It’s been awhile since we’ve talked any serious videogaming here, but the Star Wars virtual pinball game sounds extremely cool. It’s got the tech, the Arcade1Up reasonable pricing (or so we hope), yet faithful arcade experience and it has Zen’s pinball wizardry programming, how can it now be good?
But this cool tech is also being used to bring Zen’s virtual pinball to life like never before. “We’re really optimizing the games with the hardware. We’re doing custom mapping, working on the controls, making sure the buttons feel right, and that the response on the accelerometers feels right. It’s going to feel like a brand-new game.,” shares an enthusiastic Kirk.
This new pinball table sounds like a cross between a real pinball table and videogame pinball. Now, whether or not it’s as cool as it sounds, I hope the price is right so we can buy one and put it in our entertainment room alongside the Arcade1Up NBA Jam that I’ve been wanting to buy.
As a general rule at this site, I try to stay away from responding to internet rumors. Often in my daily online reading travels, I come across “news” that is 99% speculation, rumor and hyperbole and 1% or less true news. Most of this I don’t bother covering or responding here. Why waste your time with a bunch of click-baiting garbage without any verifiable source?
Then again, sometimes I’m feeling playful and want to poke trolls … just because.
We have enough challenges staying on top of when and where movies are going to appear to get hung up on whether or not a 75 year old retired George Lucas is coming back to “save” Disney Star Wars.
Yeah, that’s one of the biggest “news” stories I keep seeing. It’s gone on for over a week now, started by a guy who uses a voice analyzer and wears a suit that makes him look like an alien from The Outer Limits.
Sadly, I’m being serious.
In 2020, we are supposed to take our news from a guy who shakes his fist in an alien costume disguising his voice. He has over 185,000 subscribers on YouTube and several claiming his Lucasfilm sources are credible in past stories.
I just laugh looking at his ridiculous on screen persona. Dude, the first rule of being taken seriously is to be, well, serious. This guy is a caricature. I like his shtick for entertainment value, but not for news. If you watch Dicktor Von Doomcock’s videos (seriously, he has “dick” in his name like twice lmao), he openly admits that we should take his rumors “with a grain of salt.” Of course very few are actually doing that.
Awhile back I asked here if we would even want Lucas back? I would love to see George Lucas as writer and director of another movie. Not another Star Wars movie, no thank you. I know he created it, but he had three Star Wars prequels that pretty much ruined my interest in more George Lucas Star Wars. Could he do a spin-off in the Star Wars universe that was cool? Sure, maybe. Would he want to at 75+ years old? Based on his own commentary on the subject, it’s extremely unlikely.
Lucas has like $2 billion dollars worth of reasons to spend time with his family and not get into making more Star Wars. Life is way too short, especially when you’re in your mid 70s.
This brings us back to the Kathleen Kennedy haters.
I can’t subscribe to the group that blames Kennedy for all that is wrong with Disney Star Wars (see: Kathleen Kennedy and The Mandalorian Rumors). If you make it her fault that the final three sequels were jacked up, then you also have to credit her for The Mandalorian and Rogue One and dare I even suggest that Solo was better than two of the three final trilogy (it wasn’t as good as Force Awakens)?
While I don’t have independent verification, Robert Meyer Burnett is saying that Solo toys are currently outselling any other Disney Star Wars toys except The Mandalorian Baby Yoda rules all SW toy sales. Anyway, got to credit Kathleen Kennedy for this, too, right? Only fair.
I just read a good story that, like Dicktor Von Doomcock, claims to have an inside source at Disney. If you want to get caught up in reading all things bad about Kathleen Kennedy, it’s worth having something to balance with a contrarian viewpoint.
More specifically, they say there is no talk about Kennedy leaving any time soon. At present, she has her attention focused on the film side of things over at Lucasfilm, while Favreau and Filoni are more focused on the Disney+ content. Furthermore, our source added that the rumored “civil war” is not true, and that they trio’s working relationship is fine.
100% don’t believe George Lucas is ever coming back to Star Wars — other than in a capacity to consult (he’s been doing that by many reports all along).
