For those lucky few who’ve seen Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian, it’s evident that this is a story that couldn’t be told in a 2 hour film, but rather on the slow burn of a weekly serialised TV show. Jon Favreau is well aware of that, and clearly excited by the opportunities that serialisation allows.
“It’s fun not to have a preciousness in the way we’re telling these stories, because next week we’re coming back at you with another one. With the streaming service it’s a bigger budget, it has a lot of the qualities and aesthetics of the films, but the novelization is where it opened up a lot of freedom and opportunity for us to not feel like we’re repeating or copying anything else that people have experienced.”
While The Mandalorian evokes the Jango Fett scenes of Attack of the Clones and the Star Destroyer bridge scene of The Empire Strikes Back, obviously both big screen stories, the opportunities of serialisation – the slow and the action-packed episodes – will roll out what’s set to be a gem of a show.