The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: Disney+ launched earlier today in U.S.A, Canada, and The Netherlands, and with that also the highly anticipated pilot episode of The Mandalorian!
The composition of Chapter One feels very cinematic and sets a high bar for rest of this debut season. Besides, this was also Dave Filoni’s debut as a live-action director in Star Wars, which made for a very promising start! The music feels very different, but not necessarily wrong. It feels like an experimental track that’s trying desperately to not sound like anything we’ve ever heard before in a Star Wars production. If you were hoping to hear new Star Wars themes that wouldn’t feel misplaced on one of John Williams’ albums, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
We start off with the Mandalorian himself who’s minding his own business in the opening scene (but not really) when he finds out he’s not the only one collecting a certain bounty. The humor in this first episode felt great and ‘Star Warsy’, and IG-11 truly steals the show later on with his witty and melodramatic comments. In this first episode there’s plenty of action, but above all we get to know the titular character a little better by finding out how how he deals with adversity, why he dislikes droids, and we’re also getting a little sense of his moral compass (take a close look at the very last shot and tell me that’s not endearing). The last bounty of the episode is one Star Wars fans will talk about for a long time. Or at least until the second episode drops on November 15.
The Mandalorian knows exactly what it is, and it wastes no time establishing its place in the Star Wars saga. The tone is clear from the start and the main character, although unknown and mysterious, instantly establishes himself as someone to root for. The stakes are high from the beginning, and the show is serious and gritty without being overly dark or depressing. The lived-in universe matches the aesthetic of the original trilogy while still offering its own unique look and feel. This is the Star Wars that a lot of fans have been wanting to see for some time, and if this first episode is anything to go by, the wait was worth it.
Star Wars tv shows like Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars generally needed some time to land with the audience and get interesting enough to hook viewers, but if this first episode is how The Mandalorian starts things off then we’re in for a treat up until December 27 when the final episode of the first season drops on Disney+. Oh, and we still haven’t seen Gideon or Cara Dune, what’s up with that? The Mandalorian continues this Friday when the second episode will make its way onto Disney+.