The first episode of the live-actionStar Wars series The Mandalorian is available on Disney+ right now. Thankfully, Disney and Lucasfilm have wasted no time making the score from the first episode available online for fans to listen to over and over again. You can listen to all of the tracks from the show’s first chapter through your preferred music streaming service right now, and we’ll talk more about that score below.
In addition to being available on Spotify, you can also stream the soundtrack through Apple Music.
Thankfully, the track names for the first episode don’t give anything away. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the track names from all the episodes mention The Mandalorian by name. In this first chapter, there are three out of the nine, so we’re off to a solid start so far.
It should come as no surprise that the score for The Mandalorian is outstanding. Composed by Oscar-winner Black Panther composer Ludwig Göransson, the score features some familiar fanfare moments that are typical of the music for Star Wars projects. But Göransson has also injected a tribal feel to some of the music, which fits right in with the vibe of the Mandalorian people. Plus, there are scenes that have an interesting mesh of techno and orchestral sounds that are totally unique to this series.
“I was looking for something that was a little grittier, a little edgier and a little more tech-oriented, something that felt half-tech, half-classic. It was quite impressive how [Göransson] was able to incorporate everything that I was concerned with and then bring his own personality to make it extremely catchy and iconic and have all of the quality and breath of a ‘Star Wars’ score.”
Since there are eight episodes total, we’ll be getting plenty more music from The Mandalorian. This episode gave us around 25 minutes of original music, at least as far as what’s released on this soundtrack, and if each episode follows suit, then we’ll have nearly three and a half hours of Göransson amazing score. It appears that new music will be available after every new episode debuts check out the episode release schedule here, so stay tuned to your preferred music streaming service
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On the November 12, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film Editor-in-Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman and special guest Bryan Young from Star Wars Insider, StarWars.com and Full of Sith podcast for a spoiler-filled conversation about the first episode of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, entitled “Chapter One”.
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Today brings the launch of Disney+, and with it comes the first episode of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Just to make sure as many people as possible sign up for the streaming service, Disney and Lucasfilm are teasing the premiere episode with the release of a new clip that shows us just how fearless the titular bounty hunter is, even when he’s outnumbered. Plus, we also get to meet Werner Herzog‘s mysterious and intimidating character, who isn’t even given a name. Watch The Mandalorian clip below.
The Mandalorian Clip
In this clip, The Mandalorian has been sent to see Werner Herzog’s character by Greef Carga Carl Weathers, head of a bounty hunter organization, to learn more about a secretive new bounty. Upon arrival, he’s met by a handful of Stormtroopers, who all look like they’ve seen better days. Their armor is dirty, likely because it’s all they have after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
Everything is fine with this meeting until someone suddenly walks into the room unexpectedly. The Mandalorian wastes no time standing up and drawing his weapons as the Stormtroopers around him do the same. After a tense stand-off, it’s time to get down to business. But if you want to hear more about the target, you’ll have to watch the series on Disney+.
The first episode of this series promises an outstanding new foray into a galaxy far, far away. It has the vibe of the original trilogy mixed with the gritty attitude of a western. And the ending of this episode certainly sets the stage for an intriguing story to follow. But that’s something we’ll let you find out about for yourself.
If you want to see more of The Mandalorian, check out the special look clip and trailer that was released last night before the launch of Disney+. It reveals one of the earliest scenes in the premiere episodes, and it’s one of many great scenes in the debut.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the empire and before the emergence of the first order. The series depicts a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian is available now on Disney+ with new episodes arriving each week through the rest of 2019.
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Mandalorian” contains spoilers for the first episode, “Chapter 1.”]
In a way, it’s quite satisfying to see a much-anticipated, heavily guarded pilot episode like “The Mandalorian” execute with such efficiency. Characters are introduced with clarity. The story as told is simple and effective. Patterns are established in order to be consciously subverted, creating visceral surprises and substantial twists. By the time Jon Favreau wraps his first episode, the creator and writer has constructed a clear path forward and an enticing relationship worth watching unfold. Perfect. Great. Sign us up for three months of Disney+, please.
That is… unless you’re struck by a lingering sense of déjà vu. Yes, “The Mandalorian’s” pilot episode is a formally sound 39 minutes of television; even with an extra nine minutes, the half-hour series moves with assurance, and looks by most attributes to be a well-polished new piece of the franchise. But for anyone who’s seen enough Marvel movies to grow tired of their formula, or who was irked by how often “The Force Awakens” relies on nostalgia over originality, “The Mandalorian” may evoke different feelings. It’s not sound, it’s predictable. It’s not surprising, it’s calculated. By the end, Episode 1 will feel like nothing more than a cog in the ever-expanding Disney machine — worse yet, you may feel nothing at all.
Taking place between the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order — aka after “Return of the Jedi” but before “The Force Awakens” — “The Mandalorian” picks up with the franchise’s third featured bounty hunter, after Jango and Boba Fett. Pedro Pascal’s masked lead goes by The Mandalorian, but if feels like “Mando,” the nickname given him by a drunk bar patron, is bound to stick. Viewers are introduced to Mando as he exits his cruiser on a cold planet in search of a blue-skinned bounty. After dispatching said bar patron who gets a little too into Mando’s personal space, the bounty hunter takes his bounty back to his ship, frees his ship from a giant walrus by stabbing him with a cattle prod, and flies off to collect his due.
