I just finished watching the finale of The Mandalorian, and to say that I’m peeved is an understatement. The Mandalorian was a show that felt like it took itself seriously for the first two seasons. There was character development and fascinating storytelling, and the finales left you reeling in some capacity.
I knew this season’s finale was going to have troubles when I learned that it was going to be a relatively short runtime for a season finale, clocking in at forty-one minutes. With credits and the recap, that runtime boils closer to something you’d see from a Clone Wars episode. And sure enough, the finale feels as if it’s moving a million miles an hour to conclude a story that ultimately was as lackluster as they come.
Okay, we’re halfway through the third season, and this is my first review so far. Why? Well, if I’m being honest, which I always am, this season just hasn’t impressed me that much so far.
We haven’t had a season of The Mandalorian since 2020, and for such a long wait, it’s far more lackluster than I expected. The first episode had me smiling, but ultimately when I returned from the episode, I was baffled by the breakneck pacing of the episode’s several plots. The second episode was much more enjoyable, but I still found it to often be repetitive and sometimes poorly written. Such as Bo-Katan reminiscing about Mandalore at times when it was clear that Mando was in trouble. I found myself literally urging her from my room to move faster to save Din Djarin.
I’m sitting here stunned by what I have just seen. Yesterday I watched Wonder Woman and yeah, it has its annoying moments, but overall, it’s a solid superhero film. Wonder Woman 1984 is the exact opposite of Wonder Woman.
Its action scenes, save for the first one in the film’s first twenty minutes, are lame and provide no sense of wonderment. Its story is trying so desperately to speak a profound message that it collapses into its own goals, becoming something that just takes too long to reach something special. And then finally when it seems like the story is going somewhere the climax arrives and it’s just…lame!
I don’t think in the four years I’ve had this blog I’ve written a post specifically thanking an actor for their performance in a show or television series but it’s happening today: I’m thanking Pedro Pascal for his performance in The Mandalorian.
Last year around this time of the year my love for Star Wars had mostly dimmed to nothingness. If not for The Mandalorian and his exciting adventures with The Child, I would’ve been even more depressed. Despite loving the series and being excited for this show’s second season I didn’t dare get too exhilarated for what the second season could off.
The Sequel Trilogy ultimately broke my belief that Star Wars could be great anymore. I felt like the Hollywood goliaths holding the franchise in their hands didn’t understand Star Wars and that they had turned it into a mockery of what it once was. The Rise of Skywalker was an absolute travesty! Yes, there were lightsaber duels and X-wings, beloved characters and brand-new characters that seemed pretty likable, but the overall experience left me hollow as the story made no sense and only seemed to make the franchise as a whole feel like it wasn’t worth watching anymore.
Now, after eight non-stop incredible episodes of The Mandalorian, concluding with an episode that still has me floored, I’m in love with this franchise again. And at the helm of this remarkable series is Pedro Pascal.
The latest episode of The Mandalorian wasn’t exactly as high-octane as Chapter 14 was but it was really, really good in a deeper way. We got some stirring character development that’ll probably have some consequence later on down the line and some hilarious moments that made this easily one of the best episodes to date. So, with no further delay, let’s dive down deep into this episode’s greatest moments.
The Mandalorian just can’t seem to stop! This latest chapter, Chapter 10: The Passenger, is storytelling at its finest. No, it doesn’t focus on anything super important but it’s this film’s isolated story that makes it so special. My favorite episode from the last season was Chapter 2: The Child because it was fun, exciting, and we had plenty of Baby Yoda. This chapter does the same thing.
It honestly never lets up. No, the story does not veer into the ultimate plot of this season–find Mandalorians to discover The Child’s origins–but instead chooses to take a different path, featuring a nail-biting adventure that had me loosing my mind with happiness.
The relationship between Mando and The Child is only heightened in its uber-cuteness. And we get a couple of new alien species that were just delightful. Oh, and we got a callback to Star Wars: Rebels in a truly frightening way that was utterly brilliant and perfect for the episode.
Oh my goodness, this is my favorite episode yet!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.