Quick ‘Mandalorian’ Review – ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time to talk about the penultimate episode of Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’. Lately in ‘Star Wars’, I’ve revisited ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and I’m on Chapter 12 of ‘Dark Force Rising’, the second book of the original Thrawn trilogy. I enjoyed those before seeing this ‘Mandalorian’ episode.

The penultimate episode of Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ is ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’. It’s written and directed by Rick Famyuiwa. I enjoyed the episode very much and I’m looking forward to what happens next after this episode since things seem to be building up well to an exciting season finale.

In the episode, Pedro Pascal as Mando, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand acquire an old enemy of Mando’s, Bill Burr as Migs Mayfeld. Migs Mayfeld previously guest starred in Season 1 of ‘The Mandalorian’ in ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner’.

Mando needs Mayfeld’s help to acquire the coordinates to Moff Gideon’s ship since the villain happens to have Baby Yoda/Grogu. Incidentally, this episode is one where Baby Yoda/Grogu doesn’t appear at all. I hope Baby Yoda/Grogu will be alright by the time we get to Season 2’s last episode. 😐

Mayfeld accompanies Mando, Cara, Boba and Fennec, directing them to a hidden Imperial rhydonium refinery on the planet Morak. On the planet, Mando joins Mayfeld into the refinery in order to access a computer terminal and steal the coordinates. No-one else can join Mayfeld here! 😐

Apparently Cara, Boba and Fennec are known to Imperial security, which makes sense. Mando and Mayfeld hijack one of the transports and disguise themselves as soldiers. This is before the highly-explosive rhydonium shipments are attacked by pirates, causing the Mandalorian to fight them off. 🙂

It was interesting to see Mando and Mayfeld’s relationship in the episode since they didn’t part on good terms the last time they saw each other in ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner’. It was also intriguing to see Mando wearing Imperial armour as a disguise as opposed to the Mandalorian armour he dons. 😐

They get to where the terminal is in an officers’ mess hall at the facility but Mayfeld sees his former commanding officer. He’s afraid of being recognised and Mando goes instead to access the terminal. But the terminal requires a facial scan, thus Mando takes off his helmet to show his face. Goodness!

Now this shouldn’t be a surprise as we’ve seen what Mando looked like at the end of Season 1. But this episode has Mando without a helmet for a long period of time. I did wonder if he had broken his Mandalorian code for far too long without having his helmet on him and with Mayfeld seeing him. 😐

It doesn’t make things any easier when Mayfeld’s former commanding officer Valin Hess questions him. Mayfeld tries to intervene, but after a tense drink and where Hess becomes callous, he shoots his former commanding officer. Mando and Mayfeld battle their way to the roof during their escape.

Cara Dune and Fennec Shand provide covering fire as Mando and Mayfeld escape. Boba Fett joins in the fight aboard his Slave I ship. It was nice to see Boba Fett join in on the action again. Eventually, Mayfeld destroys the refinery with a well-placed sniper shot and Boba obliterates two TIE fighters. 🙂

Grateful to Mayfeld for helping them, Mando and Cara agree to let Mayfeld go free. Interesting that Mando and Cara let Mayfeld go free, especially after what happened in ‘Chapter 6: The Prisoner’. I wonder if this is the last we’ll hear of Mayfeld. Will he come back as a goodie or a baddie in the series?

The episode concludes with Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon receiving a message from the Mandalorian. Mando threatens Gideon, saying that he will rescue Baby Yoda/Grogu. It looks pretty personal now. I wonder what will happen next. Will Gideon be too dangerous for Mando to handle?

‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ is a very good instalment in ‘The Mandalorian’ series. I have enjoyed ‘The Mandalorian’ series very much and I’m looking forward to how it concludes in the final episode. I hope it’ll turn out alright and that Mando will get to rescue and reunite with Baby Yoda/Grogu here.