If he ever directs a Star Wars movie will I want to see it? Sure, but after seeing his prequels, I’m not clamoring for any more Lucas Star Wars. Give me some fresh eyes and ideas making new Star Wars films. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni can give us more Mando and spinoffs. There are plenty of other filmmakers that can probably do some crazy cool things within the Star Wars galaxy.
(Not Rian Johnson)
Kathleen Kennedy staying isn’t going to be a roadblock to getting more good Star Wars created. Logic and history will tell you otherwise. She’s been a part of way too many good movies to be as terrible as some Star Wars fans believe. I don’t subscribe to the notion that on every film she just got coffee for the directors. That’s not only sexist, it’s just ignorant and stupid. Kennedy had good ideas according to Spielberg himself.
Let’s not rewrite history here. Lucas hand-picked Kennedy. Maybe he thought she’d use his Star Wars sequel stories and feels somehow betrayed, but he took the money and every writer — even the great George Lucas — should understand rejection. Disney doesn’t have to use his ideas. He sold Star Wars and thus gave the new owners the power to do whatever they wanted with the IP, including telling whatever stories — good, bad or indifferent — they wanted to tell.
In closing, George Lucas isn’t coming back. If he does come back, I’ll happily admit being wrong, and if he does would welcome and look forward to seeing any non-Star Wars movies that he writes and directs.
Star Wars fans need to move on from Lucas. Not from Star Wars. Keep The Force alive, I get it. We can get more great media out of this IP.
Plenty of great creative people out there besides George Lucas. As for Kathleen Kennedy, she’s earned a seat at the table doing what she is doing as long as she wants to do it. I don’t get the hate, really. It just supports the notion that women executives aren’t treated as well as men. Hollywood does have far too many men in positions of power and Kennedy has a resume that is very deserving a seat at any film production table.
Please excuse the FIRST LOOK Friday interruption, as there are many, many film delays to comment on. It’s becoming hard to keep up with them all, but by the end of this post we’ll both be more in the know.
First up, James Cameron’s billion dollar budget Avatar sequels may have started refilming not too long ago but Disney is delaying the December 2021 release by a full year. It doesn’t stop there, that pushes back the other sequels, of course.
Of course, with Avatar 2 being pushed to December 16, 2022, that means the other three Avatar sequels have been delayed as well. As it stands now, Avatar 3 is now scheduled for December 20, 2024, followed by Avatar 4 on December 18, 2026 and Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028. Assuming those dates stick (and given this franchise’s track record and these crazy times we live in, that’s far from guaranteed), that means by the time the Avatar film series concludes, it’ll have been nearly 20 years since the first movie came out and took the world by storm.
Who didn’t expect this delay? These Avatar sequels have been cursed for delays since starting. I’m about 30% certain we’ll even see this in 2022, but we’ll save that snark for another day. What’s even worse, perhaps, is contemplating how even the wizard James Cameron, master of technology in filmmaking can make back this mammoth budget. I suppose if anybody can do it, he has the track record. Just seems on the heels of a complete abortive Terminator sequel failure and the pandemic fallout, prospects are unfavorable.
Mulan delayed, but not “indefinitely”
Moving to the next obvious delay from Disney is Mulan. They’ve pulled a Tenet and aren’t giving us any sort of future date yet. “Indefinitely” is what other publications are labeling it, but that’s misleading. They aren’t indefinitely delaying Mulan, they just haven’t chosen a future date — yet. Am curious if that date will be close to Tenet. The two films have enjoyed a lot of promotional press for being indicators of the healthy state of cinemas during the pandemic.
Don’t want to speculate too much here, but it seems reasonable to believe that whatever films open first are likely not to perform as well as they would have before the pandemic — but there are so many details involved: when the theaters are reopened, how many theaters are opened both domestically and internationally, safety protocols and more. I do believe there is a strong desire for people to see movies in theaters again someday, but safety first is on everybody’s minds as long as there isn’t a vaccine for the The Thing That Should Not Be Named.
