When Disney+ streaming services launched on November 12, I immediately created an account for it because at its launch, they had the first episode of the first live-action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. Star Wars has had successful shows before such as The Clone Wars and Rebels. The first live-action Star Wars show was not only successful as well, but it was amazing and one of the most awesome shows I ever watched.
The first season of The Mandalorian has eight episodes and takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (the fall of the Empire) and twenty-five years before The Force Awakens (the rise of the First Order). The story follows a Mandalorian, a lone bounty hunter who operates in the outer reaches of the galaxy beyond control of the New Republic. Mando, as he’s casually referred to, is approached with a special job by the leader of the bounty hunter guild, Greef Karga, played by Carl Weathers, and his job is to track an asset. The asset turns out to be the new internet sensation, Baby Yoda, and Mando must decide what to do with him.
Pedro Pascal stars as Mando, and he is cool as it can be. Portraying a Clint Eastwood-style western character, he plays a bounty hunter who is relentless and fantastic at his job and portrays a character with a sense of honor and pride. He is a part of the Mandalorian creed, a race of warriors from the planet of Mandalore, and his relationship with the creed and members in it is satisfying for any Star Wars fan, especially those that have watched The Clone Wars. One fun and enjoyable aspect of the show is Mando being resourceful in tough situations. He does have a lot of gadgets, but sometimes he has to use his wits to get out of situations, and it makes his character more believable and fun to watch. Carl Weathers is great as the bounty hunter guild leader. He is a leader with some compassion and humanity but does hold to the code he enforces. His relationship with Mando is one of the best parts of the show.
Let’s discuss Baby Yoda, the thing that the internet has been obsessed with the last month and a half. He is extremely adorable, and it adds a lot to the show. Being the same species as Jedi Master Yoda, Baby Yoda does use the force, but it is done well as it is used only situationally. The relationship between Baby Yoda and Mando is wholesome and beautiful to watch. The puppeteering for him is also great as it looks adorable but at the same time, as realistic as it can. It waddles and moves like a young child would and it adds to the immersion of the show.
The setting and story are very well done. Some episodes involve a job Mando must do and it’s great to watch. Removed from the grand scales of the sequel trilogy, it is refreshing to watch a far simpler story and setting. I love the lore of the Mandalorians, and the show portrays their creed exceptionally well. One rule they have is to not take off their helmets to any living person. The show does a great job upholding that rule along with other rules of the creed.
The look of the show is fantastic as well. It provides a space western atmosphere, and the action is very well-shot. The look of Mando’s outfit looks great as does the other outfits for the Mandalorians. It does different styles very well as well. There is one sequence where Mando is using stealth to take out enemies and the way they set up a horrific scene for that is glorious. Also, there is another scene where a village is in a battle with enemies and it does a great job filming intense battle sequences.
The only negative I have with the show is Episode Five, as I feel it mostly feels like a filler episode and the plot of that episode is very predictable and bland, and the other bounty hunter in the episode is not very interesting. But episodes three, seven and eight are some of the best episodes I have ever seen in all my years watching TV due to their amazing action, lore-building moments and endings.
Overall, The Mandalorian is a must watch for any Star Wars fan and anyone who wants to watch a fun and simple show. It is the best Star Wars product Disney has made and if you are disappointed by The Rise of Skywalker, then I highly recommend watching The Mandalorian as it will leave you feeling a lot of satisfaction as it did for me.