Stay tuned for my review on ‘Chapter 16’ in ‘The Mandalorian’ next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


Meanwhile…

THE TIMELORD MANDALORIAN STORY
Chapter 8

At ‘Bradley’s Basement’ headquarters, Tim, Timelord007 and the Mandalorian are still placed inside cubicles ready to be carbonated. The Wolfie carbonated statue stands nearby. Mirror Tim glares at his three prisoners gleefully whilst Whiskeybrewer stands nearby, regretful of his actions.

Timelord007: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, Evil Tim you are a bore!”

Mirror Tim: “Oh cease your witless prattling, sinner! I have enough to contend with without you giving me a flipping headache!”

Timelord007: “You’ll have a even worse headache when I escape!”

Mandalorian: “Timelord, don’t antagonise him. You’ll only make things worse.”

Timelord007: “How can it possibly get any worse?”

Tim: (grimly) “So, we meet at last.”

Mirror Tim: “Indeed we do. I’ve waited a long time to meet my other self. You’re more ugly-looking than I expected.”

Tim: “I take it you’re the other version of me who kidnapped Timelord007 during my cinema experience review of ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ last year.”

Mirror Tim: “Indeed I am! And it was a great pleasure torturing the rotten sinner, I can tell you!”

Timelord007: Sinner? He must’ve gone back in time and learned about my past colourful endeavours with the opposite sex.”

Tim: (to Timelord007) “Timelord, be quiet.” (to Mirror Tim) “I also take it you used the codename ‘Francis’ to lure us here.”

Mirror Tim: “Yes! I am Francis as you clearly see! It was very clever of me, wasn’t it?”

Timelord007: “Why don’t you just grow a goatee and spout “You will obey me”?”

Mandalorian: “What’s the point of all this? Why did you trap Tim and keep him in a life-support system whilst you impersonated him doing his blog for the past nine months?”

Mirror Tim: “Isn’t it obvious? I wanted to steal all his ideas! I wanted to understand why he was driven to review and share things on his blog where he hoped people would read and hear him. Now I have most of his talent drained, I will take over the blog and indoctrinate my opinions into everyone’s heads. I will be ruler of the blog and will control people’s minds when they’re accessing the internet.”

Timelord007: “All you need now is a white cat and a volcanic lair. Another power mad dictator! Are you sure you’re not Davros?”

Mirror Tim: “I expected you to say something like that, you sinner!”

Timelord007: “Stop calling me that!”

Mirror Tim: “No! Because that’s what you are! A sinner! Sinner, sinner, sinner! A BIG FAT SINNER!!!”

Timelord007: “I haven’t sinned since I last met Lady Christina.”

Tim: “Why pick on us? Why capture me, Mando, Timelord and Wolfie as your prisoners? And why call Timelord a sinner?”

Mirror Tim: “He’s not the only sinner! You are all sinners! All three of you have blasphemed against my word!”

Mandalorian: “And what is your word?”

Mirror Tim: “You have spoken against the most sacred and holiest of movies ever made in the history of all universes!”

Tim: “Really? What movie is that then?”

Mirror Tim: “Why, ‘The Last Jedi’ of course!”

Mandalorian: (groans) “Not this again.”

Timelord007: “An abomination of PC SJW drivel! Written and directed by a mad man to promote his woke agenda!”

Mirror Tim:‘The Last Jedi’ is glorious! It’s the best thing Rian Johnson has ever made! Everybody should worship it! Bow down before ‘The Last Jedi’! Bow down before it!!!”

Timelord007: “It’s an abomination of the ‘Star Wars’ universe! Two and a half hours of one ship chasing another; Princess Leia defying the laws of gravity and becoming an intergalactic Mary Poppins when ejected into outer space; Finn and Rose visiting a gambling planet that adds nothing to the plot; Luke teaches Rey about moving rocks then goes back to being grumpy; a CGI puppet version of Yoda…”

Tim: (puzzled) “I thought it was a real puppet version of Yoda in the film.”

Timelord007: (continues) “Snoke the all powerful Sith who cannot sense a lightsaber is turning towards him a metre away; Luke Skywalker is a grumpy old hermit who turns up at the climax and does NOTHING; oh and the questions asked in the previous movie go unanswered and finally…why in God’s name is Kylo topless?!!!”

