The Mandalorian (Season 1) 2019

“Ready to lay low and stretch your legs for a couple months, you little womp rat? Nobody’s gonna find us here.”“Ready to lay low and stretch your legs for a couple months, you little womp rat? Nobody’s gonna find us here.”

“Ready to lay low and stretch your legs for a couple months, you little womp rat? Nobody’s gonna find us here.”

One day we’re all just living life and going about our business not obsessing over something that doesn’t affect us and the next day The Child is unleased on the earth. As most would come to call him Baby Yoda because well, he’s a baby version of Yoda but it’s not Yoda at all. He’s just a part of the species. In just an instant, The Child took the world by storm, everyone became obsessed, and I mean everyone. This type of obsession first happened with Baby Groot after Guardians of the Galaxy released in 2014. 

Since Disney purchased LucasFilm in 2012 we have seen a new trilogy, two anthology films and a tv series with more on the way (or so they say). This new trilogy has been successful in terms of the box office but with fans it’s an entirely different story. The sequel trilogy has caused a major rift and divide across the Star Wars fandom which has proved disastrous for anyone who wants to have a calm discussion about the galaxy far far away. The sequel trilogy lacked one cohesive plan. Each director (there were two) had very different ideas about the direction of the trilogy leaving a lot of fans annoyed and disappointed. 

With announcement of Disney Plus a new streaming service that would feature all Disney, Marvel, LucasFilm and National Geographic content and everything Fox (Disney acquired them too), the hope would be for new Star Wars content. And that’s what we got. The announcement of a series titled The Mandalorian and it did what the sequel trilogy couldn’t – unite the fandom in a way that hasn’t been seen since the original trilogy. Din Djarin or Mando (Pedro Pascal) is a bounty hunter who belongs to the bounty hunter guild. He takes a job given to him by Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) to capture a valuable asset.

“When one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey. How can one be a coward if one chooses this way of life?”

Mando captures the asset taking the bounty away from a droid IG-11 (voiced by Taiki Waititi) and becomes attached to The Child vowing to protect it after delivering The Child to The Client (Werner Herzog). In his journey Mando comes across various allies and enemies who seek to take The Child mainly Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Even if these adventures feel standalone, they all come together for one cohesive storyline with The Child as the centerpiece of everyone’s obsession. 

This first season of The Mandalorian took the world by storm. Created by John Favreau (Iron ManThe Mandalorian doesn’t reference the Skywalkers once. The story takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and given the number of stories we have seen involving the Skywalkers, it’s a welcomed relief to have a story that doesn’t feature or revolve around Luke, Leia, Han, or Darth Vader.

This series is also the second Star Wars project to not feature composer John Williams. Instead the incredibly talented Ludwig Göransson (Creed, Black Panther) is tapped to bring this series alive musically. John Williams is synonymous with Star Wars so to have a new composer scoring a project can be worrisome. Good thing for Star Wars fans, Göransson knocks it out of the park. Ludwig is able to make any project his own and feel unique to the universe said project resides in.  The score feels like a western and that makes it work so well because the show itself gives off those lone gunman western vibes. 

The era of streaming has proved it’s here to stay. Netflix and Hulu are the two major players with Amazon Prime coming on their heels. What Disney Plus does different is not releasing a new series all at once. When a Netflix series is released (let’s use Stranger Things as an example), the entire season is available to binge and talked about for maybe a month at best. The Mandalorian episodes are released week by week keeping the conversation going as long as new episodes come out and well after that. 

“What a precious little creature! I can see why you didn’t want to harm a hair on its wrinkled little head.”

Even with five different directors over the eight episodes the story feels like one person directed all eight episodes, but each director’s style is infused with their respective episodes. Taika Waititi has more humor, but it’s not forced humor and intense drama whereas Bryce Dallas Howard makes her episode feel like it’s straight from Jurassic Park. For Dave Filoni, his two episodes are weaker than the remaining six since this is his first live action directorial attempt but his knowledge and respect for what George created will propel him to become a great live action director. 

The theme that plays a major role in the series is a parenthood theme. Mando and The Child form a bond that is present throughout the entire Star Wars saga. He teaches The Child right and wrong and The Child teaches him how to be a better being. Their dynamic and unique relationship evolves over the eight episodes from just a bounty to a symbiotic bond. The good vs evil theme is also present. In terms of IG-11. And how the droid is programmed. When the empire programmed a droid. They are evil and seen as an enemy, but if a rebel or in this case Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte, portrayed by Misty Rosas) programmed a droid, then the droid would reflect on Kuiil’s perspective and point of view. IG-11 becomes The Child’s protector and will die rather than having harm come onto The Child. 

Overall, The Mandalorian season one is a catastrophic success. It is the most Star Wars project we’ve gotten since the acquisition of LucasFilm by Disney. It is also the beginning of what can heal a fractured fandom offering a new hero to root for that isn’t named Skywalker. The visuals, the music and the character development make this series a must watch. If I were to rate The Mandalorian season one, I’d rate it a 5 out of 5. This is the Way.

The Mandalorian season one premiered in 2019 and can be streamed on Disney Plus. The Mandalorian season one has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%. The Mandalorian was created for TV by John Favreau and stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and Taika Waititi. 

So, tell me guys, have you seen The Mandalorian season one and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

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