Star Wars: The Mandalorian - 5th episode out now on Disney+.

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by Alvin Flummux » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:59 pm

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by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:06 pm

Let the hate flow through you! :nod:

To be fair whilst I still agree with all of the criticism I put in that post it's not a very complete account of my thoughts. Overall I'm still enjoying this and there has been much to like in all 3 of the episodes so far. I think that's why the unravelling of the latest episode toward the end frustrated me so much!

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by Rubix » Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:45 pm

Just on the third one. Loving it so far even with its Rocky style title music and Marvel sounding Star Wars logo

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by Venom's Christmas Carol » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:07 pm

4th episode.

It was fine. I liked the, slight, character development. I’ve wanted to see smaller stories but I think Star Wars has to be epic. This was a cross between Star Trek: The Next Generation and The A Team. Also, I loved the package.

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by Mafro » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:11 pm

Enjoyed this week's episode of Stargate SG-1.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:57 pm

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Obvious and a little cliche, but still good fun.

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by Rudolphin » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:25 pm

Mafro wrote:Enjoyed this week's episode of Stargate SG-1.


This was exactly where my mind went. It was extremely SG1.

I loved the recasting of the AT-ST as a terrifying monster though, they always been the poor man's AT-AT and it was nice to see one shine.

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PostRe: Star Wars: The Mandalorian - 4th episode out now on Disney+.
by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:40 am

Agree with others that there's a definite A-team vibe to this. And that's not necessarily a bad thing! This was a better effort that the last episode as well, although it's definitely not without problems.

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There was some decent action to this, the fight between Mando and the shock trooper lady was fun and when they went to raid the camp. And I also loved the menace of the AT-ST, as Taf says this has been an under utilised vehicle in the series so it's nice to see it get some love!

But there are still some really big issues around the simple plausibility and logical structure of the narrative at the core of the show. The whole plot of Chapter 4 is predicated on Mando's requirement to hide himself and the kid from those who might harm them. Now ignoring the fact that we still don't really have a satisfactory justification for why Mando has upended his entire life and that of his race/tribe to protect mini Yoda, this is a pointless endeavour anyway and Mando should know this.

He knows the bounty hunters are out to get the kid (and him probably). He knows that they have beacons which can track them across space - he strawberry floating used one two episodes ago to track the kid himself FFS! He was attacked by the bounty hunters all carrying their beacons right at the end of the last episode - he KNOWS THEY ARE AFTER HIM! Why the hell has he suddenly forgotten this? "Oh yes we can hide on this planet no problem, I'm sure the interstellar tracking beacon that I know all about won't get us here!" :fp:

Give us a scene where he is trying to work out a way to block the beacons, or remove whatever mechanism they use to actually track people. Is it something in your body that the beacon locks onto? Has everyone in the empire/republic been embedded with an ID chip that the beacons are detecting? Well show us Mando trying to deactivate it or remove it or something! Just a hint that he's not a moron who keeps forgetting the very obvious way that he's always being strawberry floating found! :lol:

Also it would be nice if there were some active curiosity on display about the kid - Mando should be asking why he is important, why was he asked to get him, why was the bounty so high, what was the scientist doing to him, what were the powers he used to stop the bull-monster. Why the strawberry float is Mando not exploring this? Rescue/kidnap the kid fine, but show us the motivation why - if he were curious about the powers of the kid then that would justify his actions, but he shows no interest in exploring that.

Again - his motivations for protecting the kid are muddled, combine this with his seemingly impossible ignorance of how badly he is doing that job and then the ultimate piss-take: the fact that despite having turned his life upside down, killed a whole host of bounty hunters, uprooted all the other Mandalorians, pissed off the only high ranking or important people we know of, and travelled across a huge region of space to the arse end of nowhere all to supposedly protect this kid ... he was going to just ditch him anyway! :lol: THEY ARE TRACKING THE KID MANDO! How strawberry floating hard is it to remember that! :lol:

The whole foundation of what these first few episodes have been based on at their core just has no solidity to it and it just undermines all the other commendable parts of the show.