Bottom line is Summer 2020 for movies in America is dead, gone and soon to be cremated or buried. We now must look to the Fall and beyond for cinematic salvation.
Bill & Ted Face The Music – day and date release on September 1
Bill & Ted: Face The Music, which I have scheduled for a FIRST LOOK today has been bumped to September 1, 2020 simultaneously on both VOD and whatever theaters are open. We won’t hear a peep from NATO / AMC on this one, as they have too many fires raging on their lawn to squabble over theatrical windows any more.
Top Gun: Maverick re-holsters release until July 2, 2021
We’ll have to contain our excitement for Maverick’s return. Paramount has grounded Tom Cruise’s sequel until July 2, 2021. Paramount’s horror sequel, A Quiet Place: Part II, will not be released until 2021 either. That is covered below.
What other announced film delays?
Am certain to be missing some, but here’s what we’ve learned as of this writing, bullet-style in chronological delayed release date:
Unhinged – delayed from July 31, making this the lone new title that would have been released in theaters in July, now that only happens in the Twilight Zone. A third delay with no specific August date, but studio Solstice wants to release next month. They are in a holding pattern to see what Tenet and Mulan are doing.
The Empty Man – delayed from August 7 to December 4, 2020
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run – delayed multiple times, most recently from August 7 until January 2021 with day and date release (VOD + Theaters)
A Quiet Place Part II – delayed multiple times, most recently from September 4, 2020 to April 23, 2021
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – delayed from September 11, 2020 to June 4, 2021
2 Hearts – delayed from September 11 to October 16
Halloween Kills – delayed from October 16, 2020 to October 15, 2021
The New Mutants – psych! This one has not been delayed again — yet — and is still planned for August 28. They reiterated this at the Comic-Con@Home panel. It’s still almost a month away, so this could change …
For a complete list of movies coming to theaters in 2020, visit: FIRST LOOK: 75+ Movies Coming To Theaters In 2020 — the title of that post will probably be wrong at the rate we’re going, but that page continues to be updated regularly. I’ve started a 2021 coming soon to theaters page, but not ready to share that quite yet, because of the ever-changing dates and moves.
What’s left coming to theaters in August 2020?
Seven movies as of this writing. I’ll have that posted at some point in the next week, but again, still waiting to see further movie delays. September only shows *3* movies coming to theaters at the moment. Based on everything that’s not happening, more delays should be expected.
Bet our grandchildren would dig hanging out in this galaxy. I mentioned it to my wife and she was like, “um, no” but hey, I think it looks cool. Probably it is cost prohibitive for families, I didn’t dig too deep into it to know for sure. Anybody seen projected pricing on this?
More research needed.
Meanwhile, I’m having The Mandalorian withdrawals. Got to wait for another season, but haven’t really been back to Disney+ since the first season concluded.
No, George Lucas is not coming back to Star Wars
Hearing a few rumors that George Lucas might be back in some capacity? I’m not buying it. He’s been pretty consistently retired from Star Wars since the sale to Disney. Sure, he’ll drop by the set or offer some creative office time to espouse some of his creator wisdom, they’ll bow to him and/or pat him on the head, and then do whatever the heck they want. I’m not even sure George Lucas back doing anything except if he is behind the director’s chair, is newsworthy. That isn’t meant as disrespectful, he’ll always be credited for his genius creation, but it’s in different creative hands now. Star Wars fans need to accept that and move on from Lucas.
Unless he says he’s written a new script and is directing a new Star Wars movie. Then somebody can pinch me and we’ll talk about it.
There is a reason I try not to give too much bandwidth to rumors, because they are worth clicks and quick eyeball traffic, but it’s generally wiser to just focus on what we know, not what we don’t.
As much as I’d like to move onto many other films, the movie blogs I’m following are still posting reviews and talking Star Wars. They are drawing me back in.
So, who buys this rumor from an inside source that says Disney’s Lucasfilm wants George Lucas back?
the studio want him back, but want him to work in a more official capacity and more “on the record” this time around. It’s likely this new role will give Lucas significant creative control over the direction of the newer Star Wars films that he oversees, unlike his work on Rise of Skywalker, which Lucas allegedly did as a favor to director J. J. Abrams.
