Warning: Spoilers for ‘The Mandalorian Chapter 9: The Marshal’ ahead
The sophomore season of “The Mandalorian” is finally here. After a first season filled with explosive action, engaging characters, and fan teases, showrunner Jon Favreau had a lot to live up too for the second season. Luckily, “The Mandalorian’ seems to be on the right course.
While the first episode of season 2 does follow the single-episode-adventure style that made the first season a tad slow to watch, this is one of the best episodes in the series to date. The episode is so great because of its future teases and action.
This episode manages to expand on the mythology of fan favorite Mandalorian character Boba Fett without even mentioning his name. While casual viewers paid no mind to the teases, hardcore fans knew exactly who he Marshal’s armor belonged to and why the story had to take place on Tatooine.
Beyond the stage setting for future story lines, this episode is one of the most ambitious in television history. The Krayt Dragon featured in this episode was so well realized that its worthy of the a big screen film. The only other show that made this accomplishment that comes to mind is “Game of Thrones,” which is not bad company to keep.
Din Djarin and The Child continue to shine in the second season. The show picks up right where it left off with them with not a moment of wasted screen time. This episode also explored the mythology of the Beskar armor worn by Mandalorian’s. This episode makes it clear why the armor is so important to is people and so valuable to outsiders.
Is this the best episode of “The Mandalorian” so far? From a spectacle standpoint, maybe, but not from a story perspective. After a ton of mind-blowing plot twists and future character teases for season 2, starting off with one of the lesser mysteries of the show seems a like a little bit of a let down. However, the first episode will go down as one of the best in the show.
Filmnetic Grade: A