TV Show Review: The Mandalorian Season 1

Jackson Elliot, Broadcast Specialist

You can binge it hot, or you can binge it cold. From the brand new streaming service, Disney+, The Mandalorian is the very first live action Star Wars show to ever come from a galaxy far far away.
Director of Iron Man, Jon Favreau is back with another hit as the creator of the show. With different directors at the helm of each episode such as: Taika Waititi, Rick Fumuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, Star Wars: The Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni, and future director of another Star Wars/ Disney+ original, Obi Wan Kenobi, Deborah Chow are able to bring their own personal flair to each episode.
Starting with the character Boba Fett in 1980, the Star Wars saga was introduced to the Mandalorian legacy. But the audience didn’t know too much about him or where he came from but thanks to shows like The Clone Wars and Rebels giving us a closer look at the citizens of Mandalore, fans have gotten an indepth look at their culture and have been obsessed with the sleek armor and mysterious past of this creed ever since.
The show revolves around Din Djarin, a foundling of Mandalore, as he goes about the galaxy looking for whatever bounty puck will earn the highest reward. But when his target is someone he didn’t expect, he’s forced to rethink his job and lifestyle.

The Mandalorian brings a Clint Eastwood western style to Star Wars with everything from the mannerisms of the protagonist, the score and the plot. All the episodes are very episodic (meaning each episode exists on its own without much connection to the others, first three excluded). Each pins Din against a new threat to him and his target turned ally, the child (Baby Yoda). Some episodes are standout favorites like The Sin, The Prisoner, The Reckoning, and Redemption. And some fall short and are easily forgettable like Sanctuary and The Gunslinger. But with a stellar cast, stunning CGI, and just enough Baby Yoda to keep even non-Star Wars fans entertained… season one earns a solid and well deserved 8.9.
“I liked the continued joke of stormtroopers being bad shots in the last episode,” said Brogan Van Dyke.
“The Mandalorian brings good acting and human nature into Star Wars,” Ryan Harding said.
“Baby Yoda” was all senior Dan Lovejoy had to say.
“Camera work was visually stunning,” reviewed junior Regan Marsh.
To find out more check out The Mandalorian on Disney+, all eight episodes are available for streaming now, to watch and rewatch to hold you over until season 2 premieres this fall!
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