Disney’s first Star Wars live action feels a bit clunky to begin with – ‘Mando’ jumps from one planet to the other in search of work – and the short episode runtimes do nothing to help.
However, that isn’t to say that the show isn’t enjoyable – far from it. An action adventure outing heavily influenced by classical westerns filled with jaw dropping reveals – I haven’t been this excited about Star Wars since ‘The Force Awakens’ was announced. And we all know how that turned out!
Nevertheless, the show succeeds with great visuals, a stellar cast, an exciting story and also its ability to take risks – something a lot of studios out there would not be willing to take.
The Mandalorian comes good with its final two episodes which culminate to form a cohesive whole – all the while deliciously setting up the second season that airs next fall. Jon Favreau has his work cut out for him especially since the spin-off shows will connect with the upcoming films in the future. But with some great talent surrounding him – Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni & Christopher Yost – there’s a lot to be optimistic about.
P.S. If you don’t know about the big reveal at the end of the very first episode – then you’ve been living under a rock.