Review: Mandalorian Season 3 is a mixed bag

Of all the 3 seasons of the Mandalorian so far, season 3 is the most mixed. The episodes are either pretty good or pretty bad. One problem the shows always had, is how the plot barely moved forward during the episodes, and it’s just the cast doing different things. It was always really slow and you’d sit through stuff that has no relevance to the main story, and season 3 is no exception.

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The 3rd season of Mandalorian has its share of high points, but still struggles to move plot forward. (Disney)

The 1st episode started off a bit decently. Din Djarin (Mando) is back since his last appearance in the Book of Boba Fett, and is now starting another journey with Grogu (mainly known as Baby Yoda). It’s only the start so not much happens, it’s just a setup for their journey. I still feel Din getting Grogu back wasn’t a good decision since he had a good send off in season 2, but it was likely because he was bringing more viewers to the show. 

The 2nd episode was a little bit of a step up from the first episode. It adds more lore and more knowledge to Star Wars, the action scenes were good, but the writing was really weird this episode. The dialogue was not good at all, it felt like a very low level of writing.

Episode 3 was quite different, it focused more on the perspective of a former Imperial scientist, Dr. Penn Pershing on Coruscant, finding amnesty in the New Republic. It’s a solid episode, it has some story development and we do have a little screen time and action sequence for the main cast. 

Episode 4 was solid, it added more development, story, but nothing really new for the series. They did cast the actor who previously played Jar-Jar Binks, as a Jedi. Jar-Jar’s character was widely hated from the prequel trilogy, but the actor had his redemption by playing as a jedi in this episode, and getting his own action sequence by protecting Grogu.

The 5th episode was decent, it had more setup for the future of Bo-Katan and the Mandalorians. The events of episode 3 are coming back into play for a significant role in the story. The action was a bit lackluster, but mainly due to the cinematography and effects.

Episode 6 was nowhere near good. It barely advanced the plot, and it mainly just focused on celebrity cameos in the show. It had no development or any good writing, it felt like it was a filler episode just for the main cast to do stuff for the sake of doing stuff.

The 7th episode was definitely one of the better episodes of this season. There were new characters, returning characters, big reveals, the plot unraveling a bit, with action and cinematography to back it up. The twists were pretty good, and the plot is actually moving forward. Though, the writing, story, and a bit of the acting still aren’t going over well.

The finale of season 3 was probably the strongest episode so far. It had some good scenes, got to see more of the characters, the big battle at the end was okay, it could’ve been better. But this season felt that it had a lot of side stories that ultimately led to nothing.

Like the previous seasons, season 3 really had a lack of moving the plot forward. The action, writing, and characters weren’t as good as season 1 or season 2, with the exception of the last two episodes. It was a really mixed bag, some parts were enjoyable to see, but most of the episodes weren’t all that interesting to watch, which is disappointing considering this show’s track record.