So without spoilers… what are people saying/thinking about the series? The trailers look great but they can be deceptive…
I thought it was pretty good. It starts out well but then quickly gets bogged down and becomes too “marvel cinematic universe”-ish, in a not so great way. Luckily it picks back up and the last half or so is pretty great. It leans hard into the “western in space” concept and that is a very good thing. It’s far from perfect but I think it has great potential.
One thing mentioned in the spoiler thread, but not really a spoiler (I hope y’all agree…) is that it uses original music and doesn’t really rely on John Williams’ body of work at all. That felt a little jarring at first because we are just trained to expect his music to pop up frequently in anything Star Wars. The fact that this show was completely devoid of Williams’ music was rather jarring at first. I actually think it works to the show’s benefit but it does take some retraining of your mind’s “muscle memory” so to speak. Now that I know to expect that, it’s totally fine and works.
I thought the main characters were good. Some of the bit parts (especially one blue alien) were either poorly written or poorly acted (or both) but all the key players did a nice job. The Mandalorian is intriguing and I’m eager to see where his story goes. IG-11 is also awesome. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but I really love how they wrote his character and also how they brought it to life onscreen.