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i recently watched the first two seasons of THE MANDALORIAN and very much enjoyed it. in my estimation it is a return to the original inspiration and motivation from which the creation of the STAR WARS arose. such being an excuse to investigate and mishmash a bunch of genres in a space setting.
if you watch the original trilogy there are more than obvious nods to cinematic obsessions of GEORGE LUCAS such as the work of directors JOHN FORD, AKIRA KUROSAWA and LENI RIEFENSTAHL as well as eastern theology BUDDHISM and TAOISM and early serials like BUCK ROGERS and FLASH GORDON. the list goes on.
in THE MANDALORIAN there seems to be clear effort to return to said influences in a television serial format with a moral protagonist navigating a whole series of hardships and obstacles on a JOSEPH CAMPBELL-inspired "HERO's QUEST" that literally finds him in situations that are highly reminiscent of old westerns, war films (complete with aerial dog fights), action films and science fiction.
i think that this is noteworthy since the second and third trilogy of STAR WARS films have been more about the complexity of interplaying narratives/sub-narratives and the abundance of characters (my assumption is for marketing purposes) rather than the core journey of a main character. THE MANDALORIAN provides a more cohesive and engaging story due to its more minimal scope and ability to seamlessly collapse various genres in an authentic, believable space. it really is quite the achievement and i look forward to further seasons.
this is probably my favorite TV show post-GAME OF THRONES.