After 1 and a half episodes, I’m still unsure. I mean, I’m liking the Western style and it’s mostly very pretty in terms of CGi etc. But given that the main character doesn’t take off his helmet, and doesn’t talk very much, it’s hard to get much of a read on his character other than broad stereotypical strokes (the silent stranger with his own code of honor).
It’s kinda cool that they’ve stuck with the not-taking-off-the-helmet thing so far, but I have to assume that he’ll take it off at some point, otherwise why bother casting someone like Pedro Pascal.
Everything is very generic, but it’s a genre I like, so that’s ok. Sometimes the things appearing from the movie seem like a bit too much of a stream of fanservice. Oh, it’s that creature from RotJ! Ok, it’s that thing from AnH, Oh it’s that robot from…
Hopefully they’ll get that out of their system in the first few episodes.
Given that he’s a badass ‘man with no name’ he does actually appear to fail humorously often. There’s a fair bit of humor mixed in, and I’m not sure if it gels or not.
The cast is great. It’s very funny that they cast Nick Nolte as a star wars alien that looks just like Nick Nolte. In fact, a fair amount of this show seems like Jon Favereau either geeking out or just going ‘heh, wouldn’t it be cool/funny if we…’ and then Disney actually giving him the money to do it.
Due to stupid regional restrictions by Disney, most of the world including me had the big ‘surprise’ at the end of episode 1 spoiled by the internet memes. Oh well, I’m not sure I’d have geeked out over it anyway.
I don’t know if it’ll continue, but it does lead to the intriguing prospect of this show basically being a star wars Lone Wolf & Cub. Which I would fully support.
I like that, so far, it’s not really messing too much with the main movie storyline. Given that the Star Wars universe has such potential for massive scope, it’s annoying that lots of things seem to stick to filling in all the blanks in the main movie storyline, usually having the effect of removing the mystery and wonder and making the universe seem smaller.
In general I wish they’d just go off and tell new stories in new places.
(Though having him freeze targets in Carbonite seems a bit naff, as it smacks of ‘cos boba fett did it, right?’ despite it being something that vader forced on fett against his will, not a mandalorian bounty hunter trope.)
I also like that episodes are reasonably short.
I should note that I haven’t watched Rebels or Resistance or any of the other stuff that may well connect into this, so the only ‘canon’ stuff I know is the stuff from the movies. It’s possible all this stuff has already been spelled out there.
(I knew lots of the old EU canon, but that’s mostly obsolete knowledge now).