The Mandalorian — Review

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By — Sally Bermudez

The Mandalorian is an eight episode series that’s only available to watch on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+. Produced by Jon Favreu, it expands the Star Wars universe into a time between The Return of the Jedi (1983) and The Force Awakens (2015). Mando, played by Pedro Pascal, is a bounty hunter who makes it his main mission to protect a bounty, that he was formerly hired to capture and turn in. After building a bond with the bounty, he does everything to make sure it’s protected including going against his own guild. This bounty is none other than Baby Yoda, who after his first appearance was seen all over the internet.

Compared to the other Star Wars movies and TV shows, I would consider this one of the best programs. Not only did it have better combat scenes than other Star Wars movies like The Phantom Menace (1999) and The Last Jedi (2017), but I feel as if Mando had one of the best character arcs in the whole franchise because you see him go from being someone who only cares about himself to being someone willing to risk their life for a thing they barely know. Although I enjoyed these two things, it bothered me how in each episode there would be characters that we wouldn’t see again unlike other Star Wars movies and TV shows where they would have a set cast.

I usually like to think that a good script makes the actors seem like they’re better at their job. Unlike the first two prequel movies which had bad scripts and mediocre acting, the Mandalorian went above and beyond with both categories. As I watched the show, I could really tell that the writers, producers, and directors made sure that the Mandalorian didn’t turn out like the prequels by giving each character good dialogue and an understandable background story. The writers made sure to find a way to answer all the questions without leaving anything up for assumption.

The cast, as well as the script, was amazing as well. There were some familiar faces like Pascal who was known for his role in Game of Thrones as Oberyn Martell and Carl Weathers who is best known for his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies. I went from disliking both characters to loving them.You could say they did a good job playing their part in this TV series. 

After evaluating the show, I would give The Mandalorian a 4.5/5 stars just because I would’ve liked to see some characters that were only in one episode return again. Although no exact date has been released, Favreau confirmed on Twitter that the second season of The Mandalorian will be out this year in the fall. While you wait for that you can watch all the other Star Wars movies and television shows which are available on Disney+ for just $6.99 a month.