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.

TV Show Review: The Boys, Season 2

Details: More information can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F8K3V9R/141-7787206-3615334 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190634/

Score: 7/10

Like in the first season, The Boys is a violent, fun show that tries to show a darker view on superheroes as well as using superheroes as a medium to touch on real life issues. The political and action-y stuff I enjoyed in this season. I enjoyed all that stuff with Butcher’s wife not so much. Some spoilers ahead.

Season 2 picks up where the last season left off. Butcher’s found out what happened to his wife and now we got to deal with all that fall out. There’s also a new hero called Stormfront introduced and she’s a master at leading right wing, superhero sentiment.

There’s a lot of plot lines going on this season. We got the romance with Stormlight and Hughie, we got some stuff with Washington and politics, Homelander has his own plot line going on as well. There’s just a lot going on and a lot of it feels excessive.

The biggest issue I have with this show is trying to understand what motivates any of the characters. A lot of the time, it just feels like these characters are thrown into situations and then have to deal with them. There isn’t a lot of good justification for what got the characters there.

For instance, Homelander is somehow neutralized from murdering everyone constantly, even though they constantly portray him as a homicidal maniac. The reasons they come up with to prevent him from just solving all problems by murdering the primary cast are paper thing and hard to believe. The ending of this season particularly, it feels like they just chuck ideas at the audience and expect them to believe these plot points without any good reasoning. They built up Homelander into this monster, but then he exercises self control just because. It’s poor writing that does not maintain the rules of the world they’ve built. There’s also the bigger problem of how many of the characters are powerful enough to end all plotlines of the show immediately, but don’t be cause they need to fill eight episodes this season.

Overall, the show is entertaining if you don’t take it too seriously. The show is entertaining as fluff entertainment, but nothing serious. They touch upon a couple of relevant political issues like the growing popularity of right wing Nazism and Scientology-esque cults, but this show is mostly entertaining for the ridiculousness and gore. In terms of story, this whole season felt a lot more disjointed than the first season.

TV Show Review: Castlevania, Season 1, 2 and 3

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80095241 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6517102/

Score: 7.2/10

Castlevania is another one of Netflix’s attempts at anime. It’s some good stuff and entertaining if you like the dark fantasy genre.

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TV Show Review: Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2

Detais: More information can be found at https://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5171438/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt

Score: 7/10

While I mostly enjoyed this season because I’m a slut for science fiction, this season fell into a deep dark pit of science fiction tropes that I did not appreciate. Stuff like time travel, evil artificial intelligence from the future, and relying on past characters in the franchise (like Spock) instead of trying to tell its own story.

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TV Show Review: The Punisher, Season 2

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80117498 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5675620/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt

Score: 7/10

And so ends the era of Marvel shows on Netflix. There is a lot of misinformation out there, but if you use your common sense, obviously Disney forced Netflix to end all their shows to weaken a competitor in lieu or Disney’s own online streaming service. If you ever needed evidence of what a trash company Disney is, all you have to do is remember they canceled Daredevil.

Anyways, season two of The Punisher is the unlikely swan song for Netflix-Marvel shows. I found the season entertaining and in line with what you’d expect from the character of Frank Castle.

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