Annlyel takes a retrospective look back at The Mandalorian Season 2 to share her favorite episodes
It’s time to reflect on The Mandalorian Season 2. Yeah, I know it’s a little late to be writing this post about The Mandalorian considering that the show ended over a month ago. But with Star Wars on the brain, I figured it’s never too late to talk about one of the greatest shows ever made. So, on that note, here is my long overdue ranking of the episodes of The Mandalorian: Season 2.
8. The Siege
Honestly, the fact that The Siege is my least favorite episode of the season is fantastic because I loved this episode, namely that incredible sequence with the Razor Crest (RIP 😢) chasing the TIE Fighters followed by Grogu’s incident (lol.)
However, despite this episode having its fun moments and the iconic Jeans Guy (I don’t care if Disney erased him from the episode, he will always have a special place in my heart) it’s the one episode that feels like it could be in the first season. And while that isn’t exactly a bad thing the second season was just on another level, hence this being my least favorite (and least-watched) episode of the season.
7. The Mandalorian: Chapter 9 – The Marshal
A fun reintroduction into the series that ultimately made Star Wars something I could talk about again without feeling depressed, The Marshal is exciting from the get-go.
Mando returns with a whole new set of muscles to combat the challenges of the second season (don’t think we didn’t notice Mando) and the series introduced us to a brand new character who has already become a fan-favorite, Cobb Vanth. (I hope we get to see Vanth again in The Book of Boba Fett.)
Oh…and not only did we get a live-action Krayt Dragon in Star Wars but we also got a sick aspect ratio change that was quite the epic surprise. What a way to start the season!
6. The Believer
The Believer is fun from beginning to end but it never has struck me as one of my favorite episodes of the season. Bill Burr’s Mayfeld is just the right amount of comic relief in the episode but I love that we got to see a serious side from him that not only made him interesting but showed off Burr’s acting chops. Of course, this was the episode where we got to see Din Djarin expose his face again, only this time, he was forced to be helmetless around people. (Talk about awkward.)
The scene with Din, Mayfeld, and that evil Imperial guy is one of the tensest in the entire two seasons and always makes me cringe every time I watch it. But undoubtedly my favorite portion of the episode is when we get to see Mando fighting the natives of the planet. I love watching Mando in action scenes but I especially love seeing him in close-combat scenarios! That’s such a great part.
5. The Mandalorian: Chapter 11 – The Heiress
Bo-Katan! *screams* I remember seeing her show up for the first time. I had to pause the show and hyperventilate for about a minute straight because I was so excited.
This episode has a lot of golden moments and is a great testament to Bryce Dallas Howard’s extraordinary directing skills but over time it has lost a bit of its initial steam, hence being fifth on this list.
4. The Passenger
I’m one of the few people who loved this episode when it first came out and I still love it to this day. The Frog Lady is so cute, Baby Grogu’s ferocious appetite is maddeningly hilarious, and yeah, the spiders. So many spiders! Yeah, it’s got me a bit freaked out just thinking about it but it’s still super entertaining.
All in all, I love The Passenger.
3. The Jedi
Just thinking about this episode is making me happy. It’s happened my fellow Star Wars fans! We’ve seen Ahsoka in live-action! I’m still in disbelief that it happened and that it was so perfect. Yes, Ahsoka’s lekku are way shorter than they should be but if I have to sacrifice long lekku for awesome action scenes and performance so be it.
This episode has some of the best cinematography of the entire series with its array of green hues and extraordinary use of darker tones. I think they went for a darker looking episode so that we could see Ahsoka’s white lightsabers glow in all of their ethereal glory. And boy did it pay off.
Whenever this episode comes to an end and we hear Ahsoka’s theme as she heads back to the village I find myself unable to stop myself from getting teary. The fact that we’re getting a show featuring Ahsoka is just so exciting I honestly don’t know what to do.
2. The Mandalorian: Chapter 9 – The Tragedy
What would the definition of epic be on Wookiepedia? Boba Fett pummeling stormtroopers with and without his armor!
This episode is top-notch, delivering so much suspense/excitement/giddiness/fan-service that it almost should be illegal for a single episode to be this good! This is my most-watched episode of the season because it’s just so darn satisfying. What a masterpiece!
1. The Rescue
This is the finale that I hoped this season would give us. A finale that provides so much joy and fantastic moments only to end in one of the biggest surprises in Star Wars history. Yeah, everyone knew that a Jedi was going to show up and save the day in the finale. What we didn’t know was that Favreau and Filoni would have the guts to make that Jedi savior be Luke freaking Skywalker.
The utter shock, the resounding joy, and oh the tears that I have cried at the end of this episode every. Single! Time! Luke’s reveal sends your emotions from sheer elation to downright minor heartbreak as we see Din forced to let Grogu go. That part is just so emotional for so many reasons and the absolute perfect way to end Season 2. I mean, honestly, just hearing the music in my head for that particular scene is making me a bit emotional as I write this last bit.
So there’s my ranking of The Mandalorian: Season 2. Next up, my ranking of WandaVision‘s episodes so far.
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a staff writer for Future of the Force.