Chapter Seven: The Reckoning 1. The first half of the season 1 finale was really, really good. Maybe the best episode so far. 2. Big ups to Chow for this episode. Her first episode had pretty much everything, except the really well shot action. It was okay, but not top level stuff imo. This one did not have that problem. The action was visceral and it hurt in the right way. Her Obi-Wan show is going to be so good. 3. So the Mando was getting a crew together all season. Now we just need the return of a certain Ming-Na, who is totally alive. 3. I liked Cara a lot more here. Less exposition machine, more real person dialogue. 4. The exposition dump from Kuiil about himself and IG-11 was great. At first I was annoyed by it, but then I realized where they were going with it. Kuiil's repetition seems to go back to his need to establish his honor, and I found his continued issues with Cara worked really well. Every time he went back to his story, it was both annoying and endearing. 5. IG-11 taught us a lot of about droids in SW. Added that layer of them being a lot more then simply robots that you get from the best of them. 6. How does Gizmo keep up with the Mando? Does the Mando take one step every 10 seconds, so he can keep up? And what I think is even better is when he just appears halfway across the room in like 2 seconds, when we know how fast he walks. It's ridiculous and fantastic. 7. Gizmo interfering in the arm wrestling match hit the exact right note. They start it with the idea that he is going to help the Mando win. Then you realize he sees Cara as a threat, Gizmo reacts As he believe he is suppose to and it got dark. He was protecting his papa, but at what cost? 8. They juxtaposed this beautifully imo, with the healing scene. The light and the dark is in all Force users. 9. I love when the choke expands beyond Anakin. He did it first, but there is no reason to think he should be the only one capable of it. 10. So theory time. Do they want Gizmo because they are trying to replace the Emperor? Do they want him to clone a new army? Is Gizmo a clone... of Yoda? Did Yaddle and Yoda get drunk on a mission one time, and they did something the Jedi forbid? Who knows... 11. Death Troopers, and they are actually effective!!!! 12. It is amazing how intimidating one Tie can be when you shoot it as the scariest thing in the galaxy. Oh and you have no weapon to fight it. 13. Rebels Stormies transport vehicle!!! 14. So the droid thing with the Mando. I know it is assumed he lived through the Clone Wars, and that is probably where it comes from. But tonight got me wondering again. His emphasize on programming. What if he lived in a town where they re-purposed old droids from the war, and then they eventually turned on the town? Maybe someone triggered their original programming. 15. IG-11 is going to wreck house next week! 16. Kuiil's death really go to me. Wasn't expecting that. 17. Carl Weathers, my man. He is basically playing his Predator character, but I dig it so much. He even almost lost his arm to a space predator. 18. I want to see what the defensive mechanism is on the Razorcrest. It sounds crazy, but maybe it is just a hiding Ming-Na. So everything is setup for next week. Mando and crew trapped, IG-11 left on the Razorcrest, Kuiil dead and Gizmo captured. This is going to be interesting.