If I’m being honest here, Disney Plus has been a bit of a disappointment for me with so many great sounding original series planned but not released yet the one saving grace has been TheMandalorian series and luckily they aren’t taking too long to release the second season with it set to arrive on October 30.
With a lot to like about the show including great acting by Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog among others and a great atmospheric feel and look, you can clearly see why the show has been a big hit but among all the things that make this show so good one of them stands way above the rest and that’s everyone’s favorite little green guy Baby Yoda.
With season 2 just around the corner people are sharing their love for Baby Yoda on Twitter today and I thought with all the bullshit in the news every day maybe something a little bit more lighthearted was called for…so let’s take a look at some of the tweets.
The new Disney Plus streaming service is finally up and running and one of their first offerings in the way of exclusives is the series The Mandalorian Which is set in the Star Wars universe somewhere between the fall of The Galactic Empire and the rise of The First Order. The show focuses in on a bounty hunter who is hired to track down a bounty that by the looks of it will turn out to be the main plotline of the series. The title character is played by Pedro Pascal who is best known for his roles on Game of Thrones and Narcos.
What is a Mandalorian?
Before we get into the actual show I thought it might be a good idea to learn a bit about the lore and history of what Mandalorians are really all about. Originating from the planet Mandalore they are known for their prowess in battle and are legendary for being some of the only warriors around that can stand toe to toe with a jedi and are feared throughout the galaxy for their mercenary and bounty hunting skills. Mandalore has pretty much been at war for one reason or another their entire history and Mandalorians are known to never remove their helmets, giving a bit of mystery to their already intimidating personas and they typically use advanced technologies mixed with amazing fighting techniques to overcome their enemies. A couple well known Mandalorians in Star Wars lore are Jango and Boba Fett.
So how’s the show?
There has only been one episode already so there is only so much I can gather about the series at this point but what I’ve seen so far is promising and left me wanting to see more. The production quality is great as you’d expect from Disney, it feels like you’re watching a Star Wars movie rather than a TV show and that is certainly a good thing. The makeup and special effects are done very, very well and help to immerse you in the show.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this first episode was that they sprinkled just the right amount of comedic moments in, I was worried they might do it too much and end up going the Jar Jar Binks route but they balanced the comedy with the seriousness perfectly.
I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but the first episode did give a few clues as to where this show might be headed. It feels like we’ll be along for the ride while the title character seeks to find redemption and is sure to evolve as we join hm on this journey. The first episode leaves off in a way that makes me pretty sure our main protagonist is going to have to do a 180 in his beliefs and I’m pretty sure we’ll be watching a man struggle with the lines between who he is ,who he was and who he wants to be.
So far the first episode alone is enough to make me want to subscribe to Disney Plus for a long time to come, there are a limited amount of exclusives at the moment but the whole Disney, Star Wars and Marvel catalog is available to watch at your leisure…For $6.99 a month there really isn’t a better deal out there right now.
With Disney’s streaming service set to premier in North America on November 12, 2019 and their recent announcement of content and what the service will be focusing on I thought it a great time to go over some of the originals that you’ll only get with this service and see if it seems like it can compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. With a decent price range for the service, $6.99 a month ,which is much lower than any of it’s competitors it certainly has my attention right from the start and with everything that Disney owns rights to there is almost no end to the possibilities for the future.
Set in the Star Wars universe The Mandalorian takes place about 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow the pursuits of a bounty hunter who operates in the outer reaches of space here the New Republic has no power. With Pedro Pascal in the title role and an interesting and diverse cast including Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Carl Weathers and Bill Burr it’s shaping up to be a promising series for sure. The Mandalorian will premier the same day as the streaming service on November 12, 2019 and is sure to draw some subscribers in.
I love that they are retelling this classic from 1955, I loved this movie as a kid and have not been able to get my son to watch it but perhaps with a more modern take on it a new generation can be introduced to this great movie. The movie is set to premier on November 12, 2019 and with voice actors like Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux leading the charge it has a good chance of living up to the original.
