Star Wars: The Mandalorian

With Baby Yoda and a mysterious main character, this series gets a 10 out of 10.


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“Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” a beyond satisfactory film for all fans, not just lovers of Star Wars.

Caleb Webb, Sports Editor

The 2019 Lucasfilm’s live-action series “Star Wars: The Mandalorian” released only to Disney+ users on Nov. 12, 2019, can be described as bringing the Wild West to the world of space. This is also a big step for the Star Wars universe because it is their first ever live-action series.

“The Mandalorian” is written by the well-known Jon Favreau, who also played Happy Hogan in a number of Marvel movies: “Iron Man” (2008), “Iron Man: 2″ (2010), “The Avengers” (2012), “Iron Man 3″ (2013), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019). To add to his already extensive resume, Favreau is also responsible for directing the Disney live-action films “The Jungle Book” and “The Lion King.”

The storyline of “The Mandalorian” can be placed in between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Now, because I have been a die hard Star Wars fan since childhood, my opinion may be skewed. However, I still wholeheartedly believe that this may be derived from the main Star Wars story, but I feel as though the change in scenery is what fans needed. With the last part of the sequel trilogy, “The Rise of Skywalker,” just coming out last year, I believe giving the fans something that has a story apart from the main plot is effective and well-timed.

Before I dive fully into the film, let’s talk about the lead actor, Pedro Pascal. Pascal has been seen in the “Game of Thrones” series as well as the Netflix original “Narcos,” illustrating that he already has experience with big name shows and in “The Mandalorian” he is back to impress.

But, how could you possibly talk about “The Mandalorian” without talking about what everyone is calling “Baby Yoda?”

A baby version of the same species as Master Yoda, Baby Yoda is a part of the show that really helped it explode in popularity. But surprisingly enough, he wasn’t created through CGI. It was actually a group of puppeteers who brought Baby Yoda to life.

With a mysterious main character that never takes off his helmet and is rare to words, and an adorable alien creature that is found to be the most important element to the plot, there is no complaints from me about “The Mandalorian.”

But with as many twists and turns as there is, it keeps the audience wanting more, and especially those of us who watched it when it was being released weekly, and got a new cliffhanger. Every. Single. Time. 

But also throughout the series, we get to see Mando, a bounty hunter, grow as a person and really start to become what we view as a father figure for Baby Yoda which has a more sentimental impact on the audience. As their relationship develops throughout the film, viewers witness them becoming a family who would risk their lives for one other.

“The Mandalorian” was nominated for many awards, mostly due to it’s impressive visual effects and breathtaking environmental views. The list consists of the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode (WON); Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project; Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project; Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project; Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project; and Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project (WON).

Overall, I loved the series to death and I am really excited for another season to come out, but who knows when that will be. Disney will probably leave us hanging for a year at least, but it’ll be well worth it! This earned a well deserved 10 Greenfields out of 10.

The views in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the GENESIS staff. Email Caleb Webb at [email protected] .