‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Reactions Are Lukewarm

Mando and Grogu are off to a slow start with the return of Season 3. Is it anything to be worried about?

Mando and Grogu are off to a slow start with the return of Season 3. Is it anything to be worried about?

'The Mandalorian' Season 3 Reactions Are Lukewarm

Last night saw the premiere of The Mandalorian Season 3 where the reactions to the episode are pretty much lukewarm — not super pumped, and not all that good at the same time.

Over at Rotten Tomatoes and on IMDb, the start of The Mandalorian Season 3 isn’t looking all that good as the ratings and reviews come in lower than Seasons 1 and 2.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Rotten Tomatoes

The Rotten Tomatoes scores are low

The Mandalorian Season 3 Rotten Tomatoes Score from critics is currently at 86%, which is compared to Season 1 and 2’s 93%.

However, things get a lot worse with the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score as Season 3 is currently at only 81% while Season 2 is at 91% and Season 1 is at 92%.

Update: Both scores have dropped to 84% from critics, and 79% from the fans.

Worth a mention is that there are not a lot of reviews posted yet for Season 3 – from either the critics or the fans – but isn’t that saying something in itself? Is anybody watching? Maybe not right away?

IMDB ratings are low

Over at IMDB, it seems pretty much the same as Season 3 Episode 1 scored an 8.0 while the series averages an 8.7.

Update: The score has also dropped to a 7.8.

The first episode of Season 2, “The Marshal,” scored an 8.8 IMDb rating, and the first episode from Season 1 scored an 8.6, so we see there is a dip.

The Mandalorian Pirate King
The Pirate King (note: image has been brightened)

What happened?

As I tweeted and posted in our Facebook Group, I thought Wednesday’s episode was just okay. It was only 30 minutes long and there really wasn’t much going on. Was there really anything to hook you in to watch the rest of Season 3 (other than already being a fan)? Not really. Yeah, it was cool seeing Mando and Grogu again, but we’ve seen it all before.

I also wasn’t too thrilled with the Pirates as they more resembled something out of the goofy MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania movies and didn’t at all feel or look like Star Wars characters. What was up with the Pirate King? He looked terrible and came across as some kind of kooky cross between Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and DC’s Swamp Thing or Marvel’s Man-Thing. Disney and Marvel are really suffering with their VFX.

Is anybody watching The Mandalorian?

I was also watching a recent YouTube stream with Grace Randolph who has a big zombie audience where she posted a poll and something like 30% or more of her audience either stopped watching Star Wars or haven’t watched The Mandalorian Season 3 episode, yet. Wow. That’s huge.

Some points mentioned and I agree with them, are that the episode is way too short, and premiering it in the middle of the night is the wrong way to go.

I think Disney should have a “Star Wars” night, like say 8pm EST on Wednesdays (or another night), the same way HBO has Sunday nights locked with new episodes of The Last Of Us, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, etc.

Speaking of those three series, is there any comparison between them and what Disney has to offer? The content on Disney Plus, particularly with Star Wars and Marvel, just can’t compete.

Randolph did say next week’s episode 2 is better and it sounds on the more serious side, so hopefully, things pick up.

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