The Mandalorian S01 E01 An Auspicious Start

I finally watched The Mandalorian S01 E01, and I have to say I liked it. As a first episode, it does a lot of heavy lifting, and quite fluidly. The episode introduces quite a bit of information, but it doesn’t explain much of it. In an era where so many pieces of entertainment explain things to their audience, this is refreshing. Sure, the jargon might put people off, but this is Star Wars, and Star Wars has always had weird jargon. You just have to go with it.

The image shows the title card from the Mandalorian S01 E01

In fact, that was something else I really enjoyed about The Mandalorian S01 E01: It felt like Star Wars. Sure, it looked sleeker than the original trilogy, having that Disney sheen. But the feel of the storytelling, and the characters felt very much like Star Wars. I can’t express how much I appreciated that. This type of Star Wars story has been a long time coming.

I like the films, though the original trilogy will of course always be my favorite. But the problem is, most of the movies focus on the same story and characters. Even Rogue One (the best of the Disney films in my opinion) was too connected to the OT. If The Mandalorian S01 E01 is any indication, this series is going to grow the scope of the Star Wars universe, and that is a good thing.

Sure, there are callbacks and easter eggs, but we can expect that. Just because it’s forging new ground, doesn’t mean it’s leaving everything behind.

So far though, everything is working really well. I know, only one episode, but it’s off to a great start. There is humor, but not too much. And lot sof action.

The Mandalorian S01 E01 Is Full of Mystery

As is befitting a Western style story with a Bounty Hunter at the center, there is plenty of mystery in this episode. The Mandalorian himself is mysterious. He has no name. We know he is an orphan, but beyond that, we know very little. Oh, we know he’s a badass and he doesn’t like droids. All of these are good threads the storytellers set up, and I hope they follow through.

Beyond the main character, other mysteries abound. The Mandalorians have returned, but who are they? Who were they? As a fan of the franchise and someone who read a lot of the legacy works, I have an idea. But casual fans, or people relatively new to Star Wars might not. And that’s okay. It all adds to the feeling of the show. As for what the over arching story will be, I have no clue. But, I can’t wait to find out.

Clearly, there is something special about who he finds at the end. Speaking of the end (don’t worry, no spoilers) I am not sure how I feel about it. Sure, it adds to the sense of the galaxy as a larger place. But at the same time, it shrinks things. I don’t know why it had to be that species, though I am sure we will find out.

This Episode Had Nearly Everything I Wanted

We got action, excitement, and some cool locations. There wasn’t a space battle, but I am holding out for hope on that. We also got to see some disturbing scenes perfect for Star Wars.

Crispilicious Crumb?

And there were some good strange creatures and supporting characters. Nick Nolte’s Ugnaught was a highlight for me. “I have spoken.”

Overall, I really liked The Mandalorian S01 E01. While there is room for it to grow, this first episode did everything it needed to do and more.

My only real complaint is there were a few times the CGI looked a little silly: the ice attack, and riding the Bluurgs. But even those weren’t too bad. I eagerly anticipate watching episode two.

Have you watched this episode? Did you like it. Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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