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Star Wars The Mandalorian s2e15 “The Believer”

Bill Burr and Pedro Pascal infiltrate the Empire

So, this episode of Star Wars :The Mandalorian had such great plot and writing. It literally felt like a Quentin Tarantino film. I got drawn back into Star Wars by the PS One game Dark Forces and by the prequels. Now that CGI and technology has advanced so far to create VR Environment, Disney has invested in bringing back the Star Wars Universe after Kathleen Kennedy ran it into the ground. The less that creators play to The Mouse, the better. Star Wars is about what comes next.

Bill Burr is a funny guy, comedically destructive, he can tear down a crowd of hecklers in minutes. so, having him play Mayfeld, a criminal with Imperial information who helps Mandalorian break into an Empire outpost, is a treat. He helps the episode by challenging the Mandalorian’s belief in his religion, and ultimately helps Mando take down the whole base after he is pinned by officer Valin Hess who he served under during the war. It is interesting to see how Empire officers celebrate their “glory days” and bar talk. Clearly a break from what you could expect from marines at the club or VFW.

  • Valin Hess : So, what shall we toast to, boys? I can blather on about “to health” or “to success”, but I’d like to do something a little less rote. Where you from, Brown Eyes?
  • Mayfeld : [before Mando can speak] How ’bout a toast to Operation Cinder?
  • Valin Hess : Now, there’s a man who knows his history.
  • Mayfeld : No, I don’t just know it. I lived it. I was in Burnin Konn.
  • Valin Hess : Burnin Konn?
  • Mayfeld : Mm.
  • Valin Hess : That was a hard day. I had to make many unpleasant decisions.
  • Mayfeld : Yes, you did. Entire city gone in moments, along with everybody in it. We lost our whole division that day. Man, that was, like, 5, 10,000 people.
  • Valin Hess : Yep. All heroes of the Empire.
  • Mayfeld : Yeah. And all dead.
  • Valin Hess : Well, it’s a small sacrifice for the greater good, son.
  • Mayfeld : Depends on who you ask, don’t you think?
  • Valin Hess : What you gettin’ at, trooper?
  • Mayfeld : All those people, the ones who died, was it good for them? Hmm? Their families? The guys I served with? Civilians, those poor mud scuffers, died defendin’ their homes, fighting for freedom. Was it good for ’em?
  • Valin Hess : But we’ve outlasted them, son. They’re eating themselves alive. The New Republic is in complete disarray, and we grow stronger. You see, with the rhydonium you’ve delivered, we can create havoc that’s gonna make Burnin Konn just pale by comparison. And then they’re gonna turn to us once again. You see, boys, everybody thinks they want freedom, but what they really want is order. And when they realize that, they’re gonna welcome us back with open arms. Ah.[raising his glass]
  • Valin Hess : To the Empire.[with a soft chuckle, Mayfeld shoots him, then other Imperials in the room]
  • Mayfeld : [giving Mando his helmet back] You did what you had to do. I never saw your face.

Now that Disney is dropping ten more Star Wars shows, it feels like we are getting more exposure to the earlier writings of the 90s. I can’t wait to see how the other shows pan out.

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