The Mandalorian Season 3 finale. What did you think?
I thought it was pretty good, it's just that the whole season seemed a little off. I feel like the actual overarching plot of the season didn't even start until over halfway through.
Still enjoyed it overall and can't wait for the next season.
The whole season felt like it was spinning it's wheels. The writing was weak. The pacing was off. Grogu was pointless until the very last episode. Somehow Moff Gideon returned again. All of the Darksaber plot was essentially for naught and we don't even have character growth to show for it. The show is rapidly slipping into the same problems the Sequel Trilogy had (which is ironic considering how badly Filoni is trying to bridge the gap with the Sequels). Was it vaguely entertaining? Sure. Most Star Wars is. Was it all entirely pointless? Seems that way.
There is slight connections to the sequels, but I really like the hints towards Thrawn's return, and I am looking forward to seeing Heir to the Empire loosely play out through the next couple series. I have high hopes for it.
I am hoping for an amazing Heir to the Empire plot. The original Thrawn trilogy was my favourite Star Wars media, possibly over even the movies. Hopefully the Disney canon can do it justice.
There were a lot of very pointless filler episodes and storylines this season, and then they put out such a rushed final episode. The episode itself was quite mediocre, it felt lacking like everything else this season - except the episode with Pershing on Coruscant which was the only actually good in this entire season.
The Mandalorian was never a perfectly amazingly awesome show, but it sure has taken quite the nosedive since the first season.
I enjoyed it. I agree with you on the pacing to an extent, it sort of felt like they were going for a slow burn and then realised they only had 8 episodes to play with.
I said to my wife at the end that it felt like a good place for them to stop. I know Disney's gonna keep milking that money cow until it's dead but yknow!
Eh, it was okay. Suddenly the jetpack fuel running out earlier in this season didn't matter. Mandalorians seemed like invincible super soldiers and it seemed like there were no real stakes.
I had to laugh at the:
mild spoilers for ep 7Bo Karan: “I dunno if I can reunite the Mando’s there’s just too much animosity.” Audience: uhhh what? Y’all just landed next to each other and had a weird staring match. … 3 min later…. *Vibroblade fighttttt!*
It felt sort of emblematic of the struggles the writing had had all season (just like … show us before telling us, please?). I didn’t hate the season, but it does seem like the wheels have fallen off the cart a bit when they tried to pivot to a more ‘galactic’ scope story.
I wonder if that’s something inherent to Mando? For me, S1/2 was at it’s best when it was Shiny Space Sheriff rolls into town and does Westerny things (or fights a large Star Wars creature, or does a crazy thing to save Grogu, or whatever). That’s distinctly different from the galaxy scale machinations this season has pivoted to (presumably trying to build to a vague First Order thing?), and I’m left wondering if that really meshes with what made me like the show in the first place.
Trying to build to First Order stuff is definitely a mistake, in my opinion. The sequels were a disaster so why on earth would you keep trying to stories leading up to them?
Star Wars as a whole really ought to move on from whatever it is they wanted the sequel trilogy to be.
Exactly. It it hit me last episode when Paz fought those guards (The red ones I forget the name) because that just made the sequels more real to me lol.
Praetorians, I believe.
The scenes with them are some of the better ones, but I feel the cool factor about them has kind of disappeared? Not sure why.
Isn’t that sort of what Filloni did in Clone Wars for the prequels? Heck, Mando probably has a better success rate overall!
All the comments are making me realize I made the right choice not watching this season.
I really enjoyed it. It was a great ending to the season. The battle scenes were top-notch; if Disney isn't working on a Mandalorian RPG they're throwing away money.
S3E6 spoilersI'm glad Mando passed the Darksaber to Bo Katan. It is extremely rare to find someone who is both a good ruler and a good father. I think Mando is wise to focus on what he cares about and what he's good at: being a good dad.
The Mandalorian shows that you don't need a super original idea to have a great show if you really nail the execution. The plot is pretty basic, but the acting, the effects, and the music make the show special. I really enjoyed this season and I'm looking forward to what's coming next.
I guess? If there are no stakes and no one is in any real danger then the final "fight" is boring and not engaging. There was a real sense of danger in the earlier seasons with episodic characters dying (IG-11, Kuiil, The Razor Crest). It definitely seems like it is slipping into the trap that most of Star Wars shows have, while season 1 and most of season 2 stood out as being good and the rest of the Star Wars universe plagued with poor writing and revisiting old content to try to stay afloat.
The only episode I truly enjoyed was the lowest rated one by the rest of the fan base on IMDB, episode 6 with the non-dystopian planet and the celebrity cameos (though the episode on Coruscant was pretty good too). It was light-hearted, introduced a new world that wasn't "everything sucks," and the writing hinted at common tropes popping up (exploited droids unhappy with their work, former Imperial officer subverting the population and is still really bad) but avoided them. IMO it had the right amount of nostalgia (battle droids) play a minor role and answered the question of "what happened to all of those droids" and we managed to not visit Tatooine for the 40th time, and it showed a hopeful society. The earlier content in the Mandalorian was strong because it was different than the rest of the Star Wars universe. Now it seems to be slipping into the same pattern many of the other content falls into. If you enjoyed it, great, but it's not the show it used to be, and that's a shame.