The company's ambitious new streaming service, Disney+, is looking to boast a wide selection of premium TV shows within the next few years, and right now, Star Wars and Marvel are its two biggest draws.
The first episode of The Mandalorian made its premiere today and fans have been busy discussing the pilot on social media.
Crafted around a protagonist created to be obscure (he never removes his helmet, and even his voice is modulated into bland evenness), there's little in the way of an emotional connection in the first episode...
That's a shrewd strategy, not only in keeping with "Star Wars'" roots but emulating the half-hour westerns that populated TV in its infancy - an appropriate analogy, since "The Mandalorian" represents an ambassador for another new means of delivering entertainment. Left with mostly just his voice to act with, Pascal gives Mando some hints of snarkiness, if not humor; by and large, he comes off as a business-first ballbuster. Attempts to establish a time and place are clunky.
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Really, it's remarkable all on its own that we can use words like "frustration" in relation to Pascal's character, who wears a mask for the entire episode. There's not a ton of depth...
The main character in new Disney Plus series The Mandalorian looks awfully familiar to Star Wars fans. Ultimately... your level of engagement may ride on how vested you can be in a character who will, reportedly, never remove his helmet... Rather, it's more in line with an adult version of Star Wars Rebels, or at least, all signs point in that direction.
And showrunner Jon Favreau has shared the show's official description, which says the Mandalorian emerges AFTER the stories of Jango and Boba Fett. While Star Wars has now ventured beyond Williams' triumphant theme - also absent, as might be expected, is the familiar yellow crawl of opening text - Göransson has created an incredible world through his sounds, blending Western themes while keeping the music not-quite-placeable and odd. The Mandalorian gets into a bar fight straight off the bat, and appropriately for a Western-influenced story a major showdown is always in the cards.
The Mandalorian (who never does manage a name to this point) is a bounty hunter at a time that is especially hard.
Visually, The Mandalorian looks no less than fantastic, filled edge-to-edge with rich set details and cinematic, otherworldly vistas. One relates to the Mandalorian people, and the other to the Client's bounty - the latter of which will make Star Wars fans' jaws drop.