Mirror Tim: “SILENCE, blasphemer!!!”

Whiskeybrewer: “I told you not to set him off. He goes ranting for a full hour without a breath if you encourage him.”

Mirror Tim: (ignores Whiskeybrewer; continues; to TImelord007) “You should be ashamed of your unclean words!!!”

Timelord007: “No! It is you who is using blasphemy! Spouting how amazing this PC SJW woke drivel is!”

Mirror Tim: “AGONISE!!!”

Mirror Tim presses a button on a remote control and Timelord007’s agoniser on his shoulder switches on. Timelord screams out in pain, receiving bolts of electricity, which lasts for about eight seconds.

Tim: “Where did you get agonisers from?”

Mandalorian: “And why put it on Timelord’s shoulder?”

Mirror Tim: (gleefully) “Oh he’s not the only one with an agoniser! You Tim and you Mandalorian have also got agonisers! I shall use them if you dare speak against me!”

Tim: “Leave Timelord alone! You’re hurting him!”

Mirror Tim: (irritably) “That’s precisely the point, isn’t it?”

Eventually, Mirror Tim switches off his remote control. Timelord slumps in his cubicle, recovering from the pain.

Mirror Tim: (to Timelord007) “Repent, blasphemer! REPENT!!!”

Timelord007: “NEVER!!! ‘LAST JEDI’ IS UTTER DRIVEL! SHAMBOLIC PIFFLE! NONSENSICAL BAFFLEGAB! INCOHERENT TWADDLE!”

Mirror Tim: “INCREASE THE VOLTAGE!!!”

Mirror Tim presses his remote control again, increasing the voltage, laughing loud maniacally whilst he tortures Timelord007. Timelord cries out in agonising pain. This time it lasts longer than eight seconds.

Mandalorian: “Enough! There’s no need to do this!”

Tim: “Yeah stop it, other me! Let us go! Leave us alone and go back to whatever universe you came from! Stop hurting my friend Timelord007!”

Mirror Tim: “Not until he says ‘The Last Jedi’ is the best ‘Star Wars’ movie ever made! Submit, you sinner! SUBMIT!!!”

Timelord007: (through gritted teeth; in pain)Never! ‘Last Jedi’ is the most atrocious God awful movie in the entire universe!”

Mirror Tim: “Very well. Then all you three sinners will die by agonisers on your shoulders!!!”

With that, Mirror Tim presses his remote control and the agonisers on Mando and Tim switch on too. Timelord, Mando and Tim all scream out in pain from the full intensity of Mirror Tim’s torture as he laughs out loud manically. Whiskeybrewer then steps forward.

Whiskeybrewer: “Stop it! This isn’t what we agreed!”

Mirror Tim: “And I don’t care! I love hurting people when they don’t agree with me that ‘The Last Jedi’ is tremendous!”

Whiskeybrewer: “I’m wearing a good pair of dwarf star toe-capped boots! They can go quite high up ya, if I put a good swing behind them!”

Mirror Tim considers for a moment. Eventually, he switches off his remote control and the agonisers on Tim, Timelord and Mando’s shoulders switch off. Tim, Timelord and Mando struggle to recover as the intensity of the agonisers’ voltage was too much.

Mirror Tim: “Ah well. It doesn’t matter. Very soon, all three of you will be carbonated just like your friend Wolfie here is. He managed to survive the carbon freezing process. The three of you however… Oh joy! I would love to have you all die the moment you get carbonated!”

Timelord007: (recovers; mimics Soldeed) “His dreams of Favreau conquest!” (Pause) “Go on, Evil Tim! Channel your inner Soldeed!”

Tim: (to Whiskeybrewer) “Why are you helping him, Whiskeybrewer? What has he offered you? And what did you betray us?”

Mirror Tim: “Oh it’s very simple. Whiskeybrewer shares the same opinion as me. He loves ‘The Last Jedi’. Don’t you, Whiskey?”

