Mando S3E1: The Apostate Review – Fun Without Meaning, Design Without Thought

The Mandalorian Season 3 has arrived and here is my Mando S3E1: The Apostate review

(L-R): Grogu and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

The Mandalorian Season 3 has arrived and here is my Mando S3E1: The Apostate review. As per the title, there was some fun without any meaning and sadly some design choices without thought. Let’s get to the SPOILER policy for now. I’m going to try and stay way from story spoilers in the reviews this year. However there may be times where to discuss something fully I need to touch on spoilers. If so, you will be warned in advance.

I guess I should start with the plot and the fact there really isn’t anything knew to spoil anyway. We end Episode 1 in essentially the same place as we started it. Sure, Mando now has an extra fetch quest to complete, and he’s managed to make some new enemies also, but that’s it. The cold opening was pretty cool, but at the same time needless if you watched The Book of Boba Fett. Or, should I say the Mando 2.5 episodes.

That’s what what I mean about fun without meaning. This episode felt like it had no character development or serious progression on the story. However, that’s not a horrible way to start a season if it’s fun, and it was fun.

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As for the other part of my title, the design without thought? Well for me it all comes down the design choices made for some new bad guys. I’m guessing these bozo’s will show up from time to time to annoy Dinn and give us some action scenes. Ultimately I didn’t really have much issue with them other than the design. These guys are pirates and sadly they have been designed like Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean rather than Star Wars pirates (who we’ve seen before). The costumes and mannerism were too on the nose, to the point where their favorite letter of the alphabet is ‘Rrrrrrrrrr’. However things took a slight turn for the worse when Davy Broccoli showed up. No spoilers but that is the name given to the leader of the pirates by my The Cantina co-host Kyle Malone, and I’m stealing it.

Those design choices were about my only real criticism of the episode. However at the same time there wasn’t much to write home about either. One really well worked scene involving Mando, Grogu and Greef on Navarro was cool for it’s Terminator vibes, there was an okay shoot out, and a decent space battle. If that’s enough to make you happy then you’ll love it. Oh and there were some cool things to see in that Hyperdrive shot in the header, but no spoilers.

I’m more excited to get to the actual drama as the series progresses. Overall, not a bad start, but it won’t be remembered as a classic either. The Mandalorian Season 3 has begun.


Check out my thoughts in more detail along with Kyle Malone on The Cantina Reviews which is out now. As always, let us know what you thought on my Mando S3E1: The Apostate review and more importantly what you thought if it yourselves.

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