The Mandalorian – First Impressions (SPOILER FREE)

After setting up and working through several app crashes yesterday, I was finally able to watch the first episode of the Mandalorian on Disney+. I’ve been waiting for this show ever since we had the first image teased to us by John Favreau over a year ago showing the title character walking through a market on a desolate planet.

This photo!

As an avid life long fan of Star Wars and the expanded universe that Disney cut out… I’ve been waiting a long time for the Mandalorian people to be showcased properly.

But wait T… Jango Fett and Boba Fett are Mandalorians and they were in movies and TV shows!

Sad to say, but no. They’re not Mandalorians. In The Clone Wars cartoon series when Obi-Wan is sent to Mandalore to watch over Duchesse Satine, he has a conversation with one of the ministers about how he has fought Mandalorians before. When Obi-Wan drops the name Jango Fett, the minister gets all huffy and says “Jango Fett is nothing but a common Bounty Hunter. How he came into possession of that armour is beyond me. He most likely stole it from a real Mandalorian.” That’s not a direct quote but the content is still the same, Jango Fett and his clones are not Mandalorians as they have been masquerading as. Well not so much his clones, but his son Boba Fett is not a Mandalorian despite wearing the armour.

Mandalorian Armourer

I’ve already made a post about Mandalorians and their culture when I found a leak saying the next big Star Wars game was going to be an open world game call Mandalorian Knights. Boy, was I wrong! If you want a brief over view of them and their culture check the link! https://multiverse9812.blog/2018/05/24/mandalore-the-setting-of-the-next-big-star-wars-game/

*THIS REVIEW WILL BE SPOILER FREE*

MY THOUGHTS

Amazing. I loved the show. My only gripe is that it wasn’t long enough. I was personally expecting hour long episodes much in the vein of Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. The pilot episode clocks in at 40 minutes but there are a lot of credits so it probably clocks in closer to 30-35. One of the things that I did find is that for most of the trailers, almost all of the shots are only from the first episode. There are obviously some that are from subsequent episodes, but for the most part a large portion of the trailer footage comes from episode one. That’s not to say episode one is ruined and spoiled, it isn’t. There were a lot of scenes that still caught me by surprise but I don’t want to explain them for fear of spoiler territory.

The costumes for everyone were amazing. The show takes place in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and focuses on a lone bounty hunter in the outer rim. One of the great scenes of the episode is when he encounters some derelict Stormtroopers working as hired muscle for some mysterious men (not spoilers. It’s in the trailer). The armour of the troopers has seen some shit. It’s dirty and cracked and looks like they’ve been through the wringer which, I mean, they have. Their Empire fell and they’ve been hunted by New Republic supporters for remaining loyal to the Empire. The title character’s costume is fantastic. Very reminiscent of old west and Star Wars meshed together. The standout character for me was the forger, in the underground. Her costume reminded me a lot of Lord Saladin from Destiny if he was a woman and from Mandalore. Honestly, you gotta see the costume to know.

Lord Saladin from Destiny

The story itself is great. It’s a perfect blend of an old western mixed with the science fiction of the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian himself is a bounty hunter that takes on multiple contracts simultaneously and completes them no matter the cost. He doesn’t speak a lot but when he does it’s very well scripted with his lines being succinct and to the point, like his character. We are given a lot of nods and easter eggs to various other Star Wars works, most notably to Empire. When the Mandalorian completes his contract, he freezes his targets in carbonite so as to make transporting them much easier (again, not spoiler it’s in the trailers). This is very reminiscent of what Boba Fett did to collect on the bounty that Jabba the Hutt had placed on Han Solo. It would appear that Boba’s method made it’s way to the bounty hunter guilds and at least one person has decided to adopt his for his work.

The atmosphere of the show is like I said, very old school Western. We are shown a single man working his way across the galaxy one bounty at a time. Chances are he will find something other than money to fight for along the way, but his willingness to complete his contracts at any cost make him a ruthless machine. The music is odd. I’m not sure if I really like it but I definitely don’t hate it. Granted it’s only been one episode so far, but they did hammer home the theme for the main character quite a bit in the first episode. I know that renowned composer and Grammy award winner, Ludwig Göransson (known for his work on Creed and Black Panther), is the main composer for the series. He blended classical music and isntruments with modern techniques and sounds to create a mesh of Western/Sci-Fi/Eerie sounds with the same soul that Star Wars has always had.

Ultimately, I am very excited for the next episode to come out on Friday. I want to see where the cliffhanger of an ending will take us. We know the seedy Imperial looking guys want the bounty the Mandalorian was sent to collect and they want it alive. They will accept proof of death for a smaller fee than they will for a live result. I also want to see more of his ship the Razorback. It looks really cool and is a great sized ship for a one man operation.

I would highly recommend this series to any and all Star Wars fans. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of the universe, it still makes for a good first episode. I give it a solid 9/10 and am eagerly awaiting the next episode to drop on Friday!

Mandalorian in a stand off with Stormtroopers

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