Guest Post -James M's review of Star Wars The Mandalorian
Salutations Star Wars fans and today we will be discussing the very first live-action Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian by Jon Faveru, which airs on Disney Plus.
Let us begin!
So what is Disney Plus first of all, its a streaming service where you can watch movies and TV shows straight from Disney, from movies that had theatrical releases to TV shows that have aired before on TV to shows made for the streaming service.
As for the subject of today, what is The Mandalorian aside for the fact its a TV show?
Allow me to explain and summarize...
Set 3 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, following the end of the Galactic Civil War and set long before the events of The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian follows a Bounty Hunter who was adopted by a Mandalorian clan as he travels the galaxy in search for his next job. So far, as of this review, there have been 7 episodes and the show is reaching the tail end of its first season.
In the first episode, after capturing a guy, the Mando is assigned by the Imperial Remnant and the Guild to track down a 50 year old target. After reaching the planet where the target is located (and getting a ride), the bounty hunter teams up with an IG assassin droid to take out multiple mercenaries before finally getting his hands on the target which is actually a baby of Yoda's species.
In the next episode, after getting his hands on Baby Yoda, our hero has to fix his ship after a group of Jawas tear it apart. How does he convince them? By slaying a mudhorn and taking its egg. In episode three, The Mando delivers the baby to the Empire and fixes his armor with help from his clan. Before he leaves, he realizes that he made a mistake and liberates Baby Yoda from the Imperials before ending up in a standoff with a town full of Bounty Hunters and manages to get away with help from his adopted family.
Side note: The Mandalorian bounty hunter was orphaned thanks to a droid attack in the Clone Wars and was adopted by the Mandalorian tribe he lives with nowadays.
In episode four, the Mandalorian teams up with an ex-rebel soldier named Cara Dune in order to help a farming community fend off a pack of raiders who happen to have an Imperial walker on their side. Afterwards, the Mando and Baby Yoda leave due to the fact the Guild is still tracking the young one, which leads into the fifth episode. In episode five, our hero drops by Tatooine after his ship is damaged in order to repair it. While he does so, he helps a junior bounty hunter hunt down a mercenary while narrowly avoiding Tusken Raiders.
However, things nearly go south for The Mando when the junior hunter turns on him and attempts to capture Baby Yoda. In the end, the bounty hunter is defeated and The Mando's ship is repaired but not before he learns about how to take care of kids. In the next episode, The Mando teams up with a group of old Bounty Hunter buddies to bust out somebody from a New Republic dungeon ship. Things take a turn when the team betrays the Mando, leading to some epic action scenes including one sequence that would feel right at home in an Alien(s) movie with the bounty hunter stalking one of the rogues in a corridor while lights flash.
Oh and Dave Filoni makes a cameo as a New Republic pilot at the end of the episode.
Finally, we reach Episode 7, the penultimate episode of the season, where The Mando teams up with the Guild and some old allies to take on the Imperial Remnant faction that has been after The Child/Baby Yoda ever since the start of the show. The episode ended on one heck of a cliffhanger with the Moff of the remnant arriving and his Death Troopers firing on the cantina while a group of speeder bike stormtroopers capture the child.
Overall, The Mandalorian is a really fun show that deserves a watch assuming you have a Disney Plus account be it on TV or on your mobile device. This show has great moments, excellent acting choices, amazing special effects and a way past cool soundtrack. This show has become one of my favorites right up there with Star Wars Rebels and Resistance as well as The Clone Wars 2008 show and the 2003 Clone Wars micro series.
Anyways, time to sign off for now. See you all next time!
Side note: I will review the 8th episode of the show very soon, do not fear.