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The Mandalorian Season 2 Reviews & Recaps

The Mandalorian Season 2 Reviews & Recaps

Mandalorian Season 2 Reviews & Recaps

Below is an episode-by-episode list of brief reviews and recaps; be sure to check back each week for new articles.


Episode 1: “Chapter 9 – The Marshal”

Nearly a year ago, The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off series, debuted on Disney+ to great acclaim, satisfying critics, longtime fans, and Star Wars newbies alike. The addition of a new character, the Child, better known as “Baby Yoda,” reinvigorated the IP, packing it full of adorable energy, and the show’s titular character, the Mandalorian (Mando), kicked some serious space-ass, protecting the Child from all of the baddies that wanted to scrub the little guy out. This second season, though just a single episode in, promises more of the same Space Western questing that made the first season a success.

Spoiler-free Recap

When we last saw the Mandalorian and his ward, Mando was tasked with reuniting the Child with what remains of his kind. In order to find the survivors of the Child’s race, he must solicit the help of additional Mandalorians.

After gaining information from Gor Koresh (John Leguizamo, The Pest) the first leg in this journey finds Mando and the Child heading back to Tatooine, to the mining settlement of Mos Pelgo. Here, the pair meet the Marshal, Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood Justified) who is decked out in Mandalorian armor. Vanth doesn’t have information on the whereabouts of the Mandalorian that Mando is looking for but he is willing to trade away his armor in exchange for some help dealing with the Krayt Dragon whose presence and insatiable appetite plagues the people of Mos Pelgo.

In order to slay the desert leviathan, Mando and Vanth must team-up with Tusken Raiders whom Vanth despises. After an epic showdown with the beast, Mando and the Child resume their journey.

The episode’s final scene features a mysterious onlooker, eyeing the Mandalorian and the Child from the shadows as they speed through the Tatooine desert. Fans of the series will instantly recognize the performer–whose identity will spoil the surprise–portraying the peculiar figure; the inclusion of this character is a bit of a gamechanger and will leave fans eager for more of The Mandalorian.

Review

If you’re looking for a different viewing experience than what The Mandalorian offered last season, you’re going to be disappointed with ‘The Marshal;’ however, if you’re tuning in to get your weekly dose of the Child, then you’ll be pleased. From its ominous opening scene through to it mysterious final moments, ‘The Marshal’ is entertaining and humorous and gives good reason for viewers to keep coming back, week after week. The gargantuan Krayt Dragon–seen first, only as remains, in Star Wars: A New Hope–is the highlight of the episode. The conflict with this leviathan is a large-scale, multi-scene spectacle that, ultimately leads to a satisfying conclusion. But the episode isn’t perfect…

Timothy Olyphant’s performance, as the Mandalorian armor wearing lawman of Mos Pelgo, Cobb Vanth is solid, and his episode-long arc, satisfying. Again though, his inclusion, save for the donning of Bobba Fett’s armor, doesn’t do much for the series.

I have doubts about The Mandalorian, concerned mostly with the formulaic approach sustaining interest, and ‘The Marshal’ only further affirmed my uncertainty. While this RPG-like progression gets the job done, I don’t know how long The Mandalorian’s distraction-of-the-week formula will work without the inclusion of additional depth-of-story. The Season 2 premiere does nothing by way of moving the series, not the plot, forward. One-shot episodes are fine, so long as the connective tissue that links them remains evident and interesting; right now, this isn’t an issue, but if the rest of this season doesn’t raise the bar, it very well may become one.

The spectacle is alive and well, but for how long?

Despite my concerns, I’ll be tuning in for the rest of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, even if only to get in my weekly Star Wars fix. 

The Bottom Line

‘The Marshal’ gets Season 2 of The Mandalorian off to a strong start, promising more of the same Space Western questing that made the first season a success. The Child remains adorable, the Mandalorian continues to be a badass, and this episode’s ending, by introducing a new player in this game, generates a great deal of momentum that will continue to carry the series for another few episodes.

Score


Disney+

Episode 2: “Chapter 10 – The Passenger”

Mando is cruising through the desert on a speeder bike until a trap is sprung, sending him and the Child soaring through the air. After a short skirmish, where the Child’s life hangs in the balance for a moment or two, Mando begins trekking through the desert on foot, with all of his gear in tow. Before long, he’s back to civilization, seeking information on the whereabouts of his fellow Mandalorians.

Mando gets a lead and agrees to transport someone, and their spawn…yes, spawn…of planet in exchange for some information. All goes according to plan, until, of course, it doesn’t. Two X-Wings show up and a chase ensues, ultimately leaving Mando, the Child, and their shipmate stranded in a frozen wasteland that’s hiding a spine-tingling secret.

“Chapter 10 – The Passenger” is all spectacle; what the episode lacks in depth-of-story, it makes up for in visual pizzazz, but even that isn’t enough to keep viewers interested in Mando’s mission. While I found myself at the edge of my seat, for a moment, or two, come episode’s end I was left wanting more than what I received, having lost sight of the greater task at hand.

Exciting and visually impressive, but somewhat unnecessary; “Chapter 10 – The Passenger” feels more like a transitional episode than one that matters.

