Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni said they'd expand the Disney+ Star Wars series' horizons in Season 2, but so far it looks like the show is continuing to focus on the small scale. "The Mandalorian is predictable, accessible, and on a week-to-week basis, usually self-contained," says Alison Herman. "In other words, it has all the elements of a procedural, a format as out-of-step with the serialized sprawl of streaming as it is with the interconnected offshoots of an IP omnibus like Star Wars. It’s true that enterprises like the MCU have become more like TV over time, complete with writers rooms and “phases” that sound an awful lot like seasons. But the pressure to stretch beyond your given format works both ways, and it’s nice to see The Mandalorian resist it, or the very least try to have the best of both worlds: the luxe production values of a Star Wars product and the small-scale scrappiness of a deliberately marginal story."