You watchered yesterday’s chapter “The Jedi” of The Mandalorian already? And was it as you expected? Better? Or disappointing?
Don’t expect a full review from me please, just some quick remarks as I may: After having watched it only once I must say I didn’t like it as much as I expected. No it’s not Dave Filoni’s fault but my own much too high expectations. After the long phase of rumours about Rosario Dawson casting as ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano, maybe I’ve expected more fanfare and a more glowing entrée by her figure. Damn Hollywood and its access media for painting everything bigger than it really is.
By now we should have figured out The Mandalorian has found its tempo, size and scale; it is what it is and it won’t change. And we should get used to guest stars being just that, guests in a series that’s on the move, meets them at some point, has them shine for 20 minutes and then leaves them behind … at least for a while. Who knows, if Ahsoka is needed for some or the other plot point we’ll see Rosario Dawson again. If not – then not!
Speaking of Rosario Dawson, I wouldn’t have noticed her in her Twi-lek makeup wouldn’t I have known it’s her. My disappointment is not with her person and the acting but the redundancy of Ahsoka in the Mando series. Mando helps her freeing the village off the bad guys and gets little in return: No, she won’t take care of Baby Yoda, won’t train him … but she knows his name and gives Mando a new planet to visit on his search for Baby Yoda’s people. We already have a hunch of what will happen in the next chapter, don’t we? Our tribe of two will remain just that. And good-bye to Cobb Vanth, frog lady, Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Thano and all the other side-characters. Was nice having known you. 😉
Another reason for my disappointment was today’s planet. All grey and dark and dead trees. One wonders are there no green fields to grow produce on, what are those poor people eating? This setting would’ve looked great for a WW1 movie or a dystopian scifi movie, not for the always optimistic Star Wars. Remember, even in Star Wars’ darkest hour, when Obi-Wan made peacemeal of Anakin and left his limbless body for dead in some hot lava puddle, the scene was well-lit. By aforementioned lava. So we could see the faces of the actors acting their hearts out. Chapter 13 was just too dark all over.
Me’s off to the gym now, cya laterz.
What did you take away from yesterday’s episode? Let’s discuss in the comment section …
One afterthought: While watching this episode I had a weirdly familiar feeling … and … ugh, let’s just see if you agree with my thoughts … or not … or meh.
I guess Dave Filoni, quite nicely, tried to re-imagine one or the other of Akira Kurosawa‘s Samurai flicks of the 1950s. The monochrome colour scheme – Kurosawa filmed mostly in black and white – the blocking, the panning camera, the action, the pacing, the style.
But that was this one episode, directed by Dave Filoni. I guess usually our Mando has a different role to play in this series. Many male YTers are complaining about Din Djarin just coming along on the various raids, not being the leading hero but bestet and lead on, even by girls.
I think it’s not the Mando’s job to be THE hero. He’s just a humble headhunter, trying to carve out a living for himself in a chaotic galaxy. We’ve seen him doing heroic things but that’s not his first and foremost job. I guess he’s serving as our POV, as our narrator, the choir of the opera! He leads us from planet to planet, from character to character, from adventure to adventure. And he’s supposed to spin the red thread, to slowly follow a long-term task and getting to grips with his new-found role as father figure. So you see the Mando has his work cut out for him and can’t engage to deeply with all the different situations he stumbles into. So of course he takes a step back and lets the guest stars shine and be more awesome than he is. Guess why he’s not taking off the helmet? Yes, exactly, so we won’t focus on him too much. The last two episodes were about Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze and Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano respectively, not about the Din Jarin.
I guess the series has found its footing by now. This is what it is, it’s all we can expect … and for me that’s enough. In a group effort, filmed by various directors, featuring various guest stars we shouldn’t expect awesome episodes each week. Of course there are weaker stars, weaker screenplays and directors. And not every episode will be driving the plot forwards in giant steps. Duds are inevitable.
This is the way!