Whiskeybrewer: “Well, I don’t know if I can say that…”

Mirror Tim: “Come on! You said it yourself on the Divergent Universe forum all those years ago. Remember? You’re more on the side of it’s a good film, saying the Rey and Kylo stuff is spot on, and the Crait sequence is one of the most epic and well-remembered moments from the franchise. Correct me if I’m wrong?”

Whiskeybrewer: “True. But I can see both sides of the argument in that it’s a very marmite movie for ‘Star Wars’ fans. I hate how a lot of the characters were treated – Snoke, Phasma, DJ and some of the others.”

Mirror Tim: “It doesn’t matter! You said you liked the film and that’s all that counts.”

Whiskeybrewer: “But I wouldn’t do this to betray my friends! How I ever agreed to help you with this mad scheme of yours, I don’t know.”

Mirror Tim: “You agreed to help me if I gave you safe passage into my universe. You know, where there’s no Covid-19? No social distancing? Where you can work in a pub and where you don’t have to contract a deadly virus?”

Whiskeybrewer: (realises) “Ah! Yes! You got me there! Thanks for reminding me.”

Timelord007: (accusingly)“You betrayed us all, you Judas!”

Whiskeybrewer: “I’m sorry, Timelord. Like I said, he’s very intimidating and persuasive.”

Tim: “Why capture the Mandalorian though? What has he ever done to you? For saving my life? Is that what this is all about?”

Mirror Tim: “No! It’s more than that! In this universe, everyone is praising how great his show is!”

Timelord007: “Because it is! It features well-written characters you care about, a brilliant story arc and excellent action sequences. It’s a love letter and a labour of love to true ‘Star Wars’ fans from our lords Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni.”

Tim: “Yeah, even I have to agree with Timelord. ‘The Mandalorian’ show is a very good ‘Star Wars’ show on Disney+…”

Mirror Tim: “It’s disgusting!”

Tim: “What?”

Mirror Tim: “You heard me? ‘The Mandalorian’ show is the worst thing I’ve ever seen! It’s the worst thing ever made in ‘Star Wars’ history!”

Mandalorian: “I’m sorry to hear you say that. I suppose I can’t please everyone.”

Timelord007: “Ignore him, Mando! Your show has brought balance to the Force and made me fall in love with ‘Star Wars’ all over again.”

Mirror Tim: “You’re wrong! You’re all wrong! ‘The Mandalorian’ sucks!”

Tim: “No he doesn’t.”

Timelord007: “All hail Favreau and Filoni!”

Mirror Tim: “It’s an abomination! ‘The Mandalorian’ is an abysmal thing in ‘Star Wars’! Even my dog Cuddles was sick from seeing it!”

Tim: “You have a cuddly toy dog called Cuddles too?”

Mirror Tim: “No! He’s my rottweiler!”

Tim: (put-off) “Oh.”

Timelord007:‘The Mandalorian’ is the best thing to happen to ‘Star Wars’ since ‘Rogue One’!”

Mirror Tim: “No! I told you you’re wrong! ‘The Last Jedi’ is the best thing to happen to ‘Star Wars’! It’s glorious!!!”

Timelord007:‘Last Jedi’ is an evil abomination!!! It belongs in hell with you!!!”

Mirror Tim: “MORE AGONISING!!!!”

Whiskeybrewer runs forward and stops Mirror Tim using his remote control.

Whiskeybrewer: “No! Enough! No more hurting them! I told you what would happen if you hurt them further!”

Mirror Tim hesitates as Whiskeybrewer stops him.

Mirror Tim: “Oh I’ve had enough of this! Enough of these delays! It’s time to carbon freeze you three!”

Tim: “No, wait! Listen! You don’t have to do this!”

Mirror Tim: “And I will have you all carbonated at 100 per cent!!!”

Whiskeybrewer: “No wait! Don’t do that! If you carbonate them at 100 per cent, you’ll kill them!”

Mirror Tim: “And I don’t care! If these sinners won’t agree with me that ‘The Last Jedi’ is the best movie ever made, then they shall suffer for their sacrilege!!!”

