Mandalorian Season 3 Review: The Redemption of A Lackluster Season Finale

Season three of “The Mandalorian” has given up, but the show has always been a dumpster fire. They didn’t know where to take the show, and given the declining ratings, this may be the last season. The third season of the program has finally ended, but it feels like nothing has occurred at all. Although the third episode had the best Mandalorian episode ever, every other episode has been the worst this show has ever been, and it was awful even before this season.

The primary issue with this program is its creator, Jon Favreau, who hasn’t made a solid film since “Iron Man” in 2008. He has written every single episode of this show, and the one when he co-wrote it with Noah Kloor, a man who has never written anything of consequence in his life, produced an enormously greater episode than Jon has ever done in the three seasons of this program.

Had they been wise, they would have canceled the show following the conclusion of the second season, when Grogu was given to Luke, and the idea that the Baby Yoda arc was concluded. Still, they lack intelligence. Only one of the eight episodes is even remotely fascinating, while the other five are meaningless filler.

This is the confusing and annoying aspect of the third-season finale of The Mandalorian. I liked it in a lot of ways, but the incredibly boring season before it kept it from being truly amazing.

A Few of The Things that Disliked About Season 3:

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  • Mando was essentially inept the whole season. In the season finale, he defeated villains like John Wick without displaying any of the fierce fighting prowess that we had shown in earlier episodes (especially The Book of Boba Fett).
  • On their new, monster-filled planet, where they let dragons take off with their children and kept running out of jetpack fuel, the Mandalorians were similarly shown to be quite incompetent.
  • The fighting choreography is terrible. Even the last scene in Episode 7, where Paz Vizsla was killed, had several bad guys casually blasting away while standing there. No one was hiding, no one hovering in midair, not even someone merely kneeling to seem good.
  • An excessive amount of filler It seemed strange to have strange cameos in episodes like Episode 6 with the Scooby Doo stuff or Episode 3 with the clone scientist. Having a side mission where Mando hunts after a bounty and acts fierce is one thing, but Lizzo? Furthermore, did we need the entire show to prove that Elia Kane was an Empire spy?
  • The quality was inconsistent. Go back and watch Season 1 to observe how much more consistently the quality was delivered. There were some strange prop and costume choices, awkward dialogue, shoddy editing, and unnatural performances from several of the actors.
  • Although I enjoy Bo-Katan, I must confess that I miss the more senior cast members, such as Cara Dune and Migs Mayfield.

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Regardless, a lot was resolved in the brief 38-minute timeframe of this episode. We witnessed the incredible combat between Gideon’s army and the Mandalorians, which was fantastic. Axe Woves performs an almost identical trick to Holdo from The Last Jedi, except he is more clever and even more fierce, and he accomplishes it while A) avoiding death and B) without behaving like a total flake.

Grogu had his moments, helping to repel the Praetorian guard and then utilizing the Force to save himself, Bo-Katan, and Din Djarin from the explosion, but Mando received the most amazing fight sequences. This was a clear reference to the time he saved them from the fire-troopers in Season 1, although with a lot larger fire and no quick unconsciousness. Just sat down on his behind. He is developing in The Force.

Although Gideon’s Beskar suit is undoubtedly one of the coolest in all of Star Wars, I did enjoy that it took cooperation to defeat him. Though not as famous as Vader’s, I believe it to be much sleeker and more useful in many aspects. About him simply smashing the Darksaber like it was a twig, I’m not sure how I feel. Kind of an unusual finish to the famed blade, though perhaps fitting. That’s still something I’m debating.

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Three More Crucial Factors to Remember:

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  • Following the event from the previous week, rumors circulated that Axe, the Armorer, or perhaps the newly arrived Mandalorians would be Gideon’s double spies. If so, none of them were disclosed at the climax.
  • Mando survived! Last week, I started to worry that this was their plan, that he would die and Bo-Katan, or Grogu, would take over as the official Mandalorian moving forward. Fortunately, he made it through and is now living the good life on Navarro with his child. No scene after the credits! This caught me off guard.
  • I honestly believed that we would see a glimpse of Thrawn, or at the least, Moff Gideon emerging from the ashes. Something. This seems even more like a series conclusion in some ways because there isn’t a post-credits sequence.

Overall, a great season finale, but one that seems a little bit of a letdown despite itself because it comes after so much filler and bad writing.

Season 3 was a missed opportunity to accomplish a lot more, but it spun its wheels for most of the season and only really got to the excellent stuff in the final two episodes.


“The Mandalorian” Season 3 faces criticism for inconsistent quality, bad writing, and excessive filler. Jon Favreau’s creative direction is blamed, with the season’s highlights primarily in the finale. While the episode resolves some plotlines well, overall, the season is considered a missed opportunity with declining quality, and lacking a cohesive narrative.

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