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Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian on Disney+

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Jake Lipson, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Not sure what to make of THE MANDALORIAN. First, rather surprised it runs only about 36 minutes per episode. Next, it definitely overpacks every Star Wars movie reference it can into the storyline. It feels more like a TV show than a movie. Some of the makeup looks cheap. Not a great first episode and not the worst. Thankfully, its payoff ending will keep fans coming back for another look.
     
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    Isn't it a TV show?;)
     
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    Yes, but saying that it feels like a TV show means it has been somewhat dumbed down.

    Some TV shows seem epic (Game of Thrones) and more like a movie than what it actually is.
     
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    Well, I didn't get that feeling based on 36 minutes.
     
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  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Different Strokes for Different Folks
     
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    Does runtime matter? If the story the episode is telling fits in 36 minutes, great. If it fits into 84 minutes, great. Don't unnecessarily pad and filler an episode...but don't leave things out unnecessarily, either.
     
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    Yup and I wasn't really clamoring for this series. I found it interesting enough to keep me watching as I can't wait until Friday when the next episode is available.
     
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    Yes and no.

    Most series run about 54 minutes average.

    It's just kind of odd that the running time is 36 minues
     
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    It doesn't really matter, but, I did expect it to be at least seven minutes longer.
     
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    I guess I'll see if the story feels deficient tonight when I watch, though this is one of the advantages to streaming/pay cable vs. networks: the shows can be as long or short as needed and not have to worry about fitting into a time slot.
     
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    Yeah, I wonder if each episode will vary in length?
     
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    Original reports were around 45 minutes. I guess we'll know when the second episode rolls out.
     
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    I didn’t think about the runtime at all while watching it. It felt well-paced and entertaining throughout. I’ll have to judge as the rest of the season goes, but I’m sucked in at the moment. Was delightfully funny too.
     
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    Yeah, so am I as I just watched it again after reading Ron's comments as I thought I might have missed something earlier this morning with my sleepy eyes. I enjoyed it more with my second viewing.
     
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    Filoni is still getting used to directing live action, he directed it like it was an episode of The Clone Wars. I liked it but it has room for improvement. Definitely shorter than I was expecting.
     
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    I really liked the premiere episode it felt very Star Wars. I will certainly see this through to the end.
     
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    Honestly, all of the discussion I heard on this was that it would be a "woke" series. But, after watching the pilot episode, there was nothing there to get a sense of where the series was heading. But, it did feel more like a John Wayne western movie. While there were 'Star Wars" elements, it didn't feel like Star Wars. It felt more like the series was trying to rip off the concept of firefly, which was billed as a sci-fi western series, as Josh Whedon had always claimed it was.

    But, the pilot episode wasn't all that bad. I'm hoping that Disney has learned it's lesson and is producing their "Star Wars" content for fans instead of focusing on agenda-based story-telling. I'll stick with the series until I see which direction it's going but we'll see how the second episode goes, when it's released this Friday. But, I was hoping there would have been more than eight episodes per season. It's going to feel like too long a wait before the second season is released this time in 2020. With the low episode count and such an extended period of time before the second season is released, I hope they stay away from cliffhanger season-finales. But, I also hope there will be more Star Wars announced where the gap waiting for the next season won't seem as long a wait.

    We already have Obi-Wan Kenobi and the un-named Rogue One spinoff coming. I'm wondering if this means we'll see more character-based TV shows coming. I wouldn't mind a Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, Boba Fett or a Mace Windu series. Even if they're single season shows or mini-series.
     
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    That is not at all what they are doing with the films. Let's stop this thing right now before you get a bunch of people telling you it's okay one of the leads is a woman and another is black. Christ, this shit again?


     
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    Knock that crap off right now.
     
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    This makes no sense at all. And what agenda they are following? Already the first line should have raised eyebrows. What is a "woke" series and who said they are making a "woke" series?
     
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