Bronze Label

The Mandalorian (2020, Season 2)

8.0/10

The Mandalorian season 2 is as good as the first season. Again we are being drawn into a Star Wars setting with a Spaghetti Western vibe to it, and each episode has its own specific atmospheric characteristics. The two main goals of season two are to 1; find other Mandalorians, and 2; to return the “kid” (Grogu) to a Jedi in order so that Grogu can be trained properly in the ways of the Jedi. While they try to accomplish these two main goals they get involved with all kinds of side stories, and encounter opposition from strangers and the imperial forces under Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).

The story arc and plot development are generally speaking original and exciting. At no point did I get bored, or negatively distracted by certain events. It was a very immersive experience that you don’t want to miss out on. However, there were certain moments which I found a little repetitive. One of them was that during multiple of these side missions a city, or village, needed to be rescued. Sometimes even an individual that needed to be helped in order to save their species. Additionally, there are only so many monsters that you can use within two seasons before it gets dull. Anyway, i have to say that this was not a huge issue for me because the writers always manage to make each scenario different from the previous one. For example on one occasion two different species had to unite to survive a certain situation. Therefore, saving the town was not only about saving that specific town, but it was mainly about unification against a common enemy. This was depicted in an interesting, funny and entertaining way. So in this case it wasn’t such an issue that the story arc of saving a town was being used again. However, if you just watched The Mandalorian season 1 then it might be a good idea to wait at least a week before you watch season two. But this is the case with most things; if you consume too much of one certain thing/product then you might not like it as much anymore due to overconsumption. Therefore I think that The Mandalorian season one, and two are ideally NOT binge watched. Moreover, there were some scenes in which The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) was significantly stronger than his opponents, and during later episodes, together with his allies (which I will not mention) this became problematic. The problem behind the superior strength of the Mandalorian and his allies is that it becomes unrealistic. In one episode I was thinking that the Jedi was not needed anymore because they managed to overcome certain situations. Why does one need a Jedi when one can do so much damage with a small squad? It was at this point that I missed a darker storyline. Something more along the lines of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but i guess The Mandalorian will never be like that which is okay to me. Additionally, The Mandalorian season 1, and 2 feel more like the original Star Wars movies than some of the Star Wars films that came out in the last couple of years. Therefore, I am pleasantly surprised to see that Disney+ has finally managed to encapsulate the ‘real’ Star Wars characteristics that everybody was yearning for. Let’s hope they bring this original vibe back to the movies again. 

There was another episode which explored the Mandalorian himself (Episode 3). It was very interesting to see that the writers created a perception, or idea, of a ‘Orthodox/Zealots’ Mandalorian type and a new/modern type of Mandalorian. The sentence “This is the way” is being questioned in this episode and also refers back to our own world in which zealots, or the conservative mentality is being challenged by a more liberal mindset. It is here that we get a better understanding of who our Mandalorian really is. Additionally, our protagonist really changes over time and we witness a change of character that shows that the writers really did a great job with character development.

Overall, it was a great cinematic experience, and the acting was very good. I will be looking forward to the Mandalorian season 3 because it will take us on a different journey. My biggest fear was that Disney+ would drag this current storyline on for another season or two, but this will not be the case. I think that you can really appreciate the ending of season 2 because it is simply perfect and fulfilling in every way, and a good setup for a third season.

Actors:

Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian)

Gina Carano (Cara Dune)

Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon)

Carl Weathers (Greef Karga)

Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett)

Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand)

Series Directed by 

Rick Famuyiwa(3 episodes, 2019-2020)
Dave Filoni(3 episodes, 2019-2020)
Bryce Dallas Howard(2 episodes, 2019-2020)
Deborah Chow(2 episodes, 2019)
Peyton Reed(2 episodes, 2020)
Taika Waititi(1 episode, 2019)
Jon Favreau(1 episode, 2020)
Robert Rodriguez(1 episode, 2020)
Carl Weathers(1 episode, 2020)

Series Writing Credits  

Jon Favreau(creator) (21 episodes, 2019-2022)
George Lucas(21 episodes, 2019-2022)
Rick Famuyiwa(2 episodes, 2019-2020)
Dave Filoni(2 episodes, 2019-2020)
Christopher L. Yost(1 episode, 2019)

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