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SPOILER Rank THE MANDALORIAN Season 1

Discussion in 'The Mandalorian' started by Angelman, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Moral Hazard

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    Season 1 - all good!
     
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    I would have to rewatch for the complete ranking, but I can give you the goal posts. :D

    The fifth episode - Gunslinger - would be the lowest for me, somewhere around 6 (six), still good but forgettable, not advancing plot nor character development. Acting was wonky too.

    The best episodes are 3 (Sin) and 8 (Redemption). They are 9.5 going on 10 both, though I hesitate to give 10 to anything. Character and plot development, action, lore... everything was on point.

    The rest are nested in the middle but, like I said, I'd need to rewatch to know for sure.

    Overall, season 1 would get a strong 8 from me and that too could change after I see the complete season again.

    Can we get season 2 already?!
     
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    Firstly-

    Chapter 1 - The Pilot: 9/10
    Chapter 2 - The Child: 9.5/10
    Chapter 3 - The Sin: 9/10
    Chapter 4 - The Sanctuary: 6/10
    Chapter 5 - The Gunslinger: 7.5/10
    Chapter 6 - The Prisoner: 8.5/10
    Chapter 7 - The Reckoning: 8/10
    Chapter 8 - The Redemption: 9/10



    There was a good, funny, (but interesting!) point made earlier, -about the use of decimal points in rating value that really caught my attention. I haven’t actually given it much thought previously, and now, (thanks to Angelman), I have given it some thought.
    (For the record, I frequently relish the opportunities we get here to “share our brains”) -

    One would think that a ten-point rating system would be sufficient. And for a singular, isolated work, -it probably is.
    However- in the scope of a series, for the sake of making comparative/ contrastive critical distinctions, it may make more sense to have an increased number of “refinement points” along the scale.

    But there’s more- and it gets weird.
    If you asked me to rate individual scenes within episodes, right away I feel that I could easily do that with a *five point system*.

    Wait a second... given the previously presented context and perspective, how does that make sense?

    I’ll stop myself here. While I could get into this, it feels like it could turn into a Malcolm Gladwell book, ...and I’ve gotta go start on making breakfast.

    Thanks again for making the interesting point to ponder!
     
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    Chapter 1 - The Pilot: 8/10
    Chapter 2 - The Child: 8.5/10
    Chapter 3 - The Sin: 10/10
    Chapter 4 - The Sanctuary: 7.5/10
    Chapter 5 - The Gunslinger: 6/10
    Chapter 6 - The Prisoner: 8/10
    Chapter 7 - The Reckoning: 9/10
    Chapter 8 - The Redemption: 10/10

    Pretty much awesome. At worst better than average and at best some of my favorite television ever.
     
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  5. Angelman

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    So, by pure coincidence, The Mandalorian dropped into my lap. It is good to have SW nerds as colleagues ;)

    Overall, I like the show a lot. While I _DO_ think it is somewhat overrated in the fandom, it is certainly fun.

    My core “problem” with it is that it is in fact not a The Mandalorian show, but rather solely a Babyoda show; on its own, there is very little to this series other than nostalgia and “hellion yeah!” *fist pump* moments, so thank the Whills for Babyoda! Obviously, he carries the show’s story, but he is also the only real reason to watch this, the only new and interesting thing… the only point (other than, of course, the ever-present desire for more pew pews and such).

    I will, however, rate this with my heart instead of with my intellect, ‘cause doing anything else would be somewhat disingenuous towards such a simple little show, which was never intended to rock any boats or move any markers. (In that way, it is very much like Solo:ASWS; primarily SW icing with very little cake).

    (I should also caution that I’ve only watch the show once. Opinions may change upon repeat viewings).


    Chapter 1: The Mandalorian (Dave Filoni) 8/10
    This was a great opening episode. The characters, genre, and setting were all efficiently established, and the story was fun. Great characters & fun action.

    Chapter 2: The Child (Rick Famuyiwa) 6/10 (I suspect it will fall to 5/10 or 4/10 on repeat viewings)
    Fun to watch on the first viewing but I suspect this one will become a little boring on repeat viewings, once you know all the surprises and such. Still, a fairly strong episode. Very little character development for Mando, although Kuiil & Babyoda shines.

    Chapter 3: The Sin (Deborah Chow) 9/10
    I really like this one. This is where the story kicks off and we get some great character development for Mando. The Mandalorian cultural exposition was great too and while the tribe coming to the rescue was certainly corny, such is Star Wars ;)

    Chapter 4: Sanctuary (Bryce Dallas Howard) 8/10
    I disagree with the consensus on this episode; I thought it was a great installment. Here we get to see Mando out of his element, vulnerable and trusting, and the outing to Sorgan puts our protagonist and the plot in a setting entirely unique for the 1st season of this show. Care Dune is great, bringing both warmth and badassery to the show, and the villagers opens up some much-needed context for the very enclosed story. This is also the warmest and funnies episode in the season, and I think it will stand its test of time (certainly more than chapter 2 will).

    Chapter 5: The Gunslinger (Dave Filoni) 7/10
    Again, I disagree with those who give this episode a bad rap. It is true that the story here is very simple, BUT it does show us a-day-in-the-life-of, giving more context to bounty hunters and setting up two villains for the future (i.e. Fennec Shand & the mysterious figure who produces spur-sounds without actually wearing spurs; WTF was that about? LOL). The action is not what’s interesting here, but rather the characters and the tricks within tricks within tricks. It’s a very clever episode that manages to give us more character development for Mando, as well as for Babyoda, and it sets up the setting even more, all while disguising it all as a dumb action stint; very cool. The tactics at work were interesting, and Peli Motto with the Pit Droids were awesome! I hope we get to see more of her in the show (‘cause there are FAR too few “ordinary people” in Star Wars; #WeLoveRose).