With Disney Plus coming in November it’s just in time for Christmas specials and Noelle will be their attempt at joining in the holiday fun. Focusing on the lives of Santa’s Son and Daughter and all the crazy things they get into when trying to take over Christmas for him this film starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader takes a comedic approach to Christmas and premiers on November 12, 2019.
High School Musical The Series
Although I wasn’t a fan of the original movie myself both my nieces loved it, makes me feel old to think it came out 15 years ago. This 10 episode series will bring fans of the movie what they’ve been missing and will seemingly be a more modern take on the whole idea of the movie. You know, Teen Angst and all that kind of stuff. There are no big names attached to this show yet as far as I could find and I’m not sure on the release date either.
Hero Project will be a Documentary series and will feature the real life stories of real life heroes, not in the way that they have superpowers and fight crime but heroes in how they showed bravery, selflessness and kindness and made a positive difference in the world or people’s lives. The series will air on November 12, 2019 and although there isn’t much info on it yet it does sound like an interesting concept and could pay off.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum
I mean this one speaks for itself , it’s Jeff Goldblum, he’s not only a national treasure but a planetary one. This series will take us on a journey through the mind of Jeff Goldblum as h takes everyday items and introduces us to amazing facts and wonderful stories connected to those items. I mean you could probably have him talk about pocket lint and people would watch so I feel they can’t go wrong here. Premiering on November 12, 2019 this series is sure to be a big hit for Disney Plus.
Bringing back all your favorites from the High School Musical movie for a high school reunion 15 years later this series . The show will bring fans along on the journey as their favorite characters face new challenges and drama as adults. with Kristen Bell as executive producer this is Disney’s second series coming into the streaming service from the High School Musical franchise and premieres November 12, 2019.
Monsters at Work
This series is set in the Monsters Inc. universe and will be a direct sequel to the first movie, taking place 6 months afterwards. There isn’t a ton of info about it yet but it is set to air sometime in 2020 and will feature some of the great voice actors from the original including Billy Crystal and John Goodman.
Based on the book series of the same name by Stephan Pastis the film will be directed by Tom McCarthy and will follow the adventures of an 11 year old boy who believes himself to be the best detective. He runs his own little agency called Failure Inc. and has an imaginary friend who’s a polar bear. It sounds like it will be interesting at the very least and will be a good one to sit down and watch with the kids. I’m not sure on the release date for this but it’s safe to assume somewhere near the launch of Disney Plus on November 12, 2019.
One of the many Marvel originals that will be airing on Disney Plus WandaVision is a series that will revolve around the lives of Scarlet Witch(Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) and Kat Dennings will reprise her role as Darcy Lewis from the Thor movie. The show is set to air in August 2020 and as most Marvel’s ideas is sure to be gold I’m sure.
Another series from Marvel comics, this one will center on Bucky Barnes A.K.A. The Winter Soldier and his partnership with the new Captain America Sam Wilson A.K.A. the Falcon. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will return to play the characters we’re all so used to them playing, the villain Helmut Zemo(Daniel Bruhl) will also make a return. The series will premier in Fall of 2020.
I honestly can’t find a whole lot of info on this one yet , I just know it will be a thing at some point and whether that means a series or a movie doesn’t matter to me as I would love to delve further into the story from both. It’s Star Wars, It’s the Clone Wars, you just can’t go wrong.
Another Marvel series this one will follow the formula of the old What If…? comic books showing fans how things might have been different in the Marvel universe and gives us what if? scenarios that would have caused those differences, for instance what if Jane Foster gained the powers of Thor. the possibilities are endless with this series and I absolutely can not wait for it but I’ll have to because it isn’t slated to air until mid 2021 with a first season consisting of 23 episodes.
One more installment from Marvel Comics Loki will focus on the life of everyone’s favorite Asgardian villain. there isn’t a ton of info since it doesn’t air until Spring of 2021 but we do know it will only have 6 episodes and star Tom Hiddleston