TV Show Review: The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episodes 6 through 8 (the Finale)

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/

Score: 8.2/10

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.

Spoilers ahead.

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.

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 Mandalorian

Details: Watched six episode so far. More information can be found at https://www.starwars.com/series/the-mandalorian and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/

Score: 7.8/10

The Mandalorian is everything that I want from a “Star Wars” show. It is easily the best Star Wars property that has come out since Disney acquired the franchise from George Lucas. No spoilers ahead.

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