If the first season of the Mandalorian the show introduced the world to Din Djarin and Grogu (Baby Yoda) season 2 opened up the world to characters old and new connecting the series like a lost piece to the larger Star Wars puzzle. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have expertly fused the three Star Wars trilogies together and even introduced aspects from the one-off films and the animated shows. Despite a pathetic cry from woke “fans” over things regarding off-screen issues, the majority of fans are already hailing this season as a pure masterpiece that is as good as the original films.
And it should be, after all original Lucasfilm owner, George Lucas, has been apart of the think tank. Instead of being surrounded by mindless yes men likened was during the Prequel trilogy years, Lucas is surrounded by like minded creators all joining together to give us some of the best Star Wars ever made.
This season is all about the two series leads, Mando and Grogu finding out who they are and where they fit in the universe. Mando runs into an assortment of Mandalorians that bring his devote practices into question. Grogu on the other hand took steps to become reunited with the Jedi. Like Luke Skywalker from the sequel trilogies we learned Grogu had cut himself off from the force. He had been a youngling at the Jedi Temple during the prequel trilogy but went into hiding during Order 66 that saw the Empire kill the Jedi Knights.
During the season the series introduces characters such as Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) the Marshall; we are reintroduced to Clone War characters Bo Katan (Katee Sackhoff) Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and we finally get the return we had all been waiting for, Boba Fett, reprised by actor Temuera Morrison.
For years, fans have been fascinated by Boba Fett. He was always recognized as the badass of the Star Wars universe, but he never really ever showed why fans thought that. Luckily this season finally gave a reason to believe the character was more than a mask and jetpack. Another character that got some much needed redemption was that of Luke Skywalker. Fans, including myself, felt the character was severely misused in the sequel trilogy after a grand return at the end of The Force Awakens. We never got to see the full might of Jedi Master Skywalker. Then came the season two finale of the Mandalorian and we were finally shown how powerful Luke was. In a scene reminiscent of Darth Vader’s attack on the Rebels at the end of Rogue One, Luke tore a pathway through robotic troopers to Grogu where the little green guy then had to choose to go with Luke or stay with Mando.
Where the series goes from here is anyone’s guess. Despite Grogu’s time with Mando seemingly at an end, Mando will no doubt now join Bo-Katan to save their home world with the Dark Saber in his possession.
The end stinger (which some fans are just finding out about) featured Boba Fett and Fennec Shand claiming the throne once held by Jabba The Hutt on Tatooine. What Boba plans to do with this new found power is unknown but it will be further explored in his spin-off series, The Book of Boba Fett, a series announced at the end of the episode and arriving in 2021.
Another character that will be getting their own spin-off is Ahsoka who will be hunting down the blue skinned Imperial Admiral, Thrawn. Thrawn was last seen in the series finale of Star Wars Rebels. Finally, another series set in the Mandalorian timeline is Rangers of the New Republic. Not much is known about this series other than like the other spin-offs and the Mandalorian will all crossover at some point for an event series.
It’s really hard to point to anything that season 2 either didn’t deliver on or missed an opportunity presenting. The show introduced a ton of new characters without giving our two leads the brush off. They not only created possible storyline paths for season 3, they also set up storylines for other spin-offs. The show like it’s creators are pure genius. The force is very very strong with this iteration of the Star Wars franchise.