New York (The Verge) — The Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen theverge.com/2019/11/12/209….
Disney+ has arrived along with the first live-action Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian. Read the full review for more details, but it looks like the new series is off to a great start, proving that Star Wars can work on the small screen.
With just a single episode out, it’s hard to say whether Disney has succeeded, but one thing is clear: The Mandalorian is off to a great start, and it’s perhaps the best proof yet that the Star Wars universe can lead to compelling content that isn’t packaged for kids or reliant on Luke Skywalker showing up.
The first episode does a lot of heavy lifting to acclimate viewers to a part of the Star Wars universe that feels both familiar and new. There’s the eponymous Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a bounty hunter not unlike the fan-favorite Boba Fett from the films. The Mandalorian is largely a blank slate; he’s mostly silent, always masked, but very good at what he does: hunting down and sometimes killing bail-jumpers and smugglers for money. — Chaim Gartenberg/@verge