In 2019, “Disney Plus” launched the first live action “Star Wars” television series titled, “The Mandalorian” developed by Jon Favreau. Season 1 earned positive reviews from critics, fans and viewers alike.
The Mandalorian’s second season streamed a day before Halloween 2020. Like the previous season, the second season earned positive reception. Disney Investor Day confirmed upcoming shows are on the way including “Ahsoka,” “Obi-Wan,” “Lando,” “The Bad Batch,” “Rangers Of The New Republic,” “The Acolyte” & “Rangers Of The New Republic.” An upcoming film titled, “Rogue Squadron” is in development with Patty Jenkins onboard to direct. It’ll be released on December 22, 2023.
This review doesn’t contain no crucial SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
The Whole Season
Pros: Pedro Pascal reprises his role as the titular bounty hunter. He did an excellent job for his performance.
Jon Favreau returns as a showrunner. He did an amazing job mapping out all episodes.
Besides Jon, Peyton Reed, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez & Rick Famuyiwa all did a great job directing episodes.
Other Cast Members such as Gina Carano, Carl Weathers (also directed one episode) Ming-Na Wen, Bill Burr & Giancarlo Esposito reprise their roles from the first season. They all did a decent job for their respective performances.
Newcomers to the show including Rosario Dawson, Michael Biehn & Timothy Olyphant all did a decent job for their respective performances.
The series is influenced by “The Dollars Trilogy,” “Dredd 2012,” “Escape From New York,” & “Shoot Em’ Up.”
Action Sequences are superb filled with blasters, hand-to-hand combat, aerial battles chase scenes among a few juicy scenes.
Cinematography was shot perfectly capturing the feel of a film.
Practical Effects were heavily used to bring creatures, puppetry, set pieces and stunts without going overboard on gratuitous C.G.I.
Visual Effects were used sparingly avoiding one of The Prequel Trilogy’s biggest mistakes relying on excessive C.G.I.
Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Creed, Creed II, Tenet) returns to compose new tracks.
Set after Season 1’s finale, Mando seeks for answers and a home for his adopted son. Moff Gideon scouts Mando’s whereabouts in an attempt to capture Baby Yoda for something very important.
Without giving too much away, Season 2’s final scene will make you cry. It definitely deserves Bonus Points.
The Darksaber plays a pivotal role.
A new stormtrooper faction plays a big role.
Cons: In Episode 14, one character said a cliché line I really really hate. If you want to know what it is, scroll down to Chapter 14’s flaw that made me groan.
Chapter 9 – The Marshal
Legal: Jon Favreau directs the season premiere.
Timothy Olyphant guest stars as Cobb Vanth. A marshal from Tatootine. His backstory was interesting.
John Leguizamo (Sid from Ice Age) has a cameo appearance as a one-eyed creature.
Mando accepts a job to kill a krayt dragon with the help of a marshal, local townspeople & Tusken Raiders.
Episode 9 final scene will make you put a smile on your face.
Krayt Dragon reminded me of the movie “Tremors.” Mando, Cobb Vanth, townspeople & Tusken Raiders trying to kill a krayt dragon, becomes a giant monster movie.
Illegal: No cons spotted.
Chapter 10 – The Passenger
Clear: Peyton Reed directs the 10th episode.
Amy Sedaris reprises her role as Peli Motto. A mechanic from the last season.
Mando is assign to escort a female frog and her eggs in a jar back to her planet in exchange for information for others like him.
Episode 10 has an “Eight Legged Freaks” vibe.
I have to admit, Frog Lady is adorable. I’d would like to see a show or movie about her.
A chase scene escalates.
A running gag involving Baby Yoda’s shenanigans. Can you guess what he did?
Clogged: No flaws found.
Chapter 11 – The Heiress
Rich: Bryce Dallas Howard directs the 11th episode.
Opening Scene pays homage to “Apollo 13.”
A couple reunite for the first time. Can you guess who they are?
Mando aids Bo-Katan on a mission.
Katee Sackhoff reprises her role as Bo-Katan from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” & “Star Wars: Rebels.” If you’re not familiar with her, you might feel lost.
Poor: Nothing bad actually happened.
Chapter 12 – The Siege
Stable: Gina Carano & Carl Weathers reprise their roles as Cara Dune & Greef Karga. Carl also directed the 12th episode.
A Chase Scene ensues.
Baby Yoda does something adorable.
As he waits for his ship to repair, Mando assists Cara & Greef to seek and destroy an imperial base.
Cara receives a “gift.”
Bust: Not a big boo boo. In case you didn’t know, there’s a crew member in the background wearing jeans. It was digitally removed. Jeans Guy is now a meme.
Chapter 13 – The Jedi
Wise: Dave Filoni directs the 13th episode.
Rosario Dawson (one of my favorite actresses) guests stars as my favorite Jedi, Ahsoka Tano.
Michael Biehn guest stars as Lang.
Bruce Lee’s goddaughter, Diana Lee Inosanto guest stars as Morgan Elsbeth.
Ahsoka’s fight scenes remind me of the Batman Arkham games.
Baby Yoda’s true identity is revealed.
Cocky: No boo boos identified.
Chapter 14 – The Tragedy
Mighty: Robert Rodriguez directs the 14th episode.
A familiar face from Season 1 returns. My complaint from Episode 5 is now officially removed.
Another familiar face is back and better than ever. Guess who got his groove back?
A gun battle further escalated The Stakes.
Near the end of Episode 14, tensions further escalate.
Weak: A character said, “Looks like you’ve seen a ghost.” Aw geez. I hate that line. Wow couldn’t he/she say, “Looks like you’ve seen Patrick Swayze.”
Chapter 15 – The Believer
Believable: Rick Famuyiwa directs the 15th episode.
Episode 15 concludes Season 2’s story arc.
Bill Burr reprises his role as bounty hunter, Mayfield. Although he can be a jerk at times, Mayfield has some hidden depths.
Mando recruits Mayfield to infiltrate as a pair of stormtroopers so they can extract important information.
A chase scene raises the tension.
Unbelievable: Nothing terrible happened.
Chapter 16 – The Rescue
Safe: Peyton Reed directs the season finale.
Episode 16 concludes Season 2’s story arc with Mando and his allies going on a rescue mission.
Something happens in this episode. I refuse to spill the beans. I’ll sum it up in two words. Holy Crap! I’m giving this pro additional Bonus Points. If you’ve already seen the season finale, you probably know why.
Action was intense from beginning to end.
The Season Finale made me cry in a positive way. Again, I refuse to spill the beans. I haven’t cried so hard since Euphoria’s Season 1 Finale.
Don’t forget to watch a Post-Credits Scene. Setting up the future of the series.
One character said, “I thought you were dead.” A reference to Escape From New York.
Danger: No cons spotted.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
The Mandalorian’s second season is an epic eight part story arc recapturing the franchise’s substance over style. Jon Favreau deserves all the credit for mapping out all eight episodes. Every single positive detail listed, indicates why Season 2 is the show’s equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back. I was gonna give it an A- over a stupid cliched line, but thanks to the Episode 16’s epic conclusion it totally deserves an A, FOR APEX. If you’re already caught up on Season 1, I strongly recommend Season 2. I can’t wait for Ahsoka’s upcoming series. She’s my favorite Jedi. Finally got my wish to see Rosario Dawson portraying Ahsoka in live action form.