A story set in the Star Wars universe in the time between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Disney+’s flagship series, The Mandalorian follows the titular bounty hunter’s adventures across the galaxy, armed with his wits and arsenal of weapons. Each episode in the show tells a unique story. However, they all add up to a larger narrative. This season the Mandalorian’s mission is a simple one: reunite the Child (we learned his name is Grogu) with the Jedi. Here’s what we thought of the second set of adventures of the badass space babysitter.
When it premiered, The Mandalorian breathed new life into the Star Wars mythos with its exciting action, simple episodic narratives and tasteful easter eggs. The second season brings more of the same, but that’s not a bad thing. It also expands the world of the show to include more characters and potential story arcs. If you liked the first season, the second will not disappoint.
Great support from familiar and new faces
Old and new characters aid or complicate the mission as the episodes progress. These include memorable season one appearances like Greef Karga and Moff Gideon, new characters like Cobb Vanth and the Frog Lady along with fan favourites like Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett. While some fans accused the series of indulging in shallow fan service, each character introduced felt an integral part of the larger struggle to bring Grogu to safety. Characters familiar to fans like Ahsoka and a particular one from the finale (we won’t spoil it here) are just thrilling surprises and, all cynicism aside, a delight to see on screen.
A worthy successor to the original trilogy
There’s a reason Star Wars is as popular as it is. It has interstellar lightspeed travel, saber battles with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, but at the center of the original trilogy lies a simple story of an ordinary young man who rises to fulfil a grand destiny. Following in the trilogy’s footsteps, The Mandalorian accomplishes something similar. While the epic blaster battles, cameos and references are enough to please the most ardent Star Wars fans, at its core is the touching story about the bond between the baby and the bounty hunter.
WATCH OR NOT
The best thing produced in the Disney era of Lucasfilm, and one of the best Star Wars stories ever put to screen, The Mandalorian season two delivers on all fronts. It offers familiar stories and settings while bringing new things to the table delight new and veteran fans of Star Wars.
Creator: Jon Favreau
Cast:Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford
Seasons: 2 (2020)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar