New episode of The Mandalorian divides fans as it becomes lowest-rated yet
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The new episode of The Mandalorian has divided fans as it becomes the lowest-rated episode of the entire series.
The hit Star Wars series returned on 1 March after a two-year gap between seasons two and three and fans were over the moon.
Two out of the three episodes that have aired so far have received a mostly positive reception from fans and critics alike. The second episode of the season in particular, titled 'Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore' was very well-received and has the highest IMDb season three audience rating so far.
However, the same can’t be said for the follow-up episode, 'Chapter 19: The Convert', which has a low rating from fans in comparison.
Although its 7.3 score is still very respectable when compared to other TV shows, season three episode three marks the lowest for this Star Wars universe series by quite a big margin.
There are only four previous episodes that hold a rating below eight out of 10 - 'Chapter 4: Sanctuary' and 'Chapter 5: The Gunslinger' from season one are rated 7.7 and 7.5 respectively. Meanwhile, 'Chapter 10: The Passenger' from season two has a rating of 7.8 and the first episode of the current season, 'Chapter 17: The Apostate' was given a 7.6 rating by viewers.
It's clear that the episode divided fans as most episodes have a rating above eight and five episodes above nine. Wednesday’s (15 March) adventure - which clocked with a runtime of 59 minutes - didn’t include much action involving Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin and Grogu.
'Chapter 19: The Convert' is currently the longest episode of the entire series and it focused primarily on the stories of Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) and Elia Kane (Katy O’Brian) two former Imperial allies of Moff Gideon.
Perhaps fans were disappointed with not seeing Pascal as the titular character on screen for the majority of the episode.
Many took to Twitter to air their grievances about the lack of Mandalorian content in the most recent episode and the long run-time.
“#Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 3 is the longest episode so far and about 80% of it is skippable,” one viewer quipped.
Another disappointed fan tweeted: “Episode 3 of The Mandalorian can f**k all the way off. Like WTF? These characters that I've never met that I don't care about that are the entire episode just jumped off of full speed moving train holding hands and conducted a perfect roll onto the concrete landing. STOOPIDBORE.”
One Twitter review pointed out the fact Pascal’s character was barely in the episode: “Episode 3 of The Mandalorian had me thinking ‘What show is this again?’ for 45 minutes.”
Similarly, another Disney+ subscriber wrote: “In #TheMandalorian Season 3 Episode 3, the segments containing the mandalorian are excellent, however the extended side story in between takes away from the way the show should be.”
And someone else penned: “The Mandalorian, 'Season 3, Episode 3, The Convert': You only need to watch the first 10 minutes and last 5 minutes, because the rest shifted to an entirely different series for 45 minutes you will never get back of your life and why did they expect us to GAF.”
Not everyone was disappointed, however, as one fan came to the defence of 'Chapter 19', writing: “Don’t understand the hate at all for #TheMandalorian season 3 episode 3.
"It’s the perfect balance between Andor’s dialogue heavy scenes and The Mandalorian’s Star Wars vibe. Also the cinematography and directing is easily one of the best in the entire show."
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