The Mandalorian Review - Season 1: Disney+ Original Saga Is A Must Watch For A Quarantine Period, ‘New Hope’ In A Dying Legacy
The Disney+ original is a promising Star Wars show based on the adventures of a bounty hunter; it is a new hope, promising a new saga in the otherwise dying pop culture legacy
The Mandalorian saga is a 'new hope' in the dying Star Wars legacy. A still from a scene featuring Baby Yoda and Mando. (Image credit: comicbookmovie.com)
Created By: Jon Favreau
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog
Although being in quarantine can be a tedious job, and it’s understandable considering the ongoing pandemic crisis of Covid 19, one thing definitely makes it worth to be in—streaming your favourite series in binge-mode, while you are all alone.
And this is perhaps the perfect time to be alive (pun intended) if you are in India and looking for a fresh, fantastic adventure-based sci-fi show, transporting you into a new world altogether, maybe temporarily—from the feeling of panic.
The ultimate answer is ‘The Mandalorian’, a Disney+ original Star Wars saga.
Despite the fact that Disney+ was launched last year, on November 12, 2019, Indian binge-watching people have been waiting for it since a long period, of almost four months, as the streaming service is taking its time to be unveiled worldwide, gradually. But now that ‘Disney Plus Hotstar’ is ready to present the exclusive content to Indian audiences, from March 29 onwards, it’s high time to review its very popular series, ever since it was revealed. The Mandalorian has already been made available on Hotstar, even before an official Disney+ launch in the country.
Spoilers ahead for the show, if you haven’t watched it yet. Continue at your own risk.
Telling the story of a bounty hunter Mandalorian aka Din Djarin (played by the exceptional Pedro Pascal), season 1 drives you crazy on an enchanting, exciting, emotional, and impactful journey with its entirety till the last episode.
While Chapter 1 tells about how Mando is, and what his ethics are as far as being rigid, emotionless, resistant to any feeling is concerned, the moment he meets the character of ‘Baby Yoda’ (as the world is calling him at the moment due to the immense love received in the series), he changes drastically and the biggest thing that comes into him, as a result, is, he learns to care for someone.
“I can bring you in warm. Or I can bring you in cold,” is what’s enough to tell you how professional Mando is when it comes to his regular job of capturing and terminating his bounties. But this attitude no longer remains within him once he gets to see the small, cute kid—Baby Yoda—in the second chapter, ‘The Child’.
The third chapter ‘The Sin’ is the one where the bounty hunter realizes he’s attached to the kid deeply and in a different manner, after delivering the ‘bounty’ to the Client, without knowing the consequences about to occur to the kid. At the end of the episode, he is able, somehow, to get the baby back, thanks to his fellow Mandalorians, who always have to say this to keep moving and inspire each other: This is the way.
Fourth chapter ‘Sanctuary’ is all about hiding and escaping from the bad guys who are after the kid, while the fifth one, titled ‘Gunslinger’, sees Djarin fighting it out with a rookie Calican and killing him using a flare. He also has his plane repaired towards the end.
Chapter 6 ‘The Prisoner’ sees the protagonist getting in a trap by his former partners but manages to beat them up smartly with his tactics.
Chapter 7 ‘The Reckoning’ and chapter 8 ‘Redemption’ are all about high stakes and saving Baby Yoda from the main antagonist Moff Gideon. While he has the child at first, through his scout troopers, he loses him eventually to the Mandalorian who confronts Gideon in the season finale. In the end, however, Gideon manages to survive despite losing the battle; Djarin eventually leaves with the kid.
Speaking of the entire season then, the biggest highlight is hats off, actor Pedro Pascal himself, who, with his helmet-only-look throughout the story, gives an everlasting performance by his fantastic work as a faceless man who has to show his emotions and empathy also while keeping the helmet on for the entirety of 8 episodes. He just uses the gestures, movements, and body language in his dialogues.
Pascal pulls it off so commendably and effortlessly that you can’t complain. Instead, you get connected with his character and want to know more about what led him to be in such disguise permanently, for hiding his identity.
And how could it be that the mention of Mando is left without mentioning Baby Yoda! What a stellar job Disney makers have done here by achieving a feat so brilliantly, with all the CGI and VFX wizardry. The kid is so lively and feels so more than real that you just adore him and want him to be safe from any danger. You’ll know this when you watch the show. Baby Yoda is a star!
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The supporting cast has also given a truthful performance and you have a taste of each of the characters while going through the episodes. As the Mando meets new faces you also meet them through him and how they are with him, either positively or negatively—you relate with everyone. Whether it’s Ugnaught Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte) who has an iconic line "I have spoken" for everything, the droid IG-11 (voiced by Taika Waititi) who is programmed from being an evil terminator into a protective, nursing robot later in the end and sacrifices itself for saving kid Yoda, or Carasynthia (played by Gina Carano) a rebel who fights alongside the bounty hunter during several tough circumstances.
Antagonists also leave a good impression, even in a brief role, like The Client (played by Werner Herzog) or the main villain himself, Moff Gideon (played by Giancarlo Esposito) who will, for sure, try to avenge his defeat at the hands of Mando, in season 2.
Coming to the music, then pumping the full ‘force’ into the heart of Mandalorian series is Ludwing Goransson’s background score that just feels like an icing on the cake. The Academy award-winning composer (Black Panther), seamlessly delivers a unique theme despite it being a Star Wars spinoff show. His score in the series is refreshing to the ears and gives weight to important sequences when necessary.
Jon Favreau, as a creator, has done justice in presenting a new world and feel, while delivering a cinematic level show. Disney has a lot of budget you see, that has been properly used here.
All said and done, the Disney+ original saga is a must-watch for not only a quarantine period but in normal time as well. It’s ‘a new hope’ in the otherwise dying star wars legacy. The Mandalorian will keep it alive, however. It seems evident with season 1.