Star Wars - The Mandalorian

Star Wars - The Mandalorian

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SistersofPercy

1,498 posts

114 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Found it really hard to connect to Pedro's character under that helmet. I do hope he comes out of it at some point.

Spent most of it with husband making random observations (TK's have ROTJ hand guards, he's got an E11, is he wearing TK Shoulder Bells, why doesn't his helmet have a rangefinder, oooh there is a bump on that TK lid must be cast from original?)
I was wondering where this was aimed as can't see younger fans being gripped by it, though with husbands running commentary I think I know where it's aimed.

My initial thought was 'oh, Disney killing SW a little more' so I surprised myself somewhat by enjoying it.

AshVX220

4,202 posts

138 months

Wednesday 13th November
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How are you guys not in the US watching it, torrent or VPN? Isn't VPN an issue where subscription is needed?

bloomen

2,982 posts

107 months

Wednesday 13th November
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AshVX220 said:
How are you guys not in the US watching it, torrent or VPN? Isn't VPN an issue where subscription is needed?
US Apple ID, sub paid for with a gift card and a VPN.

It might be easier with the Netherlands. Dunno.

SistersofPercy

1,498 posts

114 months

Wednesday 13th November
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AshVX220 said:
How are you guys not in the US watching it, torrent or VPN? Isn't VPN an issue where subscription is needed?
Torrent here.

daddy cool

3,552 posts

177 months

Wednesday 13th November
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SistersofPercy said:
AshVX220 said:
How are you guys not in the US watching it, torrent or VPN? Isn't VPN an issue where subscription is needed?
Torrent here.
Same smile

I thought it was alright - i'll reserve final judgement for a couple of episodes.

Initially a bit worried when his first quarry was basically a human with blue painted face, who proceeded to make jokes about going to the toilet. However, I liked spotting some of the more obscure characters (or maybe same species as characters from the early films) such as the elephant nosed spy from Mos Eisley, or the lizard-faced bounty hunter that (along with Boba Fett) was assigned to get Han in TESB.
Not sure where they are going with the baby-yoda thing...


Butter Face

19,552 posts

108 months

Wednesday 13th November
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I enjoyed the whole thing TBH.

Cotty

34,384 posts

232 months

Wednesday 13th November
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SistersofPercy said:
Found it really hard to connect to Pedro's character under that helmet. I do hope he comes out of it at some point.
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Karl Urban never removed his helmet in Dredd and you never saw Bobba Fett's face. Will have to see it to see I its a issue.

Oakey

24,544 posts

164 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Cotty said:
Karl Urban never removed his helmet in Dredd and you never saw Bobba Fett's face. Will have to see it to see I its a issue.
But you saw Karl Urban's mouth so there wasn't that disconnect when he speaks and you at least knew he was under there. That could literally be (and most likely is) anybody in that Mandolorian costume.

I did actually enjoy it, although I think the episodes are too short. That they couldn't make them 60mins is a little worrying.

Cotty

34,384 posts

232 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Oakey said:
But you saw Karl Urban's mouth so there wasn't that disconnect when he speaks and you at least knew he was under there. That could literally be (and most likely is) anybody in that Mandolorian costume..
What about Darth Vader, you never saw his mouth and he was voiced by a different actor than the one under the mask.

SistersofPercy

1,498 posts

114 months

Wednesday 13th November
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I never found an issue with helmeted characters in SW because there was a great balance of human faces interjected in there. Boba, for all his amazingness (and I say this as someone married to a Mandalorian) was not a huge character and not someone who you were supposed to have any real compassion for.
I assume as this is telling the story of the Mandalorian at some point we are supposed to feel empathy toward and thats quite hard under a lid. It's early days, he may even come out (I hope he does I love PP!) but that was what I took from the first episode. Well, that and it's good to see a Bossk again biggrin

Oakey

24,544 posts

164 months

Wednesday 13th November
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What about Vader? You're not supposed to connect with him and he's not the main character. He also doesn't have all that much screen time and what he does have demands very little from him, however, when he actually has to do some acting it looks kind of ridiculous as Prowse's body movements never really seem to fit James Earl Jones voiceover.


