After playing a pivotal role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jon Favreau brought the Star Wars franchise back to life with The Mandalorian.
The show gave the fans an action-packed, visually stunning adventure with new and memorable characters. It was the flagship show for the launch of the new streaming platform Disney+, and it did not disappoint. Read on for a complete review.
1. Quick Review
The MandalorianAir Date: November 12, 2019 Status: Upcoming Season 3 Studio: Lucasfilm, Fairview Entertainment, Golem Creations No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 16
It is no secret that the new films had failed to generate the same buzz as the original six and had left the fandom split. With The Mandalorian, The Star Wars franchise rises from the ashes with powerful performances and a gripping storyline.
The show goes back to the franchise’s roots and produces a thoroughly entertaining masterpiece that we’ll see a lot of in the future.
2. Is it worth watching?
Jon Favreau manages to unite a split Star Wars fandom by giving them something fresh and authentic to devour. Ever since the trailer dropped, the internet has been filled with Baby Yoda memes and speculation about the origins of the mysterious bounty hunter.
The show features plenty of shots of this duo as well as great writing and direction to produce an overall awesome and visually cool experience.
The events of the show are set 5 years after the end of the original trilogy. The Empire has fallen, and what’s left is a world of chaos and lawlessness where warlords and bounty hunters rule. Din Djarin is the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter hidden behind a helmet.
As his name and fame grow, he is approached by a mysterious Client to procure a youngling of the same race as Master Yoda. In return, he would get the legendary Beskar Steel to forge his armor.
The bounty hunter quickly develops a bond with the cute Baby Yoda landing himself in a fix. An ex-Imperial warlord named Matt Gideon is also hunting Baby Yoda for unknown reasons. Djarin, with his companions, vows to search for Yoda’s people and take him back to them.
II. Cast & Performances
Pedro Pascal is in the titular role of The Mandalorian. Although his face is always hidden behind his helmet, his actions and strong dialogue establish him as a memorable character in the franchise.
“This is the way,” Djarin’s catchphrase is already a fan favorite. Pascal, with his physical acting, is very emotive.
Werner Herzog plays the baddie as the mysterious Client who hires The Mandalorian’s services. He has a darkness about him, which helps give his aura a menacing touch.
There is an equally talented bunch of side characters with Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, a guild leader, and Gina Carano as Cara Dune, a rebel mercenary.
Takia Waititi, as the voice of the advanced bounty hunting droid IG-11, produces some of the show’s most comical moments.
III. Visuals & Music
Everything about the show screams ‘Space Western’ just like the original trilogy. A rogue gunslinger with a questionable set of morals finds himself in several bar and saloon shootouts. There are epic wide-angle shots of the masked protagonist fighting through enemy lines on strange planets.
After the unforgettable original scores by John Williams, Ludwig Goransson has already produced masterpieces for Black Panther and Creed. The rising notes as massive shots of alien planets pan across the screen and the tense music in the saloons makes for an immersive experience.
3. Final Thoughts & Grades
Jon Favreau’s team of talented writers, including Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa, make sure that you can enjoy the show even if you have not watched any of the previous movies. The characters are well-rounded and complex, and this series may motivate the younger generation to follow-up on the originals.
A team of talented directors puts their own spin on the script producing entertaining episodes. Big bucks have been spent by Favreau, and its good to see that it pays off. This is high-quality television, which has brought the the Star Wars franchise back from the dead.
For hard-core fans of the franchise, everything is jolly again. They have new characters to drool over, witty and advanced droids, and a cliff-hanger ending which will have everyone coming back for more. The episodes vary in length, and some are shorter than normal at below 35 minutes, but this helps keep the story flowing, and the viewers hooked.
One starts by assuming that the Mandalorian is riding on the shoulders of the franchise. As the show progresses, you realize that the show is actually holding it up like Atlas, and the Force is indeed strong with The Mandalorian.