After the finale of the first season, expectations for the second season of The Mandalorian were high. The first season with its eight episodes was a (necessary) rejuvenation for Star Wars, after the films were based solely on the past and hardly dared to venture into new territory. While there are familiar elements to The Mandalorian, the story itself is a long way from the Skywalker saga.
Shortly after the finale of the first season, you heard the first rumors about the second. The information condensed and new actors were named. Interest was sparked even more when Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Michael Biehn (Aliens) could also be named fan favorites. But that wasn't all. The news just got bigger: Ahsoka Tano, the best character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will make her real film debut! And Boba Fett is back!
The second season of The Mandalorian started today on Disney +. Unfortunately again only with one episode per week.
What was surprising about the first season was that the individual episodes only ran for around half an hour. The start of the second season is much more epic. There is almost an hour here. With The Marshal it goes straight to the full.
Mando follows his mission to bring Baby Yoda back to his people. But he has no idea where these people are. However, he knows one thing: he will need the help of the Mandalorians, but here too the contact has been broken. However, Mando hears that there should be a Mandalorian on Tatooine. He sets off there and comes to Mos Espa, where he meets the Marshal. The man wears Mandalorian armor, but is not a Mandalorian. He bought the armor from the Jawas and then used it to clean up his town.
Mando wants the armor. There is almost a fight, but then a giant Krayt dragon, a sandworm, appears and devours a bantha in the city. The marshal proposes a deal to Mando: if Mando helps him destroy the Krayt dragon, he will get the armor. Mando agrees. But to kill the huge monster, they also need the help of the Sand People.
The series manages to conjure up that classic Star Wars feeling very well. But not only that: If you felt reminded of Japanese samurai films in the first season, the start of the second season clearly takes off your hat to the western – or better: the Mandalorian helmet.
The setting, the story, but above all the character of the marshal literally screams: Western! So it's not surprising that Timothy Olyphant even wears a typical John Wayne shirt in the role.
Sarlacc's pit. That was its end there, but at some point it must have been spat out again.
As at the end of the first episode of season one, there is also the big moment at the end. However, given the armor you've seen before, the surprise effect is smaller. But: You see Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the prequels and had his own clone built as a son. Accordingly, Boba Fett also looks like him. The end is auspicious.
The second season consists of eight episodes. Until shortly before Christmas there is a new excursion into the world of Star Wars every week. In addition, the future looks bright for The Mandalorian. Seasons 3 and 4 have already been ordered.