Spoilers for The Mandalorian seasons 1-3 and The E-book of Boba Fett beneath.
By some means, Grogu has returned. At the very least, that is what many individuals will assume once they tune into the primary episode of The Mandalorian’s third season. When final we left our lone bounty hunter and cub, Grogu was heading off to Jedi coaching with a creepy de-aged Luke Skywalker. Mando took off his helmet and braced for solitude. All of us shed a tear. (How did a present handle to make us care a lot for a monosyllabic man in armor and a inexperienced puppet? Bless you, government producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.)
However at the beginning of this season, Mando (AKA Din Djarin) and Grogu are paired up as soon as once more, saving folks from gigantic monsters, preventing house pirates and customarily being lovely. To an off-the-cuff viewer, it is like that dramatic season two finale was Jedi mind-tricked away. It seems should you needed to get the complete story – which additionally explains why Din is flying a Phantom Menace-era ship, or why Grogu is turning into a more proficient drive person — you needed to watch the ultimate few episodes of The E-book of Boba Fett.
If I wasn’t already a hopeless Star Wars fan, I might be fairly confused and irritated. How are regular folks purported to know that The E-book of Boba Fett principally served as a stop-gap between Mandalorian seasons? Disney did not promote the connection between the reveals a lot, so should you weren’t studying geeky information websites, or speaking to nerdy pals, it was simple to overlook.
The primary few episodes of Boba Fett made it look like a far much less bold sequence – did we actually have to be taught the specifics of how he survived the Sarlacc pit? And who cares about his future as Jabba the Hutt alternative? I’ve talked to a number of Star Wars followers who tapped out early on, solely to catch up as soon as they heard Mando and Grogu popped up. (Truthfully, it nearly appeared like Favreau and crew received bored with the Boba Fett story – so did we.)
It is not like I am towards the thought of narratives shifting between totally different reveals and movies. All the things Marvel’s performed since Iron Man has virtually skilled us to devour popular culture this manner, with the rise of the Avengers initiative to the final word smackdown with Thanos in Endgame. The geeky aspect of me is overjoyed once I uncover connections between movies I really like. (You need to have seen me within the theater on the finish of M. Night time Shyamalan’s Cut up.) However the concept that viewers must preserve tabs on all the pieces is starting to really feel like homework, and it is significantly irritating when one piece of media is inexplicably essential to one thing that comes later.
It does not assist that The Mandalorian barely referenced The E-book of Boba Fett throughout its introductory episode. Even a little bit of a nudge through the “beforehand on” opening part would assist. As a substitute, the premiere episode simply desires to get us again to regular, with Mando on a video game-like quest and Grogu having enjoyable alongside the way in which. It is a disgrace, for the reason that finish of season 2 made it look like The Mandalorian would really change issues up transferring ahead.