Score


 

Mandalorian Season 2 Reviews & Recaps

Below is an episode-by-episode list of brief reviews and recaps; be sure to check back each week for new articles.


Episode 1: “Chapter 9 – The Marshal”

Nearly a year ago, The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off series, debuted on Disney+ to great acclaim, satisfying critics, longtime fans, and Star Wars newbies alike. The addition of a new character, the Child, better known as “Baby Yoda,” reinvigorated the IP, packing it full of adorable energy, and the show’s titular character, the Mandalorian (Mando), kicked some serious space-ass, protecting the Child from all of the baddies that wanted to scrub the little guy out. This second season, though just a single episode in, promises more of the same Space Western questing that made the first season a success.

Spoiler-free Recap

When we last saw the Mandalorian and his ward, Mando was tasked with reuniting the Child with what remains of his kind. In order to find the survivors of the Child’s race, he must solicit the help of additional Mandalorians.

After gaining information from Gor Koresh (John Leguizamo, The Pest) the first leg in this journey finds Mando and the Child heading back to Tatooine, to the mining settlement of Mos Pelgo. Here, the pair meet the Marshal, Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood Justified) who is decked out in Mandalorian armor. Vanth doesn’t have information on the whereabouts of the Mandalorian that Mando is looking for but he is willing to trade away his armor in exchange for some help dealing with the Krayt Dragon whose presence and insatiable appetite plagues the people of Mos Pelgo.

In order to slay the desert leviathan, Mando and Vanth must team-up with Tusken Raiders whom Vanth despises. After an epic showdown with the beast, Mando and the Child resume their journey.

The episode’s final scene features a mysterious onlooker, eyeing the Mandalorian and the Child from the shadows as they speed through the Tatooine desert. Fans of the series will instantly recognize the performer–whose identity will spoil the surprise–portraying the peculiar figure; the inclusion of this character is a bit of a gamechanger and will leave fans eager for more of The Mandalorian.

Review

If you’re looking for a different viewing experience than what The Mandalorian offered last season, you’re going to be disappointed with ‘The Marshal;’ however, if you’re tuning in to get your weekly dose of the Child, then you’ll be pleased. From its ominous opening scene through to it mysterious final moments, ‘The Marshal’ is entertaining and humorous and gives good reason for viewers to keep coming back, week after week. The gargantuan Krayt Dragon–seen first, only as remains, in Star Wars: A New Hope–is the highlight of the episode. The conflict with this leviathan is a large-scale, multi-scene spectacle that, ultimately leads to a satisfying conclusion. But the episode isn’t perfect…

Timothy Olyphant’s performance, as the Mandalorian armor wearing lawman of Mos Pelgo, Cobb Vanth is solid, and his episode-long arc, satisfying. Again though, his inclusion, save for the donning of Bobba Fett’s armor, doesn’t do much for the series.

I have doubts about The Mandalorian, concerned mostly with the formulaic approach sustaining interest, and ‘The Marshal’ only further affirmed my uncertainty. While this RPG-like progression gets the job done, I don’t know how long The Mandalorian’s distraction-of-the-week formula will work without the inclusion of additional depth-of-story. The Season 2 premiere does nothing by way of moving the series, not the plot, forward. One-shot episodes are fine, so long as the connective tissue that links them remains evident and interesting; right now, this isn’t an issue, but if the rest of this season doesn’t raise the bar, it very well may become one.

The spectacle is alive and well, but for how long?

Despite my concerns, I’ll be tuning in for the rest of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, even if only to get in my weekly Star Wars fix. 

The Bottom Line

‘The Marshal’ gets Season 2 of The Mandalorian off to a strong start, promising more of the same Space Western questing that made the first season a success. The Child remains adorable, the Mandalorian continues to be a badass, and this episode’s ending, by introducing a new player in this game, generates a great deal of momentum that will continue to carry the series for another few episodes.

Score


Disney+

Episode 2: “Chapter 10 – The Passenger”

Mando is cruising through the desert on a speeder bike until a trap is sprung, sending him and the Child soaring through the air. After a short skirmish, where the Child’s life hangs in the balance for a moment or two, Mando begins trekking through the desert on foot, with all of his gear in tow. Before long, he’s back to civilization, seeking information on the whereabouts of his fellow Mandalorians.

Mando gets a lead and agrees to transport someone, and their spawn…yes, spawn…of planet in exchange for some information. All goes according to plan, until, of course, it doesn’t. Two X-Wings show up and a chase ensues, ultimately leaving Mando, the Child, and their shipmate stranded in a frozen wasteland that’s hiding a spine-tingling secret.

“Chapter 10 – The Passenger” is all spectacle; what the episode lacks in depth-of-story, it makes up for in visual pizzazz, but even that isn’t enough to keep viewers interested in Mando’s mission. While I found myself at the edge of my seat, for a moment, or two, come episode’s end I was left wanting more than what I received, having lost sight of the greater task at hand.

Exciting and visually impressive, but somewhat unnecessary; “Chapter 10 – The Passenger” feels more like a transitional episode than one that matters.

Score


 

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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