Warning: Spoilers for ‘The Mandalorian Chapter 10: The Passenger’ ahead
Last week, season 2 of “The Mandalorian” kicked off with a relatively well balanced episode. With episode 2, “The Mandalorian” loses its balance as its continues to pump the breaks on story development to make room for even more world building.
The sophomore season of “The Mandalorian” is finally here.
This episode is not bad by any means. In fact, it belongs in the top tier of the series. However, that does not stop the indisputable fact that this episode contributed nearly nothing to the overall story, which is a major problem with this show overall.
After a big reveal at the end of the last episode, the show abruptly stopped its well earned story momentum for another filler episode that have become the norm in the series. Maybe this is a just personal complaint, but its seems like this is just the reality of the show’s identity.
Anyway, let’s get into the positives of the episode. As far as filler episodes go, this one is as good as it gets. This episode perfectly utilizes the questionable formula that the show has established for itself, which is a big action spectacle with Star Wars world building blanketed over the entire episode. The action scenes between Mando, the New Republic, and ice spiders follow the standard set by the rest of the show and continue to show off big-screen worthy special effects.
This episode dives deeper into the father-son relationship of Din Djarin and The Child, which has not been given proper time to shine in the past. Its a real credit Jon Favreau and the rest of the team of filmmakers that they are able to form such deep chemistry between a puppet and a character who never takes off his mask.
Overall, this is a great episode and continues to be a great show, but it might be time to accept the reality that the show itself is just not focused on plot.
Filmnetic Grade: B+
With Season 2 set to premiere this Friday, let’s take a look at what fans can expect from the latest adventures of Mando and The Child.