The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian - First episode

'A long time ago in a galaxy far far away'. An iconic statement, which is always said at the beginning of Star Wars movies. I never even considered that a series would be released which fits so well into the movie timeline. The atmosphere, the mystery and the characters of The Mandalorian are exactly what you'd expect from Star Wars. Those who have at least seen the original trilogy - episodes IV, V & VI -, will recognize a lot of things. The main character, the mandalorian, has a lot of similar features to that of the famous bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who was a character in the original trilogy. Next to that you'll see stormtroopers during the first episode, who were present in large numbers in the movies. I'm curious what other references will be made in the upcoming episodes.

The Mandalorian is one of the first Disney+ features to be produced specifically for the new streaming service. The first season will consist of eight episodes, and it will have a release schedule of one episode per week. If the remainder of the season can keep this same level of quality, Disney will immediately have set the bar rather high. The first episode, which lasts for only 40 minutes, will be over before you even realise it.

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In the Mandalorian the character with the same name, played by Pedro Pascal (Narcos), is the central part of the show. The first episode starts off with a lot of action, which makes sure that you get right into it. The general vibe is quite similar to that of the original trilogy, and that is a good thing. Everything is a bit grim, there's a lot of crime and a sufficient amount of chaos. It actually makes sense that the creators decided to take this route, as the series is placed several years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, which is shortly after the end of Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

There's a lot of mystery surrounding the main character. He never removes his helmet and even his reasons for doing the things he does are unclear. The bounty hunter is part of a special bounty hunter guild. The actual purpose of this guild isn't entirely clear, but I'm sure upcoming episodes will expand upon that. The one thing that is known, is that the Mandalorian is the best at what he does. Which is why he is requested to collect a special target for a client.

In the first episode we already get to see multiple planets. The first one looks like there's ice all over the place and the second one appears to be just a giant rock. That may be one of the strengths of the series. There are a lot of references to the Star Wars universe, but it also appears that this show will expand on that universe. Seeing as this series takes place between episodes VI and VII, there's a lot of unused timeline to fill. It has already been confirmed that there is going to be a second season, so the writers probably have a lot of ideas. If you start watching this show, I do recommend that you watch the original trilogy first. The show expands upon that seamlessly. Pure science fiction and action lovers will also enjoy this show.

The first episode of The Mandalorian is packed with mystery, action and has a lot of references to the Star Wars universe. It is beautifully crafted, there are lots of planets to see and the first episode already has an unexpected ending. I think it's safe to say that I'll enjoy the rest of the season.

Based on everything I've written here I've decided to give the first episode of the Mandalorian a 9!
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