The second season gave us some of the best television of 2020. With season 2 of The Mandalorian now concluded, here are the best moments, ranked. SPOILER WARNING TO THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO FINISH SEASON 2***
Din Djarin & Starship Troopers
Chapter 9: The Marshal
When we first saw the Krayt dragon devour a Bantha in one bite, it very obvious from the jump that Season Two was working with a much bigger budget this time around. The acid spit scene from the Krayt dragon was a beautiful nod to Syfy master, Paul Verhoeven. The size of the Krayt Dragon was massive during the final act and watching its spit melt the Tusken Raiders was terrific.
My first thought went immediately to my love for Starship Troopers when we see Johnny Rico take down the Tanker. Would you like to know more? (Starship Troopers joke).
Cara Dune’s Destiny
Chapter 12: The Siege
My favorite part of Chapter 12 had to be the touching moment between Cara and the New Republic officer. This tender moment came towards the end of Chapter 12 and was very emotional for me.
It is these moments that make me truly fall in love with The Mandalorian. The New Republic officer places his badge on a table right in front of her. It was very clear that Cara Dune has a much larger destiny than policing scum on Nevarro. Cara Dune clearly has a much bigger purpose in the galaxy and it was a great moment.
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#10: Grogu vs Frog Eggs
Chapter 10: The Passenger
Other than a fun Dave Filoni cameo, ‘The Passenger’ was a widely stand-alone episode. No. The giant ice spider did not make my list. In my opinion, the more memorable moments included Grogu’s obsession with really weird food. Mainly with persistently trying to eat the lady frog’s unfertilized eggs and the baby spider.
Over the last two seasons of The Mandalorian, Grogu has had an interesting diet to say the least. One might even say that the Force is not most powerful gift. Rather, it’s his impressive digestion system. From spiders, to alien starfish to roofleaf stew to frog eggs to macarons, Grogu’s stomach knows no bounds.
#9: Mayfield’s Transformation
Chapter 15: The Believer
Migs Mayfield, played by the great Bill Burr, offered some amazing character development for Din Djarin and season two of The Mandalorian as a whole. From calling himself to a realist at the start of Chapter 15 to blowing up a refinery of shoretroopers with a rifle, Mayfield’s transformation within a tight 30+ minute episode was nothing short of remarkable.
Perhaps we must give credit where credit is due. Rick Famuyiwa’s directing in The Believer was top notch. For a character with such little screen time, it is quite impressive how much Mayfield pushed the characters of Cara Dune and Din Djarin forward. In fact, here’s to hoping that this isn’t the last time we see Mayfield on the small screen. The chemistry between Migs and Din was electric and the sequence below had major Inglourious Basterds vibes.
#8: The Name Drop #1
Chapter 13: The Jedi
This Dave Filoni directed episode was filled with memorable moments. For one, we must discuss the name reveal for The Child where we all finally learned his true name: Grogu. We also finally learned about Grogu’s backstory and a little information as to where he came from.
With Din attempting to have Ahsoka train Grugo, she begins to tell us that Grugo was raised at a Jedi Temple on Coruscant. She explains he has received many masters during his training and that he was taken from the temple. Grogu’s memories have become lost and dark. She explains there is built up sadness and anger inside of Grogu, which is why the bond that was built is too important to break. Knowing the consequences of her relationship with Anakin, Ahsoka pleads to Din Djarin that Grogu must stay with him and grow within a family of love. What a moment.
#7: Name Drop #2
Chapter 13: The Jedi
If you were a Star Wars: Rebels fans like myself, then this was one of the most geek out moments of the entire series. The reveal that Ahsoka Tano has been on the search for Grand Admiral Thrawn’s whereabouts was emotional and incredible. The Mandalorian has been setting up and teasing the greater Star Wars-verse for some time now, but this bombshell easily makes it to the list of best moments.
There are incredible implications with this. Why is Ahsoka Tano chasing Thrawn? Could this lead to a spin-off series featuring Ahsoka Tano and Thrawn? Could this signal the upcoming small screen presence of Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger? The idea that we could be seeing a live action Star Wars: Rebels on the small screen in the near future gives me goosebumps.
