The mandalorian [Spoilers]

Aeson

Adventurer
Bryce Dallas Howard may be a horrible actress, but she directed a darn fine episode. Baby Yoda with the soup is priceless. Mando's comment was just as priceless. I also think with his luck in fights he needs to lay off the flamethrower. He will light himself on fire.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I heard that George Lucas had deliberately stated Yoda's species will always be "unknown" in his canon, and as a joke claimed Yoda was the illegitimate offspring of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Yoda had fairly normal eyes. This one has black orbs. It might be a related species.
 

Mallus

Hero
Bryce Dallas Howard may be a horrible actress, but she directed a darn fine episode. Baby Yoda with the soup is priceless. Mando's comment was just as priceless. I also think with his luck in fights he needs to lay off the flamethrower. He will light himself on fire.
At first I thought the direction was off in the 4th episode. It didn't have that tense, arty, spaghetti western feel of the prior 3 (esp. the 2nd episode). But by the end I realized I had just watched a fair approximation of what a Spielberg-directed Star Wars film would look like. So, yeah, kudos to Bryce Dallas Howard. Great job!
 

Mookus

Explorer
Four episodes in and I remain totally on board, it's been a hoot to watch.

I had one tiny twinge on the most recent episode when I thought to myself, "Wait, why doesn't he just use those ginormous laser cannons on the front of his ship to rout that entire contingent, AT-ST and all?", but the episode was enough fun it didn't overly detract.

It reminded me of one of my favorite (original) Battlestar Galactica episodes where one of the Colonials (think it was Starbuck) got stuck on a backwater frontier type of settlement alone and the local crime boss had a Cylon enforcer called Old Red Eye.

For the same reason as mentioned upthread re: a single AT-ST, it was refreshing to see a single Cylon warrior such a threat to 'normal' people not used to mowing them down on the battlefield.
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
Well. Guess I'm in the minority. #4 was the first episode i didn't like. It seemed like just padding, and rather than an ode to Magnificent Seven it was just a rip off. Acting was wooden, dialog generic, and tension lacking. Still, baby yoda and Mando are awesome.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Episode 4 had a different pace.

Scores high for worldbuilding and it was almost as long as any other 1 hour show minus ads.
 

BookBarbarian

Expert Long Rester
I do think that episode 4 could have been a little... tighter or maybe more polished. I'm struggling to put my finger on it.

Still I liked more than I disliked.
 

cbwjm

I can add a custom title.
It certainly gave the at-st a different feel from the movies. Made it something to be feared.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Eh, don’t need anyone to die on screen to see how scary something like that is.

I loved seeing the post war “these weapons are showing up in backwaters all over” element explored a bit, though. Very cool.
 

Imaculata

Adventurer
Haven't seen episode 5 yet, but my thoughts on episode 4:

Positive:

Well directed episode (Great job Bryce Dallas Howard).

I love that we got to see an AT-ST in this show (I knew it was coming), and I like how they portray it as a monster lurching from the forest with its red eyes. There is just fantastic art design all over this show. I would also like to know how these effect scenes were shot.

Gina Carano is fantastic. You can tell she's an MMA fighter, because she knows how to sell a punch. It is also great to see a lady with the muscles to match her part.

Negative:

The idea that baby Yoda would be safe on the planet (or any planet) is rather silly. The Mandalorian already knows that lots of other bounty hunters are after this little guy. So why would he ever think he's safe on any planet?

I wish the way the AT-ST was defeated was a bit more clever. This just seemed like a bit of a writers block. There are so many clever ways in which they could have dealt with this primitive looking 2-legged vehicle. The way it ended up playing out was a bit disappointing.

I think there's a fine line between paying hommage to common western tropes and being predictable. This show is unfortunately on the side of being extremely predictable (and I think thats a fair judgement after 4 episodes). While throwing in the occasional trope is fine in my opinion, when the show feels like they are going through every trope one by one in very familiar ways, it just ends up lacking any excitement. Firefly also had western tropes, but it was mixed up with plot twists and clever humor. There just doesn't seem to be anything in The Mandalorian that is particularly clever.

Other things:

I think this is the first time we've seen a walker being referred to as a 'mech' in the Star Wars universe. It felt odd to me. 'Mech' or 'Mecha' are typically how giant robots (controlled by people) are referred to in Japan. The word used in Star Wars has always been 'walker', but in this episode both words are used. It's a bit strange and I don't really like it. But that's just my personal preference.
 

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