Movies & TV Shows

Why Mandalorian S3 lacks momentum in its Star Wars story?

Please log in or register to do it.
star-wars-the-mandalorian-season-3

This Star Wars article contains some spoilers for The Mandalorian.

After four episodes, season 3 of The Mandalorian seems to lack the drive and intensity of previous installments. Despite the game-changing events of the season 2 finale, which left Din and Grogu in an altered state, the third season finds them reunited and facing a new challenge. This new quest takes them to Mandalore, where Din must complete a pilgrimage to recite the Mandalorian Creed while risking his life in “the Living Waters beneath the mines of Mandalore.”

Surprisingly, this storyline is Rather than advancing the story, season 3 of The Mandalorian has focused mainly on expanding the show’s universe and delving into character backstories. This has been a boon for Star Wars fans who revel in the lore, but the show now needs to move beyond this and progress its own narrative. While the previous seasons flowed more smoothly and followed a more cohesive structure, season 3 seems scattered and lacking direction. The Mandalorian’s weekly release schedule on Disney+ continues on Wednesdays.wrapped up in only two episodes, leaving viewers uncertain about the direction of the season. The show has introduced several potential plotlines, including the aftermath of the IG-11 incident and encounters with pirates, but these have not been fully developed. Additionally, the New Republic seems to be in disarray, and Dr. Pershing’s connection to Moff Gideon and Din and Grogu’s story has been hinted at, but these elements seem disconnected from the main plot.

Overall, The Mandalorian season 3 has left fans questioning where the show is headed and what its central focus will be. While it’s possible that the recent developments have set the stage for the return of the series’ main antagonist, Moff Gideon, it’s unclear when this will occur.

(L-R): Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

nitially, we were thrilled about Din’s upcoming journey to Mandalore, but what has followed feels like a series of random Mandalorian moments. While these scenes imply that Din has a new purpose, and that season 3 will answer questions about the future of our heroes, they have thus far felt like false starts.

However, the latest episode, “The Mines of Mandalore,” presents an intriguing possibility for the show’s future. Bo-Katan’s encounter with a live Mythosaur, a creature believed to be extinct, challenges her beliefs in the Mandalorian religion. Meanwhile, Din reaffirms his commitment to his faith, setting the stage for a potential conflict between the two over the Darksaber.

As Bo-Katan comes to realize that there may be something worth fighting for on her home planet, will she become the surprise antagonist of the season, challenging Din’s beliefs? Or will she join his tribe and work towards her goal from within? While she appears to have embraced the Way for the time being, it remains unclear whether she is genuine or if she has other plans.

Season 3 of The Mandalorian takes its time in revealing the answers to these questions, but the latest episode has set the stage for an exciting journey ahead.

Unfortunately, “The Foundling” leaves us feeling like we’re on yet another pointless journey. When a raptor abducts Ragnar Vizsla, Din, Bo, and their Mando team embark on a rescue mission that feels like a complete diversion – and not in the same way that the show’s video game-inspired storytelling structure typically handles side quests. While past seasons used Din’s journey to point A as a means to reach points B and C, such as escorting Frog Lady to Trask to contact Bo-Katan, who would then guide him to a Jedi, season 3’s plot feels less cohesive.

The rescue mission is similar to the pirate fight in that it’s unclear if it’s leading anywhere or if the show is dragging its feet before a more significant second half of the season. It’s possible that the episode was designed to provide viewers with a more self-contained storyline, a cozy mini-mission more in line with season 1’s plot, offering some pew-pew excitement before the next round of exposition. However, this approach feels less charming in 2023.

The Mandalorian started as a more intimate and low-stakes take on the Star Wars universe in 2019, but has since evolved into a show with larger ties to the galaxy. As the series explores bigger themes like the return of the Emperor and the New Republic, it has moved away from its initial premise of bounty-of-the-week adventures. However, regardless of its size, keeping the story moving is crucial for any TV series.

Although “The Foundling” eventually addresses the elephant in the room with Bo-Katan’s stunning revelation, the Armorer dismisses it as a mere vision. This is not surprising since the Armorer had previously stated that the mythosaur was only a legend. While it’s reasonable to assume that Bo-Katan will eventually convince the other Mandalorians, the show’s lack of urgency in moving the story forward is concerning. It has been nearly three weeks since Bo-Katan’s sighting of the mythosaur, and the show needs to pick up the pace to keep viewers engaged.

Rather than advancing the story, season 3 of The Mandalorian has focused mainly on expanding the show’s universe and delving into character backstories. This has been a boon for Star Wars fans who revel in the lore, but the show now needs to move beyond this and progress its own narrative. While the previous seasons flowed more smoothly and followed a more cohesive structure, season 3 seems scattered and lacking direction. The Mandalorian’s weekly release schedule on Disney+ continues on Wednesdays.

All Movie Genres Are Thriving at the Box Office Except for Marvel and DC Films
Final Fantasy’s Missing Links: The Elusive Sequels That Never Made it to the West.