TV Show Review: The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episodes 1-5 (or Chapters 9-13)

Details: More information can be found at https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/the-mandalorian and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/

Score: 7.7/10

It’s official. Season 2 of The Mandalorian is a direct sequel the Dave Filoni’s past two Star Wars shows, The Clone Wars and Rebels. Where the first season sought to tell it’s own story, this second season goes full on fan service and constantly interjects characters and plot points established by Filoni in his past shows.

Some spoilers ahead.

Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off. Din, our protagonist, has been tasked to bring baby Yoda to the Jedi. So begins a second season of Din traveling around the Star Wars universe and meeting the colorful characters that live in this world.

Most episodes follow the same structure. Din goes somewhere, gets asked to do something, then he does it. The show is structured like a role playing game or a game of Dungeons & Dragons. The main character goes somewhere, talks to some in game characters, then goes of to accomplish his quest. It’s predictable and redundant, but gets the job done for the true goal of this show which is to explore the Star Wars universe.

Dave Filoni, one of the show runners, has made a career of fleshing out the Star Wars universe in all the ways the movie has failed. What his Clone Wars show did was flesh out and give substantial context and motivation to the poorly portrayed characters in the Star Wars prequel movies. Filoni is doing something similar here by giving context to the events in J.J. Abrams’ most recent trilogy.

This is a subsidiary goal however, because the main goal is just to let Filoni spread his wings and tell his own story. Disney’s foray into Star Wars has mostly been met with disdain. The only things to receive positive reviews are the things Filoni has done. In fact, everything Filoni has done since Disney acquired Star Wars has been met positively. It makes sense then to just let this guy take some chances and explore his vision.

This second season is the culmination of that idea. Where the first season sought to tell a somewhat original story, this second season has been visited by all the characters Filoni created in his Clone Wars series. We also get to revisit plot points started in the Clone Wars series which continue in this show. For all intents and purposes, season 2 of the Mandalorian is a continuation of not only the Clone Wars show, but the Rebels show as well.

As a huge fan of both those shows, this was fantastic for me. I was floored when the Dark Saber showed up at the end of last season. I was floored when Bo Katan showed up. I was floored Ahsoka Tano was name dropped. And this last episode where we really got to see Ahsoka go nuts with her light sabers, *chef’s kiss.*

So far, season two of The Mandalorian has been pure fan service for long time fans of Filoni’s work and I’ve loved every second of it. The Mandalorian is the second best Star Wars anything to come out since Disney’s acquisition (the best Star Wars thing since the Disney acquisition are the last four episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars). If you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, you need to be watching The Mandalorian.

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