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    The Incomparable MothershipDecember 27, 2020"The Mandalorian" season 2
    546 Cracks In His Armor

    Is this the way? We break down the second season of “The Mandalorian,” which sees our title character struggling with his own identity as a Mandalorian as well as coming to grips with the important task of protecting the child that he’s been caring for. What’s the difference between good and bad fan service? How many different spin-off shows were being set up this season? And we workshop a Baby Yoda sitcom.

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    TeeVeeDecember 20, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 16
    683 The Mandalorian S2E8 Review: "Chapter 16: The Rescue"

    Season two of The Mandalorian wraps up with a few surprises…and more than a few questions about the future. Host Dan Moren is joined by very special guest Kat Benesh to discuss the Empire’s workplace safety requirements, season two’s wider world, and where we go from here.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 16

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    TeeVeeDecember 13, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 15
    681 The Mandalorian S2E7 Review: "Chapter 15: The Believer"

    It’s a break-in with a familiar face this week on The Mandalorian, and host Dan Moren welcomes special guests Jason Tocci and Genevieve Tocci to discuss a fight scene with a problematic edge, why min/maxing your stats is dangerous, and the moment that Mando became a dad.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 15

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    TeeVeeDecember 6, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 14
    680 The Mandalorian S2E6 Review: "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"

    Tragedy abounds this week on The Mandalorian, as we ramp up to the end of season two. Host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Chip Sudderth to discuss the characterization of a storied (but rarely glimpsed) character, honor among thieves, and the many mistakes of Mando.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 14

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    TeeVeeNovember 29, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 13
    679 The Mandalorian S2E5 Review: "Chapter 13: The Jedi"

    It’s a big episode of The Mandalorian this week as several familiar names (and one brand new name!) are dropped, which means it’s a big episode of A Complicated Profession. Kelly Guimont joins host Dan Moren to discuss the bad habits we learn from our teachers, side quests aplenty, and all the questions we need answered.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 13

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    TeeVeeNovember 22, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 12
    676 The Mandalorian S2E4 Review: "Chapter 12: The Siege"

    This week on A Complicated Profession, we’re doing an easy job taking out an Imperial base. Easy! What could go wrong? Host Dan Moren is joined by Antony Johnston to discuss threading the needle of deep fandom and telling a great, accessible story; gorgeous production design; and leaving plot threads dangling.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 12

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    TeeVeeNovember 15, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 11
    675 The Mandalorian S2E3 Review: "Chapter 11: The Heiress"

    What do you expect when you get your ship fixed on a fishing planet? A lot of netting. This week on A Complicated Profession, Dan Moren is joined by podcast pal Erika Ensign to discuss the balancing act of everything from fan service to lore to making sure your main character doesn’t always look like a galoot.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 11

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    TeeVeeNovember 8, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 10
    673 The Mandalorian S2E2 Review: "Chapter 10: The Passenger"

    The only profession more complicated than being a bounty hunter? Being a taxi service. This week, on A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by podcaster and developer James Thomson to discuss children being jerks, standalone storytelling, and why you should never touch anything in a creepy ice cave.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 10

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    TeeVeeNovember 1, 2020The Mandalorian - Chapter 9
    672 The Mandalorian S2E1 Review: "Chapter 9: The Marshal"

    A Complicated Profession is back to cover season 2 of The Mandalorian, and host Dan Moren welcomes podcaster and author Helene Wecker to discuss the evolution of our protagonist from season one, having your tropes and eating them too, and whether there are more than six things in the Star Wars universe.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 9

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    The Incomparable MothershipJanuary 25, 2020"The Mandalorian"
    498 That Puppet Has an Agent

    Grab a tracking fob and saddle up a bluurg, because it’s time to discuss “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Why is the show’s main character always wearing a mask? How much merchandise money did Disney forego in order to keep Baby Yoda a secret? Is the Mandalorian capable of providing an environment in which Baby Yoda can thrive? Why is serving tea so civilized? We’ve got to get us one of those jet packs.

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    TeeVeeDecember 28, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 8
    603 The Mandalorian S1E8 Review: "Chapter 8: Redemption"

    The first season of The Mandalorian comes to a close this week, so Dan Moren and very special guest Kat Benesh to discuss a significant unmasking, drawing parallels with the past, and what we might see when season two debuts next fall.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 8

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    TeeVeeDecember 19, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 7
    602 The Mandalorian S1E7 Review: "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"

    We regroup on this week’s episode of A Complicated Profession, as host Dan Moren recruits trustworthy allies Guy English and John Moltz to discuss lazy biker scouts, Chekhov’s bassinet, and Baby Yoda’s moral code.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 7

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    TeeVeeDecember 15, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 6
    601 The Mandalorian S1E6 Review: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"

    It’s double trouble on A Complicated Profession this week, as host Dan Moren is joined by special guests Jane and Evan Ritt, to discuss the offscreen life of our protagonist, warring codes of morality, and unfortunate high school flashbacks.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 6

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    TeeVeeDecember 8, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 5
    599 The Mandalorian S1E5 Review: "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"

    This week, on A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Tony Sindelar to discuss the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, including how much fan service is just the right amount, droid-related head-canon, and the premature(?) fate of an anticipated character.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 5

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    TeeVeeDecember 1, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 4
    598 The Mandalorian S1E4 Review: "Chapter 4: Sanctuary"

    A Complicated Profession returns with Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian. Host Dan Moren is joined by special guest Kathy Campbell to discuss a compelling new ally for Mando, reinforcing the essential nature of our characters, and homages to a favorite Western trope.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 4

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    TeeVeeNovember 23, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 3
    595 The Mandalorian S1E3 Review: "Chapter 3: The Sin"

    We’re back for the third episode of A Complicated Profession and your host Dan Moren is joined by special guest and network head honcho Jason Snell to discuss chapter 3 of The Mandalorian. Our discussion covers the many possible interpretations of sin, what exactly happened to the Empire, and how this show paves the way for future Star Wars series.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 3

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    TeeVeeNovember 16, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 2
    593 The Mandalorian S1E2 Review: "Chapter 2: The Child"

    In the second episode of A Complicated Profession, Dan Moren is joined by Aleen Simms to discuss the second chapter of The Mandalorian, including how an episode can succeed without using a lot of dialogue, ants at picnics, the unpredictability of characters that live in the gray areas, and whether or not the Mandalorian should take off his helmet.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 2

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    TeeVeeNovember 13, 2019The Mandalorian - Chapter 1
    591 The Mandalorian S1E1 Review: "Chapter 1"

    In the inaugural episode of A Complicated Profession, host Dan Moren is joined by fellow Star Wars aficionado John Siracusa to discuss the debut of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series. We talk about the heritage of Star Wars on TV, Werner Herzog as Werner Herzog, and exactly what kind of show this is.

    The Mandalorian, Chapter 1