Disney + launched this week in the UK, finally allowing audiences to access TV shows that have already swept the USA. But its biggest offering is undoubtedly the long awaited The Mandalorian. A Star Wars inspired adventure with a bounty hunter at the helm. But despite the hype was it was worth the wait?
Unlike the recent mediocre finale to the Star Wars saga in The Rise of Skywalker. The Mandalorian feels fresh and innovative yet also deeply nostalgic. As it weaves through a story that feels like it came straight from the pen of George Lucas. While embracing the wonder and excitement of the Star Wars universe he created. In turn delivering the visual equivalent of a luxury box of Belgium chocolates. As the viewer is treated to an assortment of delicious characters old and new. In landscapes that scream with the sheer cinematic glory of Star Wars past and present.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian understands the Saturday children’s matinees that inspired George Lucas’ original vision. Layering science fiction with the visual style of a Western. While setting the action in a post Imperial world following the events of Return of the Jedi. As Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian bounty hunter earns both universal respect and money by bringing in those with a price on their head at the very fringes of the Star Wars galaxy. However after receiving a mysterious assignment to collect a 50 year old target on a distant planet. The Mandalorian gets far more than he bargained for on discovering the bounty sits on the head of a crib bound green alien ‘the child’.
The first two episodes (or chapters) beautifully set the scene while offering us a kaleidoscope of characters and monsters. Many of whom sat in the background of the Star Wars films. But remained figure favourites among all those Star Wars fans who collected the Kenner range. From Jawa’s to IG-11 (Taika Waititi) the droid bounty hunter.
Each inspired touch helps to embed the show firmly in the Star Wars universe, without the need for a lightsaber or Jedi Knight. But it’s the lead characters that enable the series to sing, with The Mandalorian and ‘The Child’ entering the hallowed hall of Star Wars greats. Providing characters that not only allow the magic of Star Wars to be reborn on TV. But also inject the sheer genius of George Lucas’ imagination and world through the hands of the brilliant Jon Favreau.
Created By: Jon Favreau