"A Life Worth Saving"
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“Chapter One” of THE MANDALORIAN starts slowly but is packed with action. It brings the well-known world of STAR WARS to life with a new spin, while introducing new characters to the galaxy far, far away. The cliffhanger at the end keeps viewers on the edge of their seats wanting to know more. It’s one of the best cliffhangers since a well-known STAR WARS character said, “No, I am your father” in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. “Chapter One” of THE MANDALORIAN has a light moral pro-life worldview and no foul language, but there’s lots of violence and scary moments. So, caution is advised for older children.
Disney’s new STAR WARS series, THE MANDALORIAN, is set five years after the fall of the Empire in RETURN OF THE JEDI. The first episode is simply called “Chapter One.”
In Chapter One, the Mandalorian is a bounty hunter who’s part of a group of warriors with their own creed, who were oppressed by the now dead Emperor. After being purged by the Emperor, they have vowed to never take off their space helmets publicly.
The episode begins with the Mandalorian completing a job and bringing back a ship full of wanted creatures for his main client, Greef Karga, on the planet Nevarro. Karga doesn’t have another well-paying job to give the Mandalorian, so he suggests he go see a new client.
Cut to the new client. This man has a job on which he has sent many bounty hunters, but none of them have returned. The client knows nothing about the creature they’re looking for other than its last known whereabouts and that it’s 50 years old. The Mandalorian takes on the challenge and heads off to complete the job.
Upon arriving at the new planet, he’s met by a large scary animal creature who attacks him. Before the animal can take his life, a short alien named Kuiil, who’s riding one of the creatures attacking the Mandalorian, arrives and saves him. Kuiil takes the Mandalorian back to where he lives and says he will help him try to complete his job. Kuiil tells the Mandalorian that, ever since bounty hunters have been visiting the plane looking for the wanted quarry there’s been no peace. He teaches the Mandalorian how to ride the animal who attacked him, and they head off to the last known whereabouts of the being he’s is supposed to capture alive.
As the Mandalorian assess the situation at the fortress where the quarry is located, a bounty droid beats him to the camp and starts to take on the creatures protecting it. The Mandalorian heads down to the camp after the droid has taken down all of the creatures outside and convinces the droid they should work together, as they are trying to complete the same job.
Will the two of them get inside the camp and find what they’re looking for? Or will they be killed like all the other bounty hunters?
“Chapter One” of THE MANDALORIAN starts slowly but is otherwise packed with action. It brings the well-known world of STAR WARS to life with a new spin and introduces new characters to the galaxy far, far away. The episode leaves viewers with a cliffhanger ending that leaves them wanting more.
“Chapter One” has a light moral, redemptive pro-life worldview. Although he’s a bounty hunter focused on material gain, the Mandalorian always seems to bring the beings he captures back alive. However, he and the robot do kill a lot of the soldiers guarding the fortress where their bounty is hiding. At the end of the episode, though, the Mandalorian is faced with a moral dilemma. The bounty that the Mandalorian seeks turns out to be a young alien toddler, a species he’s never seen. Intrigued by the creature before him, the Mandalorian must decide whether to save the young alien’s life. This will be a repeated theme throughout the other seven episodes of Season One of THE MANDALORIAN. This theme ends up giving the first season lots of heart.
This new STAR WARS series starts off well thanks to Jon Favreau, who also directed the first two IRON MAN movies, plus ELF, THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) and THE LION KING (2019). Caution is advised for older children because of the action violence and some scary moments.