You made a lot of excellent points, but for me, another drawback is that it fails the Bechdel test. There are a few women, but there are no women who talk to each other.

The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ BEK-dəl),[1] also known as the Bechdel–Wallace test,[2] is a measure of the representation of women in fiction. It asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.[3]

In fact, with the exception of the mother in the village, who was only there as a potential love interest for Mando, all the other women are essentially men in female bodies. Sure, the mechanic cooed at baby Yoda and exhorted Mando to take better care of him, but still could just have as easily been played by a dude.

I get that it’s a Western, but there were plenty of real women who helped tame the West who were three-dimensional human beings and not just men in drag or damsels in distress. Hell, we didn’t even hear a woman speak a line until at least 20 minutes into the first episode. It contributes to the two-dimensionality of it all for me. As my husband says, “It’s kind of like watching The Incredible Hulk.”

Lost In Space, now there’s a good sci-fi series!

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