On Nov. 12, 2019, the world was introduced to The Mandalorian, an old western style adventure through a Star Wars lens. Displaying the story of a fearless and skillful bounty hunter with a little too much heart for his own good, this show quickly became one of the greatest reasons to purchase Disney+ in its days as a newborn streaming service. Three days ago, on Oct. 30, 2020, fans of the critically acclaimed series were happy to view the newly released episode 1 of season 2.
From the very first episode in season 1, The Mandalorian struck me as a deep dive into the wild west of the Star Wars franchise. While the entire show is written by Jon Favreau, each episode is directed by a different one of Hollywood’s best. This way of producing gives each director the opportunity to add their own unique touches to their given episode, and provides a vibrant rhythm to the show’s progression.
The main character very much possesses a ‘shoot first, ask questions later,’ mentality, and is incredibly entertaining to watch on screen. While wearing a helmet the entire time, his emotion is tangible. There are absolutely zero weak links in regards to the acting in this show.
The soundtrack is completely new, but still invokes that Star Wars feeling its audience knows and loves. Set and character designs are incredibly detailed and well thought out. Landscapes are beautiful and the combat choreography is fantastic. If it is not clear at this point, I have nothing but good things to say about The Mandalorian.
The first episode of season 2 unsurprisingly maintains the same quality exhibited in the prior season. It doubles down on the western aspect in regards to a certain mining town on Tatooine. Not much can be said about the rest of the season, as it has yet to release, but if you are a Star Wars fan who has not seen this show, I give it the highest recommendation I can give any piece of entertainment.
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