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Though its character building leaves something to be desired, "Chapter 1" is a visual feast with enough sense of adventure to inspire hope that the force may be strong with The Mandalorian.
"The Mandalorian," though, is a well-crafted, compelling series that's the perfect ambassador for Disney Plus - an old favorite wrapped in a new story that leaves you hungry for the next episode.
The impressive production values, however, can't cover up a relatively skimpy plot. "Chapter 1" of The Mandalorian is a thin piece of setup stretched over 38 minutes.
39 minutes of mediocre Star Wars.
[The premiere is] good enough to keep me watching, forgettable enough that I doubt I'll want to watch this specific episode again.
Every screen shot locks you comfortably into the familiar "Star Wars" canon, but somehow it all feels fresh and new.
It's a strong start to an expensive series with the world of expectations. It's also, quite a lot of fun. What more can you ask for?
A refreshing 'Star Wars' entry that simultaneously feels massive and contained. Favreau brings subtle strokes of comedy and a Death Star's worth of intrigue.
Its story is entertaining and action-packed, funny at times and dangerous at others, its visuals are often stunning and the use of practical effects gives it a tangible physical quality that you can believe in.
My biggest complaint is that the episode was too short. They're writing these things like they've got an hour slot with twenty minutes of commercials, which they aren't.
This Western aspirant breathes life into a franchise that is in need of gracious rejuvenation. The first episode drops the line with a hook that opens the series up for a plethora of possibilities. There's thrill buried in this headily tense adventure.
It has a great lead character and there's buildup to his personality, and it looks great, it looks sharp.
As pilots go, it's not terrible.