It’s a space western, with laser pistols and a giant sand worm.  And the galaxy’s cutest sidekick, count me all the way in!

Certificate: PG

Director: Jon Favreau

Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Starring: Pedro Pascal, John Leguizamo, Amy Sedaris

Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

We are back in a galaxy far, far away and I could not be happier.  After a quick recap of season one, we find Mando and ‘The Child’ out on the hunt for other Mandalorians, in the hope that they will be able to help him find a way to return the child home.  After hearing a rumour of a Mandalorian being sighted on Tatooine (yes, that Tatooine), he heads there to hunt him down.  Upon arriving though they discover the man in question is not a Mandalorian, just a man wearing the armour.  This guy, known as ‘The Marshall ’, agrees to hand over the armour if Mando helps him kill a Giant Sand Dragon that is terrorizing his village.

What a way to kick off the new season.  Plenty of action set pieces and the amazingly choreographed fight sequences that I love about this show.  It may not advance us much further in the plot, and we may not really have learned anything in this episode, but sometimes a good space battle just hits the spot.

There is a good dose of nostalgia in here for Star Wars fans as we are once again returning to Tatooine, home of course to Luke and Anakin Skywalker.  And there are enough little nods to the original series to make my inner Star Wars Geek happy.  We even get the iconic Dual sunset shot at the end of the episode with the figure silhouetted against the sky.  And if like me you happened to be looking this episode up on IMDB, you may accidently spoil for yourself who that mysterious figure was if you hadn’t already worked it out.  Just a small warning.

I still think it is really clever that Jon Favreau has managed to make a show all about a little green alien, and yet never really have him be the centre of attention.  What makes him so so very lovable is just the little snippets we get or his reactions to things.  Little ear wiggles or facial expressions that can melt even the coldest of hearts. 

The end fight scene, with the giant sand dragon/worm thing is about as tense as it gets. And while I did kind of figure out how it was eventually going to go down, I still enjoyed every single minute of it. 

A strong start to this new season and I cannot wait to see where we go from here.

The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2  streaming now on Disney+