This somewhat explains the Boba Fett cult following!
The jewel of the Disney Plus crown has been their first Disney Plus/Star Wars original – The Mandalorian! But is it enough to keep DP subscribers maintaining their monthly DP subscriptions?
For those who haven’t heard of ‘The Mandalorian’ before (like me, prior to my 7-day free Disney Plus trial……..), The Mandalorian is Star Wars’ first live-action series, which features a Mandalorian – a bounty hunter who is adorned head-to-toe in rare hard-to-destruct Mandalorian armour. The story is set in a time period after ‘Return of the Jedi’ and before ‘The Force Awakens’, in a genre which has been described as an out-in-space country-western. The Mandalorian travels the galaxy alone in his space ship, taking up bounty contracts to hunt down and exterminate (when required) individuals for clients. The first bounty that we witness as viewers, is the capture (and extermination if needed) of a 55 year old ‘child’ of the same green race as Yoda. And after locating the child, and bonding with him after a near-death experience, the Mandalorian not only refuses to deliver the child to the Client, but takes him across the galaxy as his protector and caregiver (It’s like ‘Daddy Daycare’ – in a galaxy far far away!).
Sure, it all sounds a little bit corny, but hasn’t Star Wars become just that ever since Disney acquired Lucas Films? But it still has all the elements which appeases the most hard-core Star Wars fans, and with a touch of cutesy – The Mandalorian pretty much appeals to all people!
Like I’d mentioned before, prior to starting my Disney Plus free trial, I had never heard of The Mandalorian series before. The first I’d heard of the series was when I was surfing the net, reading up on what is recommended viewing on the new streaming service; and I even told one friend “NO, I’m not into Star Wars” when she asked me if I had gotten DP for the Mandalorian, when she heard that we started an Disney Plus account. But out of curiosity, I started viewing it, and even my wife got into the series – although stuff like this usually doesn’t appeal to her.
The series really is epic! You can tell that they’re working with a budget which is usually only reserved for the big screen, not for Tele-series. And after reading the history of the series’ production, you know and can see that nothing is held back because it’s a small screen production. The sets, the costumes, and the effects are all big-time, except for the lack of a star studded cast…..
Each episode has a distinct start, and a resolution before the screen fades to black, while the on-going story of the Mandalorian and the Child is always there throughout Season 1. As the series unfolds, we learn more and more about the man behind the Mask/Helmet, and on several occasions we almost get a chance to see who this guy under the T-shaped visor is! But alas, the chin strap remains resolutely fastened under his chin, and we have to wait for the ‘Disney Gallery’ of The Mandalorian, a behind-the-scenes series which documents the making of the series, before we finally spy the actor who plays Mando (i.e. Pedro Pascal).
From my opinion, the Mandalorian was fun, it has re-ignited an interest in Star Wars for me (currently watching Episodes I through to IX), and it provides DP with a true asset which can’t be viewed anywhere else, making me wanting to keep my DP subscription until the release of Season 2 in October 2020. And who hasn’t enjoyed all the whimsical ‘Baby Yoda’ memes out there!? “Aw, he’s so cute for a 55 year old!”
So now, this kinda explains some of the Boba Fett fandom which hangs around out there, which I never quite understood as the dude was a minor minor character! But the whole T-shaped visor, the armour and the jetpack all makes a bit more sense now! If this doesn’t make sense to you? Then check out The Mandalorian – you can literally be binge-watching the 8 episode series for FREE right now! Just click HERE to start viewing!