Noob Reviews: The Mandalorian (Season 02)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is The Mandalorian?
If you have not already done so, you can find a little bit of backstory for The Mandalorian’s first season in our review here.
How many seasons are there so far?
The Mandalorian has had two seasons released to date and has already been officially redeemed for a third season.
Without doing too many spoilers, there is also so much content in the second season of The Mandalorian, that will allow it to do multiple crossovers into other Disney/Star Wars projects that have been announced in December last year (2020).
When was the second season of The Mandalorian released?
The second season of The Mandalorian was released between 30th October and 18th December 2020.
How many episodes are there?
The second season has eight episodes, with each episode’s length varying between thirty-four and fifty-five minutes.
What is the second chapter about?
Please be advised that there will be spoilers ahead if you have not already seen the first season and spoilers for the second season.
Continuing on directly from the end of the first season, The Mandalorian sees us rejoining The Mandalorian and Grogu (aka The Child) - as The Mandalorian seeks to return him to his own kind. However, as they try to locate the remnants of the Jedi order, Moff Gideon continues to hunt the duo, and he will stop at nothing to claim his force-sensitive prize.
As with the first season, we will be taken to exotic and beautiful locations. From the deserts of Tatooine where The Mandalorian is tasked with helping to slay a colossal krayt dragon. To the quieter (but no less dangerous) townships of Corvus where The Mandalorian will not only come face to face with his first-ever Jedi but get to meet an iconic Star Wars heroine.
The Mandalorian’s adventures in the second season are a lot more complicated and dangerous than that seen in the first season, but each yield much higher rewards if completed. Apart from The Child’s storyline and its problematic return to the Jedi, we also find out a lot more about why Moff Gideon seeks to claim Grogu as his prize. And The Mandalorian comes face to face with a highly effective, organised and elite group of Mandalorians which seek to return to their homeworld (Mandalore) and install Bo-Katan Kryze as it’s warrior queen.
Needless to say in addition to the new locations and faces in season two, both friend and foe. Many of the original season one fan favourites make a series of cameos and appearances too.
Did you say a third season had been confirmed?
A third season has already been officially confirmed and is already in production. However, specific time frames on releases and details like that - are yet to be fully announced due to the current COVID crisis and multiple lockdowns affecting filming locations.
Unofficial beliefs are that the third season will be released between Christmas 2021 and early 2022, but take this with a pinch of salt for now until we hear from Disney themselves.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from the Star Wars YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find both seasons of The Mandalorian on the Disney Plus streaming platform here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon)
Gina Carano (Cara Dune)
Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian)
Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano)
Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of the second season of The Mandalorian?
When reviewing the first season of The Mandalorian, I felt myself left a little bit disappointed, for all of the hype and excitement surrounding the show, by the time it came out in the UK all of the spoilers were out there. And on a personal level, I just found some aspects of the show disjointed in places. Overall I believe I gave the show a 4.2, which is still good but not excellent. The second season of The Mandalorian blows the initial season out of the water and dominates the rankings. I had already given it a much higher ranking from the first episode alone as it took all of the best parts of season one and improved on them instantly.
As with the show’s first season, The Mandalorian comes at us with a vast Disney budget and a fantastic set of effects, character costumes, and set locations to match. No expense appears to have been spared as all of the proportions of the alien species are handled perfectly, the jaw-dropping scale of the enemies, such as the krayt dragon - are phenomenal. And the space battles pull no punches. Everything on the special effects, costume and design fronts have been ramped up significantly from the already impressive scale they were on before.
When it comes to the story, I found the story continuing on from season one into season two very easy to follow, and it picked up at a perfect spot. The second season’s story continues to go from awe-inspiring mission to awe-inspiring mission. Both the script and visual events give you pause for thought and leave a lasting impression days after watching the episodes. Whether it be The Mandalorian fighting Moff Gideon, Grogu refusing to go quietly into captivity and bouncing storm troopers around a prison cell or (massive spoilers) Ashoka Tano turning up - everything unfolds so organically and seamlessly. The pacing, sense of tension and cliffhangers the episodes use to keep you interested are surgically positioned and serve their purpose well. As I watched The Mandalorian this time around, with the rest of the world, as opposed to the nine-month delay we had last time. I had no idea what was going to happen at the end of the second season. Or more who was going to appear. And I’m not afraid to admit it, I got super excited and began to fanboy hard. For such an actor and core character’s inclusion in the series to be kept a secret for so many months, if not years, it was just fantastic.
Unlike the first season, I found the cast, both main actors and supporting roles to again be well established, with vital energy when they were performing their scenes - and many of them also leave a lasting impression with you days later. Admittedly delivery can teeter over into the realm of over the top and overly mushy at times, but for the most part, these instances are very few and far between. It was also fantastic to see that there will be a Boba Fett spin-off coming later this year too (which may or may not having something to do with The Mandalorian’s third season been delayed). As Temuera Morrison gave me literal chills every time, we got to see him in action. Whether it be his diplomatic stylings. Mandalorian warrior mentality. Or just downright excellent combat skills. The portrayal of Boba Fett was all you could ask for and more.
Admittedly I sound quite mushy and have begun fanboying again. However, I firmly believe the second season of The Mandalorian was a step up from the first season, and I can highly recommend it as worth a watch. If you have not done so already, I would recommend watching the first season entirely so you can appreciate the full scope of the story and meet the characters that come into play. Overall, this is definitely an improvement, and I am already impatiently awaiting the third season to see just how much more it can be improved and taken to new heights.
What rating would you give the second season of The Mandalorian?
I would rate the second season of The Mandalorian as a near-perfect 4.8 out of 5 bananas.
With a fantastic story, an extraordinary cast and an unparalleled range of special effects and action sequences - the second season of The Mandalorian indeed does justice to its predecessor, yet at the same time raises the bar on what the third season will have to contend with.
Whether you are a Star Wars fan, a fan of sci-fi in general, or just looking for a heartwarming (yet action-packed) tale of camaraderie and redemption, The Mandalorian’s second season will provide you with all you need and then some.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in The Mandalorian and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find both seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus here.