It is lastly right here. The Mandalorian is the primary live-action Star Wars TV present and it is one of many largest causes for signing as much as the Disney Plus streaming service.
Information of The Mandalorian has been spreading all around the web for months, however now that Disney Plus is lastly out there (in some nations), followers are digging into the primary season. And boy is there loads to like.
The premiere of The Mandalorian landed on November 12 and weekly releases from then on might be staggered – similar to the previous days! Which means it will possibly’t be binged, nevertheless it’ll actually maintain us speaking about it for some time to return.
UK viewers will have a good few months to wait, sadly, with all of the irritation, Twitter spoilers and piracy that’s already entailed. With that in mind, if you’re in a country without Disney Plus, it might be worth looking away now. If you don’t mind the series being spoiled, read on.
The show charts the story of a galactic bounty hunter who is a Mandalorian. If you’ve watched the Clone Wars or Rebels animated Star Wars series, you’ll be familiar with this race (or is it species) from Mandalore.
If not, you’ll only know of Mandalorians from Boba Fett – the iconic, if briefly appearing character from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (though more on him below).
With a star-studded lineup that include’s Narcos’ Pedro Pascal in the lead role, and the massive support of Disney and the Star Wars franchise backing the live-action space western, this is already proving to be a super popular TV series.
It’s not the only Star Wars TV show coming our way either. A Rogue One prequel series, following the life of Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna) is set to come to Disney Plus down the line, while we also have word of an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series with Ewan McGregor reprising his role.
But The Mandalorian is the first show of its kind for the platform, and all eyes will be on whether Disney manages to keep the magic of Star Wars alive in what looks like a grittier take on the universe (compared to the mainline films).
Here’s everything you need to know about Star Wars: The Mandalorian, including when episodes are dropping, where you can find it, and what formats and resolutions you can expect to watch it in.
Is it worth getting Disney Plus just for The Mandalorian?
That’s a complicated question. If you love Star Wars, Disney Plus has the original trilogy in 4K for the first time, so it’s actually a decent proposition anyway if that universe means a lot to you.
As for the show, it makes a great first impression. The opening episode is a lean 39 minutes long, which is oddly respectful of your time, when so many shows on streaming services are bloated in length. It’s a tight, Western-style story without too much dialogue. This doesn’t feel like a Star Wars epic: it feels like one small story set in that universe, primarily in the criminal underworld, which is incredibly refreshing.
If you’re on the fence about the service, get a 7-day trial and watch a few episodes of The Mandalorian for yourself. And check out our review of The Mandalorian if you want more thoughts on the first episode.
The Mandalorian FAQ: quick questions answered
- What is it? The live-action Star Wars TV show, created by Jon Favreau
- Where can I watch it? Disney Plus (sign up here)
- When did it premiere? November 12
- What number of episodes? Eight episodes within the first season, launched weekly
- When is The Mandalorian set? Seven years after the occasions of Return of the Jedi, and 23 years earlier than The Pressure Awakens
- Is the Mandalorian Boba Fett? No, the sequence options all-new characters
- Who’s in The Mandalorian? Padro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, Taika Waititi, and others
The Mandalorian was first introduced in an Instagram post by Jon Favreau, who’s credited with creating and writing the sequence. It takes place seven years after the tip of Return of the Jedi – that means that is lengthy earlier than Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren from the present trilogy (The Pressure Awakens, The Final Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker) enter the image.
The Mandalorians are a army folks within the Star Wars universe, from the planet Mandalore, and have appeared in each the Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars animated sequence. They’ve had a checkered historical past within the Star Wars canon, with the Tales of the Jedi comedian sequence from Darkish Horse seeing the Mandalorians even siding with Sith forces in opposition to the Jedi, so you possibly can count on some grey ethical areas or alliances past the sunshine and darkish sides of the Pressure.
