The Mandalorian Season Two: Off to a Great Start


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The Mandalorian, a Disney+ original series.

Jake Reyes, Managing Editor

The Mandalorian, a Disney+ original television series, is off to a great start as season two began with an action-packed season opener on Friday, Oct. 30.

The Mandalorian is a Star Wars story of a noble warrior who is part of a creed known as the “Mandalorians” and is on a quest to protect a force sensitive child from the dangers of the galaxy. This child is colloquially known as “Baby Yoda” as it appears to be of the same species as Jedi Master Yoda.

Unlike most Star Wars films, the story is not told from the perspective of a Jedi. This has to be one of the best features about this series. A different perspective widens the viewer’s knowledge of the Star Wars universe and presents the idea that there is more to this franchise than just cool robes and lightsabers.

The series originally began on Nov. 12, 2019, and has been a success ever since. The series took the internet by storm as the world fell in love with “Baby Yoda”. As a matter of fact, “Baby Yoda” was so popular that when Hasbro released a plush toy version of the character, it sold out in less than a day after it became available for pre-order. Right now, it looks like the series is on track for another successful season as the plot is rapidly unveiling new surprises and adventures.

So far, season two has released three episodes. All three episodes have both been terrifying, yet satisfying. To put this in perspective, it’s not the kind of terror you have when you fail a math test. It’s the kind of terror you have when you go through a sudden drop while riding a roller coaster.

The series is a big thrill ride! To compliment Jon Favreau, the creator of The Mandalorian, there isn’t a predictable outcome of any of these episodes. Although I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic, I will admit that recent Star Wars films like The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker have had predictable plots as earlier films like The Empire Strikes Back. There tends to be the same pattern in these films, half the family is on one side of the force, and half is on the other. It’s the same question that viewers wonder after these movies, what is Thanksgiving like for the Skywalkers? However, this is certainly not the case with The Mandalorian, and especially season two.

Each episode ends with a cliffhanger that leaves fans scratching their heads and having many questions. This is why one could argue that The Mandalorian is a top five Star Wars film and the addition of season two brought the series to be even greater than The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker, The Phantom Menace, and Attack of the Clones.

One could disagree, but the ratings are certainly in favor of that opinion. According to Rotten Tomatoes, season two of The Mandalorian has an average tomatometer of 91% and the overall tomatometer of the series is 95%. Tomatometer is the percentage score of positive reviews that a professional critic gives on Rotten Tomatoes. This rating is bound to grow as more episodes are released this season. The rating is also significantly higher than films like The Rise of Skywalker, with its tomatometer averaging at 51%. Disney could look into hiring Jon Favreau as a director for its next major Star Wars movie considering how well he’s directed and produced The Mandalorian.

However, there is a minor problem that surrounds the pacing of the series. The pacing is the only detail that should be improved as the series seems to take a format of a slow developing plot. This format can cause issues around the show, such as wasteful episodes that don’t add much context to the overall story. Then, viewers have to wait another week in hopes of a more story-focused episode that sticks to the plot. Overall, season two is off to a great start and the pacing isn’t too much of an issue that would change the perspective of the show being a top five star wars film.

The next episode “Chapter 12”  is set to air on Disney+ on Friday, Nov. 20.