Star Wars has been a part of my life from as early as I can remember. We had a copy of Star Wars on VHS before they added “A New Hope” to the title in 1981. I watched it so many times; the movie had that bent distortion at the top of the screen you would get from the tape being worn down. However, I didn’t mind.
Like my VHS tape, the galaxy developed in that first Star Wars was rough, gritty, and worn down. The universe felt “lived-in.” Nothing was clean. Everything was dusty, damaged, and dirty. We are watching a farm boy navigate a world full of rogues with blasters slung low. I remember thinking as a child, “Star Wars is Space Western.”
Disney+ (Disney’s new streaming service) takes us back to that Western feel in the opening scenes of their new TV show, The Mandalorian. The show opens with the title character, a bounty hunter in the style of Boba Fett, getting the “you ain’t from around here, are yea” treatment in a desolate space saloon. I don’t have to tell you what happens next. From there, the show continues in the western theme, with mysterious outlaws, a broken law, hints of tribal Mandalorian lore, and a mystery bounty.
While a space-western could result in a cheesy disaster in the wrong hands, writer Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni handle the first episode masterfully. The 40 minute run-time of episode 1 flies by leaving the viewer with an intriguing cliff-hanger, making you crave the next episode.
Episode 2 of The Mandalorian will be available on Disney+ Friday, November 15th. This season will have eight episodes with new episodes available each Friday until December 27th.
How to Watch The Mandalorian
For Star Wars fans, The Mandalorian alone is worth picking up the Disney+ streaming service. The timeline takes place about five years after the fall of The Empire in Return of the Jedi. It’s the first time we see this period of the Star Wars universe on screen.
If Star Wars isn’t your thing, this show may still interest you. It’s very high production for TV, well written, and where else are you going to catch a sci-fi western with action and intrigue?
You can watch The Mandalorian by signing up for this 1-week free trial to Disneys new streaming service Disney+. The service supports Roku, Roku TVs, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, and more. See our article on Disney+ for more information.
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