Chapter 1
The Mandalorian Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 78
Critics Consensus

Though its character building leaves something to be desired, "Chapter 1" is a visual feast with enough sense of adventure to inspire hope that the force may be strong with The Mandalorian.

Episode Info

A Mandalorian bounty hunter tracks a target for a well-paying client.

Cast

Pedro Pascal
as The Mandalorian
Gina Carano
as Cara Dune
Giancarlo Esposito
as Moff Gideon
Emily Swallow
as Armorer
Carl Weathers
as Greef Carga
Nick Nolte
as Kuill
Omid Abtahi
as Dr. Pershing
Werner Herzog
as The Client
John Beasley
as Bartender
Tait Fletcher
as Alpha Trawler
Ryan Watson
as Beta Trawler
Brian Posehn
as Speeder Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Chapter 1

[The premiere is] good enough to keep me watching, forgettable enough that I doubt I'll want to watch this specific episode again.

Nov 12, 2019 | Full Review…

39 minutes of mediocre Star Wars.

Nov 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The impressive production values, however, can't cover up a relatively skimpy plot. "Chapter 1" of The Mandalorian is a thin piece of setup stretched over 38 minutes.

Nov 13, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Mandalorian," though, is a well-crafted, compelling series that's the perfect ambassador for Disney Plus - an old favorite wrapped in a new story that leaves you hungry for the next episode.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Every screen shot locks you comfortably into the familiar "Star Wars" canon, but somehow it all feels fresh and new.

Nov 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You won't go broke imitating The Walking Dead, but the climax of the Mandalorian premiere cut strangely between misshapen tones, from laser-cannon gundowns to a cute baby melting even the coldest heart.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

"Chapter 1" is a visually stunning, solid season premiere full of potential, with director Favreau opting for a big budget original tale whilst expanding upon the SW universe.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As you would expect, the leading man, played by Game of Thrones' actor Pedro Pascal, is a gargantuan presence. The camera rarely strays from him as he blasts through dozens of enemies.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The complexity introduced by Pascal's performance, Favreau's writing, and Filoni's direction is enough to keep us engaged. Let's just hope the rest of the world firms up around him. In Filoni and Favreau we trust.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Visually, The Mandalorian looks simply fantastic, filled edge-to-edge with rich set details and cinematic, otherworldly vistas.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Mandalorian is everything fans could have wanted from a live-action Star Wars TV show and with a killer performance from Pedro Pascal, it's already clear this is going to be appointment viewing each week.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This premiere episode is definitely good but it may be too soon to tell if it is good enough.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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