Not finished Mandalorian so only commenting on RoS:
As I noted in my feedback for the original, “episode IV” (which it appears I got in too late to make onto the recorded review), for me Star Wars is an exercise in nostalgia. Having seen the original in the theater when released many many years ago, and being quite impressed by it, now as I view the entire set of episodes I am reminded of my childhood.
Nostalgia is explicitly put into ep IX with all the Carrie Fisher elements. That Leia dies when her son dies is a directly play on real life, with Debbie Reynolds dying just the day after Carrie. For me, IX is irrevocably nostalgic.
But IX also cemented, along with the prequels and the other episodes of the final trilogy, this one fact: The Jedi Are A Death Cult!
We should have seen this at the very start, when Obi declares the light saber was for a more “civilized” time, yet shortly after that declaration nonchalantly slices off a guy’s arm for just being a bit threatening.
In IX, Rey demonstrates how easily the Jedi shrug off the death of people: when Rey causes the troop transport to explode and crash, she is aghast at… Chewy being dead. But what about the others on that transport? And if the excuse is that they are just Imperial goons, well, Rey’s companion Finn was one once too, yet he redeemed himself, so even Imperial goons are redeemable. But does Rey care? NO!
Rey expresses emotion over the death of Luke, she cries when she feels Leia is dead, she cries over Ben. But she only cares about those who love her. The rest? Slash and burn them!
Even the Congregation of the Sith, and the ghosts of the Jedi, are death-cult elements.
And before blaming all the death on the “dark side”, remember, as Ben says in the movie, they are a dyad: the Sith and the Jedi are two sides of the same coin.
So all this time, Star Wars has been an infatuation with a death cult.