Hello again dear readers, or I guess watchers in this case. Today’s TV Show review will be about the very popular Mandalorian show that aired on DisneyPlus.
I’ve been a bit hesitant with Star Wars content recently, and I was on the fence about whether I would like The Mandalorian or not. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, but that could have been Disney doing a hell of a job marketing it. It wouldn’t be the first time a show was overhyped and didn’t lead up to people’s expectations.
I borrowed my brothers DisneyPlus account the morning that each episode came out, and the longer the season went on, the faster I clicked on that episode.
I was hooked!
The show had everything I was hoping for, and had so few of the things I feared about it.
There was one reason I enjoyed it so much, and it is the same reason I loved Rogue One…there are no Jedi.
The Jedi ruin star wars for me. I don’t have an exact reason as to why that is, and I’ve tried to think of why I don’t like.
I think it is because of one simple aspect of storytelling.
Movie plots should not run off of conveniences. Random events should not happen in a story just for the sake of advancing the plot. That’s sloppy and bad storytelling.
When Jedi are involved, the Force often follows right behind them…and with the Force we get conveniences.
Now, Star Wars gets a bit of a pass with convenience because the Force tells them things are happening, or guides them to make certain decisions.
It annoys me when that happens, and the Jedi are the worst for it.
When there are no Jedi involved in a Star Wars movie or TV show, there are a lot less conveniences, and the story just becomes a great Space Action movie.
The Mandalorian is great because its a mix of different genres.
It has a bit of mystery, lots of action, a western feel to a lot of the episodes, some heist moments, and plenty of good gun fights.
There was so much going on in the show through its 8-episode run, but none of it feels out of place. The entire story is short, and a lot of people, including myself, wanted more.
A number of the episodes seemed to not contribute to the overall story much, and despite being great in their own right, sort of stood from the main story.
By the end of the story, we know they are all pretty well connected, but people still wanted more.
Its a bit greedy wanting more episodes, but I think we all know there will be future seasons.
The show was immensely popular, and the ending of the season leaves a bit of a cliffhanger for what’s coming up next.
In terms of the look and feel, the entire show is amazing. I don’t want to go too deep into the baby Yoda memes, or any of the characters, because I am sure you all have your opinions.
To keep it simple, I want to just talk about Mando himself.
I think he is a fantastic character, and Pedro Pascal does a fantastic job of portraying him.
There are plenty of characters that are well done through the show, but Mando stands out by a lot.
We follow his perspective almost the entire movie, and we get to see his story unfold before us.
Sometimes over ten minutes goes by before we even hear him speak, but it doesn’t feel out of place. You don’t feel wanting or like the show is missing dialogue…it seems completely normal.
Overall, I would give the show an 8.5. It had brilliant moments, and some beautiful looking shots, alongside the great acting.
My biggest complaint is just the story. It’s a bit lacking in real story depth, and we take a few too many steps away from the main story in such a short period of time.
Otherwise, there are no complaints, The show got me hooked nice and fast, and I cannot wait until Season 2 comes out.
Have you seen the Mandalorian yet? What were your thoughts?