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#281 Ocelot

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:41 PM

Yeah, I liked it. Not really a whole lot more to say, because there isn't really a whole lot to go on; it was weirdly short for a 'prestige' TV show at sub-40 minutes, and now we have to wait a whole week for the next one like we're living in the stone age or something. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

 

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#282 broons

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 04:20 PM

and now we have to wait a whole week for the next one like we're living in the stone age or something.


Im not positive but I think Chapter 2 comes out Friday and then it goes to a weekly release.

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#283 Dalton Westmoore

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 11:13 AM

Im not positive but I think Chapter 2 comes out Friday and then it goes to a weekly release.

 

You are correct sir, because I just watched Chapter 2 and boy howdy,

 

is it better than the first chapter.

 

This episode gave me a lot of Samurai Jack vibes, as the action speaks more than the characters do, which I appreciate very much. This episode improved a lot on the problems I had with the first episode, as I could actually see what was going on in the darker scenes, the cgi looks a lot better, and I'm actually glad the Mando isn't Boba Fett, which I'll get into in spoilers.

 

My favorite thing about this episode were the Jawas. They did a really good job showing how these guys are a bunch of savage pests. I'm also glad the Ugnaut guy got one last hurrah before he left the show for good, and actually showing us disintegrations and why Vader didn't want Boba to do it to the cast of the Original Trilogy.

 

Speaking of Boba, let's get into spoilers:

 

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My final verdict: this episode made me want to watch the show more than the first one. I can't wait for the next one!



#284 broons

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 05:10 PM

Chapter 2 being 30~ minutes long is an absolute travesty because this show is amazing.

 

It's a country western Star Wars and it FEELS so much like A New Hope it's insane.  Even some of the shots with lighting remind me of the old movies.

 

This is what I've wanted since I was a kid, guys.


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#285 Ocelot

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:31 AM

What a SHOW this is, you guys! I love it.

 

I'm so delighted to see that it isn't just The Adventures of Cool Space Badass. That's the impression I got from all the trailers, and pretty much what I expected from this show from the get go: a Not-Boba-Fett being impossibly calm, cool and collected, all anime anti-hero perfect and unflappable. Does anyone remember that trilogy of Boba Fett EU novels where they basically wrote Fett as a hyper-intelligent robot? I still think about this one part where he's having a space dogfight with some other guy who left a bunch of giant invisible transparisteel panels floating in space for Fett to fly into, and somehow Fett realises quickly enough to slam on the space brakes and only crack his windshield on one, and then it turns out he knows every inch of Slave 1 so well that he can immediately call out the exact, millimetre-perfect co-ordinates for this tiny crack in the glass for his shipboard AI to run diagnostics on and repair or whatever. Boy those books were silly :P

 

And, honestly, I probably would have watched a show like that, because that seems alright, but I am so much more interested now that it's clear the show is going the opposite direction with it. So far our boy has spent the show getting swindled, robbed, shot, chopped, kicked, blasted, dropped off things and nearly killed half a dozen times. He's good in a fight, but he's not 'kill anyone and everyone without breaking a sweat' good. Every fight is a knockdown, drag out scrap. They don't even have any reverence for the famous armour itself; imagine letting everyone think you're making a Boba Fett glorification show and then in the second episode you straight up break the armour and have it sticking off at an awkward, ugly angle while a space rhino stomps your Mandalorian up and down a giant mudpit. It's so good!

 

Also, I don't know who wrote the music for this episode, but some of it sounds like they recorded it in a steel mill using industrial machinery as instruments, and it's really great.



#286 Dalton Westmoore

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:39 AM

Yo it's ya boi Dalton and I just got back from watching the latest episode and boy howdy is this the best one yet.

 

The Mandalorians in this show are channeling big Old Republic Energy: lots of unique armor colors and bits. Their appearance in Clone Wars and Rebels were fine, but they were always in groups that looked the same. But this show is like "Nah fam, we're going to do what Star Wars cosplayers do and customize the crap out of the original armor design." My favorites so far are the Armor-smith and the Heavy Infantry Guy. Doing very interesting things with their designs.

 

The biggest strength of this show is showing the dark underbelly of the criminal underworld in a way that Disney's Star Wars hasn't been able to before, and I love it. The designs of the Mandos, random Aliens and Droids, as well as the other Bounty Hunters in this episode were amazing. I love this show so much you guys! Speaking of dark, lighting wasn't a big issue in this episode for once! It was dark when appropriate, and I could clearly see what was going on! Very good stuff.

 

Anyways, on to spoilers:

 

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To finish up, this show is probably the best non-movie Star Wars thing that Disney has created, and I'm excited for the next episode!



#287 Neyo Wargear

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:05 PM

So I had typed up my thoughts on The Mandalorian earlier today and accidentally closed the tab before posting.
 
I absolutely adore The Mandalorian, it is my favorite Star Wars content to come out in a long while. Rogue One is awesome and so is The Clone Wars, but nothing quite tops The Mandalorian.
 
I never thought how emotionally invested one could become with a man who's practically a mute and someone incapable of speech. Someone who's face we've never seen, so you can't read that for his emotions. The only way to really see how he is feeling most of the time is his body language and the actor does it well. The same goes for the character incapable of speech as well. 
 
