While it remains to be seen if the rest of Disney Plus" streaming service shows will be released weekly, it comes as the "binge watching' model seems to be losing steam. Ahead of the launch, the full (alleged) release schedule for the show has leaked, indicating that episodes will drop on a weekly basis.
Netflix later confirmed that binge watching isn't going away on the service, though it remains unclear how all of the Disney Plus shows will be available.
Given how much money is being put into these new Disney+ streaming shows, it's no wonder the critics who watched a sampling of scenes from the first three episodes say the show looks and feels like a Star Wars movie, harkening back to the lived-in look of the original trilogy.
The first-ever live-action Star Wars series is from director Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a bounty hunter in the Outer Rim territories after the fall of the Empire. Pascal is just one sliver of the program's ensemble cast, which is comprised of: Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. We do need to underscore the fact that they only saw 30 minutes of an episode, but even with such a small taste of the highly-anticipated project, they were able to discern that executive producers, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, have made the real deal.
Season 1 of The Mandalorian debuts the same day as Disney+, Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The streaming service will cost $7 a month, or $70 to pay for an entire year up front, which is almost half of Netflix's popular $13 plan.