Spoiler Free Review of The Mandalorian Episode 1

Spoiler Free Review of The Mandalorian Episode 1

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away a criminal with a bounty is hiding on a dangerous planet, being hunted by The Mandalorian. On the newly released Disney plus streaming service we get our first look at this highly anticipated new series being released by Disney in cooperation with Jon Favreau. Favreau serves as creator, head writer, showrunner, and co-executive producer to this newly helmed show (pun intended). Jon has stated this series is his version of the lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. It seems that this show has taken the same smart approach that some marvel movies have. By adding a story, with a flavor from a different style of film. Captain America: The Winter Solider had a satisfying spy feel to it, whereas the Ant-Man franchise seems to always have a heist/comedy take on it throughout the film. The Mandalorian aims to do this with a badass western action movie feel, that they accomplish in spades. 

Pedro Pascal shines as The Mandalorian. Stoic and brutal in his ways of doing business. Like a true warrior, never needing to say five words when four will do. The cantina scene, in the beginning, lets you know exactly what you’re getting into. This character seems quick to draw a pistol at an ambush but also you can see a good heart underneath those four inches of Beskar steel armor. A universe that is very familiar to the passionate series you grew up on, while still making its mark as something new and original. The characters that surround Pedro are exciting. With Carl Weathers playing the head of the Bounty Hunters guild, Taika Waititi voicing a mercenary robot, Nick Nolte playing a wise alien farmer, Werner Herzog playing a mysterious client willing to pay big bucks for a mysterious retrieval of a bounty and future roles for Gina Carano, Bill Burr, and others. 

This series is shaping up to be the flagship that Disney might need to gather their audience. With a budget of 100 million for the first season, you can see where the money went. Great special effects on aliens, gunfights and ships alike make the episode go by fast. Episodes are being released every week so you will have time to catch up if you wait a bit. If you’re looking for a series like Clint Eastwood in space covered in spartan armor, using guns, wits and maybe a flamethrower to bring in criminals for money ( and who isn’t?!) then this is the show for you.

New episodes release every Friday on the newly Released Disney Plus Streaming site.