This is my opinion. It is perfectly fine if you like the Mandalorian series, there is nothing wrong with that, just like there is nothing wrong with me not liking the Mandalorian series. No need to take personal offense to anything I say.
(1) Season 2 was when I really started to notice it. Several episodes so far in this new season are just boring, pointless filler.
- Season 2 Episode 4, "The Siege", was just meant to remind the audience that Greef Karga and Cara Dune still existed.
- Season 2 Episode 7, "The Believer", was just blatant filler. A lot of people who watched that episode today would agree with me on that. It was not anywhere near as entertaining as last weeks episode, "The Tragedy"
(2) In addition, what new ideas or concepts has this series actually given us?
- So many scenes are on Tatooine... Why? I don't care anymore... we have seen that planet in several movies, and I honestly am sick of the planet at this point.
- The dark saber was already in the Clone Wars series and the Star Wars Rebels series (although I never watched Rebels it was clearly only meant for kids)
- Mandalorians have already been in the Clone Wars series, they are nothing new.
- They tried to make Cara Dune not a 1-dimensional character by having her say her family died on Alderaan, but then again we already saw Leia go through that (and also see the actual planet get yeeted into oblivion) in the original Star Wars movie.....
EDIT: I think I was supposed to feel sad when Cara said this, but why is beyond me. I have had plenty of time to feel sad that Alderaan exploded; to be specific, ever since I saw A New Hope.
- The only new planets they have shown us have been so generic, to the point where the one in today's episode just looked like they went to some forest in Oregon and filmed there.
- Boba Fett surviving his "death" in the 6th movie wasn't anything new, that was already cannon. Nothing new or original in bringing him back.
- Etc, etc.
There were very few and infrequent things that I noticed that were original ideas. If so little is being brought to the table, why even have the series? The child is already very clearly a marketing ploy and an excuse to sell toys to children, which makes me question the intentions of Disney when they started this series. They are just milking the fanbase of what they only see as a cash cow they bought for $4 Billion dollars from George Lucas.
(3) Violence is dumbed down to a level where it takes me out of the immersion
-Season 1 Episode 6, "The Prisoner", towards the end of the episode, a large alien mercenary is holding open a blast door to try to reach the Mandalorian, however the Mandalorian pulls a 500 IQ play and closes the blast door on the mercenary.
The only realistic outcome given the situation would have been that the mercenary was instantly crushed to a puddle of alien meat. However, at the very end it is shown he is perfectly fine in a jail cell with only a few bruises. If thats how Star Wars physics work, then why were Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO all scared when they were inside a trash compactor on the Death Star????
- Season 2 Episode 3, "The Heiress". When the Mandalorian is captured by pirates on a ship in the middle of an alien ocean, three former members of Death Watch (from the Clone Wars) come in and rescue him.
In the fight scene, the three Death Watch Mandalorians take the pirates' spears from them and then proceed to, and I kid you not, use those spears as clubs and baseball bats against the pirates. I thought Mandalorians were supposed to be warriors, not warriors dumbed down to a G-rated level by Disney to increase their viewers.
(4) Every scene with the child is cringe.
Why is it that the child was always doing something cute during the middle of every scene? It felt so random at times, and it felt cringe at times.
Yes, I understand we are supposed to think he is the cutest thing in the world or something like that, but honestly I feel that he is only shown doing cute things during dialogue scenes in order to keep younger audiences interested. Thats really the only reason why that stuff exists.
Lets pretend they didn't have any of that cute stuff that is only intended to keep kids with the attention span of a goldfish engaged for a 30 minute episode. What do we have left? A little bit of lore, and a completely 1-dimensional character.
Yes, the child is the main plot of the series, but when Disney dumbs down that main focus of the plot to the level of a 1st grader, then that takes away from the character. People only like the child because he is cute, not because he is an interesting character like the Mandalorian is.
Speaking of interesting characters, the only characters in the Mandalorian series that I actually liked were the Mandalorian and Moff Gideon.
(5) What is Disney's obsession with reviving old characters and ruining them?
Boba Fett isn't a good guy. He is a bounty hunter, he has no loyalties. Yet in Mandalorian, he is a COMPLETELY different character from who he was in the originals. Suddenly he's fighting against the empire for free, as if it is personal to him. No, the Mandalorian isn't paying credits for Boba's services, it is all free. It wasn't Boba's fault that the child was stolen, and yet he deems himself responsible.
Imagine if someone like Cad Bane suddenly turned into a good guy. It wouldn't feel right. They are taking characters from the original movies and completely changing them in order to fit the story line.
Just like what happened to Luke in The Last Jedi. He was a useless and whiney old man in that movie, nothing like in Return of the Jedi.
Just like what happened to Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker. He went from being a mastermind who started and orchestrated both sides of an all out galactic war to a one-time all-talk-and-no-show Marvel villain.
I started out liking the Mandalorian series. I really did. It's just that I just saw the same thing I saw in the sequel movies and that movie about Han Solo. Too much Disney, and not enough Star Wars.