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Disney+ launched this week to the delight of millions (10 million already, apparently), and the most talked-about original content is The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. The half-hour bounty hunter–driven space adventure dropped just one episode on the streaming service to start with, and it’s piqued a lot of interest and curiosity in the rest.

Disney and Lucasfilm held a premiere for the show in Hollywood on Wednesday night that was attended by creator Jon Favreau; directors Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Bryce Dallas Howard; and stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, and Werner Herzog. Favreau and Filoni then introduced a screening of the pilot and episodes 2 and 3.

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A number of critics were invited, too, and afterward they offered some assurance that subscribers — especially those invested in the Star Wars Universe — have a lot more to look forward to with this program.

Here’s what critics are saying about the first few episodes of The Mandalorian:

Are the next two episodes as good as the first? 

Episodes 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian are even better than the first — thrilling, violent and weird as hell (in the best possible way).”
– Drew Taylor, The Playlist

WOW. Episodes 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian are AMAZING. If you weren’t in love with chapter 1, just you wait for 2. People are going to lose their sh**s over this.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Wow! The Mandalorian just gets better and better.
Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider

If you liked the way episode 1 ended, you are going to be VERY happy with episodes 2 and 3. Love what I saw tonight.
Steven Weintraub, Collider

Count me as one who was a bit underwhelmed by the first episode of The Mandalorian, but episodes 2 and 3 made me giddy…Definitely hooked now!
Yolanda Machado, The Wrap

Watched the first three episodes tonight. Loved it.
Adam Tanswell, Little White Lies

Will Star Wars fans in particular enjoy what they see?

The first three episodes of The Mandalorian remind me of everything I love about Star Wars and that’s all I will say on that.
Michelle Buchman, Nerdist

I can’t say anything about chapters 2 and 3, but this show continues to be everything I wanted and more! I felt so much joy and love for Star Wars, I smiled like an idiot the entire way [home].
Johnamarie Macias, Culturess

Very happy to say episode 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian are great and have a ton of incredibly cool, clever and fun ‘hell yes!’ moments for Star Wars fans. There were so many times I had a huge grin on my face watching these episodes.
Eric Goldman, Fandom

By the end of Mandalorian episode 3 you will be completely invested in this story and these characters. Each episode dives deeper and is filled with Star Wars surprises. My face hurts from smiling.
Germain Lussier, io9.com

The future of Star Wars is very bright.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

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What are some specific treats the show offers?

There is some crazy action in episodes two and three.
Steven Weintraub, Collider

Loving the show’s structure. Mando has these mini adventures every episode.
Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider

It’s so much bigger than I imagined. I am so pumped.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

That shocking thing that showed up at the end of episode one… yeah, there’s A LOT more of it coming your way…Seriously, you are not ready for the cuteness that’s coming.
Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider

How is the mix of directors with each episode? 

Directors Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow BRING IT.
Yolanda Machado, The Wrap

[Famuyiwa and Chow] both nail it. I can see why Chow has been hired to be the director of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. She’s very much right at home in the world of Star Wars.
–  Eric Goldman, Fandom

With a show this good, will we ever leave the house (or Disney+) for other entertainment options again? 

This show is absolutely one of the best and a huge win for Disney+.
Drew Taylor, The Playlist

Seeing The Mandalorian on a movie screen is a completely different experience. I really hope once all the episodes of have aired they offer the fans a way to see the series on a movie screen.
Steven Weintraub, Collider

The Mandalorian airs Fridays on Disney+.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted -- if at times a bit too withholding -- The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.

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