This is the Way

A Mandalorian Review

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The Mandalorian was one of the hottest new shows of 2019, winning four Grammy Awards. While being nominated for 11 others, the show won awards from the IGN Summer Movie Awards, Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA, Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and the Visual Effects Society Awards. Disney+ has a total of 19 Emmy nominations for shows under its service, 15 of which come from The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian is the brainchild of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with streaming beginning on Nov. 12, 2019. The Mandalorian is the first live-action star wars entertainment since “Ewok Adventures” in 1984. The show has received countless praise for its story, characters, and most importantly Baby Yoda.

Plot: 4/5
With writers like Favreau and Filoni, one would expect the plot of the show to be outstanding: an accurate prediction. Each episode tells a different story or continues the story of the previous episode. There are plenty of moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, and there will be moments where you’re rooting for the Mandalorian to defeat an outrageous number of enemy bounty hunters. There are plenty of moments where the story dips and becomes slow and boring. Although some audiences expect this from the first season of a show, it seems to slow the pace of the entire series down.

Characters: 5/5
The Mandalorian presents an exceptional array of new, and some old, faces. The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal, maintains a cool head and calm demeanor throughout the series, rarely talking like other Mandalorians. His character helps develop a sense of mystery about his backstory, that of which we are given very little information about.

Cara Dune, a former Rebel Alliance shock trooper, is the perfect complement to the Mandalorian. Cara is the opposite of everything the Mandalorian is: headstrong, short-tempered and she can not stand imperials. When she tags along with the Mandalorian, you see her manner cool down as she learns how the Mandalorian operates.

Baby Yoda (The Child) has grown to be one of the most popular characters in The Mandalorian. The Child to The Mandalorian is like Wicket to Return of the Jedi, BB-8 to The Force Awakens, and R2-D2 to all the other movies. The Child is there to brighten up the mood whenever things go south for the fearless bounty hunter. It is the greatest source of mystery in the show because nobody knows where it’s species comes from or what they even are. All we know about The Child and it’s species, that of which is the same as Yoda, is that they are strong force wielders and can live to extremely old ages.

Costumes and Scenery: 5/5
The costumes are the best part of the show. Each one has been crafted with such detail and precision that draws eyes toward them. With this show being the first live-action Star Wars show since the 1980s, each costume brings to life characters and species that used to only be able to be seen in animated shows. Each costume is unique to its character and environment, telling their own stories. Cara Dune’s costume is the best example of telling a character’s backstory. It perfectly encapsulates how Rebellion Shock Troopers dressed for combat and how she has tweaked it to fit the requirements of a post-Imperial era.

The scenery was done in the most unique way possible, the actors are within a cylindrical room with screens on all sides. The environment is created in the Unity engine as 3D models and environments, which are then projected onto the screens with the proper lighting on the actors. Everything far off in the background is from that screen, everything close up is an actual prop or set piece. It’s difficult to tell even when this becomes known.

Overall: 5/5
The Mandalorian hits the sweet spot for Star Wars action and adventure in an era that has not been shown on screen. It is the perfect mix of action, drama and comedy all rolled up into one, with excellent costumes and set design, amazing actors and loveable (and sometimes easily hated) characters. I recommend The Mandalorian to anybody who has Disney+ and a passion for Star Wars. With season two streaming on Oct. 30, there has never been a better time to travel the galaxy.