Update: We’ve updated this article to include the Season 2 Trailer
It seems The Mandalorian hasn’t just won over fans of the Star Wars franchise but has gotten the notice of The Academy as well. The show earned an Emmy Nomination as the Outstanding Drama Series, along with 14 other Emmy nominations.
Personally, I’ve been recommending the show to friends and family that don’t even enjoy Star Wars, and they love the show. It’s hard to believe Season 2 of The Mandalorian is almost here. With that in mind, let’s go over how to watch the Mandalorian Seasons 1, and Season 2 when it drops on Disney+ this fall.
How to Watch The Mandalorian
For Star Wars fans, The Mandalorian alone is worth picking up the Disney+ streaming service. The timeline takes place about five years after the fall of The Empire in Return of the Jedi. It’s the first time we see this period of the Star Wars universe on screen.
If Star Wars isn’t your thing, this show may still interest you. It’s very high production for TV, well written, and where else are you going to catch a sci-fi western with action and intrigue?
You can watch Season 1 of The Mandalorian right now by signing up for this 1-week free trial to Disneys new streaming service Disney+. If you stay on after the free trial, you will be able to watch Season 2 of The Mandalorian as soon as it’s released on Friday October 30th.
When Does Season 2 Release
Season 2 of The Mandalorian will release to Disney+ on Friday October 30th. Episodes will then release every Friday until the finale of season 2. This season will see Rosario Dawson appear as Ahsoka Tano. You can check out the season 2 trailer for The Mandalorian below
Why Watch The Mandalorian
Star Wars has been a part of my life from as early as I can remember. We had a copy of Star Wars on VHS before adding “A New Hope” to the title in 1981. I watched it so often; the movie had that bent distortion at the top of the screen you would get from the tape being worn down. However, I didn’t mind.
Like my VHS tape, the galaxy developed in that first Star Wars was rough, gritty, and worn down. The universe felt “lived-in.” Nothing was clean. Everything was dusty, damaged, and dirty. We are watching a farm boy navigate a world full of rogues with blasters slung low. I remember thinking as a child, “Star Wars is Space Western.”
Disney+ (Disney’s new streaming service) takes us back to that Western feel in The Mandalorian’s opening scenes. The show opens with the title character, a bounty hunter in the style of Boba Fett, getting the “you ain’t from around here, are yea” treatment in a desolate space saloon. I don’t have to tell you what happens next. From there, the show continues in the western theme, with mysterious outlaws, a broken law, hints of tribal Mandalorian lore, and a mystery bounty.
While a space-western could result in a cheesy disaster in the wrong hands, writer Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni handle the first episode masterfully. The 40 minute run-time of episode 1 flies by leaving the viewer with an intriguing cliff-hanger, making you crave the next episode. The first episode launches us into a new take on a familiar universe that does the original trilogy justice. Those who hang on for the 8 episode journey won’t be disappointed. And yes, of course, there is “The Child”, A.K.A “Baby Yoda”
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