Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TV Review: The Mandalorian

Disney and Lucasfilm have hit a high with The Mandalorian. Looking every bit as great as any of the theatrical Star Wars releases, the franchises first live-action television series has both a nostalgic feel while giving fans something new at the same time.

A lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic in The Mandalorian. The same types of environments and aliens are present in The Mandalorian, but it is a much darker world we are thrown into. Much like the original 1977 film, we're just tossed mercilessly into the life of this nomad bounty hunter without much explanation as to who or where he comes from. Director Dave Filoni and writer / creator Jon Favreau have nailed the western feel of the show for sure.

The soundtrack for The Mandalorian is very different from anything we've heard in a Star Wars project before. It somehow marries together the sounds of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks with the electronic textures and landscapes of John Carpenter.

The Mandalorian is rated TV-14 for violence and frightening and intense scenes. Most of the violence is off-screen. A good example is when a character gets cut in half by a closing door. There is no profanity at all or sexual material. A good comparison of what to expect in content is Star Wars: Rogue One.

The only things that really surprised me in this first episode of The Mandalorian is that the title character talks way more than I expected Also, the reveal of the species of his bounty is an interesting twist as well. All I can say is this debut episode makes a lot of promises in quality that I hope it can fulfill in the long run.