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"The Gunslinger" flare and nostalgia to spare, but with only three episodes left to go, The Mandalorian's lack of forward momentum is starting to feel like narrative wheel spinning.
Nostalgia is one thing, but the utter dearth of new ideas here just makes the bountiful references a glaring reminder that this has all been done much better before.
The Mandalorian's biggest problem is that its central tension is played out. There's nowhere to go with a Baby Yoda that's only used for cooing reaction shots, adorable misbehavior, and being a hostage. We know it's capable of more. It's time to get to it
Visually stunning, and in a longer season the episode might not stand out as sharply as it does. But with only three episodes left to go, I'm going to raise a glass of spotchka to the hope that [It] returns to its groove as quickly as possible.
The pace is oddly meditative. It's impressive that the show works as well as it does, but it's also obvious that at some point, something gotta give. Or at least happen.
As much fun as having a mini "Star Wars" movie every week has been (and as cute as the Child/Baby Yoda undoubtedly is), there needs to be something more.
The rest of chapter 5 is just okay, but it barely makes up for the cringes induced by the lead up.
The Gunslinger wasn't a fancy episode and shows this is a series that doesn't need to have these major spectacles every outing.
While this episode has it gems-they all have them-this particular chapter feels a little undercooked in terms of intrigue.
Another fun episode of The Mandalorian with that perfect mix of humor, action and Star Wars goodies. Pedro Pascal continues to impress with his ability to convey so much using so little.
The action is well-done, the visuals are stunning, and Baby Yoda is adorable. There's nothing about it that really justifies its existence as to why you're watching this particular episode.
While not as exciting or introspective as the previous episodes have been, The Mandalorian's 'The Gunslinger' was still an entertaining chapter in the Star Wars series with plenty of nods to several of the films.
And that shows the power of "The Mandalorian." The show can transport us to an unexplored planet and new characters. It can bring us back down to the worlds we already know.