Review: The Mandalorian Season 1 Episode 2

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Less than a week and we already have the second episode of The Mandalorian to enjoy on the new Disney+ streaming service. You can check out our spoiler-free review of the first episode here, but from here we are going to include spoilers in our reviews. But don't worry, we will still include a spoiler-free section at the beginning of every review.

So, the second episode of The Mandalorian relies more on nostalgia than the first episode, but still packs the same amount of thrilling action sequences and classic Star Wars tropes into the shorter run time. 

While doing this it also manages to expand the universe of The Mandalorian, introducing us to familiar themes from the Star Wars universe that while entirely familiar to most casual fans of the Star Wars franchise, are entirely foreign to the titular Mandalorian.

While not on the same scale as the first episode, this episode still ends up packing a punch and leaves us wanting more, even without a cliffhanger like the first episode.

Alright now we venture into spoiler territory, so from this point on...

Spoiler Warning

This episode highly relies on nostalgia for the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, taking place entirely on Arvala-7, a very Tatooine like planet and featuring much of what we know of the planet.

Almost the entire episode takes place on a sidequest involving the Sandcrawler and its inhabitants, the Jawas.

This is the first time we have seen Jawas in this large of a capacity in a long time, and the Mandalorian fight sequence with the Jawas is very evocative of A New Hope, which is a good thing in this case

The "baby Yoda" also gets some character development in this episode, (well about as much as a baby can get character development). We see that this character, much like the actual Yoda, has force abilities, and he uses them to assist the Mandalorian on his quest. But it appears it causes him immense mental exhaustion as he spends the rest of the episode sleeping.

It is nice to see larger parts of Star Wars lore finding their way into The Mandalorian, as honestly, it wouldn't feel like Star Wars without the force being present in some capacity.

Personally, I am excited for learning more about the origin of both of our mysterious main characters, and if this show will at all play into developments in Rise of Skywalker which comes out in just over a month.

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