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4 hours ago, AbsolutSurgen said:

What a great episode.  Loved Clancy Brown as Burg -- I yelled "Kurgan" as soon as I saw him! (I know he's done a ton of other stuff, but he will always be the Kurgan to me).

 

They CAN do an extremely entertaining episode that has little to do with the plot progression of the overall series.


Lol he’s always Kurgan to me too. 

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17 hours ago, SoberChef said:

I was hoping for a reveal of whomever it was on Tattooine but maybe that's being saved for one of the final 2 eps of the season!? 

I am guessing it is Moff Gideon from the trailer.

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I'm glad to see, 'but it didn't move the plot forward' has died an ignominious death.

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Just now, Chris- said:

I'm glad to see, 'but it didn't move the plot forward' has died an ignominious death.

Well, that is because it was good. It if the EP is bad it at least should move the plot forward. 

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5 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

But what if there’s no plot and we’re all fine with it. 

Then there should have never been a plot in the first place but there was so it will never be fine until the previous plot is fully resolved. 

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2 hours ago, Kal-El814 said:

But what if there’s no plot and we’re all fine with it. 

Then I would eventually lose interest 

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4 hours ago, Chris- said:

I'm glad to see, 'but it didn't move the plot forward' has died an ignominious death.

The show has no plot, we’ve accepted that it’s just a Saturday morning cartoon. This episode was just good ;)

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The first three episodes set our expectations that this would be a very serialized structure, basically a long movie.  The last three episodes have taken a sharp turn towards an episodic structure, which is probably why it's so jarring.   But even as a standalone, episode 4 was not so good (at the very least, the weakest so far), 5 a bit better, but damn this last episode was fun as hell.  I'm definitely enjoying how they are purposefully using Mando's arsenal in as many varying, creative ways as they can imagine.

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This episode has finally sold me on this show being episodic. Acting was a bit iffy, but not so much I couldn’t enjoy it. 
 

I find Mando’s moral code interesting 

bandits and storm trooper trying to keep him from stealing something = kill



Jawas stealing from him = disintegration. 
Murders and thieves that betray him, try to kill him and leave him for dead = leave unharmed in a locked room.

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I believe it is possible to make an episodic structure with limited serialized moments work (just look at the history of TV).  However, given how bad episodes 4 and 5 were, I don't know how easy that will be.

IMHO, I think they've made it very hard on themselves by having one ongoing speaking part -- and that part always wears a helmet and speaks in short sentences.  The Child is only a puppet that doesn't do a whole lot more than being a pet.  

Trying to bring fresh interesting takes on this dynamic won't be easy (see episodes 4 & 5).

 

20 minutes ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

This episode has finally sold me on this show being episodic. Acting was a bit iffy, but not so much I couldn’t enjoy it. 
 

I find Mando’s moral code interesting 

 

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bandits and storm trooper trying to keep him from stealing something = kill

 


Jawas stealing from him = disintegration. 
Murders and thieves that betray him, try to kill him and leave him for dead = leave unharmed in a locked room.

 

 

I believe it as an attempt to show character development. 

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57 minutes ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:
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Murders and thieves that betray him, try to kill him and leave him for dead = leave unharmed in a locked room.

 

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They did betray him, but IIRC they also only locked him in a cell, same as he did to them in the end. They didn't try to kill him until he got out.

 

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2 hours ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

This episode has finally sold me on this show being episodic. Acting was a bit iffy, but not so much I couldn’t enjoy it. 
 

I find Mando’s moral code interesting 

 

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bandits and storm trooper trying to keep him from stealing something = kill

 


Jawas stealing from him = disintegration. 
Murders and thieves that betray him, try to kill him and leave him for dead = leave unharmed in a locked room.

 

 

 

My take

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For better or worse, the people who betrayed him are in his "community" and thus you have to be a bit more careful about how you respond to them. He spared them not because he doesn't like the idea of killing them, but because in their community its better to do an eye for an eye. A reputation for retaliating only in kind will probably serve him better than making an outright enemy when he already has a precarious relationship with them--he's already burned some bridges he probably didn't want to lose.

 

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9 hours ago, sblfilms said:

The show has no plot, we’ve accepted that it’s just a Saturday morning cartoon. This episode was just good ;)

 

It has a plot! The Hunter's Guild! Baby Yoda! Carl Weathers! DON'T LOSE FAITH GENTS!

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