Quoted from benheck:
Well in the previous episode they had that big flashback with Hairy Guy fixing up the droid. That was the setup, and episode 8 was the payoff.
It's almost as if Mandolarian follows classic story structure and isn't a giant mess like the films!
I agree. It's a totally different vibe than most modern serial series. I'd call it, "enjoyably relaxing". Sure, the plot-lines are simple and you can predict most of what's going to happen if you're so inclined, but it's well executed and a nice change from the more high-intesity stuff that is typical these days. And also agree it's nice to have a happy ending for a change.
Favourite part in Ep 8 was when the two speedbike troopers were killing time trying to hit the can with their blasters, and both miss every time. Nice little play on Stormtrooper shooting prowess, or lack thereof.