(The Mandalorian Season 2 will hit Disney+ on Friday, October 30.)
With The Mandalorian being a surprise hit and a staple of 2020 lockdown viewing, we take a look at the show itself, Disney‘s Star Wars and discuss Season 2. SPOILER-FREE!
I was initially skeptical when I heard about The Mandalorian going into production and subsequent release. The announcement came at a time when fans had began to question the hallowed House Of Mouse and their handling of the entire franchise moving forward.
As we saw with the likes of Solo : A Star Wars Story – its way cooler to not see this stuff. (The Kessel run for instance). Rogue One was another questionable outing which (unlike SOLO) actually turned out to be a great film. It tread a thin tight rope but somehow managed to pull off a triple somersault and landed safely back on the wire.
To many of us it looked like this was going to be a Boba Fett series and initiated fanboy rants of “Why not just leave the Fett man alone? WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH”. Given recent releases these concerns were entirely justified.
You can find our recent criticism here : https://crazydiscostu.wordpress.com/2018/10/13/star-wars-fatigue-its-ok-to-not-like-star-wars-anymore/
How wrong we were. The Mandalorian absolutely nails it on all fronts. This is the way Star Wars should be done.
“Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Empire, The Mandalorian follows Din Djarin, a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
The serialized aspect of the show is it’s strongest feature. The self-contained episodes and over-arching plot is what makes this show a treat to watch. As is the condensed 8 episode format making each second of screen time vital.
The production makes great use of their $15 million per episode budget, making the shots look better than any of the recent big screen outings, with much of the effects looking practical rather than CG. This is down to the exciting and immersive stagecraft implemented by ILM. You can read about it here : https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/20/how-the-mandalorian-and-ilm-invisibly-reinvented-film-and-tv-production/
However, as I’ve mentioned previously – I will be opening a GoFundMe to buy some lights for Disney to use in the darker and interior sets. Not every scene in this series suffers, but it is evident when entire sequences are shot in the dark. This is startlingly evident in Cantina and Forge scenes.
The western aspect is of personal draw – being a fan of the genre, it represents a modern take on David Carradine’s Kung Fu.
The show establishes the tone early on and the pilot is a good indication of what to expect from the show. Lines are drawn in the sand concerning the humor especially, which gladly doesn’t encroach upon the story.
The soundtrack is flawless. Stylised movements that harken back to the John Williams original trilogy scores. At relevant junctures it plays with elements of tribal, atmospheric, suspenseful, playful and sinister themes – but this is never overstated.
Rumors surrounding the second season had been swirling for some time. The current favorite is that the show will deliver Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano (presumably played by Rosario Dawson) and the possibility of a Boba Fett appearance (presumably played by Temuera Morrison of Jango Fett fame). Timothy Olyphant and Michael Biehn have also been tied to the project.
Pre production for the 3rd installment of The Mandalorian began in April 2020.
The Mandalorian Season 2 will hit Disney+ on Friday, October 30.
This is the way. I have spoken.
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