This is the way… that shows should be made

The second season of Disney’s hit Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian, doesn’t disappoint


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The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+

Hamilton Scudder, Editor in Chief

After a month and a half of exciting new episodes, season two of Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” has finally reached its climactic end. The season left fans energized and hungry for more Star Wars, especially after Disney revealed 10 new Star Wars shows coming to the streaming platform over the next few years. This season of “The Mandalorian” has introduced heaps of new characters for the series, including old favorites from the Clone Wars and Rebels shows, such as Bo Katan and Ahsoka, as well as from the movies, such as Boba Fett. Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau and the entire creative team behind the show deliver an action-packed, emotional story that continues to world-build with well-written characters that set up future episodes of not only this show, but of the slew of shows and movies recently announced by Disney.

The Mandalorian’s/Din Djarin’s proficiency in combat almost ensured that this season would have no shortage of stunning, daring action. From lightsaber fights to battling giant space creatures and spaceship battles, season two delivers on all the action of season one and much more, with visually stunning and well-choreographed scenes across the board. I’ve heard minor criticisms about how heavy the show is with action, but frankly, any good Star Wars medium has good action. The main climax of most Star Wars films or shows is a fight, or the plot revolves around it. Physical conflict incites emotional conflict and emotional conflict leads to physical conflict, and yet the season does not solely rely on action for its substance; there are countless emotional, softer scenes throughout the season.

The season tests and pushes the boundaries of what makes the audience comfortable and uncomfortable, with heartwarming scenes of Mando and The Child/Grogu bonding together and heart-stopping scenes of everyone threatening to take him away from Mando. This season pushes Din’s personal boundaries as well and we get to see how far he’s willing to go to keep Grogu safe in any situation.

One of my absolute favorite aspects of the show is how much world-building it does, especially compared to season one. One of my greatest criticisms of that season was how little of the galaxy we get to see, it’s largely based on forest and desert planets that look generally the same. However, this season we get to see desert and forest planets again, but now as well there was an ocean planet, a wasteland forest planet, ice caves and more. Tying in with said world-building there is a large amount of lore-building, with each planet showing off different cultures and species of inhabitants.

In all, season two does something that season one couldn’t: it expands. It introduces new characters from fan favorite media, it contains action scenes that wouldn’t even have been thought possible in season one and it continues the story of “The Mandalorian” in a way that lives up to all of the hype around it – it didn’t fall short last-second or feel anticlimactic. While expanding a lot, many fans were worried it would expand too far, becoming something the writers could no longer manage, but the show handled itself really well and plot points that have been mentioned but not resolved are set-ups for either the next season or another series. Season one was good, but season two revitalized the Star Wars community in a way it hasn’t been for years; this show is but the beginning of a new generation of Star Wars content.