What makes ‘The Mandalorian’ one of the best Star Wars content ever?
As soon as The Mandalorian made its debut, people knew this is something entirely unique from Star Wars. There were no familiar characters or even planets. The closest thing to a Jedi that viewers had was a cute little Baby Yoda. And there was a Mandalorian Din Djarin, who gave similar vibes to Boba Fett, but was nothing like him. Now, the show is one of the best Star Wars content that Lucasfilm has ever produced. But, why is that? What makes this show so good?
We’ve had 9 blockbuster Star Wars films in the form of three separate trilogies. And we’ve had two major TV shows in the form of The Clone Wars and Rebels. But, The Mandalorian manages to stand out from all of them, ranking close to the greatness of The Clone Wars and the original trilogy. And, it looks barely related to any of the trilogies or TV shows. So, what makes it so special?
The strong points of The Mandalorian
Firstly, let’s take a look at the basics. The Mandalorian has extremely compelling characters that the audience deeply cares about. People care about Mando, even though they’ve seen his face for a total of 10 minutes in the entire course of the show. And that also speaks to the compelling performance given by Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin. And the side characters, including Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) are amazing. But, what makes them really good is the writing of the show.
Secondly, we’ll talk about the script and writing. The Mandalorian is extremely well-written, with a lot of emphasis on quality. The dialogues are catchy, memorable, and easily understandable. Moreover, the characters’ backstories are carefully interwoven within the plot, not making it burdensome with long boring dialogues. They adopted the philosophy of “less is more” and did really well with it. And the plot is just as engaging, as unknown characters help the audience invest in the show to a high degree.
Thirdly, The Mandalorian is not a plot-driven show. It is a character and world-driven show, that focuses more on the infinitely complex Star Wars universe, and uses the brilliance of the characters to navigate throughout that world, telling us how the common people survive in a deeply exploitative feudalistic/imperialist universe. Many episodes of The Mandalorian are in fact, standalone episodes, that just focus on our protagonists using their brilliance to survive and finish their objectives. And that brings us to our next point.
Lucasfilm and Disney finally made the brave but much-needed decision to abandon the Skywalkers in The Mandalorian. Everyone had seen 9 movies on that family and read countless novels on their endeavors. In a way, they’re the elite family in the Star Wars universe whose internal politics only makes life impossibly hard for the rest of the galaxy. In some ways, their family story had turned into a soap opera by the time the sequel trilogy came. And thankfully, we’ve moved on from them, or at least we hope so.
George Lucas has finally learned his lesson
It took George Lucas and other creators 20 years to realize that the audience was fed up with the same old Skywalkers/Palpatine/Empire triangle in every single film. We want to see the incredible complexities of the Star Wars universe and the galaxy, looking at how the common people survive day after day. Moreover, we needed new characters to focus our interest on. And The Mandalorian delivered on that bit handsomely.
And because of this novel approach, anyone who hasn’t even watched Star Wars can watch The Mandalorian. I personally believed a storyline like this was gone with the days of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I have been proven wrong. And I couldn’t be happier.