SistersofPercy

1,498 posts

114 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Cotty said:
What about Darth Vader, you never saw his mouth and he was voiced by a different actor than the one under the mask.
I much prefer the footage of Vader before JEJ dubbed him. West Country Vader was just brilliant.


FourWheelDrift

78,656 posts

232 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Haven't seen the episode (just clips) but I found the Kowakian monkey-lizard (seen with Jaba the Hutt in ROTJ) getting spit roasted whilst another watches in a cage funny

Rick_1138

3,033 posts

126 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Saw a bit of a ropey stream but was perfectly fine on my pc monitor which is only about 24".

A lot to enjoy as a long time old school SW fan, and more specifically a bad guy\ boba fett fan.

I liked the world building, a lot more feel of the old gritty star wars drinking dens and greater variety of aliens in that 35 mins than all of disneys new films bar maybe Rogue one and to some extent Solo.

I liked the little touches of the old empire still clinging on, little nods to the old expanded universe stuff like the calamari currency.

I actually quite liked the mask being on and the quiet delivery of the main protagonist, and as its only ep 1 of 8, i think a lot of folk online are being a bit harsh, its doesn't have to be stunning everything for all people in the first 30 mins, let it have its run, then decide.

I did like the IG droid and the banter, a lot more like old SW "humour" vs the newer forced in stuff, most egregious in TLJ.

Hopefully i can find ways to see the rest of them, or i pull my fingerout, get a VPN and see how pirate bay works!

because i am not waiting over 4 months till its legit in the UK, spoilers will be totally unavoidable with this big a franchise with such a fractured fanbase as of late.

Arklight

835 posts

137 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Found it quite enjoyable, for a series opener.

I'm not a Star Wars uber fan or anything but have obviously seen the films, it was nicely engaging and a good sign for me was i was on google straight after looking into certain characters and bits to get to know a bit more about it all as it seems to be quite lore rich.

The later action scenes where very well done, overall the CGI (which there wasn't overkill on thankfully) was done really well.

good to see some good old fashioned puppets too.

looking forward to the next one.

The only problem i have is Disneys odd attitude to rolling this out, regional rollouts for a streaming service is madness and i suspect when it gets round the the UK/EU roll out most will have found other ways of watching it.

Oakey

24,544 posts

164 months

Wednesday 13th November
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They have no choice. EU rules mandate that streaming services have to have a certain percentage of content from within the EU (I think it's something absurd like 20percent).

Edit: from the earlier link:

The EU’s proposals, which will soon become law, will require that the streaming services ensure that at least 30% of their on-demand catalogues are original productions made in each EU country where a service is provided. Individual EU Member States can even choose to set the level as high as 40%.

Edited by Oakey on Wednesday 13th November 15:50

Arklight

835 posts

137 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Oakey said:
They have no choice. EU rules mandate that streaming services have to have a certain percentage of content from within the EU (I think it's something absurd like 20percent).
I didn't know that, seems like a good way of promoting torrents smile

FourWheelDrift

78,656 posts

232 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Arklight said:
Oakey said:
They have no choice. EU rules mandate that streaming services have to have a certain percentage of content from within the EU (I think it's something absurd like 20percent).
I didn't know that, seems like a good way of promoting Brexit smile
FTFY

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Oakey

24,544 posts

164 months

Wednesday 13th November
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Not so much of a problem for the likes of Amazon and Netflix who can buy up any local dross and stick it on their service but a bit difficult for Disney whose service is primarily aimed at the family market and have a back catalogue so huge that trying to add 30% local content (for each EU country) might prove problematic.

Bullett

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9,167 posts

132 months

Wednesday 13th November
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How has it launched in the Netherlands?