Is 'The Mandalorian' Any Good? Here's What The Reviews Say

'The Mandalorian' Review: 'Star Wars' Series Premiere on Disney Plus Service

Werner Herzog is more of a gruff surprise - who would ever have thought to see him grace a Star Wars screen? - while Nick Nolte has fun voicing an Ugnaught who helps get the Mandalorian where he's going in this opening episode.

Thanks to the convoluted order in which the Star Wars movies have been released over the past 40-plus years, the timeline of events in the galaxy far, far away can be somewhat confusing. Did The Mandalorian, in one fell swoop, contradict four seasons of Sabine walking around without her helmet? For Mandalorians, the armor carries the history of previous owners and makes their legacy. It's unclear if the rest of the series will spend most of its time in Star Wars' version of the Old West, but here's hoping that it does, because it works extremely well.

The synopsis for the series describes The Mandalorian as a show that features the story of a lone warrior coming after the stories of popular Mandalorian bounty hunters like Jango and Boba Fett. So get over it.

Disney+'s marquee launch title The Mandalorian, produced (and, for this first episode at least) written by Jon Favreau, takes place in a period we presume immediately after The Return of the Jedi when the Empire had taken a hit and their credits are largely useless. Not to mention, it's one of the first official in-canon elements of the Star Wars universe set in the years between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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That might sound like a insane amount of detective work for fans to uncover something that is otherwise hidden, but there's a zero percent chance show creator Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm would have put this in without knowing it would be found. "I don't know if you've heard, but the Empire is gone", he says. In addition to the oddly satisfying sight of one of Jabba the Hutt's preferred species of lap monkey being roasted on a spit, there are landspeeders, R2 units and, at long last, a Star Wars toilet. True Mandalorian or not, he's clearly linked to the people who made the armour, and little touches such as his distrust of droids are played for both characterization and comic relief.

It's a sweet idea in theory, until it's actually happening, and then it just seems creepy. The episode also introduced bounty guild chief Greef Carga (Carl Weathers) and bounty droid IG-11 (voiced by Taika Waititi), yet held many of its major characters in reserve for future episodes - such as its female lead Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and presumed central villain Mof Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).

The series is more of an intimate space Western than the grand space opera style of the films, leaning into the dusty streets of the unnamed planets the Mandalorian stalks and images of him bursting through mechanical doors whether or not they want to open for him. The music, from Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, is also a flawless blend of John Williams' Star Wars score and spaghetti western twang with the occasional digital beat rising up from beneath it all, the only thing keeping it from being a full-on update of Ennio Morricone being the clinking of spurs.

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