Let’s talk about ‘The Mandalorian’
I’ve opened up a new section on Jammer’s Reviews devoted to The Mandalorian. I’m watching the show, I’m enjoying it a lot, and many of you are too. So why not have a place to talk about it?
Now, before you get too excited, I am not doing full-length reviews of this series. This is something of an experiment. Basically, I will open up a page for each episode when it’s released on Disney+. Then, at some point during the week, I will add a brief review. Repeat: These will not be detailed, full-length reviews in my typical format. There also won’t be big photos on the home page for each episode, nor blog posts here to prompt the RSS feed for the three of you still following my content that way. (That’s an activity which is probably more a waste of my time as it is, and merely an excuse to populate my mostly dormant blog with cross-posts.)
Why not full reviews? A few reasons, one of them probably obvious.
First of all, I simply don’t have the time or will. But I may have the time and will to dash off a few paragraphs to contribute my piece to a weekly discussion (likely as a latecomer).
Also, I am not an expert on the Star Wars extended universe. For decades, my entire knowledge of Star Wars has been through the feature films. No books, no comics, no animated TV shows. I had no idea what the Darksaber was until I saw articles suddenly going crazy about it last year.
The Mandalorian is my first Star Wars TV show. There may be a time in the near future when I will get around to watching The Clone Wars (my kids are of the age that they are now consuming things in the Star Wars universe, and Clone Wars would likely be perfect for them), but at this moment, I’m not there. So I approach The Mandalorian as somewhat of a novice — certainly not the expert level I approach Star Trek.
The other thing is, as someone not fully immersed in the extended lore, I see The Mandalorian as my show to sit back and enjoy on a Friday night and not think too much about. And it’s not a show that seems to require a ton of analysis. It’s a (very well made) space western adventure. Maybe my thoughts will change as I start writing a bit about it and reading your comments, but maybe not. I don’t know.
So we’ll just see how it goes. Don’t expect me to point out every reference and Easter egg that shows up in the episodes. There are too many, and I’m sure there are many I will miss. As reviews go, my efforts may vary. We’ll see. But I figured it was worth it to let the discussion roll and see what happens.
For now, I’m just putting out pages for the currently airing second season. Maybe I’ll double back and add pages/reviews for the first season, after I get around to rewatching it. Not sure when that will happen, but it’s possible after season two is over I might go back and do season one. My kids are bugging me to let them watch it, although they are still a little bit young and this show might be just a little too edgy/violent for them. (They’ve seen all nine of the Skywalker movies, but I’m not sure if they’re ready for this and Rogue One.) It’s going to be a long COVID winter, so we may cave in and let them watch it. Not sure yet.
I think that’s the whole point here: We’ll see what happens. If this is something that interests you as a Jammer’s Reviews visitor, let me know in the comments. The more interest I have, the more that might sway my thinking.