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Literalism vs. Reality in The Mandalorian

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We enjoy The Mandalorian more than any other recent Star Wars productions. But its second season sometimes doesn’t trust us to suspend our disbelief in certain respects (a misguided literalism in its use of CGI for a major human character), while elsewhere expecting us to accept, on ideological grounds, things that are unbelievable even in its fantasy setting (a disproportionate number of tiny women somehow able to throw around men much bigger than they). This prompts a discussion of the difference between the suspension of disbelief and unreality in a fantasy setting.

After discussing Star Wars (the recent films and the dangers of indiscriminate “fandom”) and things we appreciate about The Mandalorian’s production (its soundtrack, its use of virtual sets), our discussion of Season 2 begins about 17 minutes in.

Links

The Marvel Symphonic Universe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfqkvwW2fs

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/thor-ragnarok-composer-acknowledges-marvel-scores-sound-same-1054503

Rear Projection: How It Works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwe4Fan41Is

The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxzVOs3rk

Alexi Sargent, “The Undeath of Cinema” https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-undeath-of-cinema

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is a stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, holding a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. He is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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