Details: There are only eight episodes this season so this review includes the finale. More information can be found at https://www.starwars.com/series/the-mandalorian and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/
This season and especially this finale episode of The Mandalorian is a master class in fan service. If you are a Star Wars fan, this will hit you right in the nostalgiac feels.
Wowowow. These last few episode were pretty good, but that final episode… wow. That final episode is what fans have been wanting to see for a long time.
Obviously the most gratifying thing in the final episode was the appearance of Luke. Not just Luke, but Luke at the height of his power. The most important aspect of putting Luke Skywalker in this episode is that it must be played by Mark Hamill. He doesn’t need to physically be there, but it needs to be his voice. Thankfully, it is Mark Hamill. He’s in the credits and I looked it up on imdb.com. I’m so glad it’s actually Hamill because the special effects they used for his face looked terrible. However, none of that matters. What matters is that Hamill was actually there and that is enough to give it that feeling of authenticity and nostalgia all long time Star Wars fans needed.
With that said, there was quite a bit of emotion between our protagonist and baby Yoda. It was surprisingly emotional given that Luke Skywalker actually made an appearance.
A interesting side note to this series is just how many powerful female characters there are. In this final episode, pretty much every powerful character other than the protagonist is a strong, ass kicking woman. An interesting creative choice on Filoni and Favreau’s part. I had no idea he was so supportive of women’s empowerment, or maybe this was pushed by Disney and Kathleen Kennedy. Either way, I like it.
Overall, this series gave Star Wars fans exactly what they wanted, which is amazing considering how the movies mostly failed to do so. The Mandalorian is amazing. It is peak Star Wars. It is no exaggeration to say that Filoni and Favreau are carrying the entire Star Wars franchise on their shoulders.