SOME SPOILERS AHEAD
After one episode, I can only say: Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
The whole point of the first two seasons was to get Baby Yoda into the hands of Luke Skywalker, and as such they did the job quite well. After the truly appalling ‘Last Jedi’ movie, the Star Wars franchise needed to stop shooting itself in the foot with bland Wokist nonsense and managed to do so – at least in contrast with the terrible movies – with the first two seasons of the Mandalorian.
However, having become Disney’s best Star Wars property, the series obviously came under the jealous beady eye of their senior Woke Executive, Kathleen Kennedy. As such, she has murdered it just as she has butchered everything else before it.
To get forgiven for breaking one of the utterly insane rules of his unforgiving religion, the Mandalorian is given a seemingly impossible and pointless task which will no doubt take up the entire eight-episode season. To save him from this task, all it would’ve taken was for one single woman to say ‘there were extenuating circumstances, I forgive you’. That’s it, that’s all she had to say and the entire eight hours of televisual ‘drama’ would have been rendered non-existent.
It’s hardly the ‘iron crucible’ required by all otherwise decent novels, movies, poems, plays, and comic books, where an antagonist is forced to strain against the entire depth of their character to triumph against implaccable evil to achieve a noble and desirous worthwhile end.
Instead of devoting himself to this stupid insane task, all the Mandalorian himself had to then say was, ‘I’m not doing it. I’d rather drink some cocktails’. And the whole season would’ve disappeared in a second puff of Force Magic.
But no, she says ‘you’ve got to do this stupid pointless thing’, and he says ‘okay’.
And I said ‘drama’, above, but I was being kind. What follows is bland, slow, and predictable.
This dreariness is interspersed with puzzling scenes, such as where one woman waits for possibly months – while sitting on a throne in a steel castle at the end of a long corridor for no clear nor obvious reason – merely to tell the Mandalorian the next part of the plot.
This whole piece of exposition takes up about five minutes of screen time, though it felt like fifteen. Yes, I know even ‘Breaking Bad’ was encrusted with cheap ‘filler’ material, particularly the long tedious conversations between Skyler and Marie, but at least ‘Breaking Bad’ broke up those conversations with many exciting and explosive moments of action.
The Mandalorian has nothing like that. Instead, there are just silly CGI scenes where you know beforehand that the Mandalorian will kill all the baddies without even breaking into a sweat.
Alas, the one potential saviour of the Star Wars franchise has fallen back into the morass of all the other Woke junk produced by Disney. Oh, what a terrible shame.
So, Andy, was there anything good in it at all? Well, without any explanation Baby Yoda is back, after spending approximately five seconds of in-universe time with Luke. His rapid return makes the first two seasons utterly pointless of course, but you can never get enough Baby Yoda!
Though I’m unsure whether it’s enough to save the bacon.
Anyhow, that’s enough writing now. I think you’ve got the point!
It really ain’t John Wick 4!
You have failed to say what is Woke about Season 3. Actually nothing. It is a pleasant to watch series, with no preaching on any political themes. Maybe watch the films first before rushing into print? Tell me exactly what is Woke about it.
Well, I did make the mistake of trying to persevere with the series and watched episode two. Did you miss the bit where the Mandalorian had to call in the girl boss back in her castle, to come and rescue him because he needed a woman’s help? No doubt that will happen again, probably in every episode up to the end. Alas, I stopped watching at that point and just turned off this Woke junk. I won’t be troubling it again. It’s trash. Enjoy the rest of the season.
You don’t seem to understand what the word “woke” means. It doesn’t mean “poorly created cinema”. It means “cultural productions designed to push Cultural Marxist themes”. You could argue that the presence of female leaders in this series is woke – and yes, that little bit is. I don’t see why the Armourer is female either. But this, at least by comparison with every other series, is a largely non-woke series. There are no hidden messages on race, nothing on the gay thing, nothing on the role of humans in destroying their planet. The one bit that is woke is the female leader thing, but that is largely offset by the fact that the Mandalorian himself is male and the female warrior you refer to is a more minor character. It is actually a masculine in tone and feel series. I’m afraid Hollywood gets much much much more woke than this. Try For all the World – which I started watching, and then realised it was about putting women on the moon, all of them lesbians. Or try The Ark, led by a female leader, with a male character who keeps referring to “his husband”. Most sci-fi series are very formulaic, having a group of 4 people in space, one a white man, one a black man, a white female and a Hispanic/Asian female who invariably can high-kick any man to the kerb (see The Flash for an example of the genre: one white man, one Hispanic man who happens to be the scientific genius, a black woman the white man is in love with and a black man….). This is a shame, because sci-fi is the pro-white genre par excellence: we put the man on the moon, we discovered America, white men are the ultimate pioneers and explorers. There is no black or ethnic interest in sci-fi – culturally, pioneering isn’t their thing.
That just shows you know you’re wrong.