The arrival of Disney+ brings wioth it a host of exciting new content, and one release that stands above all the rest in the incredible new and first ever live-action adaptation of the Star Wars franchise in The Mandalorian.
Following the adventures of a nameless Mandalorian bounty hunter who scours the edges of the galaxy for it’s most wanted criminals, The Mandalorian is shaping up to be an adbsolute rush and this first episode was incredible.
Titled ‘Chapter One’, director Dave Filoni (Star Wars: Rebels) introduced us to the Mandalorian and his own-breed of justice. Silent, exceptionally skilled and incredibly capable, this man-with-no-name type was perfectly played by Pedro Pascal and Pascal really amps up the classic Western-Eastwood factor to the character as he jumps into any situation with confidence and isn’t afraid to fight his way out of trouble.
Filoni, and creator Jon Favreau really give fans a treat here as they take them to a unique point in time,set five years after the fall of the Empire, The Mandalorian is bristling with the used-future aesthetic of George Lucas’s original trilogy, and there are plenty of moments that will have you in awe. From the vehicles to the architecture, monsters, landscape and production design, all of it is bristling with gorgeous detail and the resulting imagery will leave you breathless.
Another awesome part of this first episode was that we got an insight into the greater Mandalorian culture. Best described as a warrior culture, the Mandalorian’s worship the art of combat and there reverance for ideals of courage and honor give them a striking bearing to ancient cultures such as the Spartans or Samurai. While it’s only a first look tease here, I think we’ll be in for lots of interesting tidbits as the series moves forward.
The action in this first episode of The Mandalorian was absolutely incredible as well, and Pascal really went for it with a full on mano-o-mano blaster fight, with the assistance of Taika Waititi’s completely robotic, and unexpectedly hilarious battle droid IG-11. This fight really had me on the edge of my seat and lead to one incredible surprise that I can bet no one saw coming and which will shape the entire saga of this series moving forward.
Things have gotten off to a great start with The Mandalorian so far and I’m excite to see where it all moves to from here.
The Mandalorian will be releasing new episodes weekly every Friday night at 8.30pm.
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