Tim: “Listen to me, other me! It’s not going to help things if you carbonate us just because we don’t agree with your opinion about ‘The Last Jedi’. Lots of people aren’t going to agree with you that ‘The Last Jedi’ is a great movie. They’ll be like Timelord007 who hates it. You can’t change their minds about it.”

Mirror Tim: (scornfully) “Just like I can’t make everyone think that Nyssa is a great ‘Doctor Who’ companion like you do, Tim!”

A moment of silence ensues. Tim is pretty hurt by what Mirror Tim has said to him.

Mirror Tim: (mockingly) “Oh I’m sorry! Did I strike a nerve there? Was I being insensitive about how you feel about a certain ‘Doctor Who’ companion you like whilst others won’t agree with you. That must really hurt! It must also really hurt that you haven’t seen her at a convention this year. Did a global pandemic stop that from ever happening?!”

Timelord007: “Leave Tim alone! You’ve crossed a line now! Nobody disrespects Nyssa!”

Mirror Tim: “I can mock and scorn whoever I like! Just like I can mock and scorn the three of you! And now enough time has been wasted! It’s time for me to start the carbon freezing!”

Mirror Tim makes his way over to a set of controls that will initiate the carbon freezing process. Whiskeybrewer clears his throat and Mirror Tim turns back to look at him.

Whiskeybrewer: “There’s no reason for me to watch this, is there? I don’t like to see my three friends being carbonated to death.”

Mirror Tim: (gradually) “No. No reason for you to stay.” (Pause) “But I had hoped you would be stronger.”

With that, Whiskeybrewer leaves the room.

Mirror Tim: “Now my three sinners! It’s time for you die! A shame Whiskeybrewer didn’t carbon freeze Wolfie at 100 per cent as he knew that would kill him. But I won’t make the same mistake he did. And I won’t say “I love you!” like Princess Leia did to Han Solo before he got carbonated because I don’t love you at all!”

With that, Mirror Tim slams his hand on the big red button, laughing out loud as he does so. Tim, Timelord007 and the Mandalorian’s cubicles lower down as they’re about to be carbonated.

Timelord007: (panics) “Tim! Do something!”

Tim: “I wish we could do something! But I haven’t written the script for next week’s episode. So I don’t know what’s going to happen next to us!”

Mandalorian: “I’ve no idea how my second season will end next time. I hope Grogu will be alright the next time I see him.”

Tim: “Baby Yoda!”

Mandalorian: “I know who I’m talking about!”

Timelord007: (despairingly) “I feel this is the end! Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel?”

Tim: “I’m sorry, Timelord. I’m really sorry. But this looks like it is the end for us! I can’t see any way out of this!”

Tim, Timelord007 and the Mandalorian become anxious whilst Mirror Tim laughs away, watching his prisoners being lowered into the carbon freezing chamber.

TO BE CONCLUDED…

2 thoughts on “Quick ‘Mandalorian’ Review – ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’

  1. Timelord 007

    Loved this episode the last five episodes have built up a great story arc, love the team & the characters in this series it captures old school Star Wars perfectly i got a theory Grogu will become a Sith, he’ll end Gideon with dark saber & be next years villain, what a dark twist that would be?

    Excellent summary of the episode Tim, i am truly loving this series it has rekindled my love for Star Wars because after Last Jedi broke my heart & love for the franchise i honestly didn’t think I could enjoy Star Wars ever again but this series has ignited my passion for the saga.

    Oh dear Timelord, Mando & Tim are in deep peril can anyone save them? Oh it’s a agonisingly long wait i hope one of them has a plan.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Thanks for your comments on my review and glad you enjoyed the episode.

      Hmm. Baby Yoda/Grogu ending up as a Sith. We’ll have to wait and see.

      Yeah, I’ve enjoyed watching ‘The Mandalorian’ series, especially in the build-up to Christmas. I’m hoping we’ll get a satisfying finale in the next episode. How the series will continue after that, I’ve no idea. 😀

      How will Timelord, Mando and Tim get out of this one? I hope I’ll be able to write the script next time. 😀

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂

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