This behind scenes look at the making of ‘The Mandalorian’ is interesting and adds great context to what we have seen. I wish more shows like this accompanied the release of big content, but the series themselves can’t act as events.
One thing I would definitely say is that while the weekly release format worked for the actual ‘The Mandalorian’ show, building conversation and momentum and stretching it out over 2 months of great TV, but it doesn’t work for this behind the scenes show.
It actually has the opposite effect for this show, as you lose momentum by watching a 20 minute behind the scenes episode and then having to wait another week for the next, and it is very clear they should have dropped all eight episodes at once.
However, apart from that, I found this to be a really informative and interesting look behind the scenes of LucasFilm and specifically this series.
Getting input from all the wide ranging creatives that worked on this show, and seeing the groundbreaking technology they used, is very fascinating to a fan of the industry like me, but could potentially grow boring to someone not so interested in people talking about making a tv show (but if that’s the case, why are you watching this at all).
The biggest stand outs from a directing perspective from the show itself and this documentary for me were Deborah Chow and Taika Waititi, and it’s very re-assuring to know they are both already committed to Star Wars properties going forward. The big and small screen future of the franchise is in safe hands.
Most of all, it offers real insight into why ‘The Mandalorian’ was such a success, and it’s how much Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni truly love the property. Hopefully it will be these two that lead the franchise forward post episode nine, and then I think Star Wars could have a very positive future.
Rating = 3.5/5