Last week at Star Wars Celebration, Disney made a flurry of exciting announcements, such as a Ashoka trailer And three new movies (Which is actually going to happen this time, promise!) Yet as fans embraced the news, the crown jewel of Disney’s Star Wars TV universe — the mandalorian It’s definitely had its worst week ever.
The show’s latest episode, “Guns for Hire,” garnered the weakest fan reviews of the drama (via IMDb) since the neo-Western sci-fi drama debuted four years ago. This episode wasn’t a whole lot different, as fans’ gripe about the show’s third season in general has been rising, with Rotten Tomatoes users rating this season a mere 57 percent from the show’s usual low-90s. And falling flat from its IMDB average. (Though not as fast) Leaning down.
Critics widely praised the premiere of the show’s third season (Disney usually only offers one episode the mandalorian for critics at one time), yet some in the press have also begun to speak up.
It’s a surprising blow for a show that’s been universally beloved since its launch, a rare title that’s been a family-friendly consumer hit, critically acclaimed and generated awards love (the show’s first two seasons was nominated for a Best Drama Emmy).
So what is going on?
Interestingly – and adding some credibility to the blowback – the complaints aren’t centered around one thing, but a litany of complaints ranging from sloppy plotting and dialogue to disjointed special effects to annoying cameos (Lizzo in a recent episode, Christopher Lloyd and Jack are shown) Black, which left Campy star wars holiday special Feeling).
CNN critic Brian Lowry wrote that the show “Experiencing an Identity Crisis.” collider being beaten up the mandalorian Together like headlines “What’s killing here the mandalorian season 3.” forbes says the series botched a significant plot twist and “the entire season seems to have lost its way, with both Mando and Grug fading into the background and following no clear overarching story.” or root against the villain). That “lost path” line is recurring, with movieweb main event”How the Mandalorian lost its way,” lamenting the “overwhelming lack of anything to advance the story”.
Fans, naturally, have been even more scathing: “a massive drop in quality,” declared one on Rotten Tomatoes. Another: “This show has gone out of all recognition. It is no longer the man with no name in space but the man with no purpose in space.” Another: “The show is no longer Mando’s show, Plot points removed for convenience, pointless exploration and worst of all, some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen in SW.”
That bit — “the show isn’t Mando’s anymore” — brings up another main complaint, as the season has elevated fellow Mandalorian Bo Katan (Katee Sackhoff) and slightly diminished protagonist Din Zarrien (Pedro Pascal). One the mandalorian The director, Rick Famuyiwa, suggested that Dina Jarrin is not the title character of the show, which is odd. “Who is the Mandalorian at this point?” He thought, “And so I think it could be anybody.”
“This season is not The Mandalorian Season 3, it’s Bo Katan Season 1 with Din Zareen and Grogu just walking around him,” said one fan. “Din Zarin is now a supporting character and Grugu is there for business purposes only.”
Pascal was dividing his time filming HBO’s last of us season 1 when Mando Season 3 was being shot, although the show regularly uses stunt doubles – Brendan Wayne and Latif Crowder – with Pascal providing voiceovers in post-production. In this weather, the mandalorian started more prominently credited for his work on the Wayne and Crowder series.
for Nielsen data the mandalorian Season 3 is limited to only the first two episodes so far (six have aired). The show has averaged 856 million minutes watched since the first two weeks of season 2, down a modest amount (14 percent) — but not enough information to conclude that there’s a trend of any kind. It will be interesting to see the numbers for later episodes, though, when the blowback kicks into gear.
some argue that the issues with the mandalorian The franchise began prior to the third season. By-product book of boba fett was considered a bit disappointing, it had two best-reviewed episodes the mandalorian-centric entries that moved awkwardly over seasons. And while fans enjoyed those episodes, they were also controversial. as the mandalorianThe story of season two was about Din Zarin searching for a Jedi to return Grugu to his people, only to have that decision reversed. book of boba fett, It was a strangely inconclusive-seeming plotting that spawned conspiracy theories about corporate interference and made the holdover about breakout Baby Yoda seem somewhat redundant.
Oddly, while all of this is happening, Star Wars’ decades-old rival legacy franchise, star trek, is experiencing the exact opposite of developments with its current TV offerings. The third and final season of Paramount+ picard receiving near-universal acclaim after receiving numerous fans and critics The show’s first two seasons were messy and disappointing (they averaged a mere 57 percent viewership score—just as Mando season 3). The new season’s audience score has gone up to 89 percent and its critics score is 98 percent. picard Season 3 has generated so much excitement that Paramount announced Tuesday that the show’s final two episodes will be streamed in IMAX theaters On 19 April.
two more episodes left the mandalorian With not much time to go this season, that’s not much time for things to change, yet a good ending can do a lot. They’re both directed by Famuyiwa, whose entries rank among the show’s strongest. Let us go, the mandalorianYou were supposed to bring balance to the Star Wars franchise, don’t leave it in the dark!