The Mandalorian Season 2 Reaction

Hey everyone! Can you believe that season 2 of The Mandalorian is almost upon us. The season begins on the 30th October and will be available to watch on Disney Plus. There will be eight episodes and they will air weekly. I know there has been some debate recently about releasing episodes weekly or all at once. Personally, I like weekly releases because it tends to create more hype and gives us more time to processes each episode. With that being said I thought I would share my reaction to each episode. On this post I will post my reaction to each episode on a weekly basis. I did this with the final season of Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed myself! So, I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you all. Make sure you save this post and come back to it each week. Please let me know your thoughts on each episode in the comments below. May the force be with you. 

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Season 2 Episode 1 - The Marshal


The first episode of season 2 is finally up on Disney Plus. Although we've only had to wait a year for this season it felt like a very long time. It was nice to see the run time listed as 55 minutes as there was some controversy surrounding the short episode lengths last season. The actual run time of this episode is about 47 minutes which is pretty standard. The aim of this episode is very clear, so let's delve into the action: 
  • The episode starts with The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and The Child moving through an undisclosed location. They enter a fighting ring, and we pick up where season 1 left off with Mando trying to locate the Jedi via other Mandalorians. No time is wasted on reintroducing characters which would have been unnecessary but is something that often happens at the start of a new season. 
  • Within the first 5 minutes we are given an action scene. It was nice to see Mando use his skills, however the soundtrack was a little lacking at this point. 
  • Looks like we are heading back to Tatooine - which always gets me excited. 
  • Honestly this is a brutal start. 
  • On Tatooine we are reunited with Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) I certainly hope we get to see more of her this season. 
  • Is that the first time the force has been mentioned in The Mandalorian? 
  • The traveling shots of Tatooine are really quite impressive. I love seeing the talent of Industrial Light and Magic at work. I did keep hoping we would see the Lars Homestead, but alas not in this episode. 
  • Theres a few traditional Star Wars wipes which is perfection. 
  • Okay so the second The Marshal aka Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) walks into the cantina I knew it wasn't, just could not be Boba Fett, but still I was hooked. 
  • Am I the only one that hates the baby noises The Child makes? 
  • The Marshal's speeder is part of a pod racer! Lovely nod to the prequals and Anakin. 
  • And a flashback to the destruction of the second Death Star. I really feel like this season is going to incorporate elements for the Skywalker Saga.  
  • I actually love this backstory, of course the Jawas had Boba Fett's armour. 
  • This new type of soundtrack is literal fire. With the beat! I love it. (at about 24 minutes in). 
  • Teamwork with the Tusken Raiders aka Sand People is an interesting twist. 
  • Ah so the sand dragon lives in an abandoned Sarlacc cave meaning the sand dragon killed the Sarlacc. This Sarlacc is likely to be the one Boba Fett seemly got eaten by. However, we know it takes a thousand years for a Sarlacc to digest someone, so it seems likely that the sand dragon killed the Sarlacc before Boba Fett was dead. Interesting. 
  • You know I said there was a longer run time? Well most of that is taken up with long establishing shots throughout. This really just shows off the fantastic production value and cinematography of this series but add little to the narrative. However, I don't really mind that. 
  • Okay when they were all shooting and throwing things at the sand dragon, I actually felt sad for it. 
  • Whilst it may be effective to blow something up from the inside, must this happen in literally everything now? 
  • But blowing up the sand dragon means no one will be going hungry for a while. So, I guess it's a win.
  • Okay the shot where the screen size changes is a work of art. 
  • Before he turned, I knew it was Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) I just knew it. But is this the only appearance he will make all season? It makes sense he is in this season because I think cloning is going to be a huge plot point.
So that is episode 1. The episodes clear aim was to show that Boba Fett was alive and to prove that it was possible for him to have survived his presumed death in the original trilogy. I feel like a lot of thought and planning when into making this storyline plausible. I was so worried that season 2 would be cheesy and gimmicky but I actually really liked this episode. I am desperate to know if Luke is on Tatooine at this point, but who knows if that question will be answered. A great start to season 2, plus The Child is still adorable, if a little annoying. 

