Almost one full year after “Baby Yoda” took the internet by storm, the acclaimed series The Mandalorian has returned for a second season. Similarly to season one, episodes were released every week exclusively on the streaming service Disney+. The season wrapped up this past Friday after premiering back in October. Season 2 of The Mandalorian is a must-watch, even if you aren’t a fan of Star Wars.
The show follows a bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian or “Mando” (Pedro Pascal), and Grogu, a small alien infant with a strong connection with the Force. Originally assigned to capture Grogu (nicknamed Baby Yoda by fans), Mando develops a soft spot for the creature and takes on a sort of father figure role. Along the way, they encounter new allies such as Cara Dune (Gina-Carano), Migs Mayfeld (Bill Burr), and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers). Season two sees these characters reunite with our heroes. This season also features appearances from many fan-favorite Star Wars characters from previous shows and movies, among them Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff), and a few select Jedi you’ll have to tune in to see revealed in dramatic fashion. With their new friends, the Mandalorian and Grogu search the galaxy for answers about the infant’s abilities, all while trying to avoid the villainous Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) who wants to kidnap Grogu for ulterior motives.
With almost a year in-between seasons, the hype surrounding these new episodes built up incredibly, and showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni delivered in full. In stark contrast to the poor reception of the recent Disney-produced trilogy, Favreau and Filoni couldn’t have a better grasp on what Star Wars fans want to see. Not often is the divisive and toxic fanbase universally supportive of something, and that speaks volumes to how well The Mandalorian is produced.
The Mandalorian has something to offer for everyone. Fans of the prequel trilogy and Clone Wars TV Show will be excited to see the continuation of the Darksaber and Mandalore storyline, as well as the return of characters like Bo-Katan. Older viewers, or just those more fond of the original movies, will be ecstatic to see the return of Boba Fett. The bounty hunter was first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and has been a fan favorite for decades despite having only 4 lines in those movies. After what was thought to be a quick and unheroic death in Return of the Jedi (1983), Favreau and Filoni brought him back to do his character justice. Aside from Fett, there’s just something about Stormtrooper shootouts and sneaking into imperial bases that will surely deliver a heavy amount of nostalgia to fans. Even those who aren’t Star Wars fans will enjoy the immersive action, heartwarming moments, and well-placed comedy from Bill Burr and Grogu.
The best part about The Mandalorian is that it has something for everyone. It definitely is a binge-worthy show, but it would be just as enjoyable if viewed in other ways, like watching episode by episode with family or friends. It’s a perfect show to really dive into during winter break, and with COVID-19 still halting most of our activities, there’s no better time than now to sit back, relax, and start watching.