#6: Bo-Katan’s Reveal
Chapter 11: The Heiress
Bo-Katan’s live-action debut in “The Heiress” was pure magic. If you don’t know already, I am a huge fan of Star Wars: Rebels and The Clone Wars. Played by the great, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Bo-Katan was every bit as badass as I had envisioned. Her presence oozed some modern take on Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from Alien.
This was truly a fantastic episode from start to finish. More importantly, Bryce Dallas Howard knocked it out of the park. Lastly, it was Chapter 11 that first name dropped the great Ahsoka Tano.
#5: Din Djarin vs Pirates
Chapter 15: The Believer
The vibes of Raiders of the Lost Ark were strong with this one. Watching Din Djarin take down the pirate after pirate on top of the Juggernaut was breathtaking and exciting. At their near end, Din and Migs are saved by two, incoming Tie Fighters. We’ve seen Din Djarin and Grogu rescued by other Mandalorians countless times. But seeing our main guy Mando, saved by The Empire brought out a completely new set of emotions.
#4: Boba the Badass
Chapter 14: The Tragedy
The best moment of Chapter 14 easily goes to Boba Fett during the moment he put on his armor. Boba puts on a show, taking down dozens of Stormtroopers and featuring one of the best kill count streaks in The Mandalorian history. With the Stormtroopers attempting to leave the planet, two ships are taken down from a single missile from Boba. If that’s not badass, then I don’t know what is.
As Star Wars fans, we were told that Boba Fett was one of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy. However, we’ve never actually seen it on the big or small screen. Robert Rodriguez really nailed this one, putting together one of the best action sequences in the series.
#3: Din Djarin vs Moff Gideon
Chapter 16: The Rescue
What a moment! The showdown we’ve all been waiting for delivered a 1-2 punch to the gut. We’ve seen Din’s Beskar armor featured heavily throughout season two. None more than Chapter 16, as we see Din’s armor deflect hit after hit from Moff Gideon’s darksaber. The fight choreography between the two delivered everything we wanted and then some.
#2: Ahsoka Tano’s Debut
Chapter 13: The Jedi
The dark and gritty tones of Chapter 13 were jaw dropping, which made Ahsoka’s duel white lightsabers all the more gorgeous behind the contrasting environment. From Ahsoka’s fighting style, attempts to save an oppressed colony from a tyrannical ruler, to her showing mercy during the last fight, it’s all perfect.
Rosario Dawson drew Gandalf the White vibes in all the right ways. The last fight scene also triggered a lot of vibes seen from previous Samurai and Western films. It’s no surprise that the final action sequence felt like it was ripped straight out of a scene from Kill Bill. The Ahsoka Tano reveal is not only the best moment in The Mandalorian history, but it’s the best TV moment in 2020 period. It took me an entire week to recover from this and I’ll never forget it.
#1: Luke Skywalker vs Darktroopers
Chapter 16: The Rescue
What else can be said? This moment has so many implications on the direction and future for the Star Wars universe on Disney Plus. It opens the door to so many fantastic possibilities for every single series moving forward and makes every single episode a must watch. Who knows which other major character pop up in the future? Who could appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series? Or the Ahsoka Tano series? It’s truly exciting stuff to think about and something all Star Wars fans will be talking about for months on end.
I’ll let the video speak for itself. But watching a young, Luke Skywalker make quick work of the darktroopers was a perfect ending to an amazing season two of The Mandalorian. It also gave us a super tender moment of Din Djarin taking off his helmet and saying a sweet goodbye to Grogu. Will Din Djarin and Grogu cross paths moving forward? Was Grogu a part of the Jedi Academy that was burnt by Ben Kenobi? Is Grogu’s death the nail in the coffin that sent Luke Skywalker into exile? Way too much to discuss but it was an amazing moment and definitely my #1 moment of season 2 of The Mandalorian.