I’m a bit of a slow poke when in comes to watching new shows – I rarely manage to see them just in time with everyone else, so I end up getting spoilers and being ready to talk about it once everyone else is a bit bored of the subject. Except, you know, GoT which was the only show I managed to watch as it came out in a long time.
I finished watching The Mandalorian a couple of evenings ago. Besides the fact that probably my partner wishes he could have snapped some photos of my face due to the events that were unfolding in the series, I felt the production was rather different from my usual prefferences when it comes to screenings. And still, man, did it hit home perfectly and made me absolutely fall in love with the story? IT DID.
Some of the best selling points from me is that it felt consistent with the touch and feel of the franchise. Now, let me be honest, I did watch Star Wars because I had a brother who also had the right to pick up movies, but I didn’t enjoy it when I was a teenager. I think I was in a different mindset that what the movies needed in order to sink in. Still, I did appreciate the overall consistency of the series in terms of visual elements, transition techniques and storytelling. I loved feeling this again and I can honestly say that I think I am ready to give it another try, with fresh eyes.
One thing that I did struggle with throughout the episodes was being able to relate / connect with the main character, mostly because of his face being covered by the helmet for all than 5s on screen. And oh my God, when the helmet came off, I gushed like a teenage girl (no spoilers, but boys and girls, you are going to have a nice treat when you find out who plays the Mandalorian, if you don’t check the cast in advance). I think this was balanced by how I felt towards Baby Yoda – I mean, let’s be honest, it’s gorgeously done and speaks to the maternal / patternal insticts of even rocks. You see him and you just want to make sure he’s fine, alive and well and gets all the good in the world.
If you’re looking for a new series to binge watch, this one is a pretty steady contender – it has 8 episodes which vary in lenght, the storyline is easy to follow and also keeps you just the right level on the edge of your seat that it will make you play one episode after the other. The slightly western vibe of the story, the great mix of scene dynamics and also the great soundtrack make it a great way to spend your evening detaching from everyday life.
I mean, if you can get lost for a bit in a foreign world, why not one that opens the door for so many adventures?