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15 minutes ago, Matt Defis said:

Any idea who does the art work in the credits, at a guess I'd say Filoni.

 

Had a look, for Chapter Two at least, it was done by a collection of people (the twitter thread lists them all:

 

 

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I thought it could have worked fine as a basic premise but it was just done so incredibly poorly. The only surprise was how few surprises there were. 
 

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The stakes seemed to be zero. None of the villagers died, the AT-ST mercifully decided not to annihilate them when they were all behind the barricades, etc. 
 

I thought none of the villagers died in keeping with the 80s kids show vibe but then the two villagers who had been taught to fight in an afternoon killed the orc from LOTR by impaling him with a pointy stick! So the rules just seem to be that none of the good guys can die.
 

The whole “romance” isn’t even worth mentioning. 

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27 minutes ago, Gord said:

How are you watching this??

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Torrents - as for some reason Disney have staggered their Disney+ in one their most lucrative markets (UK) until next March :blink:

 

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Next week that Mandalorian attempts to save Dexter Jettster's diner from a crooked Hutt property developer, things seem to be going well until some goons lock him in a shed in the third act, but then he builds a Tie Fighter out of the scrap left inside and busts out to save the day at the last minute.

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Enjoying this but is there a reason why it feels so much like a videogame? There's the first bounty missing, an escort mission, a defend the base mission. There's even a part where you have to go into a cave and collect an egg?! It's like watching an RPG.

 

Is there a videogame in the works?

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On 29/11/2019 at 18:13, HarryBizzle said:

 

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The whole "leave him here" thing makes no sense, given we know they all have fobs. 

 

The fobs only work when you get close, word of the events of the episode brought someone with one.  That's why he was looking for somewhere remote without a spaceport,  no one will just stumble accross them.

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15 hours ago, aidey6 said:
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Torrents - as for some reason Disney have staggered their Disney+ in one their most lucrative markets (UK) until next March :blink:

 

 to be fair, there's little reason launching in the UK when just about all their content is still under license to Sky.  With the service in its infancy there's only a tiny amount of original content so, while it's frustrating for the fans and does push people to piracy, it actually makes more sense than launching a service where there's naff-all available to watch.

 

Anyway, I thought the episode was great.  Watched it with my 5 year old and he loved it - totally into the action but also enjoyed seeing the peaceful parts of the village with their kids playing with The Child.  He was over the moon to see the lego set he's asked for for christmas in action.  And that's what this should be all about - a weekly serialised story that builds the wonder and intrigue in the young while entertaining the old.

 

I thought it was a welcome change of tone after three fairly dark opening episodes.  While the story was a slow-down and more of a side-quest to the main thrust of the series, it enabled them to add more character and lore to the Mando.  Once again it looked and sounded fantastic.  It was good to get some lush greens in the series after a series of harsh environments - it really added to the feeling that he had found 'sanctuary'.  I thought Cara Dune was a great addition, surprisingly well acted, and I look forward to her inevitable return at some point.  Thought this type of episode was perfectly placed at the season's mid-point.  Cannot wait to see where it goes next - will be interesting if we get one more 'side quest', or whether it's back to the harsh realities of the main story straight away.

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On 01/12/2019 at 22:27, Sng said:

Enjoying this but is there a reason why it feels so much like a videogame? There's the first bounty missing, an escort mission, a defend the base mission. There's even a part where you have to go into a cave and collect an egg?! It's like watching an RPG.

 

Is there a videogame in the works?


He even clicked in R3 to use his detective vision this week.

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That was predictable tosh, but harmless all the same. I still enjoyed it, but only because of BY :wub: and ‘vehicle of the week’.
 

Needs to get back to being a bit tonally darker ASAP. Let’s see Werner Herzog threading a live Salacious Crumbkebab please.

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On 01/12/2019 at 19:06, Harsin said:

Next week that Mandalorian attempts to save Dexter Jettster's diner from a crooked Hutt property developer, things seem to be going well until some goons lock him in a shed in the third act, but then he builds a Tie Fighter out of the scrap left inside and busts out to save the day at the last minute.

 

I mean, you joke, but I'd be totally in to that.

 

Oh and I was one of those people who enjoyed it. I felt like the training scenes in particular were so cliched that it had to be at least a bit of a wink to the audience.

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I'm in the I quite enjoyed ep 4 camp, but on the whole there's a real sense that something's missing from this. Whoever said it feels like a videogame is bang on. Not just in the "mission types" but in the fact that most of the characters seem to be quest givers or dull NPCs. I get that Mandy is supposed to be stoic, mysterious, and that more can be revealed over the course of the eight episodes, but there's just no character to anything happening around him. He goes to a face we recognise from another show/film/Werner Herzogg, they give him his mission, he goes there and fights a thing and then he leaves and we cut to end credits. I couldn't tell you a single line of memorable dialogue from any of the episodes outside of "I have spoken." The only thing with any character is that bloody brilliant Baby, who totally shines when he's on screen and has lifted the show for me. 

 

The action's all fairly boringly put together, he shoots a few lads, punches a few lads, some other bits happen, but there's not really any agency to anything it's all really slowly cut together and feels pretty choreographed, there's no flair to any of it. 

 

I'm just finding the whole thing completely puzzling. Nothing's really connecting with me, it just kind of happens in front of me every episode. It's all so unmemorable. I like that it's Star Wars, and I quite like having this mysterious character at the center of it, but there needs to be more around him than just bland actors we know and bit parts that we only meet for twenty minutes of forty minute episodes before we're onto the next "mission". 

 

When those end credits kick with that music and that artwork I think it might be my favourite thing on telly. That all feels so damn Star Warsy, so cool. But the rest of it's just leaving me a bit cold and disappointed, and that's a real kicker. 

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On 02/12/2019 at 22:39, Zio said:

I'm in the "liked it" camp, but then I used to watch The A-Team religiously as a child.

 

I'm really hoping that at one point in the series he'll get captured and held prisoner in a garage containing a broken speeder, things easily used as armoured plating, some welding equipment, and all the materials necessary to create home-made balistics and explosives :D

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On 03/12/2019 at 05:39, Zio said:

I'm in the "liked it" camp, but then I used to watch The A-Team religiously as a child.

 

An A-Team style 24 episode season would have been amazing. Especially if they were nearly an hour long each.

 

The show at the moment just seems like a great movie spread over 4 hours or so. 

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On 29/11/2019 at 20:08, JohnC said:

So no mention of 

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Seven Samurai, but with two samurai

in the thread yet

 

I liked it. Right from the off it wore it's Seven Samurai influences on it's sleeve and ran with it.

Much like the series itself which is essentially doing this

 

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Just signed up for Disney+ (I live in the US) and watched the first 3 episodes. Enjoying it so far. I feel like it has a Rouge One vibe, which I thought was the best of the new Star Wars movies. It is a little underwhelming though, specially the short episode length. This seems like one of those shows that will get better in the 2nd season.

 

Disney+ is terrible BTW, nothing like the Netflix killer it was purported to be. Other than The Mandalorian and Star Wars movies in 4k, there is nothing on there. No adult Fox movies (Aliens etc.), just lots of Animated movies most people with kids have probably already seen and Disney TV shows.

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