While Gaming-fans.com has historically been 99% gaming information about a few of my favorite mobile games, delving into non-gaming content is not unprecedented. We have been doing Star Wars book reviews for a couple of years now, so why not add another piece of Star Wars media that we’re going to consume regularly? So as I woke up here on the morning of November 12th, 2019, I downloaded the Disney Plus app, logged in and decided that a review of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, at least for Episode 1, was in order. Of course if you do not want spoilers, simply avoid reading on, but if you want to see my take on this I encourage you to follow along as I hope to continue this series for as long as you, the fans, show me that you want to see more.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Episode 1
In an effort to not recap each scene, I will just give my thoughts on how this played out. If you watched the episode already you do not need my play-by-play.
Having watched the trailers, I recognized two specific scenes in this first Episode that we were teased with before today. The quality of the production and action were phenomenal to start and it really “feels” like Star Wars through the first half of the episode. When he sits down to talk to the man in the building on Tatooine (I believe) with the Stormtroopers the conversation held clues. The 4-digit “chain code” he asks for after not receiving the puck is mentioned to be 50 years old – I expect that this will be important as this takes us back to the days of Episode I. Also important was the Beskar he received that he receives as a downpayment for a job – it later becomes a piece of his armor. I expect that the woman’s voice behind the Mandalorian helmet when the armor piece is forged is Gina Carano, but I may be wrong.
The main character’s Mandalorian descent shows throughout – the pride he takes in his heritage as he learns to ride the blurg, the flashback to his childhood, his armor – the lore aspect is well-covered here in my opinion.
The scene with the IG assassin droid is awesome. The humor between the two, not the slapstick humor crap they attempted in Episode VIII, but subtle humor between the two, was well done. It fit well and was not forced and avoid “mama” jokes like Rian Johnson’s poor attempts at humor in The Last Jedi.
As for the last scene, all I can say is HOLY CRAP. I cannot wait to see how this plays out…