Before you start reading, be aware that this article is 100% Spoilers from the last episode of the second season of The Mandalorian. So if you haven’t watched it yet, walk away from it here.
The season finale of the second season of The Mandalorian has EVERYTHING to please old and new Star Wars fans. This is because he manages to make a perfect integration between the past and the future, connecting the generations through one of Disney’s most charismatic recent characters: Baby Gogru. The new trilogy starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac has its moments, even featuring great characters from the classic trilogy, but it ran into a major problem which was the lack of a strong name. indicating the way forward to maintain consistency. Of the history. Therefore, Episodes VII and IX connect very well, while VIII is completely lost, as he ignores VII and is ignored by IX. This alienated many people and created an identification problem, as it made the films look disposable.
Thus, the achievement of The Mandalorian is even greater, as it solves this problem with Jon Favreau as the central figure of this new venture. He created the Bounty Hunter universe, but put other talented directors, such as Robert Rodríguez, Bryce Dallas and Taika Waititi to direct the episodes of the series, always adding something not only to the characters involved, but also embodying the Mandalorian mythology itself (Pedro Pascal) and Star Wars in general.
The second season is a great example of this, as it managed to bring elements of the original trilogy, represented by the Galaxy after the fall of the Empire and all the reflexes that the absence of a great power is capable of. bring, showing things like the establishment of parallel powers – the famous galactic “militias” – and addressing a new perspective on the New Republic. If treating the Force in this “gray area” between good and evil was one of the merits of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), or even treating it superficially, The Mandalorian goes further, because it does not depend on work on this concept from a good or a bad point of view. As the protagonist has no connection to the classic characters, we start to see Star Wars as just another inhabitant of the galaxy far, far away.
And that’s fantastic, because it brings innovation without losing the classic spirit that has made millions of people fanatic about the franchise over the past 40 years. At the same time as this rescue takes place, they create new characters to keep the saga alive for more years and years. And the best part: they are good and charismatic characters, which the previous trilogy failed to conceive. The addition of Baby Yoda or Gogru to Mando / Djin Road is proof of this. Two names that have never been in the big guns, but have appeared and have taken the reins of the franchise, showing that Star Wars doesn’t need to use nostalgia as a crutch and that there is a lot to explore in this universe.
Finally, let’s talk about this last episode. The consecration of everything the series has built so far. Directed by Peyton Reed, who was responsible for making the two most “family” films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ant Man and Ant Man and the Wasp – the season finale is perfect. It concludes a cycle built over two seasons and opens the door to a new path, even more connected to the universe in question, and begins to give indications on the new paths that the series will take. Unfortunately, we will only have the third season in December 2021, which gives the creative team time to work in the best possible way on what we will see. We have new cores and a possible conflict situation between Mando and the Mandalorians, led by Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) in his search for power and control of Darth Saber in an attempt to take back Mandalore. Or it could still be that Mando is leading this group, even though he contradicts Bo-Katan. There are so many possibilities that it is difficult to predict what they will do. However, due to the dramatic load, it would be interesting to again set the protagonist against his own creed, but without Gogru’s artifice to justify this questioning. Moreover, of course, always counting on the threat of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who will not want to let the humiliation suffered in this last episode cheaply.
The Gogru core is now another. Without a confirmed presence in season three, he is now a padawan of the legendary Luke Skywalker, who made an appearance on the same level as his father, Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) in the closing minutes of Rogue One. His triumphant entry closing the Race of Troopers was to cheer up anyone. Mainly because his combat skills and his use of the Force had been little explored on screen until now, largely due to the technology of the time, that’s right, so it was amazing to see it in action. And knowing the potential these two characters have, it’s highly unlikely that Luke and Gogru will no longer appear / be the subject of certain episodes in the new season.
And if you cleared the episode before the end, know that it had a WONDERFUL post-credit showing mercenary Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na-Wen) taking over the Hutt cartel, getting ending with him sitting on Jabba’s throne and announcing a new series for December 2021, which was not announced at last week’s investor event: The Boba Fett Book. In other words, another classic character who will find his way unraveled at Disney +. What more could fans and new enthusiasts wish for?
Now with a well-structured universe, which goes through the third season of The Mandalorian, The Book by Boba Fett and mainly by the solo series of Ahsoka Tano, which should introduce Grand Admiral Thrawn once and for all in the canon of the franchise. , it looks like they’ll finally explore the vast potential of Star Wars. Sure, the Skywalker Family Cases will continue to permeate the universe, but ultimately they won’t be just what the saga delivers to audiences. Everything indicates that glorious days will come for old and new.
Both seasons of The Mandalorian are available on Disney +
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