Mandalorian Review: Episode One

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Design By: Maggie O’Connor

After being off-air for almost a year, Disney plus’ original show The Mandalorian returned for its second season. The show takes place in the Star Wars universe and follows a bounty hunter named Din Djaren, played by Pedro Pascal, and a baby who is the same species as Jedi master Yoda. At the end of the last season, Djaren escaped from the remains of the Galactic Empire and was tasked with taking the baby to the Jedi. Spoilers for episode one are below, so read at your own risk.

In episode one of this season, Djaren travels to Tatooine, where he is attempting to find another Mandalorian who could help him locate the Jedi. But while on Tatooine, he finds a town marshall wearing the Mandalorian armor that previously belonged to bounty hunter Boba Fett, who appeared in the fifth and sixth Star Wars films. The marshall, played by Timothy Olyphant, made a deal with Djaren to help kill a monster terrorizing his town, in exchange for the marshall’s Mandalorian armor. Djaren, the marshall and his townspeople and the natives, the Tusken Raiders team up to defeat the monster, the Krayt Dragon. After they succeed, the marshall gives Djaren Boba Fett’s armor and Djaren flies away in his ship, the Razorcrest. The last shot of the episode is Boba Fett, who was supposedly killed in the sixth film, watching Djaren fly away.

This episode was great. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. The show’s strong point is definitely in its set and character design. All the special effects look better and more realistic than any other Star Wars movie. The episodic basis for most episodes can be a bit annoying, as the main plots of each episode are only loosely tied together from episode to episode. This can be a good thing for some people, but for me, it’s starting to feel a bit lazy. A majority of this episode was spent on Tatooine fighting a monster that will likely not return at any point, so there was no narrative point to fighting it other than showing that Boba Fett was alive. That is my only complaint though, as I still really enjoyed it. If I were to rate it out of ten, I would give it an eight. Keep on the lookout each week for reviews for each episode!