Why Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’ is an enjoyable ride.

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In which I dig deep (okay, not THAT deep) into my psyche to figure out why this show works.

I admit, I’m not that big of a Star Wars fan and I’m one of those who feel that George Lucas is a brilliant concept writer/world builder but his script writing skills lack… finesse. HOWEVER, I digress. We’re talking about Star Wars (or rather, Disney’s) latest offering, The Mandalorian, starring Pedro Pascal.

I love it. It sets up Mando’s (I guess his name is Dyn Jarren?) character quickly. For the Star Wars uninitiated, it is quickly known that the lead character is a bounty hunter – a damn good one – who will go to lengths to get his asset and claim his reward.

We find out that for a bounty hunter, he has a moral code. It’s very samurai-like of him which for me, seems to be a nod to Star Wars’ inspiration – the famed director Akira Kurosawa’s movies like Ran, Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress. And not to forget, the show also boasts a number of shoot-outs that can rival a Western. Since I’ve recently finished playing Red Dead Redemption 2, I’ve taken to calling The Mandalorian as ‘Red Dead Redemption Set in Space’.

I appreciate that The Mandalorian seems to be a show that respects audiences who had grown up watching the original trilogy, and at the same time, is doing its best to entice new viewers (especially with all the hype surrounding a certain tiny character).

We’re 3 episodes in now and I know that more characters have yet to be introduced, so I’m very excited to see what else they have in store.

Boba Fett, who?

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