Spoilers for The Mandalorian seasons 1-3 and The Ebook of Boba Fett beneath.
In some way, Grogu has returned. At the very least, that is what many individuals will assume after 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 first 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 lovable. To an informal 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 consumer — you needed to watch the ultimate few episodes of The Ebook of Boba Fett.
If I wasn’t already a hopeless Star Wars fan, I would be fairly confused and aggravated. How are regular folks imagined to know that The Ebook of Boba Fett principally served as a stop-gap between Mandalorian seasons? Disney did not promote the connection between the exhibits a lot, so should you weren’t studying geeky information websites, or speaking to nerdy associates, it was simple to overlook.
The primary few episodes of Boba Fett made it appear to be a far much less bold collection – did we actually have to study the specifics of how he survived the Sarlacc pit? And who cares about his future as Jabba the Hutt substitute? 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. (Actually, it nearly appeared like Favreau and crew bought uninterested in the Boba Fett story – so did we.)
It is not like I am towards the thought of narratives shifting between completely different exhibits and movies. The whole lot Marvel’s executed since Iron Man has virtually skilled us to eat popular culture this manner, with the rise of the Avengers initiative to the final word smackdown with Thanos in Endgame. The geeky facet of me is overjoyed once I uncover connections between movies I really like. (It is best to have seen me within the theater on the finish of M. Evening Shyamalan’s Cut up.) However the concept viewers need to preserve tabs on every little thing 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 would not assist that The Mandalorian barely referenced The Ebook of Boba Fett throughout its introductory episode. Even a little bit of a nudge throughout 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 best way. It is a disgrace, for the reason that finish of season 2 made it appear to be The Mandalorian would truly change issues up shifting ahead.