“The Mandalorian” hailed as an instant hit


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Chase Wyatt, Staff Writer

*Disclaimer: Spoilers Ahead

Disney+ is the newest streaming platform to binge watch shows and movies, and the biggest show to watch on Disney+ is easily “The Mandalorian”. With it’s astonishing background, amazing filming, a fantastic script and great characters, both critics and fans are loving it. 

However, it does have a weird schedule compared to most shows. Its first two episodes were released only a few days apart, and then the third episode was released the following Friday on Nov 22. After that, it seemingly follows a weekly schedule until it gets to the sixth and seventh episodes. Those will only be five days apart, and then after that, the next will be nine days apart. 

This is an odd schedule compared to most streaming platform tv shows. This is due to the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” coinciding with the Mandalorian’s schedule. “The Mandalorian’’ releases on a Friday weekly schedule, but since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” releases on a Friday as well, Jon Favreau, the director of “The Mandalorian” most likely knew that no one would watch the show on the same day or weekend as the release of the movie.   

The show has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics, and a 94% with the audience, and is only scheduled for eight episodes this season. Disney bet big on “The Mandalorian”, the first ever live-action TV series set within the Star Wars universe and the flagship original show of fledgling streamer Disney+. 

Estimates peg its cost at around $15 million per episode, making it one of the most expensive series on the small screen. Fortunately for Disney, the gamble appears to be paying off. “The Mandalorian” earned nearly $40 million during the week of Nov 10-16. 

Disney+ launched on Nov 12 and in its first four days, United States audience demand for “The Mandalorian” topped popular streaming hits, such as Amazon’s “Good Omens”, Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy“, “When They See Us” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”. 

The show is extremely action packed, with great action shots and well designed scenes of peril. The Mandalorian has little problems defeating his enemies, no matter the odds. His armor, made of Beskar steel, is basically impervious to blaster fire, can deflect a lightsaber, and is extremely light, which allows the wearer to remain light and agile. 

During many of his firefights, the Mandalorian gets hit by blaster fire and shakes it off like it’s nothing, and it leaves barely a scorch mark on his armor. When he fights a Mudhorn, he took the full force of its charge, and while it did damage his armor, he was able to still get up and  defeat it. 

Mandalorians are well adept in their weapons skills and marksmanship, and he is no different. He has two different weapons he uses. A powerful sniper rifle, called an Amban phase-pulse blaster, which is a nice callback to the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special. Then he uses a so far unknown blaster, which is based off an 1894 German Bergmann No. 1 semiautomatic pistol, which is very similar to other weapons from the original trilogy. In the original trilogy, many weapons were based off of real life weapons, usually old World War weapons, such as Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster, which was based off of a Mauser C-96. 

The Mandalorian’s armor comes equipped with a flamethrower and grappling hooks on his vambraces, and the iconic T visor helmet. However, he doesn’t have his signet yet. What a signet is, it’s like a marking that identifies you and a symbol of who you are in the Mandalorian culture. Since there’s very few Mandalorians left, it’s unclear as to how he’ll earn that part of him. Most of the remaining Mandalorians are hiding in what they call “Coverts” and they relocate any time they are discovered or compromised. 

“The Mandalorian” is a fantastic show with a very intricate plot that is getting progressively more interesting. The fans get to learn more about the Mandalorian as the show progresses, like how he hates droids and will not work with them unless he has to. On top of that, the fans are learning more and more about the Mandalorian culture. For example, one main part of their culture is how they are to never remove their helmet or let it be removed by others. 

Also, there is an Armorer in the city, in which the Mandalorian gets his armor made from, with a helmet decorated with Zabrak horns, which is a reference to Darth Maul, who was a Zabrak, and, at one point, controlled Mandalore, under the command of Pre Vizsla and Death Watch. So maybe the show might go in the direction of Darth Maul making an appearance. With only a few episodes out, who knows what’s in store for the show, but one things for sure, it’s going to excite fans across the world.