television grousing, vaguely implied Mandalorian spoilers
The biggest selling point for me about season one of Mandalorian was that it didn't drag in all kinds of existing Star Wars stuff, so season two has been increasingly disappointing in that regard. Not too far yet, but it keeps trending that way.
long-form media grousing
Are there interesting things to be done with shared universes? Absolutely! But shared universes also have really common and really boring failure modes where they start devolving into endless boring self-reference without trying to actually earn their emotion or drama while also *reducing* the depth of characters or stories (since the audience needs to "get" them without having imbibed the whole universe, and that makes genuine depth hard!)
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