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The Mandalorian: Episodes 1 and 2 Review (SPOILERS!!!)

This review contains spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian!

Episodes 1 and 2 of the long-anticipated Star Wars TV Show, The Mandalorian, are finally here. And for the most part, it’s pretty amazing! The show follows the exploits of a stoic but morally conflicted gunslinger, played to enigmatic perfection by Pedro Pascal, on the outskirts of the New Republic, five years after Return of the Jedi. It’s a simple but effective narrative that allows Star Wars fans, new and old, to get a glimpse into the galactic underworld.  

Pascal brings extraordinary depth and nuance to a character whose face we never see. Through subtle body language and the gravity of his carefully selected dialogue, he delivers a memorable and charismatic protagonist that strikes a stark contrast with the likes of Luke Skywalker and Rey.  

With cinematic TV shows looking more spectacular than film nowadays, The Mandalorian is a perfect example of this with its shoot-out scene at the end of Episode One and its protagonist’s pursuit of the Jawa Sandcrawler in Episode Two. Also, the Western-esque soundtrack with an iconic Star Wars spin elevates the show’s many set pieces, setting itself apart from what has come before, whilst still feeling like a natural extension of the franchise.

My only gripe so far with the show is episode length. At around thirty minutes long, I can’t help but feel like I’ve just gotten into the current adventure when it reaches its climax. A little underwhelming – but everything that is packed into those thirty minutes is more than worth your time, regardless of whether you are a Star Wars fan or not. 

It would be remiss of me not to mention the true star of the show Baby Yoda. This unbearably cute (marketing ploy?) addition to the show is both a surprise and a Pandora’s Box of questions about where the story is headed. Ultimately, this is what I think is best about The Mandalorian. Its Easter eggs, lore connections and side characters just highlight how weird and wonderful the Star Wars universe really is

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