It felt like forever since we last got to see Din Djarin and The Child. And, to say I was excited would be an understatement. I am 100% sure I am not the only one. So, with that excitement came nerves. Could Season 2 live up to the hype and fan-worship of season 1? Well, after watching the first episode a.k.a. Chapter 9: The Marshal. I am pleased to coo YES!
We open in a grungy abandoned town, where our two main characters appear from under a streetlight. I enjoy the decay and ruins in this scene where you can see some graffiti that looked to be anti-empire messages on all the broken-down walls. They make their way into some kick-ass fight club where Gamorreans are facing off in the middle of the ring with some killer weapons. Mando sits down to strike up a deal with Gor Korresh when all hell breaks loose and the Mandalorian gets the info he needs. One of my favorite parts of the ruckus that takes place is when the Mandalorian uses his head as a fist. He really does handle business well.
Off to another familiar place. Our main characters go to see a familiar face, Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) who is so happy to see and help our main characters again. Mostly Baby Yoda. She offers Din some info about a town that has a possible Mandalorian. So, off he and the Child go to find this other Mandalorian with the hopes he can help get the Child to his home.
As they pull into a dry desert-town on a borrowed speeder, the scene showcases some cool cinematography from the crew. The locals see this new Mandalorian and are wary of him as he pulls his way up to what seems to be a cantina. Inside he meets a man who bears the armor of his people. He calls himself the Marshal (Timothy Olyphant) aka Cobb Vanth. There is tension between the two, but before they can battle it out, the ground rumbles with great force. The Child hides very cutely, and The Mandalorian and the Marshal head to the door to see the sand in front of them grow as something huge is barreling through. We then see a huge beast eat another huge beast in another amazing scene. The CGI in this show is breathtaking. The “winning” beast is the Krayt Dragon. The Mandalorian strikes a deal with The Marshal to rid the town of the dragon in exchange for the Marshal’s armor, but they will need additional help too.
They set out to meet with the Tusken Sand People and find a way to plan out an attack on the Krayt Dragon. There is a cool flashback scene about the Marshal’s past with an Easter Egg, I am sure showing him driving an old Pod racer from The Phantom Menace. But I digress.
The first attack goes how you think it will and plans have to be rethought. The townspeople must make nice with the sand people. They were not exactly friendly before. It has its flaws and seems odd at first, but they are working together.
Then when the real battle begins, and it’s action-packed! The child has nothing to do with the end results in this battle, but he does get to spectate as usual. The Mandalorian is totally badass and impresses the Marshal. It ends almost exactly how you want it to, with an appearance by a secret character right before the credits roll.
This show might be the best thing in the Star Wars universe since the original movies. I will however admit I never watched the cartoons. Just the live-action fun. This show has me hooked and I can’t wait to keep coming back for more.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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