As per Favreau’s submit, it’ll observe a “lone gunfighter within the outer reaches of the galaxy”, that means we’ll get a have a look at some model new locales not beforehand touched upon within the Star Wars movies – although nonetheless with some Stormtroopers to battle (as within the trailer under).
The Mandalorian launch date: when can I watch it?
As a launch title for the Disney Plus streaming service, the Mandalorian is now dwell within the US, Canada, and The Netherlands. The service then launches in Australia and New Zealand on November 19 – with the UK and remaining European nations getting the present in March 2020. We’re unhappy about it too.
The present might be releasing episodes weekly, too, slightly than dropping the entire season without delay – however you possibly can pattern the present premiere by signing up to Disney Plus here.
The Mandalorian trailers
We received our first The Mandalorian trailer at August’s D23 expo, exhibiting off the eponymous bounty hunter in motion – with what seems like a robotic companion becoming a member of the battle too. Are robots to Star Wars heroes what pets are to Disney princesses? We’ll allow you to resolve.
Simply two weeks out from its November 12 launch date, Disney Plus dropped one other trailer for The Mandalorian, and this time we even get to listen to the mysterious bounty hunter communicate for the primary time. You may take a look at the action-packed second trailer under.
And only one week from launch, a brief trailer launched a number of model new characters, together with Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand, an murderer within the sequence.
The Mandalorian solid, crew, and administrators
With Jungle E book director Jon Favreau – who chances are you’ll know as handler Glad from the MCU Spiderman films – on the helm, and the load of Disney and Star Wars behind him, it is unsurprising that The Mandalorian can have some big-name expertise hooked up to it.
Pedro Pascal, who performed Javier Peña within the Netflix crime sequence Narcos, performs the masked bounty hunter and titular character.
Chatting with Entertainment Weekly, Pascal described the character as a “mysterious, lone gunfighter,” including that “He’s received a lot of Clint Eastwood in him.”
Different actors embrace Carl Weathers (from the Rocky and Predator sequence) and Gina Carano (Deadpool) – the latter of which you’ll make sure might be collaborating in some kick-ass motion sequences. Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Dangerous), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), and Nick Nolte (Affliction) are additionally hooked up to the sequence.
Legendary director Werner Herzog has a outstanding position in The Mandalorian, and in episode one hires the titular antihero for an vital job.
There will be quite a few administrators for the primary season’s episodes, together with Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) – the final of whom may also be voicing the IG-11 droid seen busting caps within the trailer.
So, is Boba Fett not in it?
The Mandalorian performed by Pascal within the trailer is not Boba Fett, apparently. Nonetheless, since Disney clarified the characters survival after what many thought was a grisly demise in Return of the Jedi, we would not be shocked to see him in some type, particularly since The Mandalorian is ready solely seven years after the occasions of that movie. We’ll simply have to attend and see…
The place can I watch The Mandalorian TV present?
The Mandalorian is completely out there on the Disney Plus streaming service, which is able to come to browsers, iOS, Android, Android TV (for Nvidia Protect TV, Sony TVs, and Hisense TVs), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Swap, Roku streaming gadgets, Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast, and Xbox One. After reaching a take care of Amazon, the Disney Plus app might be on Fireplace TV gadgets too.
The Mandalorian: 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos
In fact, should you’ve gone to the fuss of shopping for a 4K TV, or one that may help HDR (excessive dynamic vary) for enhanced distinction and colours, you may be eager to know if The Mandalorian will take advantage of these premium TV applied sciences – and it’ll!
The whole season of The Mandalorian might be out there to stream in 4K HDR. From what the trailer has proven us, the sweeping desert landscapes and galactic skies will little question profit.
Not like Netflix, which requires a premium subscription plan to entry high-resolution content material, Disney might be throwing in 4K and HDR streaming for its baseline month-to-month value ($7 within the US). Disney Plus will help HDR10 and the dynamic Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR format, although not the HDR10+ format discovered on Amazon Prime Video.
Dolby Atmos encompass sound audio may also be supported – for TVs or Dolby Atmos audio system capable of play the format.