I am nowhere near this invested in the sequel trilogy. To be perfectly honest and frank, I don't care about Rey, Finn, Poe, or Kylo. I don't care how their story ends because I'm not invested in them. I'm not excited for The Rise of Skywalker, not in the slightest, the trailers have done nothing, but make me less excited.
 
But the fact that I care about a faceless, nameless main protagonist that lets his actions speak for him is incredible. You can see his emotions in his hands, the way he walks, the way he stares, everything. This man's story has only just begun and I want to see it to the bitter end, I'm extremely excited for next week. 
 
Onto spoilers.

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Edited by Neyo Wargear, 22 November 2019 - 07:08 PM.

Omnius mille passus expeditio, omnis fossa bellum.

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#288 Ocelot

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:42 PM

There were two little bits I really liked in this week's episode:

 

- You-know-who playing with all the dials and controls of the Mando's ship cockpit, and one stick in particular. You think is just a cute moment, until they come back around to it when Mando's about to leave the planet and goes through the full dial-flicking startup procedure... ending on that very same stick our baby boy was playing with earlier. So good.

 

- They remind you about the Bounty fob thing, and tell you that every other Bounty Hunter in the bar had one, so later in the episode when all the fobs start beeping again you're like "BOY THEY 'BOUT TO DO IT!"

 

To be honest, I think his new armour makes him look like he's got a fat gut, but I really like that they're clearly emphasising a theme of our Mandalorian not knowing who he is in the world yet. No emblems, no insignia, a bare metal ship and now a bare metal suit of armour. He even refuses an emblem in this episode because he doesn't feel he's earnt it. Presumably by the end of the season he'll have found an identity for himself, and I expect he'll have a new look when the time comes.



#289 Dalton Westmoore

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:21 PM

To be honest, I think his new armour makes him look like he's got a fat gut, but I really like that they're clearly emphasising a theme of our Mandalorian not knowing who he is in the world yet. No emblems, no insignia, a bare metal ship and now a bare metal suit of armour. He even refuses an emblem in this episode because he doesn't feel he's earnt it. Presumably by the end of the season he'll have found an identity for himself, and I expect he'll have a new look when the time comes.

 

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#290 Ocelot

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 01:06 AM

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Also I found some nice 4Kish captures of the end credits stills for Episodes 2 and 3:

 

https://imgur.com/a/dZKsnkp

 

https://imgur.com/a/Tx4Nrcg

 

Oh btw, the director of this episode, Deborah Chow, is also directing all six episodes of the Obi Wan TV show!



#291 Phaedrus

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 12:58 PM

This is the way.

#292 Ocelot

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 03:45 PM

This is the way.

 

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#293 Florent

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 08:36 AM

So okay Episode 4 is out (no, not A New Hope. . .) and I actually have some stuff to say!(?)

 

TBH I don't think this show is really "spoil-able" but I want to speak freely.

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Did you guys know you can't take a screenshot of Disney Plus? I wanted to take a still to put in my post as an image but when I screenshot it just goes black. Huh. 

Anyways, here's me living in 2019 taking pictures of my monitor.

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What a garbage show for trash people. Thanks I hate it. Life sucks. What's the point of anything? How many hours of my life have I spent on this sunk cost fallacy of a show?


#294 Dalton Westmoore

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:17 AM

So, I just finished watching Episode 4 of the Mandalorian, and...

 

...by Sully's mustache Florent, I can't like your post on this episode enough. I perfectly surmises why this show works so well. I legitimately almost started crying when I read your review. This show is amazing, not just because its Star Wars, but because you can feel the blood, sweat, and tears that the writers put into it. This isn't like the Sequel Movies, or a show like Rebels, which have good have good elements but are castrated in order to be marketable to families. These writers have no filters, and it is amazing to see what they are able to accomplish without Disney breathing down their necks.

 

Oh yeah, I guess I should talk about the Episode:

 

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Anyways, I think this Episode was a nice continuation of the show. I think that Episode 3 will most likely be the best out of this season, but we're halfway through with four more episodes to go so I may be proven wrong.

 



#295 broons

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 05:31 PM

I love this show, I just wish it showed more of the backwater planets Mando and Yittle get off to.  I want to see more than two villages on the woodland planet, I want to know why the Jawa are on a different planet and how did the sandcrawler get there.  The lore is one of the best parts of Star Wars so show me it damn it.


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#296 Ocelot

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 05:09 AM

This episode is where I'm really feeling that week-long gap between episodes. Because it was good, and I liked it, but I... just don't have all that much to say about it. The Seven Samurai template is always a fun one, and I loved the way it presented an AT-ST as a scary beast. Yep. Good episode.

 

Oh no, wait, I thought of something: there aren't enough 'c's in thicc to describe how THICC-C-C-C-C Gina Carano is. Ben Swolo has some competition. I'm waiting for the Cara Dune/Mando teamup fight scene to show up on Youtube so I can make a gif of the part where she suplexes that one dude. More wrassling moves in Star Wars, please. I want to see Rey drop the People's Elbow on Sheev in TROS.

 

Friendly reminder of the time Gina Carano killed Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor in the one movie, btw:

 







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