TV Show Review: The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episodes 6 through 8 (the Finale)

Details: There are only eight episodes this season so this review includes the finale. More information can be found at https://www.starwars.com/series/the-mandalorian and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/

Score: 8.2/10

This season and especially this finale episode of The Mandalorian is a master class in fan service. If you are a Star Wars fan, this will hit you right in the nostalgiac feels.

Spoilers ahead.

Wowowow. These last few episode were pretty good, but that final episode… wow. That final episode is what fans have been wanting to see for a long time.

Obviously the most gratifying thing in the final episode was the appearance of Luke. Not just Luke, but Luke at the height of his power. The most important aspect of putting Luke Skywalker in this episode is that it must be played by Mark Hamill. He doesn’t need to physically be there, but it needs to be his voice. Thankfully, it is Mark Hamill. He’s in the credits and I looked it up on imdb.com. I’m so glad it’s actually Hamill because the special effects they used for his face looked terrible. However, none of that matters. What matters is that Hamill was actually there and that is enough to give it that feeling of authenticity and nostalgia all long time Star Wars fans needed.

With that said, there was quite a bit of emotion between our protagonist and baby Yoda. It was surprisingly emotional given that Luke Skywalker actually made an appearance.

A interesting side note to this series is just how many powerful female characters there are. In this final episode, pretty much every powerful character other than the protagonist is a strong, ass kicking woman. An interesting creative choice on Filoni and Favreau’s part. I had no idea he was so supportive of women’s empowerment, or maybe this was pushed by Disney and Kathleen Kennedy. Either way, I like it.

Overall, this series gave Star Wars fans exactly what they wanted, which is amazing considering how the movies mostly failed to do so. The Mandalorian is amazing. It is peak Star Wars. It is no exaggeration to say that Filoni and Favreau are carrying the entire Star Wars franchise on their shoulders.

Anime Review: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2

Details: This is a review of the thirteen episodes of this first part of Season 2. I read somewhere that the show will go on break and continue in January 2021. Also known as Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 2nd season. This second season is complete. More information can be found at http://re-zero-anime.jp/ and https://myanimelist.net/anime/39587/Re_Zero_kara_Hajimeru_Isekai_Seikatsu_2nd_Season

Score: 8/10

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 is one of those shows where each subsequent episode is somehow even better than the last. This is must watch anime.

The series picks up right where the last season left off. Subaru just beat some bad guys and is leaving with his pals when tragedy strikes again. Now Subaru must use his power to return to a previous point in time when he dies in order to survive the current challenges. In trying to survive, Subaru will meet the feared witches of this world, one of whom gave him his power.

After the craziness of last season, I wondered how they were going to top all the shocking moments they already showed. Rest assured, they did it. Each horrible death in this second season is just as horrible and grotesque as the deaths in the first season. What’s amazing is how the show keeps finding ways to shock the audience by showing new acts of gore along with narrative revelations about the other characters in the show. We get a lot of character development in this second season, but many questions are still left open and there’s still a lot of mystery.

We also get to see a ton of character development for Subaru. ReZero is mainly a story about watching Subaru encounter crippling terror and pain, then overcoming it. What’s so interesting about Subaru is that while he overcomes all the challenges in a way, he really doesn’t. The trauma from each incident stays with him. Each death he goes through is catastrophically worse for his psychology than the last. He never really get over the pain of death. It’s emotionally intense to watch this trauma filled person continue on.

The animation is as fantastic as it was last season. This is a very well animated show. The voice acting is great as there are a lot of emotionally charged moments here. The voice actor for Subaru is especially good given what he goes through.

Overall, this is a fantastic series. There is a lot of gore and a lot of the plot points can be very emotionally straining, so I wouldn’t necessarily let kids watch this. Even still, this is must watch anime and if you are anime fan, you need to give this a watch. You should start with the first season though because the whole thing goes in chronological order.

TV Show Review: Barry

Details: This is a review of season one and two. More information can be found at https://www.hbo.com/barry and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5348176/

Score: 8/10

Barry is one of the best, most original shows I’ve seen this year. It reminds me of Breaking Bad in the way it combines something extraordinarily criminal with something very mundane, except that this is 60% comedy 40% drama whereas Breaking Bad was mostly drama.

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TV Show Review: Steven Universe, Season Five, Episodes 19 through 29

Details: This is a review of episodes nineteen through twenty-nine of season five. Episode twenty-nine was the season finale. More information can be found at https://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/steven-universe/index.html and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3061046/

Score: 8.4/10

Back in May 2018, Steven Universe went on hiatus. Then it came back with a few episodes in July. Then it went on hiatus. Then finally came back again at the end of the year and finished the season in January 2019. Were all the delays worth it? Hell yes. Steven Universe is one of the most unique shows I have ever seen because it seeks to convey themes related to identity and acceptance from a nontraditional, yet universal perspective. It then takes these themes and wraps it in a science fiction story that makes it digestible to viewers who may be intolerant, prejudiced, old and young. The incorporation of music and loads of character development (my favorite aspect of a good story) is also welcome.

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TV Show Review: Daredevil, Season 3

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80018294 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322312/

Score: 8.4/10

After watching the now cancelled and generally mediocre seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, I worried for this newest season of Daredevil. Luckily, my worries were unfounded. Daredevil season three brings back the quality production values that you saw in seasons one and two. As an aside, don’t go on Yahoo because they put spoilers for this show right onto the front page… those ass hats.

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