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The Mandalorian | S01E05: The Gunslinger

The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.


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  1. [10]
    dubteedub
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    I thought this episode was pretty solid. It was another shot little story, still has great visuals and special effects. My only real nit pick is that the fan service was a bit much at times in...

    I thought this episode was pretty solid. It was another shot little story, still has great visuals and special effects. My only real nit pick is that the fan service was a bit much at times in this episode.

    The fact that Mando went to Mos Eisley and ended up at the exact same bar that Han Solo was hanging out in A New Hope, and then Mando meets a rougish character sitting in the exact same table in the exact same pose with his feet up and the exact same shot used to frame him really took me out of the moment.

    Early in the episode the mechanic character also mentions womprats and at the end of the episode she says a throwaway line about Beggar's canyon.

    All of these little bits of fan service came off just a little too cute for me at times and I felt that they did not really add anything to the overall story. I mean, was it really necessary for all of the thousands of planets that Mando could have ended up at that he lands on Tatooine at all?

    I really want this show to explore new spaces and stories, and not use the existing movies as a crutch.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      timo
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      This story could definitely have taken place on a different planet. It's a shame they have to visit the same places again with so many ham-fisted nostalgic references. When they do visit a new...

      This story could definitely have taken place on a different planet. It's a shame they have to visit the same places again with so many ham-fisted nostalgic references. When they do visit a new planet (like last episode), it isn't anything special either. For all we know, it could have been Earth.

      4 votes
      1. JohnLeFou
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        I think in this case it’s used well. For these short episodes you’ll immediately have a context for the area. No wasted screen time to establish a setting. Instead, you can use that time for world...

        I think in this case it’s used well. For these short episodes you’ll immediately have a context for the area. No wasted screen time to establish a setting. Instead, you can use that time for world building and subvert expectations by fleshing out the Tuscan raiders as a people. You can set someone up as a younger more innocent Han Solo like character, but ultimately without his conscience.

        3 votes
    2. [6]
      Sand
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      I'd rather have him land on Tatooine than on a desert planet that's identical to it in every way but name. And I believe the reason they used Tatooine was so they could set up Boba Fett at the...

      I'd rather have him land on Tatooine than on a desert planet that's identical to it in every way but name. And I believe the reason they used Tatooine was so they could set up Boba Fett at the end. At least I think that was him. The rest of the fan service was awkward though, I agree with you on that.

      3 votes
      1. ubergeek
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        You mean you werent a fan of Jakku? :P

        You mean you werent a fan of Jakku? :P

        3 votes
      2. [4]
        dubteedub
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        I definitely did not get Boba Fett from that ending bit. Isn't this set after Return of the Jedi, when Boba got eaten by the Sarlac?

        I definitely did not get Boba Fett from that ending bit. Isn't this set after Return of the Jedi, when Boba got eaten by the Sarlac?

        1 vote
        1. Sand
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          He survives and escapes the Sarlaac in the expanded universe, and it's been rumoured he also survives in canon. When the character at the end walks, the boots sound like jangling spurs, just like...

          He survives and escapes the Sarlaac in the expanded universe, and it's been rumoured he also survives in canon. When the character at the end walks, the boots sound like jangling spurs, just like Boba's in The Empire Strikes Back. Also, both Boba and this character wear capes, and have a weird band near the foot. It may not be Boba, but I think it might be him.

          3 votes
        2. [2]
          Wolpertinger
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          There's a theory that Boba Fett survived the Sarlaac.

          There's a theory that Boba Fett survived the Sarlaac.

          1 vote
          1. Loire
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            Its not so much a theory as reality in the original expanded universe. And ehile all that was thrown out eith Disney they have recently taking to "readapting" the best parts of the old canon.

            Its not so much a theory as reality in the original expanded universe. And ehile all that was thrown out eith Disney they have recently taking to "readapting" the best parts of the old canon.

            3 votes
    3. moocow1452
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      I wonder if that was kinda the point, rich kid wants to be a bounty Hunter, heard Han Solo got his start in that very bar, so he just hung around until he could find someone he could buy to do his...

      I wonder if that was kinda the point, rich kid wants to be a bounty Hunter, heard Han Solo got his start in that very bar, so he just hung around until he could find someone he could buy to do his first mission for him?

      2 votes
  2. ubergeek
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    I am overall enjoying this show come into it's own. I do enjoy how it feels more like Have Gun, Will Travel than Star Wars. It's a good replacement for Firefly :)

    I am overall enjoying this show come into it's own. I do enjoy how it feels more like Have Gun, Will Travel than Star Wars.

    It's a good replacement for Firefly :)

    3 votes
  3. [2]
    Autoxidation
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    Any ideas as to who walked up to the corpse at the end of the episode?

    Any ideas as to who walked up to the corpse at the end of the episode?

    2 votes
    1. moocow1452
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      Another bounty hunter, possibly Boba Fett because Star Wars is so in love with itself it can't escape it's own mythology.

      Another bounty hunter, possibly Boba Fett because Star Wars is so in love with itself it can't escape it's own mythology.

      1 vote