Criticism | The Mandalorian – Season 2 is an epic journey like the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

Many generations grew up marveling in theaters with the “ Star Wars ” films between the 1970s and 2000s, and since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2002, the Mickey Mouse company has been dedicated to expanding literally the galaxy universe far, far away. Since then, new movies have been released, the exclusive Disney Plus platform has seen the light of day, and in it a whole new series, with the enigmatic and powerful name of “The Mandalorian”. And, although it was created when the platform was not yet available in Brazil, Brazilian fans were able to follow from November the last half of the second season, whose chapters were created each week under the form of soap operas, and which ends today in an epic and nostalgic tone.

After meeting his real nemesis, Mogg Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) continues to roam the galaxy for jobs that earn him rewards, but now he also has two new goals: to find other Mandalorians like him. ; and finding a jedi so he could train the child (whom the public affectionately referred to as Baby Yoda). During his journey, Mando will receive several tasks, which will not always guide him towards his goals, but in which he will count on the help of reliable partners that he has known throughout the episodes, like Cara Dune (Gina Carano ), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Bo-katan (Katee Sackhoff) and two other special characters, played by Rosario Dawson and Temuera Morrison.

In this second season, unlike the first, the eight episodes that make up the arc are marked by only two stages in the script of George Lucas, Jon Favreau and other collaborators: the first five episodes have a slower pace, even mechanical , with the protagonism centered around Mando’s heroism and his never-ending missions – such as “The Twelve Works of Hercules,” in which the completion of one challenge leads to another; and the last three episodes, filled with nostalgia, to rock the root fan, which leads to an epic final chapter in which it’s impossible to hold back tears.

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When you think that “ O Mandaloriano ” is a Lucasfilm production already within the Disney conglomerate, it’s impossible not to see influences from other successful company productions, such as the effect of the Yondo weapon on a Mando weapon, an argument scene already seen in the same way in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, etc. And, of course, since this is primarily a George Lucas story, it is very beautiful to identify how he saves and recycles themes and arguments that he previously developed (the mission of an individual having to deliver a baby and protect him during the journey was first developed by him in “ Willow – In the Land of Magic ”), and as he does not hide his admiration and influence by other greats masters of fantasy, like Tolkien (after all, what is Baby Yoda if not the One Ring himself?) and George Martin and his ‘Game of Thrones’, in addition to putting influences from Japanese culture and oriental in episode 7, with an atmosphere reminiscent of feudal Japan, battles reminiscent of classic episodes of Jaspion and Power Rangers, and monsters whose silhouettes resemble the original Godzilla.

However, none of this would impact the viewer if it weren’t for two things essential to the ‘Star Wars’ universe: a moving story and the delivery of the cast – and, in “ The Mandalorian, ” these two questions match very well. For example, Pedro Pascal, even under armor, expresses the mixed feelings of a man awakening to fatherhood; and Rosario Dawson exposes all the mystery, dexterity and gentleness of a character much loved by fans. And the story – enhanced by the Baby Yoda doll’s charisma, which makes the viewer smile every time they appear – connects with the viewer’s heart, who begins to feel the protagonist’s same dilemmas and supports them. Despite this, it’s important to point out that while Mando is the hero of the plot, he’s not perfect, and the script also points out this character’s flaws so that both the protagonist and the viewer think about how the question of principles and beliefs, even in the most honorable, can be flexible in the face of difficult choices.

Finally, all credit must go to Jon Favreau, who delivered fans two impeccable seasons, full of lessons and which dialogue directly with the desires of the fans – whether it is by making fun of the Stormtroopers’ flaws (and by improving them. ), or bringing i-guai-zi-nhas parallel scenes to others already seen by fans and easily recognizable (what’s the final scene ???), and finally, presenting us with a cathartic, epic final episode, nostalgic and zero blemishes.

‘The Mandalorian’ series is a great gift for ‘Star Wars’ fans, entitled to the post-credit scene that leaves everyone breathtaking and anxious for what will happen in the next decade!

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