Star Wars: The Mandalorian—Mid-Season Review

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Disney’s New Star Wars Western Is A Huge Success. Here’s Why… (Warning: Possible Spoilers Ahead)

Well, Star Wars fans, we’re a little over halfway through the season of the much-hyped Disney Plus series, “The Mandalorian.” So far, reviews from critics and users alike have been good. Disney also renewed the show for a second season, which speaks to its success. I gave you all my hopes for the show when the first trailer came out. Then I reiterated them for the next trailer. Then I ordered Disney Plus and watched the pilot and reviewed it for you. Well, now that we’re good and into it, it’s time to check-in and see if it’s still worth it to order Disney Plus.

The short answer is yes. Unless you’re living on an incredibly tight budget, the $6.99/month price tag is more than appropriate for the amount of content you have access to. Even if you never watch a single “Disney” movie, you get access to both the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes. While some things are still waiting to be moved over from other streaming services like Netflix, you can find the lion’s share of the content ready and waiting to binge. Then of course, there’s the Disney vault. I know we’re a space site, but if you grew up with the Disney Afternoon cartoons and you’re feeling nostalgic, you can watch all of those shows, too.

Okay, But What About The Mandalorian? (Spoilers Ahead)

Like I said, it’s gold as far as I’m concerned. If you haven’t watched the first episode yet, or seen a bunch of memes from the show, then you probably shouldn’t read any further before you watch. That’s okay. We’ll wait. 

Alright, now that we’re all caught up, let’s recap what’s going on with the story so far:

The Mandalorian, or “Mando” as most other characters end up calling him, is a member of the galactic bounty hunter’s guild, and one of the most skilled ones out there. His people used to fight Jedi during the golden age of the OId Republic, but the Empire betrayed and destroyed nearly all of them. So Mando is set up as a perfect rogue character – the archetypal “stranger without a home.” 

That’s a great thing because the motif of the series is Spaghetti Western. The pilot even featured a “horese-breaking” scene—though in this case the “horse” is actually a crazy piranha/lizard/buffalo creature called a Blurrg.  And subsequent episodes continue to rely on the cornerstones of that Sergio Leone style filmmaking. Essentially, you can think of Mando as Clint Eastwood in an even more bitchin suit of armor than he wore in “A Fistful of Dollars.”

Mandalorian Armor

As early as episode two there was heavy exposition around the lore behind Mandalorian Armor. It’s essentially the strongest thing in the galaxy, and highly sought after. In fact, Mando’s armor alone is worth more than many of the bounties he chases. But he’s not a bounty hunter anymore. Now he’s the bounty.

On the Run

After betraying the guild in the pilot episode by allowing a kidnapping the “target” (who we should all know by now is commonly referred to as “Baby Yoda” until further notice), Mando has a price on his head no bounty hunter in the galaxy could pass up. Subsequent episodes take us to some of the most remote worlds in the outer-rim. They’re filled with top-notch action sequences, familiar yet original visuals, and just the right amount of callbacks to the Star Wars films. 

After five episodes, I’m ready to say for sure that Disney’s hit it out of the park with this one.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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  1. Man this show was great. I was very impressed. We need more sci-fi westerns.

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