Mandalorian Episode #1 Review

Posted November 12, 2019 by Aron Pohara in Nerdy Bits

Starring: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers

Directed by: Dave Filoni

Created by: Jon Favreau based on
characters by George Lucas

Released: Nov 12th
Disney +

Finally one of the most anticipated
shows in the general geek-dom has been released together with new
streaming service Disney+. After myriad of unsuccessful logins and
error screens, which quite honestly I thought would be way worse
considering it’s a launch of a brand new platform, I got to watch
the first episode of the Mandalorian.

Show has a very familiar feel to it and
is able to throw a viewer straight into this universe quite
successfully which I believe is to a huge credit of the crew behind
the scenes. Dave Filoni knows how to do a Star Wars story, even
though this is his first foray into live action Star Wars it
certainly does not look like he missed a beat here. Cinematography;
especially during the opening shots of the episode are stellar and
are able to throw the viewer straight into the action and what the
feel of the series is going to be going forward.

Titular Mandalorian is as everyone has
guessed a bounty hunter and as much he is like Boba Fett he is very
much his own character in this series which helps him create his own
identity and not be marred by the mythology of Boba Fett. What I
found exciting in this show and surprised how well the introduction
of the lore and the setting has been handled in this first episode.
There was no need for extreme time spent on exposition or
explanations, the story naturally went from point to point to give us
what we needed to know if this is going to be a show a viewer would
be interested in or not. There is still a ton of mystery left to
solve in this show but the establishing episode certainly has charm
and a feel of Star Wars. Thankfully there’s not a lot if any
slapstick stupid one note humor that we got in recent Star Wars
movies and Marvel movies of late.

Humor seems here more akin to one found
in a show Firefly and very much feels like a Western set in Star Wars
universe which in itself is an intriguing setting. There is a lot of
Easter eggs in this episode as well to please the fans of the
original movies. Technically the show is handled really well minus a
short segment with a mount creature which kind of look strange and
out of place, but never enough to get me out of the immersion that
the show is going for. For a first episode the show did exactly what
it needed to do and that is keep me engaged and want me know more;
not only because it is a Star Wars story, but because it is an
interesting mystery at its core.

If you have not subscribed to Disney +
this could be a show definitely to check out when you do, either when
more episodes become available or when you find something that is
more interesting to you as a viewer.

As a side-note about the Disney +
service, I would like to state that Original Star Wars Trilogy,
prequels and other movies are also available to the service. However
they are remastered for 4K with Atmos for the first time anywhere.

So if you are a
big fan it is something you may be looking forward to. Mandalorian
comes highly recommended and I cannot wait to see where the story
goes from here.

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