So, the first episode of this dropped today on Disney+.
I just watched it, and I’m pretty impressed!
I really like the protagonist, who I guess is just Mando right now. They really try to hammer in that he’s a bit of a Gary Stu heartless bastard at first, but then they start to humanize him with humorous flaws. I guess in the post-empire republic, all bounty hunting is done through a board now?
The highlights of the episode were definitely the Werner Herzog scene and the shootout the the IG unit. That whole shoot out gave me some serious ‘Way of the Gun’ vibes. I was pretty sad to see Taika’s role just DISAPPEAR with a blaster shot to the head though. I hope this isn’t the end for his character.
The pacing did feel weird though. It felt like they wanted to keep your attention at all times, which made me think this thing is also targeted at kids, which is wild considering the tone they seemed to pitch it with. ‘Dark and gritty story about a bounty hunter, but look how bad he is riding this space thing!’ I’m sure it was that ‘pilot’ problem, where an episode has to encapsulate everything a audience member needs to know about a series before it has time to breathe a little.
Now for some plot stuff! Wtf, a baby Yoda. I wonder if the Empire is thinking that a force sensitive Yoda replacement can aid them in retaking the republic? A lot of questions!
What did you all think?