In Review: The Mandalorian


Crew Wheeler, Guest Writer

The Mandalorian is an epic Star Wars spin off that takes place four years after the sixth movie. It stars a Mandalorion bounty hunter known as “Mando” who goes around the galaxy searching for criminals, and he is always seeking ways to make money. He’s a feared gunslinger who is the stuff of legend and he is recognized everywhere he goes. The show does a tremendous job of getting the public excited for Disney Plus and the future of Star Wars as a Disney series. From here on out there are small spoilers ahead, so if you want to go into the series absolutely blind, then you might want to stop reading at this point. 

On a high risk, high reward mission, Mando meets an adorable little green figure who pop culture has named “Baby Yoda” and if you have never seen him before, I want you to stop what you’re doing, pull out your phone and look up a picture of Baby Yoda. See, yeah I know so adorable, good job Disney. Anyway, the Mandalorion begins to protect Baby Yoda instead of turning him in and he uses him as his sidekick. Although he has an extremely high bounty, Mando becomes attached to the little guy and he supports and takes care of him as best as he can. It’s sort of whimsical seeing such a serious figure interact with such a charming and funny character. 

A few of their adventures so far include saving a farm town from raiders who are destroying their small village, helping a rookie bounty hunter with his first job, and working on a mission with other bounty hunters. Many other bounty hunters have gone looking for the pair, but none have succeeded in their mission of capturing Baby Yoda. At the end of the season, the Galactic Empire shows up and demanded Baby Yoda to be handed over to them. 

The show takes a new look at the famous Star Wars universe and puts a fresh spin on the old Star Wars series. It has been very fascinating to see new worlds in the galaxy and the show does a remarkable job of showing how the series takes place a couple of years after the war with beat up Stormtroopers and anti empire propaganda. The show also does an exceptional job of getting all ages interested in the story because it’s not too intense for children, but serious enough and has an intriguing story for adults, this has been a vital reason for the incredible success of the franchise so far. 

One of the few things I don’t appreciate about the show is the forced-feeling character of shock trooper Gina Carano. She is the cliche “forceful accomplice” who doesn’t add much to the show. I secretly always find myself rooting against her and wanting the character to get killed off in the show. 

Despite the character of Carano, I really have enjoyed the beginning of The Mandalorian. It’s engaging and will be fascinating to see where the show goes from here, I wonder if Baby Yoda and Mando stick together, and if Baby Yoda flourishes if he will be more helpful. I welcome the attempt to make an impressive show, and that is exactly what Disney has done.