It was good, and it's nice that they've upped the anté with the villain being both a Moff and someone connected to Mando's past (I'm not calling him Din...). I guess I'm supposed to be impressed by the casting choice there, but I didn't really feel that actor brought everything to the table yet (shouldn't a Moff naturally be more imposing than a fried chicken salesman? What's missing here?) I appreciated that they took the more dangerous but significant route of revealing a bit more about the character without ruining things. They haven't shit the bed yet, and by the end of season 1 of a streaming show, that's a notable victory.The Mandalorian ended well and was good overall, maybe even very good for all the obvious reasons (out of this world production values, the Star Wars IP, great directors, etc). It would be nice if the show's plot actually went to another level next season and it truly became great creatively and not just through the aforementioned embarrassment of riches. But if it just remains a soft anthology where Mando and his foundling go low stakes adventuring from planet to planet each week I could probably watch that forever too.
The biggest risk the show took paid off big time, so hopefully that will embolden them in season 2 (that reveal at the end us already a good start).I appreciated that they took the more dangerous but significant route of revealing a bit more about the character without ruining things. They haven't shit the bed yet, and by the end of season 1 of a streaming show, that's a notable victory.
Yeah, we'd basically already settled this conflict, and in the end it still wasn't even really settled, but I think, as we're all realizing, that's not the point of the show and the beauty of it not lining up with STAR WARS SKYWALKWR SAGA (fuck off)!But I did have a lingering feeling over those last two episodes that everything felt a bit circular.
Mando ends up exactly where we started this two-parter. I suppose that's in keeping with the show though.
Yep, it's more like the A-Team than modern TV; Mando and his foundling are on the run, and every once in a while they have to deal with their pursuers, but in the meantime checkout these wretched hives of scum and villainy they're passing through!It feels like a touchstone from an earlier era of serialized TV, where not every episode had pressure to carry the story ball forward a few yards. And while in general serialized storytelling is more my bag, this has been a refreshing alternative in a sea of that.
That's pretty much Disney Star Wars in a nutshell thus far. Though I think it's all been made with love, but Star Wars fans in love with the old movies, even talented and capable ones, aren't necessarily the best equipped to make new and compelling stories set in the Star Wars galaxy.The Mandalorian felt like a big budget fan project, in good and bad ways. If it wasn’t set in the Star Wars universe I probably wouldn’t have bothered watching. I thought the Mando himself was a bit of a bland chump. But the show felt like it was made with a lot of love for Star Wars, unlike the Disney trilogy.