The Mandalorian (2019-): Season 2
Title: The Mandalorian
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi |
Runtime: 30 min/Episode
Created by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Temura Morrison, Giancarlo Esposito
STILL OVERHYPED, STILL PREDICTABLE BUT WITH A FEW SURPRISES
Following the success from the first season, The Mandalorian thrives to succeed another time in the second season as it improves the quality in storytelling, action-sequences, and structuring. This series is still overhyped and predictable and has a ridiculous short runtime.
The second season also follows the title character through the galaxy and there’s more than necessary of easter eggs to satisfy hardcore Star Wars Fan. Even the non-observant. With the first season being intimate, isolated in storytelling, the new season expands the characters and how they interact with each other. A lot of stormtroopers gets shot, Boba Fett makes a return, Ashoka debuts and the music continues to lift the action-adventure spirit the series has. Despite being short episodes and a quid-quo-pro inflected, the series does a swell job trying to make resemblance out from the Star Wars Universe. The adventure continues and occasionally we meet old characters, fan-favourite characters that make social media go up in smoke just because of a smaller appearance.
The Mandalorian takes a more of fatherly role in this season. He takes responsibility for The Child aka Grogu, which has more meaning in this season than the other. Baby Yoda’s power has meaning in this season. Something the green creature didn’t have in the first one. Some episodes are more action-filled than others, some are more rushed than others. One in particular lacks a depth from the character only due to a production problem when Robert Rodriguez was called in to direct an episode. We also get to know The Mandalorian’s background, his kind, and the creed he was sworn to. The season leaves with some big surprises and fan-services to the viewers who acknowledge the easter eggs. His friend’s aka alliance makes more than one appearance, as he exchanges services.
Giancarlo Esposito makes a defining but brief appearance as the villainous Moff Gideon. Even if it’s brief, it still makes an impactful performance to drive the story forward. Pedro Pascal continues to do his brilliant work behind a helmet, and we get a glimpse of his face occasionally during the season. The rest of the cast is decent. Boba Fett’s appearance is the most rememberable of the guest appearance just as Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the final season. The best episode of the season and the series so far culminates at the season finale where a lot of action happens and despite being Disney– formula, it still delivers the required high quality. This season delivers far better than the last and it goes to places we want and gives what we need, a great conclusion of a mild second season start.