By Dave B.
In The Mandalorian (Disney+), a highly skilled bounty hunter goes rogue after becoming attached to one of his targets. His efforts to flee his pursuers are in vain, forcing him to confront the remnants of the Empire while protecting a child with mysterious powers.
I’m fully willing to admit that the problem must be with me, because nearly everyone I’ve spoken to LOVES The Mandalorian. Frankly, I don’t. Up until episode seven of the eight episode season, I wouldn’t have characterized a single episode as any better than “okay”. That’s not to say that I dislike the show. It’s mostly entertaining, it’s Star Wars, and it has Baby Yoda. All positive things. And as long as the action is ongoing, The Mandalorian is a pretty fun watch.
But when the action lulls, and when I have time to actually think about what I’m watching, the show feels rather hollow. There’s absolutely no nuance to anything. The villains are caricatures of villains. The heroes are crafted a bit better, but for most of the time in most of the episodes, everything is so easy for them. Some random person randomly has the right skill at the right time. Bad guys are inexplicably held up for implausible reasons, allowing a last-minute miraculous save. It gets a bit tiring after a while. And as far as character development goes…well, I’ll just say that I hope season two gives us a little bit more insight into secondary and tertiary characters because season one provides nearly none.
My belief, backed up by no evidence whatsoever, is that if The Mandalorian weren’t a Star Wars property, people wouldn’t be anywhere near as enamored with it as they seem to be. Yes, it looks good, with quality special effects and the action sequences are generally well-done. But for now, The Mandalorian is long on style and short on substance. Star Wars fans should definitely check it out, but those with a casual interest in the Star Wars universe can safely give The Mandalorian a pass.
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