The headline is a bit misleading — imagine the clickbait. It actually is believable that they would give George Lucas some sort of pat on the head consultant role, but it’s obvious by their actions they have no interest in paying attention to any of his creative ideas unless he steps back up and gets in the director chair.
Which, if you watch this video with Mark Hamill’s award ceremony, he’s blatantly dismissive about ever coming back: “No, I’m out of the game.”
Our favorite stormtrooper renegade, John Boyega, is in a wee bit of a dustup over joking around on social media. Come on, Finn, you know you can’t make any sexual jokes about co-stars characters. This is DISNEY Star Wars, man, the house that Mickey built. Keep those pipe laying comments in the trench for Wedge to navigate and shoot down the Death Star target.
Sorry, I laughed. I’m not really much of a Star Wars fan any more. Haven’t been for years. I did enjoy The Mandalorian and am eager for season two, but theater-wise it’s just been a run of too many so-so to bad movies for me to get all that excited about the feature films any more.
People, we had George Lucas make three more Star Wars films not that long ago. Two of the three were awful. I don’t think Lucas, as great as he was when all cylinders were firing and he wanted to make great movies, has any heart left for it any more. I mean that with all due respect. He’s rich and retired, and wants to stay that way.
If I were him, I’d have no interest in any sort of complimentary consulting role at Lucasfilms. That’s sounds like a good excuse to use his name for promotional purposes. He’s much smarter than that.
Now, we just have to hope younger people will take the torch and make more stories like The Mandalorian.
More Reviews by Others
Just putting the newest reviews I’ve read here, rather than separating by recommended and not recommended.
And in this Corner: “The movie is not as bad as critics have made it out to be. It is certainly not good, but it is also not the worst “Star Wars” movie”
Anthony Herring / Byte: “…when the film works, it truly excels, but when it doesn’t work, it really, really does not.”
Cole Mushel / The C Word: “I’m going to say that I like this movie, I don’t love it, I don’t even think it’s that great, but I like it. I think I mostly like it because at the end of the day it’s a Star Wars.”
Emerald / My Turn To Talk: “I found the ending neither hopeful nor satisfying, but the stuff that came before it was enjoyable enough.”
Ginger Movie Reviews: “To be the final movie in the Star Wars story, it was held to a very high standard. It did not disappoint me.”
Maria Copeland: “…wasn’t a brilliant film, but it succeeded where it most mattered..”
mrushing02: “To my utter surprise, I liked it, from start to finish. It did something I never expected it to be able to, it not only made me like The Force Awakens more, it actually utilized plot elements from The Last Jedi in a way that almost redeemed them in my eyes. It also found a way to bring the Skywalker Saga to a satisfactory close for me.”
Patrick Why / The Ebert Test: “…does leave a bit of a bad taste due to its almost algorithmic hitting of beats, tying up of loose ends and resolving of call-backs.”
Plenty of Popcorn: “…is definitely worth watching with a friend or two who can interject with outlandish, inappropriately-timed fan theories.”
Riley’s Ramblings: “Actually most things, it wasn’t a bad movie, except for the issues with Kylo Ren and Rey”
Son of Freedom: “While JJ Abrams did pull off a miraculous feat, everything about this trilogy was so haphazard and random that it’s hard to care. The film is too rushed. The characters spend too much time yelling at each other. The jokes rarely land. The retcons and MacGuffins are dumb.” (ed. this is one funny well-written review. Nicely done!)
Stroke of Genius: “I can say I was happy with the way they landed the plane. As for suspicions and reports about various forms of clunkiness in the process well, that’s kinda how these things go. Life and art imitate each other, you know.”
The Bad Movie Marathon: “This film is a mess, and I could probably roll with that more if it wasn’t for the fact that a lot of the reason for that is that it backpedalled on TLJ, for better or – more often – for worse.”
The Genre Freak: “In his desperation to please the wide berth of Star Wars fans, JJ Abrams has made a movie that’s both narratively flawed and just honestly soulless.”
