The Mandalorian Episode 1 - Review (Non-Spoiler)
The Mandalorian is the first live action Star-Wars TV show and follows a lone gunfighter that makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. The show stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, and Giancarlo Esposito.
The Mandalorian is a beautifully shot, cinematic television show. With a budget of $120 million, the experience of watching this show feels very reminiscent of watching a movie. From the opening scene, John Favreau's promise of the Mandalorian being a Western in the Star Wars Universe definitely comes to fruition. The action is shot wonderfully. Not only you can see what is going on in every shot, but the skills, kills, and tricks completed by our characters are done in a very unique and fun way. It is also refreshing to have a studio and actor agree to not show the lead's face during the first episode, as previous lore detail that Mandalorian's always wear their armor. Though we never saw his face, Pedro Pascal played the character of the Mandalorian in a very heartfelt and charming way. From Carl Weathers to Nick Nolte, the supporting cast is fantastic in their short scenes and leave the viewers longing to see more of their characters. Finally, Taika Waititi's droid character IG-11 served just the right amount of humor this show needed.
Though I think that Dave Filoni did a great job in his first live action directorial debut, the pacing of the 40 minute program feels very hit or miss. It served as almost a reminder of Filoni's past work in animation.
The job of a pilot is to hook the audience to continue to watch, and that it definitely did. With a great cliffhanger of an ending it will be exciting to see where this show goes next.