New The Mandalorian Clip + Premiere Reviews Hype Disney +’s Marquee Series

The Mandalorian is here. The first-ever live-action Star Wars series began streaming yesterday on Disney +. This means the reactions are in, and if you’ve been waiting to decide whether to fork over cash for another streaming service, you might be doing just that—especially if you’re a Star Wars fan. The Mandalorian is one of the big, marquee series that Disney has been working on, and the effort seems to have paid off in a big way.

We’ve also got a new clip featuring Werner Herzog’s heavy, sitting very imperially (if you ask us) in a room filled with Stormtroopers. It seems he might have a job for the Mandalorian. But wait, doesn’t The Mandalorian take place five years after the events in Return of the Jedi, which gave us the Rebel victory over the Empire? Indeed it does. But authoritarian regimes don’t just die out en masse, and The Mandalorian is set in a world where remnants of the past struggle against those looking towards the future.

The scene is a brief but potent look at Jon Favreau’s series, with Pedro Pascal starring as your titular bounty hunter. Even though he’s surrounded by Stormtroopers, the Mandalorian remains calmly in control. He still likes his odds. This is the second full scene Disney + has given us a glimpse of after yesterday’s awesome barroom brawl. It speaks to the series style, which is both original trilogy and western, with some Samurai vibes thrown in for good measure.

And what are folks saying about the actual premiere? They’re pretty much loving it. Collider‘s Dave Trumbore is a big fan, while The Verge‘s Chaim Gartenberg says that the series shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen. CNet’s Sean Keane writes that “The engrossing first adventure for the Boba Fett-style bounty hunter will suck you into his grimy world.”

Featured image: Pedro Pascal is ‘The Mandalorian.’ Courtesy Walt Disney Studios/Disney+


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