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Re: The Mandalorian
« Reply #75 on: 31 December, 2019, 07:21:59 PM »
I’m on episode 5, and my interest is kind of waning. I can’t seem to make time to watch the rest of it.

I feel like the show is pitched quite young - I mean, I know it’s Star Wars and all, but I still find it slight to the point where I feel its quite staid and predictable. Someone on another site described it as a ‘live action cartoon’, and I think that’s a fair description. Which is fine and all, if thats what you’re after, and its not a bad show (though some of the acting is a bit questionable) i just hoped it would be a little edgier, or grittier maybe, a touch heavier on the drama side of things.

It's easier to put the show into context when you watch via Disney+ and see it right next to The Muppet Movie, Pete's Dragon and Escape From Witch Mountain. It's easy to lose sight that it's intended as an old-fashioned all-ages show, one you can (more or less) comfortably watch with your kids. Through that lens, it's a roaring success but I'm not disagreeing with you. There are times I feel like I'm watching an updated Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I pretty much hated everything about the episode with Bill Burr (although it helps to learn he actually despises all things Star Wars and did it as a favour to Favreau) from the acting to the logic but the show raises itself significantly for the last two episodes. I say stick it out. You'll be happy you did.

Of note, my significant other (just like Bill Burr) despises all things Star Wars yet loves this show. The answer is in its simplicity: you don't have to know anything about Star Wars to enjoy it. Who knew that would be a factor in the show's success? It's a Star Wars show that doesn't just appeal to a rabid fanbase. After subjecting myself to ROS, a royal fucking stinker of convoluted storytelling, The Mandalorian - for all the many faults - comes out smelling like roses. At the very least, I ended up caring about what happened next. After three movies of drivel** since Disney took charge, I'll take that as a victory for the show.

(**I've found Rogue One is the only new addition that stands up to - indeed, I'd say actually improves with - repeated viewings while I've slowly come round to Solo.)
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Re: The Mandalorian
« Reply #76 on: 01 January, 2020, 10:39:45 AM »

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Re: The Mandalorian
« Reply #77 on: 20 January, 2020, 10:31:22 AM »
Just finished this and loved it. It does slump a bit mid-season where after the first 3 episodes feeling like a movie it starts to settle into feeling more like episodic TV (and very '90s episodic TV at that - there's a hint of Xena about a couple of the episodes). I don't think it gets bad necessarily, it's just a bit deflating after the prestige sheen of the opening trio when you get a real look at how it'll actually run from week to week.

After that slight slump though I think the last couple of episodes get back to (and exceed) the quality of the opening stuff, absolutely brilliant telly and some great Star Warsy Star Warsness. So good, look forward to more.

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Re: The Mandalorian
« Reply #78 on: 22 January, 2020, 10:47:23 AM »
Just finished this and loved it. It does slump a bit mid-season where after the first 3 episodes feeling like a movie it starts to settle into feeling more like episodic TV (and very '90s episodic TV at that - there's a hint of Xena about a couple of the episodes). I don't think it gets bad necessarily, it's just a bit deflating after the prestige sheen of the opening trio when you get a real look at how it'll actually run from week to week.

After that slight slump though I think the last couple of episodes get back to (and exceed) the quality of the opening stuff, absolutely brilliant telly and some great Star Warsy Star Warsness. So good, look forward to more.

Agree.  The episode with the mechanic and the bounty wasn't that strong.  I loved the one with the AT-ST though!  And Carasynthia Dune is just bloody gorgeous!

I rewatched the last two episodes with my partner, who hadn't seen any of them (I gave  her a quick potted history) and the end of the seventh and start of the eighth was so gutting she had tears in her eyes, bless her.

Plus those two biker scouts - comedy gold! 

And who doesn't want their own Baby Yoda?  The Star Wars merch team are rubbing their hands together gleefully over that one.
 

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Re: The Mandalorian
« Reply #79 on: 12 February, 2020, 11:26:20 PM »
You can safely watch eps 1 and 2, then 7 and 8.

And you should.

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