The Believer (2020)

Posted by Mrs Giggles on January 5, 2021 in 4 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: The Mandalorian

The Believer (2020)
The Believer (2020)

Main cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Bill Burr (Migs Mayfield), Richard Brake (Valin Hess), and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Do you remember Migs Mayfield? No? I don’t blame you, as The Prisoner was a filler episode through and through in the first season. I confess that I don’t remember him either, until his image popped up at the later end of the previous episode and I decided to look up the character’s name.

Anyway, after Baby Grogu was kidnapped by Moff Gideon, Mandy decides that he needs Mayfield’s help to locate Moff Gideon’s cruiser. You see, Mayfield is a former Imperial soldier, so he will know better than Mandy as to the protocols and what not in order to infiltrate enemy ranks.

Conveniently enough, Cara Dune is now a Marshal of the New Republic, so she has access to Mayfield and can help spring that prisoner out. She hesitates, but there is enough of the chaotic good Cara inside this new and reformed version to bend the rules and help Mandy out. Also coming along are Shand and Boba Fett, as the latter had promised to keep Baby safe in return for Mandy giving him his father’s armor, and they will remain by Mandy’s side to fulfill that vow. Cara, of course comes along. So now we have a party as they attempt to get Mayfield into a secret Imperial mining colony on the planet Morak and gain access to the coordinates of Moff Gideon’s ship.

The plot sounds a bit too simplistic, and I’m sure we can all poke holes into it, but you know what? Kick-ass people, woo-hoo! Again, sure, the enemies are all idiots just existing to waste air before getting mowed down by our lead characters, but… woo-hoo! Good chemistry and camaraderie, teamwork, comic relief and quips that don’t go overboard… it’s almost a shame that the whole gang will splinter off to their inevitable spin-off shows one day, but maybe there can be crossovers, like the MCU. In fact, looking at the less-than-exciting upcoming MCU lineup, maybe this crossover can be the new cinematic spectacle, who knows. That is, if COVID-19 hadn’t completely killed the cinema culture by then. I’ve even warmed up to Gina Carano in her role, as she seems to have mellowed quite a bit as an actor. Well, that or I have become used to her style. Either way, I’ve had fun.

When Mandy tells Moff Gideon at the end that he’s coming to get Baby Grogu back, all I can say is that, sigh. Sure, he has a bucket on his head at all times (that’s right, I didn’t see his face too, alright), which can be a mood-killer, but what a man.

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