Sunday 19 November 2023

The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett

Guys that wear light saber resistant armor!

The Mandalorian

This currently three season show is a space western in the universe of Star Wars, focusing on "Mando", a Mandalorian bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal - though its hard to tell sometimes as part of their creed is to always keep their helmets on! It starts off a bit bumpy, with our hero almost getting killed by low level wild animals but it certainly picks up at the end of episode one when he finds the incredibly popular "baby Yoda". Even someone who has never seen any other Star Wars media can get into this as Mando either needs as much explaining to as the audience on what is going on / how things work or is explaining it to someone else (often baby yoda).

While there's good humor to be found here and the script is ok with moments of greatness, its the visuals that really win it with excellent CGI and really good costumes. It also helps that there's often a decent action beat per episode too and as the seasons go on it's actually been getting even better (Katee Sackhoff has an excellent character) even though Mando is constantly losing his spotlight as the primary protagonist. Not sure if they're doing a season four or where that will go but this is definitely recommended, and was good enough to spawn a few other Star Wars series like Ahsoka and the Book of Boba Fett.

The Book of Boba Fett

With its tie in to the Mandalorian and Temura Morrison playing the titular Boba Fett you'd think this had all the makings to be pretty good! Alas, the lack of baby yoda and a one season plot that mostly stayed on one planet with what basically was minor squabbles over territory didn't do it any favors. It even feels the creators had to pivot towards the end to re-inject the Mandalorian and his ward to make it an unofficial Mandalorian Season 2.5. Not really recommended, even though I like it's title song, but if you are watching the Mandalorian you should probably watch episodes 5, 6 and 7 of this one after Mandalorian season two anyway.

Decluttering Day 28: Obsolete Blizzard cards with codes to try World of Warcraft for free, up to level 20 only.

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