THIS IS THE WAY
April 21, 2023
Just a quick second! This article contains heavy spoilers; I am going to be covering the fist half of season three of The Mandalorian. So if you don’t want spoilers, I suggest you watch episodes Chapter 17-20 now. They’re available on Disney+ and wherever you can find them.
So over the month of March, we have started The Mandalorian season three. I gotta say, I’m a little disappointed. Now the characters are spectacular as always, but regarding the action, there’s nothing there. We are halfway through the season and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) has no leading goal. He’s really out here completing side quests as Grogu and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) get their own little journeys to complete.
Din Djarin, more formally known as The Mandalorian, led the two previous seasons. He had a task: take Grogu, or Baby Yoda, to safety no matter what. But in the third season, he doesn’t have a purpose. It starts with “The Apostate” where we start to think “maybe he’ll take the entire season searching for the living waters,” but he’s redeemed the next episode. I have hope that he’ll use this sense of uselessness to his advantage.
Bo-Katan Kryze has a whole arc to complete, which is different from Din up there. She appeared in the previous seasons as a princess from Mandalore searching for the dark saber. Now, she’s indoctrinated into the cult of the Manda’lor, and she’s dealing with finding a family and trying to prove that she saw the Mythosaur in the living waters.
Grogu starts his journey as a foundling, even gaining some armor from the Armorer (Emily Swallow). It’s revealed that he was one of the Younglings on Coruscant as Order 66 was put in place during the final movie of the prequels. He’s given a backstory finally, and he now has a purpose other than being a little Jedi baby.
In the third episode, we shift focus from the trifecta of Mandalorians to the scientist who wanted to experiment on Grogu. It’s sudden and random, and I’m sure that it will have some connotation later in the season. The scientist ends up getting his mind flayed, which I’m sure will also pop up later.
This season has reoccurring characters from the previous season, but they are seemingly randomly chosen and don’t usually last for more than an episode. Of course, the scenery, the fight scenes, and the callbacks to earlier movies and shows are phenomenal and really show everything that Star Wars is and can be, but I honestly have no clue what is going on and what’s going to happen.
The series really feels like it’s going in a completely new direction from before. I just need a Sith to rumble things up. Maybe the show should bring back Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), despite him being mind-flayed.