The Mandalorian, this is the Wild West a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
The first season of the series around the taciturn Mandorian is a hit. It’s fun in the Star Wars universe. As a bonus, fans get Yoda in minimized baby form, which you just have to love.
I really appreciate the flawless Star Wars feeling that is conveyed here. And in very few words indeed. Pedro Pascal’s Mando is not a man of many words, but a man of action. And when he says something, he says, “This is the way”. That’s right, that’s exactly the right way to bring the somewhat battered franchise back to undreamt-of heights.
Director Taika Waititi, who is very much appreciated, and author Jon Favreau created a mostly very convincing gem. Yes, this series also has its weaknesses, but if so, then it really has to be neglected. In fact, this was one of the few series where I watched one episode after the other as quickly as possible.
By the way, Ludwig Göransson’s soundtrack also adds a lot to the atmosphere, as he knows how to convey pure western as well as space atmosphere. And that’s exactly what the series is all about. That touch of the Wild West, the matching atmosphere, the scenery, the typical Star Wars characters. Everything is coherent and yet somewhat different. But this is the way.