I was fairly disappointed in the first season of The Mandalorian, largely due to its lack of ambition and reliance on fan service. The thing is, if you’re going to go back to the well for another bucket of helmeted hijinks in the Outer Rim, one should probably understand that fan service and simple, archetypal storytelling are very much the name of the game, and not give old Mando too hard a time over what are deliberate (albeit sometimes still frustrating) choices. It is, as they say, what it is: an episodic space Western with a loose overarching storyline that nonetheless gets ignored on the reg to let Mando (Pedro Pascal) go fight space spiders or whatever. It’s not about telling good stories, but about doing cool things, and taken on that level, the series is pretty good.

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