The Movie Vampire (3.5/5): “…as easy as it is to pick holes in certain elements of the movie, but pros outweigh the cons in a pretty big way for me. This is the first time we’ve really seen the cast of the new trilogy working together on a mission and the adventure elements here really delivered for me.”
The Nerdy Critique: “I did enjoy it. But if you start to think about it even the slightest, it crumbles to the ground in a heap”
Two stormtroopers kicking it on a break waiting on their evil leader, Moff Gideon, and instructions. With The Child in tow, one of them punches Baby Yoda when he moves around in a sack. They decide to finally take him out when “he’s not moving” (something the internet is probably gasping at the concept) only to realize he’s very much alive.
The IG droid that was once sent to kill him, but reprogrammed by Nick Nolte’s character to be a robot nanny to Baby Yoda, shows up and takes out the troopers, rescues The Child and heads out on the speeder.
With Mando, Cara Dune and Carl Apollo Creed Weathers pinned down by a large group of stormtroopers in the city, the IG droid comes to the rescue, creating a diversion and battle.
You’ll have to watch the rest of the episode to see what happens from here.
At a run time approaching 48 minutes this is one of the longest episodes of series one (the longest, perhaps?). We learn more about Mando’s backstory and there is a shocking reveal in the present. I won’t spoil, but will tease by saying it’s something fans have been clamoring for throughout the first season.
This episode does an excellent job of wrapping up a lot of the plot points throughout the season, fleshing out more of Mando’s past and establishing the seeds of Mando’s arch nemesis in Moff Gideon that could become integral to the second season which will be released …who knows when.
It’s not announced yet, as far as I’ve read anyway, but we can only hope that it will be at some point in 2020. Maybe they put it off until 2021 (UPDATE after posting: Jon Favreau announced on 12/27/19 that the second season is coming in “Fall 2020”)… but think by then subscribers too much time passed and subscribers will start to bale. Maybe some bale after this month, realizing that they don’t need to pay $7/month to keep rewatching this and the other Star Wars movies, only three of which are fantastic, a few so-so movies and a few terrible ones.
This episode is directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Raganok, Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ ) and is one of the season’s very best. It closes the first season on a positive note, doesn’t leave some lame major cliffhanger, and provides some idea of where the series could be headed next.
S1:E8 Chapter 8 “Redemption” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – my only knock on this episode is the run time. I wish it would have been at least a half hour longer. They seem to blaze through these episodes, and there were missed opportunities to let some scenes breath. I’m sure it’s all meant for frenetic pacing, but they could have extended some scenes and made them more dramatic without feeling padded. At least the season finale should/could have been longer. 60+ minutes. I guess if you put 7 & 8 together and call that the finale, it is.
Season 1 Summary
Overall, I think this was an excellent, mostly exciting first season. It started out awesome, was weaker in the middle when it seemed to employ filler episodes to get to the last two episode finale, which were both fantastic. My favorite episode of the first season was Chapter 7, because that is when the series started pulling it all together.
When can we watch season two?
This is the closest we’ve gotten to the original trilogy of Star Wars since Disney bought the franchise. I know others might cite Rogue One,The Force Awakens and some perhaps even The Last Jedi — because, I acknowledge, at least that was trying to be creatively different — but for me The Mandalorian season one is the type of Star Wars I’d like to see Disney continue producing.
Please, Disney, create feature films in this style and quality!
Can’t say I’m that interested in Obi Wan Kenobi’s story (sounds prequelish like too much of Solo), although I understand that’s in development. I think the better characters are the more mysterious ones like The Mandalorian. Make movies out of some/more/all the weird characters in the cantina. Don’t give us more Skywalker main character saga spinoffs. I think, at least for awhile, we need to be finished with Skywalker and the main supporting cast. Give voice to the lesser-knowns. This will make for more creative movies and TV shows.
In the future, I may post a full season one summary after rewatching all episodes from beginning to end, including season one reviews from others, but in the meantime this post will serve as my season one review.