Season 2 Episode 2 - The Passenger 

Following last week's thrilling episode I eagerly awaited this episode; I even refreshed my Disney Plus twice hoping the episode would appear early - it did not. Now I've watched episode 2 I'm left a little underwhelmed? Partly because last week we ended on such a high moment and partly because the episode didn't overly move the story forward. Read on to see my full throughs on The Mandalorian - The Passenger: 
  • The episode begins with The Mando and The Child speeding through the desert on Tatooine, a continuation of episode 1. 
  • They are ambushed and we get to see The Mando protect The Child. I especially like the way he tells the bandit that if there was even one mark on The Child there is no place he won't find the bandit. 
  • Does The Child look smaller? 
  • We then get some walking shots of The Mando carrying all his stuff. 
  • Ah yay more Peli Motto and she's given The Mando another lead to finding more Mandalorians. But he has to taxi a frog lady to a different planet. Can someone let me know what alien race this character is please?  
  • Okay because not much narrative wise really happens from this point I'm going to break it down out of order now as that's the best way to tackle the remaining events of the episode. 
  • Let's start with The Child. So, there was a few cute moments such as when he's cold and his little green cheeks flush pink, I also love every interaction between him and Mando. However, The Child spends most of this episode being a complete and utter brat. He eats the frog eggs despite being told no constantly. He then eats a spider egg which leads to them almost dying, but it was okay because it looked like he had learnt his lesson. Only he hadn't because in the final shot of the episode he eats another frog egg? Like what! Not only does this make him look like a bit of a jerk, I also think it was tonally off. For example, the first few time he sees the eggs it's like he is in awe of them, and before he eats one at the end it looks like he's understanding what these eggs mean to the frog woman but goes ahead and eats another one anyway. 
  • Okay so the spiders were gross, and I kept getting major Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets flashbacks. 
  • I loved loved seeing the x-wings pop up. The show successfully managed to make them look like the bad guys at the start but of course they by the end the republic is back looking like the good guys we know they are. The chase was thrilling but felt conflicting because we are both on the side of the Mando and the republic. Plus, they completely owned the Mando at the end. 
  • Mando is pure sass this episode, he is also fully in dad mode. 
  • I loved it when the frog lady uses a killer droid to make The Mando understand her. However, I get the feeling that this droid is going to play a part at some point because as Mando says 'that droid is a killer'. 
That's really all I have to say about this episode. It felt a little like filler which is a shame considering how good this show is. But one filler episode won't be an issue if the rest of the season is good. The Child is wearing on my slightly, the cute induced haze is wearing off. I still think this whole season is heading towards cloning and hopefully Kamino. 

Season 2 Episode 3 - The Heiress 

Can you believe that it's time for another Mandalorian episode? I feel like this week has gone so fast. But what an episode this is! This episode completely eclipses last week's filler one and I think it may be one of my favourite episodes of the show so far. It's a shorter episode but director Bryce Dallas Howard makes it feel like the longest. So, let's delve straight in - read on for all my thoughts and analysis of this week's episode The Heiress: 
  • We open on the Razor Crest entering an unnamed planet (unless I'm wrong and this planet is named). The opening is full of tension when the landing equipment fails and The Mandalorian has to land manually. Just went it looks like he has it under control, the tension is broken as an engine fails and the ship falls into the sea. 
  • Okay so sadly it turns out this water planet is not Kamino - but that does not mean Kamino won't make an appearance at some point, especially if The Child is a clone. 
  • Our new favourite the Frog Lady gets her happy ending when her husband meets her at the docks. It's honestly such a sweet moment. 
  • The gag that The Child is hungry still doesn't sit well after last week's episode - but by the end of the episode I warmed to him once again. 
  • There's the much-circulated shot of Sasha Banks from the trailer. The speculation can finally end because as it turns out she is a Mandalorian but more on that later. 
  • Okay is it just me or is this episode insanely dark at the start? Like Game of Thrones struggle to see what's happening dark? 
  • Then we get some negotiations, Mando tells The Child not to play with his food, and some fisherman can take them to other Mandalorians. 
  • I really like the look of the boat. 
  • But the second the fisherman told them to get closer to the edge of the monster pit I just knew something was up. But it was still shocking when The Child was pushed in and The Mando followed. 
  • We don't even get a moment to process before three Mandalorians show up. 
  • Simply thrilling. 
  • Oh no they all take their helmets off - this is like a repeat of the first episode. 
  • But turns out they are Mandalorian and that is Bo-Katan - I have never seen The Clone Wars but the name rang a bell, and I did some quick research. 
  • Bo-Katan (Katee Sackoff) reveals that Mandalorians can take off their helmets but that our Mando is a Child of the Watch - a cult that broke away from the Mandalorians. 
  • I'm surprised at how quickly Mando ditched Bo-Katan and her group. But they are totally awesome and quickly reappear to get Mando out of a tricky situation.
  • It seems like Bo-Katan taking back Mandalore could be a storyline for a later season. 
  • They enlist Mando on a mission to get some weapons and we get a nice joke about storm troopers not being able to aim. 
  • The Frogs babysitting the child is adorable. And he gets to witness the birth of their child which hopefully teaches him a lesson.
  • Okay so everything about this mission is thrilling, the three Mandalorians are such good fighters, I could do with a show about them. Mando looks kind of inexperienced compared to them. 
  • I like the idea that four Mandalorians are equivalent to a force of ten or more. 
  • The builds in tension and anticipation in the episode are incredible. 
  • Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) makes his first appearance of the season. 
  • So, Bo-Katan is after the darksaber - and we all know who has that. This is certainly not the last time we will see Bo-Katan. 
  • Oooh that must be the Star Wars version of Cyanide. 
  • And there we have it folks - Ahsoka Tano has been referenced for the first time in a live action Star Wars production. This is bound to make all the Ahsoka fans very happy - although I don't think she'll make an appearance until episode 7 or 8. 
  • The episode ends with Mando and The Child leaving on a much in need of repair Razor Crest.
What an episode! I honestly think I will have to watch it again because it's just so well timed, shot and directed. I'm back to liking the child - he was not annoying even once in this episode. I have no idea where the next episode will take us but there is a chance it will be a filler episode. If you are a fan of The Clone Wars, then this is the episode for you. I cannot wait to see what the next episode has in store. 

