‘The Mandalorian’ satisfies in season finale

EVERETTainment [An Arrowhead Column]: [Spoiler Alert] With artful yet intense scenes and foreshadowing for future Star Wars content, this season finale is a success.


The newest season of “The Mandalorian” featured many returning characters, interesting plots and cool fight scenes that set up the next few years of Star Wars content.
“The Mandalorian” started off slow and uneventful. The story drifted away from Mandalorians and focused solely on Din Djarin; but results in no character development. The first five episodes of the show could have been called “Din Djarin and Grogu’s space adventures.”
The episodes themselves were not bad but following the events at the end of season two and “The Book of Boba Fett,” the fans were left wanting to see more of the Mandalorian culture.
One of the biggest let downs this season was the Imperial cloning scheme that was talked vaguely about in the first two seasons that hit a dead end this season.
The audience was led to believe that Moff Gideon was the one responsible for the return of Palpatine and Snoke in the sequels, but it turns out that the experiments were just to clone himself and give his clones force capabilities and build a powerful army.
Another upsetting event this season is that an episode featured Jack Black, Lizzo and Christopher Lloyd.
The Star Wars community has always prided itself on not using big actors or actresses (with the exception of Alec Guiness in “Star Wars: A New Hope”).
So when two very well known celebrities appeared for a very minor role it was unbearably annoying.
One part of the series that left me satisfied and smiling was the return of Ahmed Best as Jedi master Kelleran Beq.
After his role as Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy, Best received hate from the Star Wars fandom and was reportedly depressed and considering suicide.
So seeing him play a powerful Jedi Master was awesome.
Another great part of the show was the fight scenes; especially in the final two episodes. The fighting overall was very similar to that of “The Clone Wars.”
Once again, another great hallway fight scene was produced from the Star Wars universe, this time with a non force-wielding character. Din Djarin takes on the enemies two at a time using the classic laser gates featured in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.”
A fascinating addition to the universe is the “Shadow Council,” a group of former Imperials who are plotting the path back to the Imperial rule we see in the sequels.
Being able to watch one of their meetings gave the audience so much information about the future of star wars.
The introduction of Commandant Brendol Hux, father of General Hux, confirms that he is the one overseeing “Project Necromancer,” the program responsible for the return of Palpatine.
Another exciting snippet from this meeting is the mention of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the villain in “Star Wars Rebels” and soon-to-be villain in the upcoming series “Ahsoka.”
The finale features the breathtaking scene in which Moff Gideon destroys the Darksaber, an ancient Mandalorian artifact.
This scene is bittersweet because with the artifact gone, the Mandalorians lose a major part of their history, but without the saber there is no longer an artifact dividing the people of Mandalore.