I realize they were trying to keep the individual episode pacing very tight and fast, and viewers can feel it, but maybe next season we’ll get a 90 minute season 2 opener and a 90+ minute closing episode (again, guess we did in season 1 if you count Chapter 7 & 8 together).
Overall Season 1 rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – middle episodes do not stand up to the opening and closing episodes. This is a great show and the only thing that keeps it from being an amazing (4.5+ stars) is needing a longer average show length: 45+ minutes like a traditional hour long TV show. Some of the episodes were almost 30 minutes of actual content, which is too short for a series like this, and more sitcom territory. Doesn’t feel meaty enough for over $10 million spent per episode.
The 8 episodes cost $100 million and if this had been a feature film, there would have been some filler cut out of the middle. An edited version containing Chapter 1, 2, small parts of 3-6, 7 and 8 would have made an incredible movie. Some enterprising soul on the internet will soon mash this up, get it a ton of attention and clicks, then have it taken down for copyright infringement. Disney could do it, too, but then they’d have to admit that the series needed some unnecessary filler.
Carl Apollo Creed Weathers offers Mando an opportunity to clear his name with the guild by returning with The Child for a mission with the client who originally wanted The Child. Mando stops by and recruits Cara Dune to join – she accepts. From there the Razor Crest is en route to the fun!
Yes, this is the story I wish we got about three filler episodes ago! A continuation of the Baby Yoda story. Mando knows he has to go back and face the music or the hunters will never stop coming after him and The Child. Nick Nolte is back in action with that weird looking character that somehow strangely looks like him.
Fans of Baby Yoda in action will love this episode. We get multiple doses of his three finger powers and he’s the main draw to this attention, not some setpiece that sits in the Razor Crest while the action is elsewhere.. Cara Dune also gets some good screen time. This episode gets back to the business of telling the story we wanted to follow three or four episodes ago.
My favorite episode in the series so far. After watching this, we’re now revved up and ready for the season one closing episode next Friday. If they do end that one on a cliffhanger, I hope it’s only a minor one. O
What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far?
Mando stops at a port to accept a new mission along with several mercenaries: to enter the heavily fortified new republic prison ship protected by droids. We’ve seen Mando show off his battling skills several times and this episode is no exception. He gets to team up with some aliens and one human merc, which is kind of cool, but this episode doesn’t offer any more details on what’s going on with Baby Yoda. When are we going to see the guild fight back against Mando taking the child? Apparently (?) the last two episodes. Something tells me the first season is going to end on a cliffhanger.
I had about the same feelings of this one as Chapter 5. It isn’t revealing anything that new, just a prison escape mission, albeit an interesting one and a type of mission Mando hasn’t done yet. We do get to see Mando in some great fight scenes, this seems to be the high point of every episode, plus a little bit of the “take off your helmet” drama. Also a joke about if mandalorians are so tough why aren’t there more around in the galaxy? (suggesting that mandalorians are rare?)
Check off the boxes episode. Giving this the same rating as the last week. Yes, I liked it, but didn’t blow me away like a couple other episodes, notably the debut. This is still very much old school Star Wars and for that, I look forward to watching, but it’s definitely setting into a pattern that will eventually wear out its welcome. For the most impatient, this might already be happening.
If we want this serious to continue, there needs to be some filler, I suppose. I’m more invested in what is going to happen with the guild backlash, however, for Mando’s actions. Maybe, hopefully, we’ll get that in the final two episodes of the season. Please, no lame cliffhanger making us wait for season two!
Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more. Enjoy in the discussion.
Comics Venture: “…the latest installment is undoubtedly the most original and entertaining so far. Entitled, “The Prisoner” it certainly plays on the ‘jail break’ Western trope – even down to the classic “betrayal,” but it also borrows a little from Die Hard and the idea of one man nothing but using wit, cunning and a modified heavy blaster to outfox an overwhelming number of adversaries.”
Indiewire: “…is a $100 million show about nothing. There’s no overarching plot, no character development, and, six episodes in, still no emotional stakes or any indication that these issues will get resolved. It’s about a walking action figure and his merchandising-friendly pet, doomed to endlessly receive jobs that pay well enough to fly to the next episode’s location.”
