I put off doing my review for the second season of ‘The Mandalorian,’ also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian because I could not think of a way to write this review without doing spoilers for particular episodes. I feel now that enough time has gone by to write it.
Mando (Pedro Pascal) is now on a quest to find a Jedi who will be willing to take custody of the Child. First, he travels to Tatooine where he hears that other Mandalorians live there and they could help him find them. He does not find them but meets Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), who is protecting his town from a giant worm and is using familiar Mandalorian gear. He receives the armor in exchange for defeating the creature. He leaves there and meets Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) who is leading a group of Mandalorians. In exchange for helping her group defeat an imperial cruiser, she will tell him where to find a Jedi Knight, none other than Asoka (Rosario Dawson). With his allies Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), he sets off on another journey.
I have exactly one major gripe with this season. Peyton Reed directs “The Passenger,” the second episode in the season. It is little more than a filler episode and I did not find it particularly interesting, nor did it serve a purpose in the overarching other than to get us a few laughs from the Child. Sure, there were also a few instances here and there where the story could have been polished a bit.
Outside of that, bravo to showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. They structured this plot and this quest with ease, showing their devotion to Star Wars as a franchise. They crafted this one incredibly well considering the type of 2020 conditions they were working in. With what they had, they brought it together so major kudos, especially with how they build off from season one.
Pedro Pascal once again proves that he was the right choice to play Mando and delivers on every level. Sure, the rumors of the off-screen drama seemed to churn some buzz a bit, but it did not slow him down one bit. Returning character Cara Dune was once again acted to perfection by Gina Carano. She is just the type of action hero that Star Wars needed and she did it perfectly. Likewise with Carl Weathers as Karga. It was cool to see him back in action in “The Siege,” an episode he directed. Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon should make every show jealous of the big boss who wields the Darksaber.
They took a deep dive not only into their own story but successfully added elements from the Expanded Universe, animated features, and threw in some fan favorites for good measure. The return of Boba Fett, played by Temuera Morrison, was one of the best treats of the series, and his connection to Fennec Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen, was equally important. While I did not care for her entourage, Katee Sackhoff and Rosario Dawson were really, like really good as Bo-Katan and Ahsoka respectively. They definitely did the research to prepare because they nailed it.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention Mark Hamill’s return as Luke Skywalker. We finally got to see him in action, something that Kathleen Kennedy and her gang of sycophants denied us for the sequel trilogy. We finally got to see him in action as the Jedi Master we have been waiting for. His appearance in the season finale was better than anything, minus Rogue One, than the Disney Star Wars films, COMBINED. It was the way George Lucas intended and applause-worthy for fans.
You might think I am exaggerating, but I am not. The first episode and last episode of the show were the best things to come out of Star Wars in years. The Mandalorian truly shows that there is hope for the franchise, especially with a few of the announcements that LucasFilms has made. Hopefully, we will see more of this, especially with the announcement of the spin-off “The Book of Boba Fett.”
Check out the trailer below:
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