Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 1 Review

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“The Mandalorian” Finishes the Season Just as Strong as When It Started.

We all know I’m a Star Wars fan. If you’ve been reading Space Porn for any length of time, you probably also know by now that I might even be considered a “fanboy,” since I like pretty much everything Star Wars, regardless of its merits. I also get annoyed at “fans” who can’t seem to just sit back and enjoy space wizards and starship dogfights, and lightsaber duels. Seriously, I don’t understand it. That said, even if I weren’t a fanboy, I would still praise the hell out of “The Mandalorian.” 

That’s because I also love Westerns. And “The Mandalorian,” as I’ve written before, is a western set in the outer-rim of the Star Wars galaxy. The cinematography is updated of course, but the wide, sweeping landscapes and motifs are right out of the Sergio Leone “How to Direct a Western” handbook. The season features big shootouts, one on one duels, bounty hunts, “horse” (actually “blurrg”) chases, and some pretty rad speeder bike chases, too.

If you’ve not watched an episode yet, I highly suggest signing up for a 7-day free trial. Since all eight episodes of season 1 are available now, you can binge the whole season.

Caution: Spoilers Ahead

Let’s start with our protagonist. The Mandalorian, or Mando, is a “foundling” who was raised by the remnants of the people of Mandalore – a warrior class unmatched by any except the Jedi. In fact, they used to hunt Jedi in the days of the Old Republic. He’s everything you’d expect a loner cowboy to be, but he’s also much more complex than that. He lives by the Mandalorian code, which includes things like never revealing his face to any living thing. His story arc gets a bit complicated, however, when he finds the now internet famous “Baby Yoda.”

Okay, we all know he’s not really baby Yoda, but that’s what everyone on the internets is calling him, so I’ll play along. 

In the final two episodes, the conflict of the series comes to a head. The long and short of it is this, Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) wants baby Yoda, and Mando doesn’t want to give him over. Moff Gideon is ruthless and has Mando and his crew pinned down in a backwater settlement. What results is a nice bookend to the first episode. It is, of course, the shootout at the OK Corral, except it takes place in a town on Nevarro instead of Tombstone, Arizona. 

In the end, The IG droid redeems himself in the Mandalorian’s eyes, which was a nice touch. Mando finally earns his sigil and is given charge over baby Yoda by the last of the Mandalorians on Nevarro. We also find out that Moff Gideon had a lot to do with Mando’s back story, which is probably where the series is going in the next season.

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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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2 Responses

  1. Oh ok, this is just the review of the first episode. Give us more!!!

    ~I have spoken.~

    • LOL. I mean… I kind of got into the last couple of episodes at the end there. 🙂 The other two review articles have a bit more, though. But yeah, it’s always difficult for me to find a balance between spoiling things and reviewing them. Especially when I love what I’m reviewing.

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