Jason Gaston: “It was mostly filler that didn’t go anywhere and, yes, most of it was ordinary and formulaic, but the ending was a lot of fun and that’s got to count for something.”‘
Sean Gallagher: “…while The Prisoner didn’t move the overall plot forward either, the episode is the best of the season thus far.”
Nick / AIPT: “…It’s a good thing the scenes with the Mandalorian hunting the heist crew were so good. Otherwise, this could have easily been an even weaker episode than last week’s.”
Ryan Campbell: “We also got maybe the most Mando fighting we have in the whole series with him taking out droids, his team and Quinn in some really cool fight scenes the likes of which we usually don’t see in Star Wars.”
wrayperkin: “I don’t think Favreau is done surprising us with plot twists and unpredictable character reveals. “
Like last week’s episode, this doesn’t move the Baby Yoda and Mando crossing the guild story forward in any way. Those looking for that are going to be disappointed, those who just want another cool Mando mission to explore, will be excited. And then there’s people like me who would like a little bit of both.
What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far?
Mando encounters a brief spaceship firefight only to emergency land on Mos Eisley. His ship needing repair, a female dock mechanic at port offers to fix, but Mando needs more coin. He heads into a cantina and meets a new guild recruit who has a difficult mission and needs help, but offers Mando all the cash so he can get into the guild.
Wonder if this will be a recurring plot device? Mando’s ship and/or his beskar steel armor being damaged? Nice to see a return to a familiar place (Mos Eisley). Also, nice to see speedo-bikes in action. It’s clear that Mando pretty much can trust nobody while he’s on the run with The Child aka Baby Yoda.
This episode, although a familiar shorter run time, has the same elements from previous elements. Mando takes on a mission, mission has obstacles and conflict, wrap-up and onto the next one, with a brief teaser to the future at the end. I’m going with the same rating as the last episode: 3.5 stars, but ratings will go down if the next episode doesn’t break some new ground.
As far as the Star Wars universe goes, I’ll keep following Mando’s adventures every week, unless/until this becomes too repetitive. There are elements in this episode that suggest a pattern is developing. Every TV series has some familiar recurring elements. Star Wars is a huge universe, repetition isn’t really desirable or necessary this soon into the series.
I do wish there was more cross-over in the stories other than Mando and The Child on the run from his treachery from the guild, but maybe we’ll get that in future episodes(?). They better hurry up, as there are only three episodes left in the first season … or maybe they’ll leave us on a cliffhanger heading into The Rise of Skywalker [PREVIEW] coming into theaters?
Chapter 5 “The Gunslinger” Reviews and/or Related Discussion By Others
Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more. Enjoy in the discussion.
Bro Bible / Eric: “Dropping narrative-bombs seemingly a mile-a-minute in its early goings, The Mandalorian has since settled into a more manageable, episodic, “mission of the week” type pace in the last two episodes.”
Cinemaholic: “….the story is meaty, but the turns are very predictable by now. While the previous episode showed a similar adventure, it made the wise decision to set it in an unknown planet, taking the chance to educate us about its people and culture. Setting Episode 5 in a highly familiar place does little more than fan service.”
filmschoolwtf: “There’s a limit to pandering to fans (fandering), and in an episode with multiple aliens, animals, and droids from the original trilogy and prequels and Mondo literally saying someone has the “high ground,” hearing “Mad About Me” would have been too much.”
Making Star Wars: “…was a bit better than last week’s episode. It was actually a pretty daring episode in a lot of ways”
Michael / Nerds on Earth: “I feel comfortable calling it the weakest episode yet. We don’t really learn anything that we didn’t already deduce from previous episodes. I mean, the fact that the Guild is after Mando and Baby Yoda is hardly a revelation”
What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far? I’m really digging it, as you can see from the review, but becoming a bit concerned that the stakes need to be a little higher. Can only do the same basic storylines so many times.
