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
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.