Disney+ has released a first look trailer at Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian Season 2, which returns to the streaming service October 30. Fortuitously, the show completed its visual effects during lockdown, having wrapped principal photography before the pandemic brought an end to TV production.
Chronologically set between Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, it centres on a lone bounty hunter, one of the guild of Mandalorians, who accepts a commission to acquire a certain green baby Jedi.
The use of Baby Yoda (who’s not actually Yoda, just to be clear) might have been a creative disaster, but throughout season one it’s played with charm and humour.
It also creates a pairing with strong echoes of the Lone Wolf and Cub samurai movies. But instead of a Baby Cart with spiked wheels, we get a floating space cradle and an infant imbued with The Force.
The show returns with episodes helmed by Robert Rodriguez and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. and Extraction director Sam Hargrave overseeing action sequences.
While the inaugural season was a worldwide hit, rumours persist that Disney has had a huge problem with the second season. Star Pedro Pascal walked halfway through, purports online entertainment journalist Grace Randolph, because Disney wouldn’t budge on his request to act sans mask. This apparently led to some creative rewriting from mid-point onward.
From its Flash Gordon wipes, to vertical starfield pans, The Mandalorian sticks closely to the George Lucas playbook…
Scuttlebutt aside, Pascal at least wears the titular bounty hunter mask for the first few episodes, with ensemble support from Gina Carano and Carl Weathers.
Joining this season are Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison and Michael Biehn. It’s widely reported that Dawson will play Ahsoka Tano (introduced in the animated Clone Wars series) with Morrison taking up the role of Boba Fett.
The original series has been nominated for 15 Emmy awards, including outstanding drama. From its Flash Gordon wipes, to vertical starfield pans, The Mandalorian sticks closely to the original George Lucas playbook, and looks all the more cinematic for it.
Ludwig Göransson’s score, which takes inspiration from the spaghetti western themes of Ennio Morricone, is also outstanding. Sound and production design are similarly top notch.
The Mandalorian Season 3 is currently in pre-production, with showrunner Jon Favreau once again writing.