By Nate Johnson
When Disney Plus first launched, the main draw was the new Star Wars live-action show called The Mandalorian. And the show was totally worth the wait. Jon Favreau ( director of Elf and Iron Man) wanted to create a new and different show. He wanted to take the technology advancements in filmmaking and tie them together with the timeless stories that Jon saw when he first watched Star Wars: A New Hope.
The Mandalorian takes place five years after Return of the Jedi. At last glance, the galaxy was celebrating with a bonfire and Ewoks. The second Death Star was destroyed. Darth Sidious and Lord Vader were no more. And they all lived happily ever after. Right? The Mandalorian takes a look at what the fall of the empire means for regular citizens of the galaxy.
The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter. Since the fall of the empire, the New Republic has not used bounty hunters nearly as often, which means there are fewer bounty jobs available. The Mandalorian thus takes a riskier job with a higher payoff. He gets this job from a part of the old Imperial Empire. The bounty turns out to be BABY YODA (or “The Child” as it is officially called).
The eight-episode season takes us through the life of The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda. They meet friends and make enemies along the way. The finale was excellent and I cannot wait for season two.
I do wish there were more of the secondary characters. It seemed like they were used sparely. Cara Dune was a fantastic character and I want to see her more in the series.
The Mandalorian is a show that lives up to all of its hype. You can now watch all of the first season now on Disney Plus.