TV Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Continues to Surprise

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Kolja Westhues, Journalist

The second season of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian is a thrilling follow-up to the already amazing first season. Although the sophomore series starts out slow, the build-up leads to a most satisfying conclusion.

Following up on on the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin, returning a force sensitive being to the Jedi, this season brings the next logical continuation with new and refreshing plot twists and turns. Whereas the first season fell victim to too many clichés, especially with the ubiquitous “Baby Yoda,” the story arc came full circle with a meaningful conclusion. We also learn Baby Yoda’s true name and that he is 50 years old, though his behavior and adoration for Djarin remains childlike.

This season also introduced the return of major characters from the Star Wars universe, including animated stars from The ​Clone Wars​ and ​Star Wars Rebels​. 

The emotional journey of the Djarin also evolves, as he grapples with how closely he should abide by his Mandalorian beliefs. Space-cop Cara Dune also returns, and we learn both about her past and with the New Republic.

The main baddie, Moff Gideon, also builds an even more dominating presence with his “Deathtroopers,” highly advanced combat droids. The  series ends with a shocking surprise, with a fan favorite coming for the last minute rescue.

This season of The Mandalorian is enticing, refreshing, and revived my obsession with Star Wars. I give this season an 8.5 out of 10 stars.