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The Mandalorian

#1 Post by domino harvey » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:58 pm

Convention footage of Disney’s Star Wars series the Mandalorian, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, and Werner Herzog. Looks to be firmly in the Rogue One mode, but the guy filming sure seemed into it!

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#2 Post by Never Cursed » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:18 pm

This show has an all-around odd cast/crew list - Bill Burr, Carl Weathers, and Taika Waititi are also in it, and Bryce Dallas Howard directed at least one episode.

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#3 Post by pzadvance » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:37 am

domino harvey wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:58 pm
the guy filming sure seemed into it!
why do these dudes always seem the most excited when the logos come up

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#4 Post by Persona » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:06 pm

The reports of the footage sound promising as it seems Favreau and his collaborators were very intentional about leaning into the samurai and Western movie roots of Star Wars, but since I refuse to subscribe to Disney +, I guess I will never see this.


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#6 Post by FigrinDan » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:17 am

First trailer revealed... with Herzog!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOC8E8z_ifw

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#7 Post by bearcuborg » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:29 am

The trailer looks good, and feels like a movie, but not enough for me to subscribe.

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#8 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:45 am

I would certainly watch this if it turned out Herzog was playing an in universe documentary filmmaker interviewing all of the characters in his inimitable style!

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#9 Post by Murdoch » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:48 am

While not worth the price of admission, the Mandalorian is an enjoyable, if familiar, slice of fanfiction. There's nothing original here and it feels more like a back-to-basics approach to the franchise - the decades of lore is stripped down to a familiar Western plot of a lone gunman escorting a payload and gunning bandits down along the way. Which is not a criticism. What I enjoy about Star Wars is its expansive universe and diverse characters allow for a near-infinite number of stories to be told, so it's nice to have this simplified series that eschews the grandiose design of the trilogies. I just hope it doesn't lose itself and try to shoehorn in more from the main series. The end of episode two hints at larger things on the horizon but I'd rather this continue its small-scale bounty hunter tale.

That said, nothing else on Disney+ is worthwhile so save your money
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#10 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:25 pm

Boy is it thin, though - it felt like a novelty that it was so stripped down and sort of like Bounty Law in space, but after three episodes it feels extremely low stakes. Mostly because once stakes were introduced, they were tossed aside with, to use your words Murdoch, a fanfiction level of "the hero makes all the bad guys go whooooooosh!" which made for dull television. Was hoping there'd be new bounties introduced as the series wore on, but it seems that they're leaning into the weakest aspect of the entire enterprise, which is telling a serialized story rather than episodic ones. Hope I'm wrong and it rights the ship, but the third episode didn't leave me feeling very confident.

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Re: The Mandalorian

#11 Post by domino harvey » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:37 pm

I haven't seen this yet, but boy do the angry, lonely nerds who hate the new Star Wars movies love it and consider it "the REAL Star Wars"... so I kind of figured it must suck

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#12 Post by Murdoch » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:55 pm

It is very thin and if I were paying the monthly subscription rather than mooching off of a family member I think I'd be far more critical of it. It really is just a bunch of Western tropes with Star Wars skins slapped on, and it doesn't do anything that interesting with those tropes. I was excited for Pascal as the lead but he's given so little to do and always hidden under his helmet that he could just as easily be replaced by anyone else without the viewer noticing.

That said, I actually do like the low stakes approach but like you I would like to see something episodic rather than it focus on just this one bounty. A series would be a great place to explore this universe, but this show seems to have found its one plotline by episode three and will likely run with it through the finale. The cynic in me feels like this is just Disney's way of marketing baby Yoda plushies for the holidays.

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#13 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:56 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:37 pm
I haven't seen this yet, but boy do the angry, lonely nerds who hate the new Star Wars movies love it and consider it "the REAL Star Wars"... so I kind of figured it must suck
I think it's laudable that it has a lack of withering, bantery dialogue and has taken things back to basics. I like the new films well enough for their strengths, but this feels like a welcome change just in how seriously it takes itself (without bogging itself down the way the prequels mostly did). From a tonal perspective, it's a huge step up from the new ones. At this point though, the genie is out of the bottle - we're going to get 500 Star Wars products per decade and are just gonna have to remember which is which, there's no more "main line" of films after this final one comes out, just a bunch of chips off the monolith. Considering that those are usually animated or novels or whatever, I have to imagine that Star Wars die-hards are just glad to see that quality live action content ostensibly directed at an adult (with that word straining as hard as it can, mind you) audience is being produced in general.

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#14 Post by Persona » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:19 am

Caught up through episode 3 and I have a hard time seeing how they are going to keep this a compelling or interesting watch, unless every episode will have a setpiece as delightful as The Mandalorian attempting to hijack the Jawas' Sandcrawler in episode 2.

I certainly do appreciate a simple, more visual-story approach to the Star Wars universe with less overdone plot and dialogue, just not entirely sure they are going to bring enough ideas to the table. Kind of feels like I already watched the whole story arc that they set up, now I guess they are setting up a new one?

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#15 Post by bearcuborg » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:45 pm

This feels like a pretty spectacular success for all involved. It's good Star Wars fun, feeling in part like the old TV westerns and a video game. The co-stars have all been really wonderful additions, and used better than most of the sequel films (Sydow, Dern, Peg) - Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog have been really good, so I'm really looking forward to Esposito. The music is quite catchy too, much better than Rogue One and Solo. Deborah Chow, perviously unknown to me, has real talent - her episode has been the best so far. Dave Filoni's episode 5 is a real treat for die-hard fans.

If any of you can crochet, the baby yoda seems like a good money maker on Ebay...

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