My feelings on Mando season 2 have actually soured over the past few months. Part of that is maybe bitterness at how much Disney seems to be capitalising on its success, and that possibly taking away from a future for animated shows, but in general I’ve come to see the plot of season 2 as too contrived. It’s playing join the dots with its special character appearances, there are too many coincidences, the sidequest structure is a little formulaic, and when Grogu gets kidnapped it’s not actually as emotionally compelling as it should be. Season 2 has some of my favourite episodes - The Marshal, The Heiress and The Believer, and I still find those outstanding - but now I might prefer season 1.
I wonder if anyone else has had this kind of change of feelings now the hype for the new season is over. For me, it’s similar to what happened to my opinion on The Force Awakens: over time I saw many more flaws in the film, but I’m still grateful it gave me an amazing viewing experience when it came out. I still remember the weeks of waiting for new Mando episodes really fondly.