Season 2 Episode 4 - The Siege 

It's Friday again which means it's time for another Mandalorian episode. Last week's episode was so thrilling that I was worried this episode would be filler similar to episode 2, however I was wrong to be worried. This episode furthers and opens up the storyline in a way we haven't seen since season one, which is very exciting. The episode also has a really reminiscent vibe that evokes nostalgia for the original trilogy. I'm excited to break this episode down with you all so, read on to see why this episode intrigued me so much: 
  • The episode opens with the Mando coaching The Child to change wires in a way that reminds me of a similar scene with Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy 2. 
  • The Razor Crest needs repairs (something we knew last week) which means we are traveling back to Navarro. Que Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers). 
  • Cut to Cara taking down a group of thieves. It is soon revealed that Greef and Cara have been cleaning up the town to make it a safe place. 
  • The little ferret/meerkat is very cute and a great example of robotics (at least it doesn't look like CGI).
  • This episode has a completely different style and pacing, it really reminds me of the original trilogy but more on that later. 
  • Another refence to the new republic - the second of the season. This is interesting. If you pay attention to this episode there are more than a few references to the system as a whole, we get Greef saying that the New Republic should leave the outer rim alone, we then a get a teacher explaining the planets, there is also a reference to Coruscant. I have no idea what this could mean but it means something.
  • The prequels get their fair share of references as well, not only do we hear of Coruscant, but there is mention of the 'M count' which is Midiclorians - something that is mentioned throughout Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The Doctor also wears a uniform with the same symbol that the cloners from Kamino wear in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - we did see this in season one also. But the combination of all this information makes it clearer than ever: all roads lead to Kamino.  
  • The scenes aboard The Empire base really ignite the reminiscent quality of the episode in a very visual way. I loved seeing the stormtroopers, the long panel lights, the hologram and the Tie-Fighters.  
  • But it is the pacing of the episode that really makes this episode feel like the original trilogy, form the slow to fast cuts, the slight delays during the speeder chase and the scenes of celebration. I really loved all of this. 
  • The Mandalorian and co have now learnt what we already knew - Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is alive and still after the child. 
  • The Razor Crest is finally back in fighting form, it's great to see how Mando can fly when his ship is in good shape. 
  • Although The Child does not feature much this episode, it was great to see him use the force again to get his hands on some yummy looking green cookies. I loved his little reactions on the Razor Crest like he was on a roller coaster as well. 
  • The episode gives us some Cara Dune back story, we learn that she is from Alderaan, and that she lost everyone when it was destroyed. This scene finally gives fans the reaction to the tragedy they've always wanted. Do we think Cara will go and join the New Republic? Who knows? 
  • We end on an Empire ship cursing through space. We quickly learn that they are tracking the Razor Crest before we get to see a little of what Moff Gideon has been up too. It looks like he has been creating genetically modified clones which could spell a lot of trouble for Ahsoka who is likely to be in next week's episode. 
This was a fantastic episode that opened the show up to so many possibilities. Whilst it is easy to feel that this episode is not as good as last week's showy, thrilling episode, it is clear that what we learnt this week has more importance to the overall narrative of the show. This episode has made me excited for what's to come. Bring on next week. 








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