Chapter 1 (The Mandalorian)

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"Chapter 1"
The Mandalorian episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byDave Filoni
Written byJon Favreau
Featured musicLudwig Göransson
Cinematography by
  • Greig Fraser
  • Barry Idoine
Editing byJeff Seibenick
Original air dateNovember 12, 2019[1]
Running time39 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
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"Chapter 1" is the series premiere episode of the American webseries The Mandalorian, based on characters created by George Lucas. It premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. It was written by series showrunner Jon Favreau and directed by Dave Filoni. The episode introduces The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a lone bounty hunter. It follows the titular Mandalorian travelling in the far reaches of the galaxy collecting bounties from the highest bidders. Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Omid Abtahi, Nick Nolte and Taika Waititi co-star in the episode.

Plot[edit]

Five years after the fall of the Empire,[a] a Mandalorian bounty hunter collects a bounty after a scuffle exchange in a bar. He meets with his guild's leader, Greef Carga, who mostly has low paying bounties which will not cover traveling expenses. Looking to get a big bounty, The Mandalorian accepts a mysterious commission for which Carga can only provide an address to meet the Client, who wants the details of the job to be private.

The Client, who uses Imperial stormtroopers as bodyguards, gives the Mandalorian a vague target to bring back alive. The only information he is allowed to give is an age (50 years old) and last known location. In exchange, The Client promises to reward the bounty hunter with a crate of Beskar, a rare metal used by Mandalorians to forge armor. Receiving a single bar of Beskar as a down payment, the Mandalorian meets with the Armorer at an enclave housing fellow Mandalorians. The Armorer, who melts the metal to give the Mandalorian a new pauldron, says the metal was gathered in The Great Purge and the excess will sponsor other foundlings, like The Mandalorian once was.

The Mandalorian travels to the desert planet Arvala-7 and meets a native named Kuiil who wants to help him so that he can be rid of the criminals and mercenaries who now inhabit the area. Kuiil teaches the Mandalorian to ride a Blurrg, as there are no land speed vehicles to traverse the area, and sends him to where his bounty is located. Upon reaching the hideout, the Mandalorian is forced to team up with bounty droid IG-11. They manage to clear the entire facility of its Nikto guards and discover that the bounty is a green, big-eared infant creature. IG-11 plans to kill it, but the Mandalorian blasts the droid to protect the baby and his bounty.

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

Disney announced that a new live action Star Wars series would be released on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.[2] The series cost over US$100 million to make[3] averaging at US$15 million per episode.[4] "Chapter 1" was directed by Dave Filoni.[5] He is known for his work on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and Star Wars Rebels. The episode was written by showrunner and executive producer Jon Favreau.[6]

Casting[edit]

In November 2018, it was announced that Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Nick Nolte had been cast in starring roles.[7][8][9][10] After meeting with Favreau, Pascal initially thought he would be playing Boba Fett.[11] On December 12, 2018, it was announced that Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog had joined the main cast.[12] On March 21, 2019, Taika Waititi was revealed to be recording a voice for the series, speculated to be bounty hunter droid IG-88,[13] but which turned out to be a new character named IG-11.[14] Footage shown at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019 revealed that Bill Burr and Mark Boone Junior were in the series, with Burr portraying an outlaw.[15] At the D23 Expo in August, it was revealed Ming-Na Wen would appear in the series.[16] Julia Jones's casting was announced in September.[17]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in the first week of October 2018 in Southern California.[18]

Music[edit]

Ludwig Göransson composed the soundtrack for the episode.[19]

Reception[edit]

