Disney has announced that when its new streaming service, Disney+, launches later this year, fans that are awaiting the worlds first Star Wars series, The Mandalorian may be in for a disappointment. After being treated to a few juicy details about the forthcoming first live-action Star Wars based tv show, Disney proceeded to pretty much burst fans bubble.
Although Lucasfilm has as of yet to release a full-on trailer of the series, which is stated to be based on a long gunman within the galactic underworld, there is still plenty of buzz within the fandom.
Disney+ is scheduled to hit the airwaves in North America this coming November, and Star Wars is amongst a touted plethora of viewing content promised by the House of Mouse. Along with seeing precisely what exciting, new content executive producer Jon Favreau and company has planned, fans Lucasfilm will be rolling out the Star Wars content slowly. Basically, that will mean no binge watching of the series—yet.
According to word from Anthony Breznican over at EW, when Disney+ launches, only the first episode of The Mandalorian will be available for fans to view. Breznican did offer that there is a slight outside possibility that the second episode would be available as well, but definitely not the entire series—thus creating the opportunity of binge-watching non-existent.
According to Breznican’s Twitter page: “Yes, I just checked with two other sources. Only the first episode of The Mandalorian will be released on Disney+ on November 12th. Maaaaaybe they’ll decide to add a second, but it won’t be the full binge.”
This sets Disney apart from their rival streaming services, such as Netflix, that release entire seasons in one fail swoop, resulting in viewers binge watching them all at once. As for the strategy that Lucasfilm is adopting with The Mandalorian, viewers will have to wait and see how that will have to play out over time.
Many perceive this as a stop-gap to preventing the leaking of too much information, and as a result, spoilers in the remaining time before the premiere. There is also the added advantage that by meting out the episodes one by one, the excitement can build over the length of the series—like in the olden days of such classics as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
One thing we know for sure is that Lucasfilm is releasing info one small morsel at a time, making the wait all that more agonizing. Plus, it will give fans a chance to whip themselves into a frenzy with rumors, speculations, and theories.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will Disney's current plan really work towards keeping the fans' anticipation at an all-time high?