With Prime Minister Boris Johnson putting Britain in ‘lockdown’ to anyone or anything deemed non-essential – it was fortuitous that the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ took place on the first ‘proper’ day of isolation last week.
With it being rated 12+ it was only me that (obviously) watched THE stand-out TV series that was the main launch attraction – the live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
There were only two episodes at launch – with a new one added weekly – and even though there wasn’t enough to make a calculated analysis after watching just two short chapters (they are only 39 and 32 minutes respectively), it seemed to have all the tools and elements to make it a solid entry in Star Wars lore.
Set five years after the events of The Return of the Jedi with the Empire fallen, it chronicles the travels of lone bounty hunter The Mandalorian (The Equalizer 2’s Pedro Pascal) in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
It proved to be a ‘Hulk Smash’.