Disney+ has a ton of things to watch based on its vast library alone, but if you're interested in something that's actually original, your options are pretty slim. Just like Apple TV+, most of the new content on Disney+, like The World According to Jeff Goldblum, is watchable but not exactly exceptional. That's not the case for The Mandalorian though. It's the first live-action Star Wars show, and it brings with it all of the action, wonder and visual splendor you've come to expect from the films.
That's not the only new bit of Star Wars goodness either: there's also a surprise 4K remaster of the entire Skywalker saga with Dolby Vision and Atmos. And yes, that includes the original trilogy (albeit with the Special Edition CG tweaks and yet another Han/Greedo scene change). If you were on the fence about subscribing to Disney+, these new Star Wars releases are more than enough reason to check it out.
The Mandalorian reminds me of why I love Star Wars in the first place. It feels like a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, with an emphasis on silence and tension that explodes into satisfying action sequences. Every set feels dirty and lived in, and there aren't any distracting CG characters, aside from a giant monster or two. Instead, it's mostly people in makeup and suits, just like the original trilogy. There's also a wonderful air of mystery to it -- we don't see Pedro Pascal's face underneath his armor, and the show isn't afraid to introduce new concepts and ideas without resorting to overlong exposition to explain them.
The Mandalorian is produced and mostly written by Jon Favreau, who kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. He's known for crafting interesting characters and punchy dialog -- but in this case, he also shows off his knack for world building. Favreau's script is brought to life by Dave Filoni, who's spearheaded the Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows. There are plenty of other interesting directors to look forward to as well, like Taiki Waititi and Deborah Chow. It's tough to judge the entire series at this point, but based on the talent involved and the first episode, The Mandalorian doesn't look like it'll be a creative disaster like Solo.