What follows is my mostly non-spoiler review of the episode, but these episodes are so short that you probably just want to watch it yourself and then come back and read. At the end I’m including reviews by others. I cannot guarantee of course that those reviews won’t spoil more than you want, so proceed at your own caution…
“Chapter 4 – Sanctuary”
A village is under siege from raiders. A mother and her child out. The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda find a planet to “lay low” as they hide out and, what do you know, it’s the same village under attack in the opening sequence. The Mandalorian tells Baby Yoda not to touch anything and to stay, but Baby Yoda has a mind of his own and follows. They stop in a bar and The Mandalorian spots a rebel soldier, Cara Dune (played by Gina Carano, for those who want to see more women in this series) that interests him and that’s when the the next job begins.
The rest of the story you’ll need to watch to see how it plays out, but here are my overall thoughts. Baby Yoda is there in all his cuteness, which will make the internet happy (he’s the biggest star in this series, so far). I wonder if eventually he will become a Chewbacca to Han Solo-type partner or he’ll remain more of an R2-D2 with Yoda-like powers? Future episodes will hopefully provide clarity and understanding.
Cara Dune is a solid fighter with battle history. She is strong and has the Mandalorian’s respect and plays an important part of this episode, but we’re unsure if she’ll continue to be a recurring character or this is her Nick Nolte type one and done role.
The episode basic formula so far through four episodes is Mandalorian takes on a job, he executes the job and then moves on. The run time for this episode is 40 minutes, so we’re sort of hovering around the 40 minute mark. It doesn’t seem like 40 minutes though when you’re watching it. Goes by too fast.
In prior episode reviews, I mentioned there were 10 episodes, but I’m reading in some publications, including sketched out at Wikipedia, that there will be only 8. I don’t which will be accurate, but I’m guessing they decided to slice up the original order of 10 episodes into 8, to make them run a little longer. Here is the release schedule again, that shows 8 episodes:
If it is only 8 episodes, then we’re at the halfway mark at the conclusion at the conclusion of this episode.
I’m giving this episode 3.5 stars .It’s very good, but nothing too shocking or revealing happens here. We do learn a little more backstory on the Mandalorian’s past, but it’s more of just another mission. We’re teased to a potential new character in Cara Dune, a shock trooper (something new to Star Wars we haven’t seen), but we don’t know what her ongoing disposition will be in the series and the ending of the episode, which I won’t spoil, doesn’t really answer the question one way or another.
I guess at the 50% mark, we don’t really need to know a lot, but the first season is presumably now half over.
The Mandalorian seems to want to find Baby Yoda somewhere he can hide him out so he can live in peace, but it seems that might not be an option. Will this be the ongoing struggle in each episode? Sort of like The Incredible Hulk where Bill Bixby was looking for a cure he could never find, so he just keeps wandering from town to town? Only it’s The Mandalorian, going from planet to planet searching for a home for Baby Yoda? Who knows, pure speculation here.
As mentioned, these episodes still seem to go by so (too?) fast. Maybe I’m just getting greedy. They are keeping my interest and am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I like how Disney is rolling them out old school, an episode a week, just like a traditional TV series versus the Netflix model of dumping an entire series for binging. We can still binge watch this when we get to the end.
Something tells me there is going to be a cliffhanger for the end of the first season. A second season has already been greenlit.
This episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, the eighth episode will be directed by Taika Waititi of Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Kerry Moore / Nerds on Earth (10/10): “There’s no dramatic swell of music to emphasize the Mandalorian’s growth, no on-the-nose directing from Bryce Dallas Howard for sentimental effect. The quiet conversation between Dune and the bounty hunter, shot mostly from stationary angles with interposed cuts of baby Yoda playing with the village children, conveys the emotions under the Mandalorian’s helmet perfectly.”
The Sandcrawler Blog: “…another great episode. This one didn’t stray from the Western feel and told a great story.”
What do YOU think of The Mandalorian overall so far? I’m really enjoying it. Honestly, it’s my favorite currently active TV series at the moment, but I’m only following this one regularly, so that should be considered.
Perhaps I’m missing some other great TV series? Tell me about what you think of The Mandalorian and feel free to recommend other TV series you might recommend.