‘The Mandalorian’: The Most Disappointing Thing About the Show, According to Fans
No one can deny Disney+’s The Mandalorian packs in a lot of satisfying story in only 35-40 min. episodes. That tells viewers a lot in terms of how effective of a writer Jon Favreau is. However, the only drawback to this is many of the sideline characters promised in the trailers are only seen for basically less than 15 minutes of screen time.
While the shorter running times have been a little frustrating for some fans, the show is an overall success. The only thing disappointing the most ardent Star Wars viewers is just wanting more of characters like IG-11 and Cara Dune.
Will viewers see more of them before S1 ends, or will it have to require waiting a year until S2 likely goes live before the 2020 holiday season?
Will IG-11 be back?
There was a big buildup for IG-11, an offshoot droid from IG-88 in The Empire Strikes Back. This was one cool droid, especially in its unbelievable shooting ability with 360-degree clarity. Yet, despite being one of the most on-target shooters in this quadrant of the universe, IG-11 was shot down by Dyn Jarren.
The reason was IG-11 was programmed to kill the bounty: Baby Yoda. Even though IG-11 had some memorable moments, it was really only about 10 minutes of screen time in just the first episode.
Somehow, though, it feels like viewers haven’t seen the last of IG-11. No doubt the droid will be repaired and come back in some form, perhaps reprogrammed as a bounty hunter to go after Dyn.
It’s a good bet every character seen far too briefly earlier will be back in some way. Nevertheless, it still hasn’t stopped many media analysts from saying the show essentially lied in its early preview trailers.
Cara Dune will definitely be back
Adding Cara Dune to the mix was a terrific segue and one sure to see her return down the road. When it does happen, it’ll likely be at a time when Dyn Jarren is in an impossible situation and she comes to his rescue.
Those situations are sure to increase exponentially in the remaining episodes, not including Season Two. Let’s just hope Cara Dune doesn’t end up turning on Dyn and start hunting him as a bounty since the price for his head is undoubtedly going to be huge.
In the meantime, everyone should at least celebrate that Jon Favreau created a new classic woman action hero who can kick the Mandalorian’s own ass while still having a heart like he does.
If or when she returns, expect to learn more about her past as a former “shock trooper” for the Alliance.
A good chunk of characters appeared in Chapter Five
Before anyone goes and thinks it’s disappointing there was no real character development, remember recent Chapter Five (The Gunslinger) introduced three or four pivotal characters fans have been waiting to see.
One of those was unexpected: Amy Sedaris playing a docking bay mechanic by the name of Peli Motto who babysits Baby Yoda. Then there was the introduction of Toro Calican, a wannabe/ill-fated bounty hunter who looks like a new take on Han Solo without the experience.
The much-talked-about Fennec Shand (played by Ming-Na Wen) finally showed up in Chapter Five, yet only for a few minutes. Her scene was still memorable, particularly in almost convincing Calican to set her free after former and Dyn captured her.
Plus, let’s not forget Boba Fett might be making an appearance soon after a surprise cameo thought to be him at the end of Chapter Five.
Character development is possible in shorter segments
In a time when audiences want to see shorter episodes to save time, The Mandalorian is very much made for our times. It likely sets up other shows in a similar vein where micro episodes become the norm.
Jon Favreau is also giving audiences a master class in writing for streaming formats. He’s continuing to prove you can provide plenty of character development and action within a 35-minute time frame without feeling rushed. No one can say each episode doesn’t feel like they’ve watched 90 minutes of content rather than only a little past half an hour.