"Chapter 1" received generally positive reviews. The episode currently holds an 88% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.75/10, based on 78 reviews. The website's critics consensus states, "Though its character building leaves something to be desired, Chapter 1 is a visual feast with enough sense of adventure to inspire hope that the force may be strong with The Mandalorian".[20] On Metacritic, the episode received an average score of 69/100 among 27 reviews.[21] Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times described the first episode as "a safe, entertaining blockbuster".[22] Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com said the premiere was "like the character at the show's center, this guy knows the job. Hook the viewer, and keep them hooked as the monthly subscription cost renews. 'The Mandalorian' feels likely to do exactly that".[23] Keith Phipps of Vulture stated the "Mandalorian rises, [...] digging into the seedy underbelly glimpsed in Episode IV's cantina scene and throughout Rogue One".[24] Melanie McFarland of Salon said the "Force is strong with 'The Mandalorian' debut".[25]

Emily VanDerWerff of Vox had a more lukewarm reception, stating "The Mandalorian blends Star Wars, Spaghetti Westerns, and prestige TV. It's fine. But shouldn’t Disney+ want more than fine?" She additionally described the first five minutes as "stretched out".[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As depicted in Return of the Jedi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mandalorian Chapter 1". Starwars.com.
  2. ^ Sean Keane (2019-11-08). "The Mandalorian: Everything we know about the new Star Wars show on Disney Plus". Cnet. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Travis (22 October 2019). "Disney's 'Star Wars' TV series, 'The Mandalorian,' cost $100 million to make — but its Marvel shows cost even more". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ Kim, Matt (2019-07-15). "The Mandalorian: Here's How Much Each Episode Costs to Make". IGN. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  5. ^ Tyler, Jacob (October 18, 2019). "Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Season 1 Writers Comprise of Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, & Chris Yost". GWW. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Mandalorian – Episodes". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin; Otterson, Joe (November 13, 2018). "Star Wars: Pedro Pascal to Lead The Mandalorian Series". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Boucher, Geoff (November 13, 2018). "The Mandalorian Targets Pedro Pascal For Title Role In Disney+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (November 14, 2018). "Star Wars: Gina Carano Joins 'The Mandalorian'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (November 30, 2018). "'Star Wars': Nick Nolte Joins Pedro Pascal in 'The Mandalorian' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Schmidt, JK (September 14, 2019). "Star Wars: Pedro Pascal Thought He Was Playing Boba Fett in The Mandalorian". comicbook.com. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Boucher, Geoff (December 12, 2018). "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Casting: Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog Join Disney+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Stevens, Colin (March 21, 2019). "Star Wars: It Looks Like Taika Waititi Is IG-88 in The Mandalorian". IGN. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Breznican, Anthony (April 14, 2019). "The Mandalorian is described as Clint Eastwood in Star Wars". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Breznican, Anthony (April 14, 2019). "Here's what happened in the secret footage of The Mandalorian". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (August 23, 2019). "The Mandalorian: Ming-Na Wen Joins the Cast of the Disney+ Star Wars Series". IGN. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Boucher, Geoff; Boucher, Geoff (September 6, 2019). "'The Mandalorian': Julia Jones Joins Cast of Disney+ Live-Action 'Star Wars' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  18. ^ Sciretta, Peter (October 4, 2018). "The Mandalorian: Directors, First Photo, Details & More Revealed for Jon Favreau's Star Wars TV Series". /Film. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 (Original Score)". Apple Music. November 12, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "The Mandalorian: Season 1 Episode 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "The Mandalorian". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  22. ^ Ali, Lorraine (2019-11-12). "'The Mandalorian' is 'Star Wars' to the core: a safe, entertaining blockbuster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  23. ^ Tallerico, Brian (2019-11-12). "Disney Plus Launches with Star Wars Spin-off The Mandalorian". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  24. ^ Phipps, Keith (2019-11-12). "The Mandalorian Premiere Recap: A Bounty Hunter Walks Into a Bar". Vulture. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  25. ^ Melanie McFarland (2019-11-12). "The Force is strong with "The Mandalorian" debut, but not the glitchy Disney+ launch". Salon. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  26. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily Todd (2019-11-12). "Disney+'s The Mandalorian drags Star Wars to TV. It's a triumph of atmosphere — but that's it". Vox. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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