It’s a simple assignment. It’s dangerous. Mando handles himself just fine — with the confidence of someone with experience, and the expertise of an above-average professional. All of these observations can be absorbed during a relatively exciting first adventure. But Mando’s next assignment is off-the-books. Werner Herzog, playing a character I can only assume is called Werner Herzog, offers the bounty hunter a handsome reward if he can track down a bounty that’s eluded quite a few predecessors. Details are sparse, but it’s clear from the price and Herzog’s pronunciation of “proof of termination” that this is going to be a more challenging bounty than the last.
Werner Herzog in “The Mandalorian”
Lo and behold it is more challenging — so challenging that Mando needs the assistance of a short, old alien creature with a cute old man catchphrase “I have spoken” and Nick Nolte’s voice to find his bounty, as well as a few extra hands from a robot bounty hunter with a cute robot catchphrase “initiate self-destruct” and Taika Waititi’s voice to capture his bounty. The climactic shootout puts the opening action sequence to shame as it should, even if it’s mainly a whole bunch of laser fire that just happens to miss hitting our hero.
Therein lies not only Mando’s prize, but the audience’s, as well. Early, carefully leaked buzz led “Star Wars” die-hards to believe there was a game-changing twist at the end of “The Mandalorian” pilot, and the rumors, as usual, proved true. But much like everything else about “The Mandalorian,” its monetary benefits largely outweigh its narrative appeal. Yes, I can’t wait to watch a grumpy, quiet, tough guy like Mando pal around with a [ spoiler alert, again] baby Yoda that looks like an old man and acts like a toddler for eight episodes — that’s not the plot I was expecting “The Mandalorian” to hinge upon, but it’s still a plot that conveniently offers a hot new toy for families and fans to buy just in time for Christmas, in addition to the action figures we knew were coming of Ol’ Mando and Angry Werner.
“Star Wars” has long been plagued by merchandising, so to chastise the show for its corporate mandates isn’t entirely fair. It’s distracting, sure, but Baby Yoda is almost as cute as Werner Herzog sporting a giant medallion, which makes the fuzzy little green guy too cute to fail. What’s less excusable is that lingering feeling of familiarity. Favreau has become an elite member of the Disney family by milking nostalgia through false-fronting reinvention; he established the MCU formula in “Iron Man,” before going the photorealistic reboot route via “The Jungle Book” and “The Lion King.” Here, there are so many nods to the original “Star Wars” trilogy in just the pilot — from opening cantina fight reminiscent of Greedo and Han’s “who shot first” debacle, to the speeder racing across the plains, to a possible Boba Fett cameo — that easter eggs alone could drive this series from here on out.
Everything else driving the series feels equally strategic. The formula that’s helped build Disney into the giant corporate behemoth offering far more than animated classics is alive and well in “The Mandalorian,” the series launching the Mouse’s next phase of world domination, Disney+. No matter how much Favreau’s show tries to evoke the spirit of the first “Star Wars” trilogy, it’s safer to coast on references than to imagine something different. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has been the unofficial motto for quite some time, which is great news for everyone who’s already signed up for the streaming service — you know what you want, and you know what you’re getting. So, good news: There may be more Yoda-like surprises in store during the next eight episodes, but actual surprises seem to be left in a galaxy far, far away.
“The Mandalorian” Episode 1 is now streaming on Disney+. Episode 2, “Chapter 2,” debuts Friday, November 15 with subsequent episodes rolling out each Friday thereafter.
People can’t stop talking about Disney+, the new Disney streaming service that may or may not be working for you at this very moment. While the service launched today, Tuesday, you won’t have to wait a full week for new episodes of the original shows. Instead, new episodes of everything – including The Mandalorian – will hit this Friday, and roll-out on Fridays going forward.
Wondering when you can catch the new Mandalorian episodes? Well, we actually already told you that last month, but I suppose it can’t hurt to tell you again, dear reader. The answer: this Friday, and then every Friday following. Here’s the schedule:
Episode 1 – November 12 Episode 2 – November 15 Episode 3 – November 22 Episode 4 – November 29 Episode 5 – December 6 Episode 6 – December 13 Episode 7 – December 18 Episode 8 – December 27
Yes, rather than make you wait a full week to catch episode 2, Disney+ is dropping the next episode of The Mandalorian this Friday. They’re doing the same for their other original shows, including High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Encore!, Marvel’s Hero Project, The Imagineering Story, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and Forky Asks A Question.
Friday release dates have become somewhat standard for streaming services, so it makes sense that Disney+ would want to follow that formula. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other stuff on Disney+ to watch – Marvel movies, Star Wars movies, uh… Flubber, probably? And if you get bored with Disney+, you can always check out Apple TV+. Please. They’re desperate over there.
Launching on November 12, 2019, Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” the service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The service will launch in select geographic territories, including U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands, followed shortly by Australia and New Zealand, with the expectation to be available in all major markets within the first two-years.