‘The Mandalorian’: Chapter 1 review

Debuting as a launch title for Disney+, the new Star Wars series follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter following the collapse of the Empire.

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Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau have teamed up to bring us the first live-action Star Wars series in the form of The Mandalorian, starring Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter.

What this pilot episode does incredibly well is capture the tone of the galaxy that was established in the original trilogy. The planets and creatures are a mix of CG and practical effects save for a few specific characters, but when CG characters are on screen, like Taika Waititi’s IG-11, a bounty droid, they are very well designed and incredibly smooth.

The story presents an interesting concept in the sense that this bounty hunter does not possess the same morals that we’ve come to know from previous characters like Boba Fett or his father, Jango. This character is not as cold-blooded as the others which opens up the possibilities for new character interactions.

The cinematography is absolutely beautiful for the premiere episode and truly shows off the budget of a Disney-funded show. There are times that you’ll forget this is not a feature length film as opposed to a mini series on a streaming service.

Pedro Pascal plays the lead bounty hunter who is not yet named, and brings about an air of mystery to him. His voice sounds good under the helmet and does bring a familiar calm and cool attitude that Boba and Jango possessed.

All in all – an incredibly strong start to Star Wars’ live action series on Disney+. Episode 2 of The Mandalorian will be available on Friday, November 15.

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