OK maybe not completely Paz Visla does develop some and his death is handled really well, but I think the point still stands.
I don’t think it was handled very well. What do we really know about Paz after these eight episodes other than he is a Mandalorian, a father, and he’s big with an even bigger gun? His death would have real impact, if the show spent any time developing his character, learning more about his history etc, etc. Paz was a cool looking cardboard cut-out like most of the characters in this season.
So that’s still 6 out of 8 episodes that are pretty good if you’re ok with the tone change that the series has gone through. Most of the episodes this season were pretty good, even if none of them were able to reach the heights that episodes in the first 2 seasons did. I think the real disconnect isn’t that this season is a step down from the first 2, most everyone agrees with that, but the extent to which it is worse than the other 2. Other than episodes 4 and 6, I’m not seeing this huge drop in quality that others are seeing. It’s got more problems with stuff not being properly set up, and some setups getting abandoned in the final episode, the fleet, and the dark saber are the big ones. But I think the episode is still pretty good and does a decent job of wrapping up the story. If I was to compare this season to the previous ones. Season’s 1 and 2 would probably get an A, and this season would probably get a B.
Episode 1: Pretty much a recap for what happened in between seasons, except they don’t show Mando’s and Grogu’s reunion for some inexplicable reason. Overall the episode was pretty pointless and repetitive, if you saw TBOBF. The fight against the crocodile-turtle lacked any sense of logic, making the Mandalorians seem pretty inept, and is ultimately just there for Din to come to the rescue. The first step in bringing back IG-11 is taken, another sign, that this show no longer has stakes. Pretty dispappointing for a season opener. Grade: C.
Episode 2: Pretty decent episode, although the way the plot thread regarding IG-11 is dropped in favour of some member berries is weird. The episode had a good cliff-hanger with the Mythosaur, that ultimately led to nothing. Grade: B-.
Episode 3: Longest episode spent on a character we don’t see again, and isn’t a main character. The episode was oke, if not for the fact, that the episode ultimately doesn’t really lead to anything other than to show the Imperial remnants have spies in the New Republic. The good doctor’s research isn’t mentioned again until the 7th episode leading to a huge anti-climax in the 8th episode. Grade: C.
Episode 4: Bad episode with too many plot conveniences and lapses in logic, that doesn’t move the show’s plot forward. Second monster fight in three episodes is repetitive. The mandalorians are again pretty inept this time to get Bo to shine. They leave the kid with the monster over night, and expect him not to be eaten in the mean time. I guess the kid spent a whole night in the monster’s beak, and didn’t suffer any injuries or even got dirty. Grade: D.
Episode 5: Pretty good episode. The only criticism is that the planet of Navarro seems to consist of 30 people. Another good cliffhanger, that we should have got in the first three episodes. Grade: B.
Episode 6: Pointless filler episode with bad cameos. A decent fight at the end, but Din handing over the Dark Sabre was predictable, and a huge anti-climax given the foreshadowing in the finale of season 2. Oh, and why didn’t Din just do this before the fight? Grade D.
Episode 7: Best episode of the season with some interesting world building, but why reintroduce the main villain in the penultimate episode? Why are two dozen Mandalorians such a threat to the Empire? What was the point of the praetorian guard, other than they look cool? What does Gideon want with Din? Paz Visla’s death was a good way to end the episode. Too bad they did not develop the character. Grade B+.
Episode 8: Disappointing by the numbers finale. Some good moments of action. A lot of flash, but no substance. Too bad Gideon is reduced to being a moustache twirling villain. Weird that those jetpacks run out of fuel following a flying monster for a few miles, but carry sufficient fuel to get into deep space and back. Grade C+.
Judging by the individual episodes this averages to a C+ for me, but that’s not the whole story, because the season as a whole is a disjointed mess without a proper villain until the penultimate episode. The show apparently is about retaking Mandalore, except the show again doesn’t introduce any significant obstacale until the penultimate episode. Up until that moment it seemed the Mandalorians could just walk in and take over. The curse had been resolved in the second episode, and observant viewers knew Bo technically had already won the dark sabre by then, so the ending of episode 6 was predictable on top of being anti-climactic. So, I think the season as a whole deserves a C-, about on par with TBOBF, if I’m generous. To be fair, I think the first two seasons are somewhat overrated. I would give season 1 a B and season 2 a B+.