Season 2 hasn't been as good Season 1, "and I think the unfortunate reason is that this season is not as geared towards the 'casual viewer' and more towards diehard fans of the animated Star Wars universe," says Jessica Mason. "The show is now relying so much on established lore and characters from other shows that it’s not as compelling to me, a person who has never seen those shows. And that’s fine, and I know those fans are enjoying this season! But for me, specifically, the introduction of so many characters and plot points from the animated series made many of the recent episodes fall flat. With characters like Bo-Katan and Ahsoka joining The Mandalorian, as well as big myth elements from The Clone Wars and Rebels seeming to drive the plot of the season, I feel like the show is relying on shorthand, only known by some of the audience, to do character and emotional work. With Bo-Katan, for instance, I wasn’t terribly impressed by her as a character because the show just didn’t give me very much there, but I think if I had already known her, it would have resonated more. There was so much exposition from Bo-Katan, but it somehow wasn’t enough and also served to confuse me and dilute what I thought we knew about Mandalorians in general. And Katee Sackoff is a really compelling presence when used right, but I don’t think the writers gave her enough here beyond looking cool and kicking ass. Who was she? I can’t really say. Relying on other shows and sources to get people to care about characters is not a great habit for a show to get into."