The Mandalorian Season 2: This is the Way

The Mandalorian in his (always shiny) armor never fails to bring a thrilling feel to even the most mundane of scenes


The Mandalorian in his (always shiny) armor never fails to bring a thrilling feel to even the most mundane of scenes

Star Wars: a franchise that many consider best left alone. Since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, fans have noticed that the quality of movies has consistently decreased, reaching the point where few even disavowed the rest of the series. However, despite Disney’s terrible track record with the Star Wars movies, The Mandalorian Season 2 has proven to be the best recent Star Wars show.

Season 1 of The Mandalorian centered around a lone Mandalorian bounty hunter (better known as Mando) and his fuzzy green sidekick (yes I’m talking about Baby Yoda) as they journeyed through the universe attempting to secure their freedom from the remnants of the Galactic Empire. In the finale of Season 1, Mando is able to bring down most of the Galactic Empire and secure his freedom. Almost. The last scene shows the high-ranking member of the Galactic Empire, Moff Gideon, emerge from wreckage holding a black lightsaber. It is clear that Season 2 will feature Gideon chasing Mando as he tries to return Baby Yoda to its kind.

The first three episodes of Season 2 bring with them an action-packed plot and a rather balanced character design. Early on into the season, we are able to see that The Mandalorian, while good with a blaster, is nowhere near invincible or overpowered. There are many times where he needs help and doesn’t ask for it: a character flaw that hopefully gets resolved as the season wraps up.

Just like Season 1, the furry and loveable Baby Yoda is always acting cute and getting into mischief. Its motions don’t seem as stilted as they did in the first season, making his appearance seem all the more lifelike.

Yet, while the “little green dude” may be more lifelike, the same cannot be said about the fight scenes. In episode 1, a lot of Mando’s fights looked a lot more staged than it had previously. Granted, the first season set a high bar, but with the full force of Disney behind this show, the fighting could have been improved. The camera angles are static and the punches thrown lack any weight behind them.

The awkward fights were redeemed by the mind-blowing animation and set design of the show. From having sparks flying off from every blaster shot, to other painstaking details, like putting rust on a half buried sheet of metal in the background, the show spared no expense making the viewing experience as immersive as possible. This set has been arguably the best in any of the previous Disney-made Star Wars ventures. No stone is left unturned and it was virtually impossible to even find fault with how true the set stayed to the original trilogy.

It is important to note that the second season is not even close to finishing. With so many things to look forward to like the potential cameo of Boba Fett, duels with the darksaber wielding Moff Gideon, and a glimpse of the rest of Baby Yoda’s kind, the latest season of The Mandalorian doesn’t appear like it will disappoint. Hopefully, the force will be strong with this one.