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The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian
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This is the way.
Genre: Action
Adventure
Space opera
Space Western
Running Time: 31-46 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 12, 2019 – present
Network(s): Disney+
Created by: Jon Favreau
Distributed by: Disney Media Distribution
Starring: Pedro Pascal
Seasons: 2 (3 coming soon)
Episodes: 16

The Mandalorian (or Star Wars: The Mandalorian) is a 2019 sci-fi space opera television that was broadcast by Disney+, setting in Star Wars universe.

Summary

In the year 9 ABY, five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. "The Mandalorian" is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Why It Was The Way

  1. Great acting, especially for Pedro Pascal.
  2. Pedro Pascal did an amazing job portrayed as The Mandalorian.
  3. The characters (namely Mando and Grogu) are well written and audiences readily invest in them.
  4. The show does not have signs of pandering to real world politics, unlike in the prequels.
  5. It shows better to immerse the audiences into the damp underworld of the Star Wars universe, which was never explored much in the films.
  6. Introduces for the first time in the franchise elements not seen before on screen, such as the intimidating Karyt dragon.
  7. Memorable scenes that later on spawn memes, such as Grogu eating soup or the Forge single handedly besting the stormtroopers.
  8. Decent worldbuilding and exploration.
  9. Handles the Star Wars franchise really well and manages to stay consistent within the lore.
  10. Nice visual effects.
  11. Boba Fett makes his long return following his apparent death in Return of the Jedi, and he's great here.
  12. Threatening villains like Moff Gideon and the remnant troopers of the Galactic Empire along with the Darktroopers from the non-canonical Legends.
    • Giancarlo Esposito's threatening performance as Moff Gideon was inspired by another TV show villain named Gustavo Fringe from Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul, which Esposito also played.
  13. The 3D effects for the ships and places are very well breathtaking and gorgeously done.
  14. The idea of having a wild-west sci-fi show in the Star Wars world is pretty good, while Solo: A Star Wars Story managed to screw it up.
  15. It would later spawn a spin off, The Book of Boba Fett.
  16. The soundtracks are amazing.
  17. "I have spoken."
  18. It brought back some many well-known characters such as Boba Fett in the second season for the first time since Return of the Jedi, along with Bo-Katan Kryze and Ahsoka Tano since Rebels and most especially Luke Skywalker after Return of the Jedi.
  19. The introduction music and credits music is amazing.

Bad Qualities

  1. The scene when Din and Grogu chasing the Sandcrawler in Chapter 2: The Child that the Hovering palm following Din looked really off from the VFX.
  2. The pacing can be a bit sluggish.
  3. The CGI for Luke Skywalker in the season two finale is uncanny. But, this issue of Luke's CGI Face was fixed in The Book of Boba Fett.
  4. Though Ahsoka's live action appearance brought fans much excitement, her costume design isn't considered well due to such restrictions.
  5. Gina Carano's firing means that Cara Dune will no longer appear in the show, which may complicate Moff Gideon's storyline as he was going to be taken into custody by Cara Dune.
  6. After The Book of Boba Fett's ending cliff hanger with Din and Grogu would actually lead some viewers that didn't watch or skipped The Book of Boba Fett to straightly watch The Mandalorian Season 3 be confused on why Grogu wasn't with Luke Skywalker.
    • Also, fans would call this show "The Mandalorian Season 2.5, due to it shifting its focus on to Mando than Boba Fett in the later episodes.

Trivia

  • This was one of the earliest original programs created for Disney+. In fact, the show premiered the same day Disney+ was launched in the United States.
  • This show was the first production to be filmed using real time rendering for realistic, parallax environments. Favreau believed that the StageCraft technology developed for the series would have a significant impact on the production of films and television series moving forward. He attributed the breakthroughs made with the technology to the support of Kathleen Kennedy, who was in charge of both Lucasfilm and ILM, as well as to his own drive for innovation, and to previous work done by George Lucas on new technology for the Star Wars films.

Reception

The show was well-received by critics and fans of the series, holding a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a 95% audience score rating while its IMDB score is 8.8/10 (ranking it #65 on the Top 250), marketing the highest score rating of Star Wars series.

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