Warning: This review features spoilers for the Season 3 Premiere of The Mandalorian.
More than two years after the conclusion of Season 2, The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal has returned with the premiere episode of Season 3 titled, “The Apostate”.
The series continues after the events of The Book of Boba Fett, and if you’re still confused about how Din Djarin has Grogu, you might want to watch the final few episodes of the Temuera Morrison-led show. However, if you do know the events that took place on Tatooine, then the premiere of Season 3 of The Mandalorian shouldn’t be a confusing matter at all.
The episode starts off with The Tribe inducting foundlings into the Children of the Watch at Concordia, with The Armorer bestowing a helmet upon a young one. The induction also serves as a reminder of Din Djarin’s massive transgression from the previous season, as The Mandalorian aren’t allowed to remove their helmet for anyone.
However, the induction soon runs into trouble, as a massive creature attacks The Tribe. Despite their efforts, The Tribe seemed no match. However, they were soon saved by Din Djarin, as he returned with his Razer Crest. Though he saved his fellow members, The Armorer remains adamant about Djarin’s exile from The Tribe for removing his helmet.
As part of the Mandalorian Creed, Djarin can solve his exile issues by bathing in the living waters under the mines of Mandalore. However, there is a problem with this solution as the living waters were presumed to be destroyed during the Great Purge of Mandalore. However, Djarin has evidence that might suggest otherwise. This paves the way for the duo of Djarin and Grogu to undertake a new quest together.
The episode doesn’t up the ante much, despite having a ton of action scenes involving blasters and starfighters. Instead, it takes the novel approach of building out the lore about the various locations that Din Djarin will visit in the next few episodes.
Furthermore, the episode also sees the return of various characters, which includes Bo Katan and Greef Karga. However, there’s one returning character that might divide the fandom, and it will be interesting to see how The Mandalorian fans react to such a decision made by Jon Favreau, John Famuyiwa and Dave Filoni.
Will this be the way in The Mandalorian Season 3 and beyond?
Season 3 so far features Din Djarin, who remains loyal to The Tribe’s way, despite posing questions in the previous season. However, it will be intriguing to know whether Pascal’s character will continue following The Way, instead of challenging the Mandalorian Creed’s status quo in future episodes.
The premiere episode sees Famuyiwa taking up directorial duties, and he largely succeeds at setting up an exciting season of The Mandalorian. At 35 minutes, the pacing is brisk, and the episode feels like it’s picking up right where it left off at the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. It works well despite having a ton of new plot details that can only be understood through The Book of Boba Fett.
On the performance side of things, Pedro Pascal fits easily into the shoes of Din Djarin once again. As the doting dad to Grogu, the actor is born to play characters of fatherly nature to slightly spoiled kids (à la Joel from HBO’s The Last of Us). The episode features some wholesome moments between Grogu and Djarin. This includes the latter’s attempts to teach the youngling about space travel.
In the end, the premiere of Season 3 of The Mandalorian plays it safe by not going overboard with action or drama to appease fans who waited over two years for new episodes. Instead, the showrunners have stuck to their guns by playing it slow by teasing some of the adventures that Din Djarin and Grogu will undertake, as the former attempts to end his exile from the Children of the Watch.
The Mandolarian Season 3 premiere is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes will debut every week on Wednesday at 1:30 PM.
Editor’s Note: Disney+ Hotstar provided early screeners of The Mandalorian Season 3 to India before the public.
The Season 3 premiere of The Mandalorian sets up an exciting adventure for Din Djarin and Grogu in an episode filled with enough action and drama to appease fans, who have waited over two years for new episodes of the series.