I really thoroughly enjoyed the first three. The last two, though, just have not been pulling the same weight. I know a lot of people are complaining about the "filler"ness of the last two, but my biggest complaints are the fact that the tone, style, pace, acting, dialogue, and plotting have all just dramatically dipped in the last two to a mix of bad early SyFy Channel series mixed with Cinemax porn without the sex. The new characters introduced have been radically uninteresting and miscast (Amy Sedaris was terrible here, I don't understand the internet enthusiasm this morning with her). The plots have been rushed and the production value has even felt deflated. You see the concept art in the credits and it looks like it was intended on being much more visually ambitious. I have faith for the last couple episodes given Taika Waititi and Deborah Chow are back. I just want to get to Giancarlo Esposito's villain already. I'm getting kind of tired of this "it's for kids too so we have to tone back our cool original pitch!".
I quite liked the third and the fourth episodes (incidentally the female-directed ones), especially the fourth one since it finally provided some semblance of human emotion and character development. And then it's back to basics with episode five which once again is all about getting from point A to point B with a random little adventure along the way. I wish they came up with a proper story for these eight half-hour episodes instead of just having Mando jump through planets and have his little quests. Oh well, at least the BABY is so fucking cute, right? And I'm not knocking it in any way - it is the cutest damn thing ever and I could easily spend these 30 minutes simply watching him go about his baby business!
Now that final episode of S1 was everything I hoped this series would be. The only time this show felt like it was made by a properly strong filmmaker. The action, the humor, the story progression, the emotional beats - everything was working in unison. Although I did find it funny that as a director Waititi
gave the droid character that he plays this big death scene with the overdramatic music and all this big pathos - he really does love himself, doesn't he
All in all, S1 was a pretty mixed bag. The whole 'each episode is its own adventure' thing could've worked if the adventures themselves had more of an impact or were substantially more entertaining. But most of them were just pretty stale and forgettable. When the show got back to its central plot it worked fine. And the last episode did kick some ass. It's nice to see a different chapter of the SW universe but frankly it just gives me more excitement about the future of the theatrical movies - we're finally done with the Skywalker saga and now the door is open to endless possibilities. This is a decent appetizer but what I need now is a big separate SW movie with a proper story. Or maybe the second season of this show can deliver that for me. I hope S2 will be more focused.
But yeah, Baby Yoda is just the best. I love how even the internet crowd, who usually loves to dump on Disney for cheaply inserting cutesy creatures in their movies to sell toys, seems to have abandoned its cynicism for Baby Yoda. He's just that adorable and awesome.
Post by Miles Morales on Dec 28, 2019 10:20:06 GMT
I fucking love this series, warts and all. The worldbuilding, the main character, the score (must've listened to the main theme 150 times now), and of course, Baby Yoda - all are excellent. The last two episodes were especially fantastic. Really excited with where the story is heading.
So I finally finished the season, and I got a lot to say.
There’s a lot to love about this show - for TV, the production quality is stunning. The cast is uniformly great, and despite Pascal’s mask, I felt so much from that character. The set-pieces are really entertaining (especially the O.K. Corral mayhem of the finale). And... yeah, Baby Yoda. A perfect little addition that’s cute, but doesn’t exist solely to be cute. He’s the real standout.
But too often, the show goes off in these unimportant tangents. Episodes 5 and 6, in particular, have no reason to exist. Even as world-building entries, they’re not very engaging. I’m just gonna say it. As it is, there was no reason this couldn’t have been chopped down to a 150 minute movie. If you’d have trimmed, condensed, and rewritten specific plot elements, this would have made an amazing Star Wars movie. As it is, it’s a decent Star Wars show, where nothing much of substance happens depending on the episode.
And with the revolving set of directors, it kind of leads to a whole mish-mash of inconsistent quality control. The clear highlights come from the one-offs (Howard and Waititi), Chow is in total command of her craft, Famuyiwa has one hit and one dud, but Dave Filoni was the real disappointment (he’s amazing in animation, but is not well suited to live-action), which doesn’t help when the single worst episode is also written by him.
So there’s a lot of good to be found in this show, but also a lot of lessons they can learn in the next season.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2019 22:53:00 GMT by Ryan_MYeah
they all wanna be u mmmmmmmmyeah - chunky_lover_68
8/10. I really enjoyed this series. Loved the supporting cast & I thought the story was very intriguing along with the beautiful photography. Cannot wait for S2. I had one issue therefore I probably will get disliked for this. Pedro Pascal is an excellent actor with a great resume from his past work. Was it necessary to cast him? Pedro did a fine job though I am positive a “lesser known” actor would have as well done the same. Also, I had no idea BDH directed episode 4, wow! That was a genuine episode.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on May 28, 2020 5:02:11 GMT
Finally watched this and, like others have said, I thought it was a mixed bag. Only about half of the episodes I found to be really engaging, with most of them in the second half of the season. This really could have just been a solid movie, but instead it's needlessly stretched thin.
One of my biggest issues with it was the style of humor, and more generally the way dialogue was written. A lot of the stuff coming out of characters' mouths rang too modern and "familiar," for lack of a better word. Basically, the humor and dialogue too often felt like it was out of Marvel movie instead of something from another world altogether. It just seemed like the writers were simply trying to appeal to the widest audience possible. Things like characters yelling "You got this!" encouragingly during battle, or snarkily saying "You done?" in response to another character acting in an annoying manner. Probably the cringiest moment was Mando saying "That's my line" when someone repeats the "I can bring you in warm or cold" bit, so there's also an element of self-aware humor that I found irritating as well.
I also felt like they took the edge off Mando's character too quickly and too much. Like he's introduced as this hardened badass in the first episode, but then we quickly see him speaking affectionately to Baby Yoda when there should be a more gradual softening of his character with more of an internal conflict and awkward interaction between them as he settles into the role of a protector.