New season of ‘The Mandalorian’ is not one to be missed


Gina Carano, Pedro Pascal and Carl Weathers star in Season 2 of “The Mandalorian.” (Disney+/ TNS)

Aliens, blaster rifles and the force. All things from a galaxy far, far away that have been used and loved for years in books and movies alike under the branding of Star Wars. However, when these are all applied and put together in the new season of “The Mandalorian,” , it truly adds a new perspective to a timeless franchise.

This new season of “The Mandalorian” brings back countless characters, treacherous bounties, tales of redemption and numerous encounters with everyone’s favorite little green guy. 

The main characters include Greef  Kargaa (Carl Weathers), Grogu/The Child (David Acord), Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Bo-Katan Kyrz(Katee Sackhoff) and Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris). Each character provides their own distinctive aspect throughout the show and helps convey and capture the countless emotions. 

These compelling characters journey through a galaxy like no other, previewing stunning landscapes and innovative environments of alien planets. Using state-of-the-art special effects the show mainly visits the abandoned and neglected planet of Mandalore, the technologically advanced world of Coruscant, and the city world of Nevarro.

The story follows the redemption of the Mandalorian. He belonged to an elite group of bounty hunters who follow strict, set rules under the name of “The Creed.” Under this creed, it states that anyone who chooses to follow it can never remove their helmet. However, in a previous season, the main character does so, revealing his face and therefore diminishing his loyalty to the clan To redeem himself he must go to the abandoned and supposedly “poisoned” planet of Mandalore and bathe in the living waters to redeem himself and become a Mandalorian once more.  However, this remains a subplot to the main goal of this season, being to restore Mandalore and bring about a new age of the Mandalorians.

The story follows a formulaic format, repeating similar storylines and episode formats that often lead to almost boring parts of the story, as they feel repetitive. Furthermore, the dialogue can be blocky and highly confusing at times, as a result of poor writing. 

This is fixed by the plethora of unique and individual costumes that help portray characters and reveal more about them through their outfit. The main costume choices are more than perfect, fitting each character and revealing more about them and their personality.

The soundtrack is composed of pieces performed by Joseph Shirley, a  replacement to the show’s previous composer, Ludwig Gorannson.  The soundtrack is especially helpful toward the creation of the emotions and feelings stirred up by certain scenes.

The special effects begin to shine through during the fight scenes and space travel. We are treated to blasters, spaceships, lightsabers and all sorts of high-tech gadgetry to help our protagonists. The vibrant colors and sheer power of the weapons shown are done  well.

Between the compelling cast, extraordinary music, terrific costume design and special effects, this new season of “The Mandalorian” is not one to miss.