    Chapter 6: The Prisoner (Rick Famuyiwa) 5/10 (and that is a kind rating, I feel…)
    Oh man… poor Rick. The Prisoner is easily the weakest episode in the series, a nothing endeavor that serves no purpose other than being filler. There is nothing going on with this one. Plus for a live-action Twi’lek & Devaronian (and Clancy Brown is always a plus) and plus for some good camera work and editing, but this entire thing was rather pointless. Yawn…

    Chapter 7: The Reckoning (Deborah Chow) 10/10
    This one was great! Easily the strongest episode, and just a really good serving of quality TV! You have powerful character moments, meaning full ends, escalation of plot and tension, hilarious moments, lots of warmth, and interesting plot twists. Lovely!

    Chapter 8: Redemption (Taika Waititi) 9/10
    As this episode rolled on, I feared I would not like it, ‘cause the siege segment is rather weak and pointless. However, slowly but surely the episode improved to become one of the best of the series. Characters grow in the face of mounting tensions and vulnerability, and the exposition-heavy segments felt important and strong. As a plus, this episode has the most Star Wars-y segment of the entire show, the absolutely bonkers scenes with the juryrigged lava-river gondolier droid! How I laughed and laughed at the wonderful campiness of that stuff! This was Star Wars at its best :D

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    My ranking in descending order:
    1. The Reckoning (10/10; Deborah Chow)
    2. The Sin (9/10; Debora Chow)
    3. Redemption (9/10; Taika Waititi)
    4. The Mandalorian (8/10; Dave Filloni)
    5. Sanctuary (8/10; Bryce Dallas Howard)
    6. The Gunslinger (7/10; Dave Filoni)
    7. The Child (6/10; Rick Famuyiwa)
    8. The Prisoner (5/10; Rick Famuyiwa)

    Poor RF, who was saddled with the weakest two stories to direct… :(

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    This was fun ride and I cannot wait for season 2! But is it too much to ask to get double or triple the number of episodes for next season? ;)
     
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    Yay! Welcome to the "official" club! ;)

    I will differ a bit with your assessment above, from my own POV... I come at it from a "Who is this character" mindset, and because of that I am interested in the Mandalorian himself. I honestly wouldn't care if the Mando never fired one shot or did anything cool except that these are visual demonstrations of his character. And cute as Babyoda is, he is pretty much only an adorable plot device (at this point) to drive the change in Din's character and bring him from ice-veined bounty hunter to warmhearted human again.

    So for that reason, ch. 2 is actually one of my favorites, because I think it tells us almost everything we need to know about Din--solitary but not afraid to ask for help (Kuiil), stubborn to the point of insanity (sandcrawler attack), tough (solders his wounds for pete's sake), unwavering in his sense of duty (ready to face death with only a vibro knife he doesn't even have the strength to hold in one hand), compassion for the child (gently rocking the pram on the way back to the Crest)....

    TBH, my favorite part of the show is that we have a staple of Star Wars--redemption--as shown on a small and personal scale. What impact an act of compassion can have on one life and how that ripples outward. In season 2 no doubt the ripples will get wider, but this first season all comes down to finding love in your heart and acting selflessly on it.
     
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    Superb assessment! I would add, that IMO when Din looks at Babyoda the first time and cocks his head slightly, his transformation has started.....love this scene!!!
     
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    Yep. I think he sees himself there, in way.

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    I don’t really like giving number ratings to things, so I’m just gonna rank the season from best to worst.
    1. Chapter 3: The Sin
    2. Chapter 8: Redemption
    3. Chapter 7: The Reckoning
    4. Chapter 4: Sanctuary
    5. Chapter 5: The Gunslinger
    6. Chapter 2: The Child
    7. Chapter 1: The Mandalorian
    8. Chapter 7: The Prisoner
    A lot of people seem to agree that Chapter 3 is one of the best episodes, so I won’t really dive too deep into it. I’ll just say that it was the episode to finally get me hooked on this series and I loved seeing Din Djarin’s character development, as well as the incredible stealth scene and the awesome scene with all of the Mandalorians that took me completely by surprise.

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    I agree with @Angelman: The Prisoner was by far the worse episode for me. While it wasn’t bad by any means, it just didn’t have enough of what I enjoy out of Star Wars. It felt like this episode got the least budget out of the season, because the New Republic Prison Ship looked too much like a generic sci-fi interior IMO. Bill Burr and Mark Boone Jr.’s characters both felt off to me and the Twi’leks were kind of annoying. Some of the music in this episode felt like it didn’t belong in Star Wars. The best parts of the episode were some character moments for the Mando, the Baby Yoda moments (shocker I know :D), the Matt Lanter cameo, and the scene with the X-Wings at the end (with more cameos from Dave Filoni and two of the other Mandalorian directors!)

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    Overall, it was a great first season and I can’t wait to see the story continue in Season 2 this fall! (I’m already missing weekly appearances from Din and Baby Yoda. :()

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    Episode 8
    Episode 1
    Episode 3
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    Everything else.

    I'm not going to give individual votes but they all range somewhere between 6.5/10 and 4/10.
     
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    10. Everthing 10.

    I know this sounds childish but seriously 10.

    I mean I liked TCW but this show makes TCW meh!

    I like this show so much I would let Disney make TCW non canon just to get another season of the Mandalorian.

    Chapter 1. 10
    Chapter 2. 10
    Chapt.....well u get the idea.
     
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