Star Wars: The Mandalorian Pilot Episode Review

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Disney Knocks It Out of the Park with Star Wars: The Mandalorian Pilot

Well, boys and girls, Disney Plus is finally here and that means so is the first season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian! I say the first season, of course, because it’s hard to imagine Disney not renewing it. As of now, Disney is offering seven-day free trial their new Plus streaming service. So I decided to sign up and start the series. After watching the pilot episode, I’m ready to tell Star Wars fans of all camps that this one will have you smiling.

A Spaghetti Western in the Star Wars Universe

The first and most important thing to note about this series is the tone. Just like the non-saga movies Rogue One and Solo, this series has a tone that separates it from its saga-bound counterparts. Star Wars: The Mandalorian is essentially the story of a bounty hunter. As such, it makes sense that the series seems to be very much filmed in the style of Sergio Leone and his cohorts from the 1970s “Spaghetti Western” film revolution. The pilot, at least, has so many of the hallmarks it’s hard to keep track.

First, there are the ultra-wide, sweeping landscapes. The series takes place in the outer rim after the fall of the Empire. We see a couple of different worlds in the first episode. One a flat frozen wasteland, and the other a rocky desert wasteland. See a pattern here? Without the spaceships, aliens, and droids, you’d expect Clint Eastwood to be wearing that Mandalorian armor. 

Next, there’s the obligatory horse-breaking scene and the old stranger who offers to help. Only, of course, it’s Star Wars, so the “horse” is actually a sort giant alien piranha with legs and a long tail called a blurg. And the old stranger is an alien as well.

Plenty of Action

As you probably guessed by watching the trailers by now, there’s plenty of great fight scenes in this first episode. From old-school western-style bar-brawls to incredible shootouts, The Mandalorian isn’t lacking in the action department. It’s hard to write much more without spoiling anything, so I’ll just say that the acting top-notch, the effects and landscapes were stunning, and the story is definitely compelling. I only wish Disney wasn’t following the wait-a-week model (only one episode is available now). I want to binge this series so badly. 

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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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