The good thing about the first series of The Mandalorian taking so long to come to the UK is that we didn’t have that long to wait after watching it for the second series to begin. The bad thing is, now we’re going to have to wait ages for the next installment.
However, series two did come to an impressive conclusion this past week, with a guest appearance that seems almost impossible to have kept secret this whole time. And yet, they managed it! I won’t dig into the details too much here because I’m still toying with writing more in depth episodic reviews, but overall, what an incredible show.
The first series felt very much as though Mando and Baby Yoda were just bouncing around the galaxy looking for inspiration and finding a monster-of-the-week to defeat. Nothing wrong with that. But here in the second series, it felt like there was a direction to things, it was more of a journey, whilst still battling the bad each time. (I did not enjoy that ice spiders episode.)
There’s been a lot of concern about how much fan service has been paid in this second series, that expanding the universe and dipping into the vast history is on one hand good and entertaining but on the other hand alienating to a newer audience. I personally think The Mandalorian has done an incredible job at introducing characters whether new or old, and their participation in the story doesn’t hinge on their Star Wars lore.
The Ahsoka episode is a great example of that. If you know who she is, it was super exciting and the mention of Thrawn got everybody carried away. But if you didn’t know who she was, I don’t think it mattered. It was quite evident she was a Jedi and she was considering training the little green devil. That’s all you needed to know really. Her huge history as part of the Clone Wars wasn’t relevant in this instance.
It’s easy for me to say, though, as I have seen the relevant back-story (albeit only recently). There’s a lot to remember in the Star Wars universe and the number of TV shows coming soon suggests that’s only going to get worse. Managing huge universes is a good problem to have, it means you’ve got a successful franchise, but it’s only going to get harder!
There was a post-credits scene that announced a Boba Fett production, which for a moment seemed to confirm there would be no more Mando, but Jon Favreau has said otherwise. They’re now filming the Fett show “then we go into production after that with Season 3 of The Mandalorian, with the main character that we all have known and loved.”
Presumably Baby Yoda Grogu isn’t going to be such a big part of the third series, given that he’s found a new home, but maybe I’m wrong. I’d be equally happy to see Mando go off and do other adventures, as long as the ice spiders stay buried. That is the way!