By Kieran Burt.
The second trailer for The Mandalorian season three trailer has arrived, and it’s very light on new information. There was a surprising lack of moments in the trailer, with little revealed of what’s going to happen, and while that can be a good thing, don’t want to spoil anything after all, there should be a centrai throughline, or more story beats. The trailer never really makes it out of the buildup phase, each shot feels like it’s building up to a surprising new reveal but one that never comes.
One of the shots in the trailer is a Mandalorian Gauntlet fighter being chased by Imperial TIE Interceptors. This is a very interesting prospect, and brings up several questions for the show to answer. What planet does this happen on? Who do these TIE pilots report to? Why are they chasing the Gauntlet fighter? Who is piloting the Gauntlet fighter? And does this have anything to do with the large, Imperial looking capital ship from the first trailer? It’s possible this fight might occur on Mandalore, because in The Mandalorian season two it is under some sort of occupation, but by who is never made clear.
Another shot is of Doctor Pershing in a speeder on what looks to be Coruscant. If this planet is Coruscant, it would be the first time it’s been on screen in the post Imperial era (excluding the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi of course) in canon. And that’s exciting, because it can show how the planet deals with its legacy as the central world of the Empire, and the fact it’s no longer the political centre anymore.
Alongside this, there is more Carson Teva, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, a pilot of the New Republic. This shows that the New Republic will finally get the live action treatment it deserves, and will address one of the weaker points of the Sequel Trilogy.
Four Jedi are seen in the trailer, with their backs to the camera as they defend against something trying to break through a door. It’s likely this is another Order 66 scene. It’s possible that this is another flashback for Grogu, to show us how he escaped the Jedi Temple. It’s a similar looking shot to The Book of Boba Fett, so it’s likely it will expand on that.
Continuing with the prequel connections is a spot of B1 Battle Droids in a bar. This is the first time they’ve been seen in live action since the Prequel Trilogy. Even if it’s just for a quick cameo, it’s great to see the clankers again.
This trailer once again shows Mandalore and its ruined capital of Sundari, though not much else. On the Mandalore front, it’s kept largely quiet, though there are shots of more Mandalorians joining Mando. He says to Grogu our people are scattered across the galaxy, a seeming acceptance of the Darksaber’s mantle to unite the Mandalorian people.
A seemingly central theme of the show is that Mando is training Grogu to be a Mandalorian. He tells him that yes, he needs to learn how to fight, but he needs to learn to navigate the galaxy. And then a shot of Grogu force pushing a creature is shown. Grogu is clearly growing in power, and is finally being fully adopted into The Mandalorian culture.
While there aren’t any moments that make this trailer stand out or stop it from being underwhelming, there are bits that make it interesting, and leave some questions. A standout moment would certainly be the return to Coruscant, there are so many worldbuilding opportunities to flesh out the state of the galaxy.
The Mandalorian season three will be released on Disney+ March 1.