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Disney+ launched in November, and quickly established itself as a major presence in the streaming service. In addition to containing the Disney vault and major franchises, there's also been original content exclusive to Disney+. Chief among them is the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The new series has already ascended to the top of pop culture, as The Child aka Baby Yoda has captured the audience's collective hearts. The Mandalorian's first season did well critically, and it turns out that the audience and reviewers' scores are nearly identical.
It's always interesting to see how critics and audience's opinion about new releases differ, especially within the Star Wars franchise. For instance, The Rise of Skywalker is sitting on just 54% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience rated it higher at 86%. But The Mandalorian is another story entirely, as it's universally adored.
The Mandalorian really resonated with critics at its debut, as Season 1 has an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. As for the audience score? The masses seem to agree, as its been rated 93% at the time of writing this story. There's virtually no discrepancy between these scores, with just one percent separating them from being identical. It looks like Baby Yoda is the great unifier.
Star Wars fans can watch The Mandalorian, as well as the Skywalker Saga on Disney+. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial to the streaming service.
It's no secret that people really like The Mandalorian. Fans have been waiting decades for a live-action series to become a reality, and the first venture into this medium didn't disappoint. Jon Favreau crafted a space western, with a mysterious hero whose past is slowly peeled back with each new episode. Add in the cuteness and strength of The Child, and there's a serious recipe for success. And memes. So many Baby Yoda memes.
Still, it's not often that you see audiences and critics on the same page like this. The Star Wars franchise means so much to fans, so emotions are usually running high when each new release arrives in theaters. But The Mandalorian hits a sweet spot, pleasing fans while also producing a TV series that is genuinely great to watch.
Season 1 of The Mandalorian just ended, and it was an explosive finale that set up plenty of upcoming conflicts. The show's' sophomore season will arrive in the fall of 2020, so smart money says production will start up again soon. Jon Favreau clearly has ideas to continue the story and it should be fascinating to see what adventures Mando and The Child get into when The Mandalorian returns.
There are two more Star Wars live-action shows heading to Disney+, with Lucasfilm and the House of Mouse no doubt hoping they'll be equally beloved. Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an untitled series, while Rogue One's Diego Luna will also get a show as Cassian Andor. Fingers crossed that the quality remains consistent.
The entirety of The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+. Be sure to check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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