Synopsis: A Mandalorian bounty hunter tracks a target for a well-paying client.
Review: Set in the period just after ‘Star Wars: Return of The Jedi’, ‘The Mandalorian follows the adventures of a Bounty Hunter as he traverses the wilder parts of the Star Wars galaxy.
The story opens in a bar on some backwoods ice planet. A storm is blowing and making his way to the bar to track his bounty is The Mandalorian. As he arrives at the bar he finds that his bounty is being bullied by three thugs. The Mandalorian proceeds to dispatch these bottom feeders with haste and proceeds to take his Bounty. A smallish alien guy in hand and returns him to the Guild where he collects payment from the bail bondsman Greef Carga. While getting payment The Mandalorian inquires about further Bounty’s, but none of the Guild ones are paying well enough, but Greef does give his best Bounty Hunter information about a discreet job. This job leads The Mandalorian to a house, which is occupied by several Stormtrooper and the client, who is obviously someone who was once high up in the Empire.
The Mandalorian then returns briefly to Mandalore to have a shoulder piece made to add to his armor and from there he proceeds to a desert planet where he gets help from a smallish alien guy who is running a Dewback farm. The Alien guy shows the bounty hunter where he needs to go in order to collect his prize, which is easier said than done.
This first episode wasn’t filled with lots of dialogue, but the little there was of it was fun. Pedro Pascal does his best Clint Eastwood as The Mandalorian who only talks when necessary. The meeting he has with Greef Carga who is played by Carl Weathers is a lot of fun. At one stage Greef tries to pay the Bounty’s that The Mandalorian has brought in with Imperial Credits, which are pretty much now worthless in a post-Imperial Empire World.
CGI & Stunts
The CGI and stuntwork in this opening episode is beautifully done. There is a great sequence near the start of the episode when some ice monster tries to drag The Mandalorian’s ship under the ice for what I can only gather would amount to a monster-sized happy meal. The sequence where Mandalorian is attacked by Dewbacks is also a fun sequence.
This first episode does a wonderful job of setting up the world in which The Mandalorian exists. It’s a world that immediately puts you in mind of some of the desolate places that Clint Eastwood’s Stranger would visit in the Spaghetti Westerns, which is a very deliberate reference from series creator Jon Favreau who was inspired by those films as well as the Seventh Samurai movies. Dave Feloni does great work in what is his first experience of working on a filmed television series. As fans will know he has only really worked with animation up until this.
The episode also had a really solid incidental soundtrack, which again evoked the Spaghetti Western, but with a ‘Star Wars’ flavor to it.
This first chapter leaves things somewhat open-ended for Chapter 2, which will be shown this Friday on Disney +. Like many fans. I was pleasantly surprised by the alien race that The Bounty was from.
Overall. A really strong start.
- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.8