Arts & Culture

Review: The Mandalorian

Yash Varma ’24
Contributor

The Mandalorian Season Two offered a lot to fans and is by far one of the strongest works that Disney’s Lucasfilm has produced. Due to the enthralling story, breathtaking action, and major character cameos, the second season of The Mandalorian is one of my favourite Star Wars media to date. Spoilers ahead!

To recap, the season is about our hero, Djin Djarin, also known as The Mandalorian, on a quest to bring The Child, AKA Baby Yoda, to be trained by a Jedi. Djarin, however, believes that there are other Mandalorians around the galaxy that could help him, which at last leads him to Bo-Katan Kryze.

This is none other than the Mandalorian seen in the Star Wars: the Clone Wars TV series as well as Star Wars Rebels. Kryze leads Djarin to former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, a memorable character that I was delighted to see in live action. Her rejection for taking and training the Child, or Grogu as we find out in the episode, is significant, being tied to a major plotline in Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side.

This is yet again the work of tying in elements from different areas of Star Wars and connecting them, something that was seriously lacking in Disney’s sequel trilogy. Alas, Tano lead Djarin to take Grogu to the planet Tython, where Grogu reached out in the Force to seek another Jedi.

Following this, they were intercepted by yet another familiar face, who was none other than Boba Fett, a character fans long wanted to see again, as well as a group of Dark Troopers, the latter of the two being an enemy. Later, Djarin lost not only his beloved ship, the Razor Crest, but also Grogu, who was captured by Dark Troopers, the menacing droids overseen by Moff Gideon, the cutthroat villain introduced in the first season.

At last, an epic battle takes place between Djarin and his allies against Gideon on his ship. However, in the end, our heroes are outnumbered and seem to lose when they get support from…one X-Wing? This isn’t just any X-Wing, this is the ship of Luke Skywalker himself, having heard Grogu’s call from Tython.

This was the biggest highlight of the season, and it was spectacular to see Skywalker effortlessly cut through the Dark Troopers to get to our periled heroes, while having the amazing score playing in the background, thanks to composer Ludwig Göransson!

Me and my grogus

Overall, this season was beyond perfection. Words cannot fully illustrate the brilliance and the creativity of John Favreau and Dave Filoni in this beautiful masterpiece they have constructed. My favourite thing about this season is its attention to detail relating to their handling of the lore from Star Wars, as these different elements tie together the galaxy we know far, far away and even making it a bit smaller.

Disney had practically ruined Star Wars with the Sequel Trilogy, however this season of the Mandalorian filled the void fans had for a long time. One could say that in terms of Star Wars content, this is the way.


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