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It’s got to be intimidating taking on the Star Wars universe in a new live-action series made for Disney Plus. Jon Favreau tackled the project and doubled down. He serves as creator, head writer, and showrunner, as well as one of the executive producers on The Mandalorian.
The story of The Mandalorian occurs a few years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, before the emergence of the First Order. The series is set in the outer reaches of the galaxy in the space equivalent of the lawless wild west. The title character belongs to the order of Mandalorians, a group of bounty hunters with their own creed. We discover that he was taken in by the group after being orphaned as a child.
There are eight episodes in the first season. Each one is considered a chapter in the story, and the first four have different directors.
Disney Plus launched on November 12 with the first chapter on board, and a new chapter has released almost every week since. A second season is in the works.
After watching the first four episodes, I’m eagerly awaiting the fifth. The Mandalorian embraces the cinematic wonder of Star Wars. There’s a mysterious hero who eschews wealth and love in favor of doing the right thing. He avoids droids and seems almost robotic himself until he encounters a creature that needs his protection.
You can’t help but fall for the enigmatic main character (spoiler: Pedro Pascal revealed in an interview that the Mandalorian's name is Dyn Jarren). If the honor code of the mysterious bounty hunter doesn’t intrigue you, there’s no way to resist baby Yoda.
Set aside time and watch the series in the most cinematic environment you can. Dim the lights, choose a big screen and put your phone down. This series alone is worth signing up for Disney Plus. I have spoken.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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