale can top it.​​​​​​​​​ The episode follows the presumed formula to The Rise of Skywalker. Gather all your allies for a final stand against a common enemy. The Mandalorian is contacted by his old “foe”, Greef Karga who offers him a chance to clear his name with the Bounty Hunting Guild. AND provide safety for the Child. As long as he helps him kill the client. ​​​​​​​It seems like a good deal. And Mando acquiesces and gathers the allies he made in the last few months.

The Mandalorian Chapter 7

FRIENDS REUNITED

He manages to convince Cara Dune, Kuiil the Ugnaught, and a re-programmed IG-11 to come back to Nevarro.​​​​​​​​  on route to Nevarro, we learn that The Child is VERY strong in the Force. And he displays a Force power I’ve never seen outside of a video game. Yet, oddly not even the wise Kuiil knows what the Child is doing.

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How do they not know about the Force? It’s one thing not to believe in a higher power, but surely they must’ve heard stories? Very odd. Also, I almost bit my tongue when Kuiil examined the Child. Nick Nolte’s character mumbles and I can’t be sure what he referred to the Child as. I caught “very evolved” which is intriguingly acceptable but I do NOT want his species to ever be revealed. It’s a fanboy thing.​​​​​

The Mandalorian Chapter 7 Cara Dune

IG-11

Another weird thing I noticed was Kuiil told the story of how he found IG-11’s inert body in the compound where the Mandalorian left him and reprogrammed him. The sequence was just a little strange. I thought droids were reprogrammed and started working like sentient’s from the get-go. However, IG-11 needed to “learn” how to walk. And manipulate objects as a toddler would over, presumably, many weeks. It reminded me a lot of the robots Atlas Boston is developing now, here on Earth.

The Mandalorian Chapter 7 IG-11

​​​​​​​​Anyway, the new crew travels across the lava plains of Nevarro on Kuiil’s Blurrgs that he brought with him. They forge a “true” friendship with Greef and hatch an excellent plan to get close to the Client. AND keep the child safe. The “negotiations” go well but a surprise forces everyone to reevaluate the situation. Outgunned and outnumbered, we meet a new enemy (NOT Boba Fett) and all seems lost for The Mandalorian. Karga had originally said they only needed to deal with 4 stormtroopers, but yeah well, he was wrong. ​​​​It’s super cool to see Death Troopers from Rogue One and Rebels. And Moff Gideon’s TIE shuttle is very reminiscent of the stuff the First Order will later use.

Review | The Mandalorian Chapter 7

VERDICT

The episode ends tragically. And with little hope for Mando and his friends; showing once again, how talented Jon Favreau is. Chapter 8 is sure to be an unmissable wild ride and you know this reviewer won’t hesitate to stay up till 3 a.m. to see it. Early congratulations to Disney for this unforgettable adventure and I give Chapter 7, 4 ¾ out of 5 Death Stars. Almost perfection!

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