The Mandalorian season three
The age of streaming platforms holds the promise of theatrical and cinematic experiences right in the palm of people’s hands, within the confines of their living room walls. But no other show or film on any of these platforms – from Netflix to Amazon Prime – has followed through with that; all except for The Mandalorian on Disney+. Even in its third season, it continues to provide beautiful and intricately-shot scenes and well-timed edits. There’s a strong focus on sounds and beats to create atmosphere, and even the CGI is above average. The cinematography has plenty of textures, using a mix of simple editing techniques, such as slow motion, to create a sense of extravagance. Director Jon Favreau’s influence is evident in the way the series does the most with what little it has.
Season three’s opening episode follows Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) on a quest to redeem himself. Having previously taken off his mask, Din is no longer a Mandalorian; he is an Apostate – as the title of the episode suggests. His only way to repent is by bathing in the living waters underneath the mines of Mandalore. As usual, Grogu accompanies him throughout his journey, with their first stop being Navarro. In just one episode, there are political trade talks – timely given the ongoing Brexit discourse – and questions as to what a person can owe other people they’ve used and whether they can truly move on from their past.
Good body acting makes up for the inability to see emotions. Even with obstructions, viewers can feel the urgency, hesitation, exasperation and mindfulness in every move the characters make. The Star Wars franchise has a fun way of making its world feel lightyears ahead in technology and time, yet still as ancient as the Middle Ages. This is especially effective when it comes to the action sequences of The Mandalorian. While there is high-tech weaponry involved, the tactics are all the same – it very much takes inspiration from Wild West duels. This small bit of action is enough to create intrigue for the rest of the season.
The Apostate starts this new season off on a high. It sets the tone and lays a strong foundation for the plot to go in multiple directions. The dialogue is fun, with cliché yet effective jokes, without going too overboard. And more importantly, it even has more cute mascot characters in the form of Anzellans!
The Mandalorian season three is released on Disney+ on 1st March 2023.
Watch the trailer for The Mandalorian season three here: