‘The Mandalorian (Season 1)’ TV Show Review: An Incredible Journey That’s Just Getting Started

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Out of nowhere comes one of the best Star Wars pieces of media seen in the past decade. From the first episode, I could tell that Disney had something special in their hands. Now, after finishing the last chapter of season one, I’m more than excited to see where the future of this show lies.

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Overview

The story of the Mandalorian takes place after the Empire had fallen and before the rise of the First Order led by Kylo Ren. The series stars a lonesome bounty hunter who completes jobs far outside of the authority of the New Republic to make ends meet.

Simple

One of the most significant issues that show and movies alike fall into is trying to over complicate their stories. The Mandalorian does the opposite most of the time, and each episode has a singular goal. This formula works well since if you didn’t like the previous story, you have another tale waiting to unfold. 

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While some characters return from episode to episode, it’s clear that the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), also known as “Mando.” As well as his companion, commonly known as “Baby Yoda,” are the only continually recurring characters. The season was absolutely stellar but if you happen to not enjoy an episode it wasn’t because the story was too complicated. If you’ve watched Star Wars for a long time you’d know that can be a real issue for the series.

Always Something New

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Star Wars is one of the biggest sci-fi series the world has ever seen. In Star Wars, there are so many worlds, and it’s always been a let down when the creators of one of the movies or tv shows don’t take advantage of its the colossal universe.

Unsurprisingly the Mandalorian fixes this issue as well. Mando practically journeys to at least one new planet or location every episode, if not two.

Fans will love the fan service and the different tones of the episodes. From the beginning of the show where the storytelling was primarily visual, and Mando didn’t speak very often at all to the events where a band of misfits joins him. You never know what to expect going in the latest installment.

Still Star Wars Even Without Lightsabers

Lightsabers are not what makes Star Wars suitable. The action in The Mandalorian was incredible for a live-action TV show. It was a concern of mine that the action would either look uninteresting or just be lacking. However, I can say I’ve never been more happy to be wrong.

The choreography during battle is astonishingly impressive. Whether blasters are involved or hand to hand combat, you’ll want to see even more.

Successful in Different Formats

Most episodes throughout season one star Mando and Baby Yoda. From chapter to chapter the pair are thrown into various situations. Maybe they’re joined by allies or end up getting separated. No matter what issue they have to go through the episode flows exquisitely.

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It’s not easy to make a great show and even harder to shuffle in and out the cast and make the show still enjoyable. Not only that, but the supporting characters, although they do not possess primary roles, they all give strong performances. Talents that stand out the most are Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano), who meet Mando during his journey.

Conclusion

The show’s simple premise allows for each story to be it’s own. Fans don’t have to be too worried if they don’t enjoy a particular episode because of its story since the next adventure will be different from the last.

From space battles to shoot outs in the desert the action scenes are superb. Nothing is too clunky or awkward looking which can be a common occurrence for conflicts within tv shows.

How can a masked figure convey so many different feelings or emotions? The acting as a whole is very pleasing. If the Mandalorian weren’t a good actor, the story itself would not be nearly as satisfying. His performance alone was so important to this series, and he doesn’t even speak often. It’s his body language and his attitude to every situation that proves his expertise.

The Mandalorian is one of the most excellent series to come from Star Wars, and during a time where Star Wars isn’t as loved as it used to be, it couldn’t have been released at a better time.

Verdict 10 out of 10 Stars

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Film Review: A Safe yet Exciting Conclusion

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In 2015, when The Force Awakens released and it was declared, it would be apart of a trilogy. Kids and adults alike flooded the theaters to see where this story would take the series.

Finally, with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the last film in the Skywalker Saga has been unveiled. The question is, will this conclusion, please audiences? Let’s find out.

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Overview

Rey, Finn, and Poe’s journey continues as they attempt to find a way to defeat the First Order. Supporting them are the dwindling members of the resistance; however, with the return of a dangerous foe, our heroes are up against a much more significant threat than ever before.

What We Wanted All Along!

Say whatever you want about the newest trilogy in the Star Wars saga, but keeping Rey, Finn, and Poe together was the best idea that director J.J. Abrams had.

Similar to the original trilogy with Luke, Han, and Leia, the film is just more enjoyable with them sharing the screen. Both of these trios have great chemistry and work off each other well.

Many audiences dislike The Last Jedi, and they’re definitely are some valid points as to why some think that. However, in that film, I believe one of the biggest mistakes was splitting up this trio. Unfortunately, much of their bonding happened off-screen. This has been an issue throughout Star Wars as a whole, just not picking up where the last film left off.

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This tends to lead to confusion when watching these movies since so many important story beats don’t take place on the big screen. While this can be seen as an issue, it is not a huge flaw, just a minor disappointment that we didn’t get to see Finn, Rey, and Poe working together more.

Action Packed

Star Wars has had a bad habit of not having enough excitement. While yes, audiences love to see new planets and meet new characters, those aspects are not all that they want. Since the release of Star Wars, lightsabers have become one of the most well-known movie props in history.

Previous films in the newest trilogy have almost felt like they tried to shy away from massive battles and lightsaber duels. I’m proud to say that’s not an issue in The Rise of Skywalker. 

From thrilling space battles, desert speeder chases, and lightsaber battles that stand out compared to other films in the franchise. The conflicts throughout the flick should be enough to entertain most audiences.

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Feels like a Finale

Some films do not know what they’re setting out to do. While the lastest trilogy does not feel like all three of the movies and all their ideas were planned out from the very beginning, this film knew what it was. Almost reminiscent of Avengers: Infinity War in the way that the movie doesn’t go too in-depth with the newest characters introduced.

Nothing is going to distract the film from its final battle, and while some may complain about that, I believe it would’ve ruined the pacing. The focus on the primary characters is what fans of the newest trilogy want anyways, so why take screen time away from them. It was better to be safe rather than sorry for a film that’s intention was to conclude eight movies worth of story

Deja Vu

While it is my belief that the pros outweigh the cons, there are definitely issues present throughout the film. The biggest one being that the film may have played it too safe. We’ve seen this movie before; while it makes changes, it’s all too similar to Return of the Jedi. Without getting into spoiler territory, you’ll notice at multiple points throughout the film that the movies are comparable.

Rey herself does make the film stand out as its own story. Her struggle with the dark side is unlike anything that Luke experiences, and it’s excellent! In these movies, Anakin is the only one who struggled with which side he’d align himself with, which is just hard to believe. Ultimately I think because of her own story arc, we get a storyline worth watching from start to finish.

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Quality V.S. Quantity

As previously mentioned, this film is filled to the brim with action. However, they never surpass the best battles that take place within the saga. Especially the final conflict it was a let down watching the last campaign that would take place during the Skywalker saga.

Conclusion

There are quite a few things that this film does to improve over the past few entries, and keeping the vital main characters together was one of them. I love the scenes where Rey, Poe, and Finn are together. The actors themselves seem to be having fun, which helps. While the movies did not show why their bonds are as strong as they’re the actors indeed sold their relationship.

The storyline is not thrown off. It’s a course to introduce anyone or focus on other stories. For some may not enjoy this, I’ve always felt like Star Wars was about action and adventure. While some characters could’ve had more back story, I think the focus on the central trio was more important than any new role present.

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Personally, I think the series best lightsaber battles are not topped by the couple that takes place in The Rise of Skywalker. The film itself has plenty of action that will keep audiences engaged. From the Millennium Falcon leading the charge into tons of battleships to racing against stormtroopers in the desert, you won’t be bored.

The Rise of Skywalker is too similar to other films in this franchise, most notably the Return of the Jedi. While the newest picture does a few things to differentiate the two, it’s too apparent that the films are incredibly indistinguishable.

Finally, some emotional beats aren’t earned. It’s unfortunate because there are moments that could’ve been so much better if the previous films had built up to them. The fanservice is, of course, nice to see, but some of those instances feel empty.

Verdict 7.5 out of 10 Stars

Is Disney+ Worth Your Time?

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One of the most anticipated streaming services of the year was Disney Plus. It was released 12 days ago on November 12th with an incredible amount of support. However, is the service right for you? Find out below!

Ever since Disney Plus’ release, I have been subscribed and enjoying their huge collection of Disney owned properties. From their original shows such as The Mandalorian to forgotten films like Treasure Planet. If you’re a fan of Disney you’re sure to find entertainment new and old.

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Fair Price

For the low price tag of $6.99, I’d have to say its worth it for the amount of content you receive. If you aren’t a fan of Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars this probably doesn’t need to be said but you aren’t going to enjoy at 80% of the substance that is provided.

Take it Anywhere

I love the fact that I can take this service wherever I go. The other day I was on a 3-hour bus ride and I was able to just whip out my phone and start to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s just so convenient not to mention a lot of the content available was never on Netflix or Hulu two streaming giants of today.

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Surprising Amount of Show & Movies

You’ll be shocked by just how many shows are on Disney Plus. Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ultimate Spider-Man, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and so many more shows are available at the click of a button. The Disney library of films is not lacking either with even the most obscure Disney films being readily available.

Lacking Basic Wants

While Disney Plus has plenty of positives there are a few mistakes that are present as well. Sadly there’s no easy way to continue a show that you’re watching. If you don’t watch every episode all the way through you won’t be able to just click “play” when you pick a show to watch. You’ll have to find the exact episode you left on every time.

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The option known as “continue watching” on Netflix is not present on Disney Plus. Plenty of people watch a show and fall asleep so it sucks that the show will continue playing even if you haven’t interacted with your TV or your computer for a long time.

Conclusion

Being able to see so many shows and movies I haven’t seen in ages is wonderful. It makes me feel like a kid again. The huge collection of Disney related content is mind-blowing not to mention the service also has plenty of movies that just released this year.

For such a low price there’s not a doubt in my mind that it’s worth your money. Even with its issues the service’s pros far outweigh the cons.

Verdict 8 out of 10 Stars

My Most Anticipated Films of 2019

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Last year, was a great year for the cinema. With movies such as Avengers: Infinity War, A Quiet Place, and Incredibles 2 just to name a few. To say I have high expectations for this year would be an understatement. Disney is coming out with live action remakes of their animated classics from years and years ago. Movies series that we thought were finished are getting sequels. There will definitely be a wide variety of fans in the theater.

Toy Story 4

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This movie series has been around for quite a while. The first film dates back to 1995 and now 24 years later its fourth installment is going to be in theaters. I think what’s so surprising about this entry is that most people thought the series had been concluded. The third movie seemed like a great place to end this series off, but hopefully, if they really have a reason to bring this franchise back then I believe this sequel will be great.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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A couple weeks ago a trailer dropped for Spider-Man: Far From Home and it was everything I could’ve hoped for. Tom Holland is my favorite representation of Spider-Man on screen. He captures the character as I remember from my childhood watching the cartoons. Just the fact that he has to deal with high school drama along with being a superhero is a huge plus for me.

In the trailer, Peter Parker and his class take a trip to Europe when they are interrupted by Mysterio, a famous Spider-Man villain. Not much else is known about the story details, but this is the first time that Mysterio has been on the big screen. I’m interested in finding out if his first appearance will be a good one. I loved the previous film so it’s hard not to have high expectations. If they can capture the magic of the first film then this will be a good flick to see.

Star Wars: Episode IX

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I think that it’s pretty well known that Star Wars has the worst fanbase in movies and on the internet. The new trilogy has been met with tons of hostility and it’s a shame. I really liked the past two movies. I hope that this final installment in the main line of Star Wars will be better accepted than the past couple of films.

Avengers: Endgame

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This is easily my most anticipated film of 2019. Avengers: Infinity War blew me out of the water last year. I didn’t watch it expecting to like it so much. The entire film I was glued to the screen watching these superheroes just work together to save the earth was a spectacle. That along with Thanos being the greatest villain in the MCU makes for a film worth watching.

The trailer posted shows Tony Stark drifting in space with his oxygen depleting the end seems near. The Avengers are broken and defeated which is just an interesting premise in the first place. The rest of the Avengers plan to find a way to bring back their past allies to defeat Thanos. My expectations for this film are average simply because I don’t want to be disappointed when it doesn’t live up to previous Avengers film. If it does manage to surpass Infinity War that would be a welcoming surprise.