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The Mandalorian (season 02)

Josh Reviews The Mandalorian Season Two

There was certainly a lot of expectation and anticipation before the release of the first season of The Mandalorian last year.  It was the first Star Wars live-action TV show!  What would it be like?  And yet, in many ways, I think that first season was a huge surprise to many people.  It was to me.  Even though I’d hoped it would be great, I was taken aback by just how great it was.  And, of course, “Baby Yoda” (officially “the child” on the show) took the world by storm.  And so I felt there were even greater weights of pressure and expectation on the second season of the show.  Would Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and their team be able to make a second season that would rise to the level of that first season, and to fans’ enormous expectations?

Once again, they made it look easy.  The second season of The Mandalorian was pure joy for me, from start to finish.  I will say again what I said about that first season: this is exactly what I want new Star Wars to be.  The series is astoundingly faithful to the continuity and history of Star Wars, while also being unafraid to tell new stories with new characters and new locations.

This second season enormously expanded the universe of the show.  Season one was filled with connections to the larger Star Wars universe; we saw Jawas and an IG battle droid and that ice-cream-maker from The Empire Strikes Back and the Darksaber.  At the same time, the season told a tightly-focused story of Mando and the Child and their adventures on the “Outer Rim.”  Season two expanded the scope of the show dramatically.  For me, the greatest strength of The Mandalorian was the way the series was able to weave together connections to the movies (Boba Fett), the animated series (Bo Katan, Ahsoka Tano, the Darksaber), and also to Star Wars novels (Grand Admiral Thrawn, Cobb Vanth), comic books (the planet Tython where Baby Yoda communes with the Force) video games (the Dark Troopers), and so much more. The respect for the vast tapestry of the Star Wars expanded universe was amazing.  This series is clearly made by people with a tremendous knowledge of and love for Star Wars, and that makes me so happy to see.  (I wish modern Star Trek was overseen by people with this amount of knowledge and love.)

As a huge fan of the animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars and Rebels, the highlight of this season was seeing Bo Katan and Ahsoka Tano brought to life in live action.  I cannot describe how happy that made me!!!  Seeing Bo Katan in … [continued]