I just watched the first Episode of the Mandalorian like everyone else who's posted here recently, and what do I think of it?
Like, I don't really have any other type of praise besides that. If you expected a gritty show about a Bounty Hunter, then that's what you're going to get. This show diluted the bad taste left in my mouth from watching Solo failed look at Star War's criminal underworld, so I think this is definitely a step in the right direction. Filoni did a good job with this episode: it felt like a return to form for his style of directing like with Clone Wars, where he's allowed to show stuff like a guy being cut in half by a door, unlike with Rebels it felt like he was pressured by Disney to make it less dark in order to be more marketable to a younger audience.
I have three non-spoiler complaints at the moment, the first being that the show is that its too dark; not story wise, but in terms of lighting. I could barely see things in places like the cantina scenes. The second is that the CGI is a little bad in some places, like when the Ugnaut guy kicks his blurrg you can really tell its fake, I was able let it slide because I was enjoying myself. The third is that I hate the fact that this isn't a show about Boba and IG-88. The writing is good enough that I'm convinced that they could have done this if they had felt like it. The problem is how over-saturated these two are in Star Wars lore, so they think that not enough people would be interested, and by the time Disney bothers to actually create content on these characters I will have lost interest and moved on just like how I did with Snoke. It angers me that they don't want to funnel this creativity into characters like Boba, because they could create a new and interesting story with him if they tried.
Anyways, on to spoilers:
But, that's all my thoughts on this first episode. I'll definitively be tuning in next time because this show is exploiting my love of world-building, Mandalorians and Star Wars and I think I'm okay with it.
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