Season Two of “The Mandalorian” Premieres

Season two of The Mandalorian season premiered just two weeks ago. Last year, The Mandalorian was an incredibly successful show in the Star Wars universe. The anticipation for the second season premiere was high, and it did not disappoint.

“Chapter 9: The Marshall” takes place soon after the final events of last season. Mando (Pedro Pascal) is trying to locate other Mandalorians so he can find out how to bring The Child (Baby Yoda’s official name) to the Jedi. He is told that he will find them on Tatooine, a desert location in Star Wars, so he and The Child embark on a journey towards the planet once again.

There, he meets Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olephant), who is also a character from the Star Wars: Aftermath novels, and Mando agrees to help him destroy a monster in the sand in order for Vanth to help him. 

To say anymore would be spoiling the story, so I recommend watching the episode yourself. The episode contains some great action, and even has a few references to some obscure Star Wars events. 

Dave Filoni and John Favreau, the showrunners and executive producers of The Mandalorian, have a clear and impressive understanding of Star Wars, and as a big Star Wars fan myself, watching The Mandalorian was especially enjoyable. 

The episode was written in a way that could please long time fans, but not hinder the forward progression of the storyline. 

Another interesting thing is that this episode did not feel like a direct follow up to the last. Moff Gideon, the villain that appears at the end of last season, is not even mentioned, and instead we follow another one of Mando and The Child’s adventures. 

Although I would like to know where the overall plot is heading, having the show be more episodic is a good change of pace from other shows streaming at the moment. 

The show is shot and written in a western-style, which is evident in the premier. Western shows are also episodic in nature, so it makes sense that The Mandalorian would follow suit. 

I wish I could say more about the plot, as the episode delivers heavily in surprises and action, and Timothy Olephant does a fantastic job as Cobb Vanth. This premier was a great reintroduction to the world of The Mandalorian and I am far more excited for the rest of the season having watched it. 4.5/5