Chapter 1: The Mandalorian
In a galaxy far far away, where everyone wants to talk, where everyone wants their opinion valued (but not corrected); there is a lot of comfort in a protagonist who doesn’t talk much.
Maybe it is the expanse, the vast nothingness that makes them wordless; or it is the knowledge of having seen more than others make them shut up. Maybe it’s just the helmet- a great way to cut off the world while walking through it. The helmet also shields them from me making immediate impressions on their morals.
Them being the space bounty hunters, those who trace their lineage from the Duke by way of Eastwood (who had hats and not helmets) ,now who hop-on and hop-off planets with only their mission under the helmets.
I meet Mandalorian in the middle of a mission. With wind pipes and the gentle guitar strumming giving him company in his quest.
Someone needs to be caught and no one can come in between the Mandalorian and his quarry.
While watching the first episode, my mind wandered about how I could put this whole thing in a sentence, something that could get me to watch- this is purely an imagined thought, because ever since the Mandalorian was announced I dreamed of watching it. Somewhere maybe even a western theme played within my head.
I came up with “ a western TV series set in the Star Wars universe”- pretty lame right but then I quickly changed it into “ a Star Wars western starring Werner Herzog”. Now that would make sure that I sit through the entire series.
Old Herzie’s turn as the villain in Jack Reacher is one of the most chilling performances in recent times and my top voice choice for any ebook narration. Actually, there is a lot more than Herzog to make me sit through. First- it looks amazing, unbelievable worlds made believable- (the pilot was shot by Grieg Fraser who did amazing work on Rogue One and won an Academy Award the same year) so even if there are potential shortcomings in story, it would make it up in wallpaper material.
They have kept it simple, just know the Mandalorian’s mission- yet keeping enough mystery to sustain interest. Maybe not knowing more about the main character would add to the charm of it all.
Let’s see how this goes. TV series writing is something new. Let’s see how this goes too.
Wait! Is that a Lawrence of Arabia nod?