The Mandalorian review

Callie Bordelon

Disney+ Star Wars Series “The Mandalorian”, written by Jon Favreau, has broken countless records as the most globally demanding TV show of the year, surpassing “The Game of Thrones”, “Stranger Things” and “The Flash” with only eight episodes in its first season.

Since the beginning of Disney+’s spectacular debut, viewers have obsessed over the newest Star Wars side series featuring the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the very popular and adored Baby Yoda.

The story is set separately from the main storyline of the “Star Wars” series and takes place from a different perspective, but conveniently taking place in some of the same settings as the original storyline. “The Mandalorian” is set five years after the fall of the “Empire in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and 25 years before the rise of the First Order. So the time period of the Mandalorian is less chaotic and less political since it takes place when the Imperial Empire is no longer in control. This allows many more types of characters with their own stories to come into light within each episode.

The story takes place when the Mandalorian retrieves a bounty from the Guild of bounty hunters and brings him back to his client Greef Karga to earn his pay in the outpost world of Nevarro. He decides to take on a very special job that countless other bounty hunters have failed to retrieve. After an action-packed attempt to reach the bounty’s destination, the Mandalorian is shocked to find the target is not at all what he thought it would turn out to be. The Mandalorian will be forced to make a crucial decision to carry out his duties to the Guild and present the bounty to a suspicious association or to abandon his honor to save the target from all dangers. 

The Mandalorian is displayed to be a man of few words and only speaks when absolutely necessary which creates deep importance and value for everything he says. On top of that, the quality of his acting is limited due to the helmet he wears that is never removed in front of anyone, thus conveying emotion without seeing his physical features is estimated by his silence and actions. Pedro Pascal did an incredible job to convey his emotions throughout the episodes by leaving his expressionless facade to the audience’s imagination. 

The new series has placed the importance of the character development present in the main protagonist and his little companion, “Baby Yoda.” Each episode is considered a new mini-adventure for both the characters and the audience to experience every week, except for the pilot and finale episodes that are more focused on the original plot. Considering the plot organizations, character development, and general production, I would rate The Mandalorian series a 9/10. The only reason it’s not completely perfect is that I wish there were more than just eight episodes. Even with season two currently in production, the first season was almost over too soon, just because it was so great.

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