Also going back to the raid on the camp which as I say had a nice bit of stealth (and then not so stealth! :lol: ) action from our heroes. If they have snuck in to place one of Mando's explosive charges on the raiders camp without being detected, and their overall plan is to place one of these explosives on the AT-ST to destroy it... then why don't they just stick the explosive on the AT-ST before alerting everyone and avoid the whole strawberry floating mess in the first place? :lol:

There are also some hilarious smaller problems that keep coming up. Like in the fight with shock trooper lady which ends with them both on the floor pointing their blasters at each other - Mando's helmet visor makes it impossible for him to have actually been able to see her at this point and so as a visual it just looks ridiculous and a further reminder of how impractical such a helmet actually is. Another dent in the ability of the viewer to suspend their disbelief and invest in what is happening. Similarly about half way through the episode we have another conversation with Mando about the whole "never removing the helmet" thing where we discover that he does remove it in private, which is cool. Except then we have a camera shot where he literally removes it right in sight of a whole bunch of kids! strawberry floating hell. :lol:

There's lots to like about this show - it often has a real grounded and gritty feel to it, some of the performances are great and clearly a good amount of love has gone in to making it... but damn is it doing some stuff that makes it hard to forgive!

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PostRe: Star Wars: The Mandalorian - 4th episode out now on Disney+.
by Rudolphin » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:25 am

Looking around twitter this definitely seems to have been the least well received of the episodes. Which I think is a little unfair given the first two were very slow and very dull.

As a whole though, the show is strictly average tier so far. The visuals are great but I feel it's not doing enough to explore the post Empire galaxy. This is something The Force Awakens strawberry floated up too: the really interesting stuff is what happens when a galactic safety net gets pulled out from under you? How do the little people end up tackling that? Instead it's reliant on baby yoda for its best moments and the rest is a poor man's sci-fi Western.

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PostRe: Star Wars: The Mandalorian - 4th episode out now on Disney+.
by Lazy Fair » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:02 am

Any easy way of watching this in the UK?


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by Wedgie » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:34 am

Lazy Fair wrote:Any easy way of watching this in the UK?


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You’ll have a torrent time to get it easy in the UK. You’ll have to wait for the high seas to bring it over.

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by Lagamorph » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:20 am

Basically there are three options if you're in the UK,
1) Jump through a load of hoops to subscribe to the US Disney+ service and watch via SmartDNS/VPN
2) The high seas
3) Wait until March and subscribe when Disney+ launches in the UK

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PostRe: Star Wars: The Mandalorian - 5th episode out now on Disney+.
by Lazy Fair » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:25 pm

I’m happy to set sail, but would prefer streaming. Anyone able to suggest any easy options for that?


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by Hexx » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:26 pm

Kodi

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by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:31 pm

Obviously you'll need to get the right plugins for Kodi as by default it is all above board.

What platform/device are you wanting to watch via Lazy?

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by Lazy Fair » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:06 pm

MacBook. Not used Kodi before so I’m a total beginner.


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by Mafro » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:38 pm

The tease at the end of episode 5 :nod:

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:54 pm

Mafro wrote:The tease at the end of episode 5 :nod:


Might be me being stupid, but do we have any idea who that's meant to be?

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by Mafro » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:03 pm

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Mafro wrote:The tease at the end of episode 5 :nod:


Might be me being stupid, but do we have any idea who that's meant to be?

Boba Fett?

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:53 pm

Mafro wrote:
Cheeky Devlin wrote:
Mafro wrote:The tease at the end of episode 5 :nod:


Might be me being stupid, but do we have any idea who that's meant to be?

Boba Fett?


I hope not. Seems far too soon to go down that route. Though I've no doubt he will appear at some indeterminate point.

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