Before I start this post, I agree with the rest of the world: The Mandalorian should have been called The Baby Yoda Show. That little thing is adorable. Okay, that segment’s over.
The first two episodes of The Mandalorian did an incredible job of setting the show up. We were introduced to the Mandalorians, and we understand enough of how they live and operate to appreciate the plotline. We know about bounty hunters, recent history, and the settings to follow the show without having too many questions.
Episodes 3, 4, and 5 move away from the “protect the asset!” a more towards episode-by-episode miniature storylines. I love this structure – it’s one of the reasons I love Doctor Who. Every episode has its own plot, but they all tie-in to a larger story. After episode 5, I’m beginning to see the pattern and I’m really enjoying it.
If the show had kept to the same format as the first two episodes for the future ones, I think it would have gotten old fast. It’s not that the show was bad – not at all! – but to keep up that kind of plot structure for an entire series of episodes would have eventually felt rehashed and dull. If you want a structure like that, go and watch a film!
It’s incredible to me how they take the mandalorian, a man whose face is always covered, and make you like him! He has developed – he’s learnt to push back against the oppression of his people and protect those who need and deserve protection. This is a wonderful progression to follow and I hope they keep it up.
The Mandalorian is one of the best shows on TV right now. I say that whilst watching CW’s Arrow which I think is almost as good as it was in the beginning! If you are a fan of anything SF or fantasy, you need to watch this show.
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