The Mandalorian Season 2 Review

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Season 2 of The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, a bounty hunter trying to return “The Child” to his people, the Jedi. Season 2 takes place shortly after the events of Season 1 of The Mandalorian and is exclusively available to stream on Disney+.

After how much I enjoyed Season 1 of The Mandalorian, it was only a matter of time before I watched the second season and got up to speed! Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, with the Mandalorian trying to return “The Child” to the Jedi. During his task, he travels across the galaxy and encounters a variety of friends and foes, both new and old in relation to the Star Wars universe.

In my review of Season 1 of The Mandalorian, I highlighted how the series had an amazing Star Wars feel to it, with an impressive focus on expanding the Star Wars universe. Season 2 takes this Star Wars feel a step further and every single episode is jampacked with Star Wars nostalgia, Easter eggs and a general charm which captivated so many fans in the original trilogy. Honestly, there is so much pure Star Wars content in Season 2 that I feel as though they are going to have a hard job of matching it in Season 3!

As I’ve mentioned, there’s plenty in the way of Star Wars easter eggs and nostalgia in Season 2, locations like Tatooine making a reappearance, as well as numerous characters featuring in the series. From Boba Fett to Ahsoka Tano, I was blown away by the number of reappearances of Star Wars characters! And yet, with all these well-known characters making appearances in The Mandalorian, the series still finds a way to delve ever deeper into the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

One of my favourite new locations in the series is the black-market port on the estuary moon of Trask. The planet itself isn’t much, but its populated by Mon Calamari and Quarren, most of whom are fishermen and merchants. I love seeing the Star Wars universe grow with new locations, populated by weird and wonderful characters. There was 1 episode early on in the series which I did find a little stranger where The Mandalorian takes a ‘Frog Lady’ from one planet to another, but again, her character was one we have not seen in the Star Wars universe before.

Pedro Pascal again leads as the title character and is more likeable than ever in Season 2. The Mandalorian is such a badass character, yet still makes mistakes and rash decision, it’s this what makes the character so relatable. What’s more, his ever-growing relationship with The Child (or Grogu as we learn in Season 2) is a joy to watch develop. From what started as a simple change of heart in the opening episode of the series, it blossoms into a genuinely heart-warming father-son relationship by the end of the second season. 

Some of the visuals throughout the series are truly breathtaking and they do a good job at convincing you that some of these breathtaking planets could genuinely be real! If you watch The Making of The Mandalorian (which I would highly recommend!) which is also only Disney+, it’s amazing to see The Mandalorian come to life. Going behind the scenes and watching how some of the extraordinary characters and creatures are brought to life is so impressive to behold, particularly given how seamlessly they all appear on screen. 

The season finale is arguably one of the best episodes of the series and the ending to the episode could rival that of that dramatic Darth Vader scene at the end of Rogue One. The ending to the series sets up nicely for a third season, but it will be interesting to see the direction in which Season 3 takes, given the events of the season finale. The series also sets up for a number of spin-off series too, with The Book of Boba Fett, Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka all confirmed as standalone series which I am super excited for!

The Verdict

With returning fan favourite characters as well as a number of fresh faces, Season 2 of The Mandalorian builds on its exciting first season with one of the best adventures in the Star Wars galaxy to date. 

Rating: 9 out of 10.

9/10

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