The first live-action “Star Wars” series continues to impress through three episodes, employing a savvy blend of different genres, niftily mashing up the qualities of an old TV western with sci-fi special effects and the action-filled pacing of an animated show.
The latest wrinkle, in which the bounty hunter with no name (and so far no visible face) acquires a conscience, underscores the deft way in which producers Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) and Dave Filoni (a veteran of the “Star Wars” animated shows “Clone Wars” and “Rebels”) have combined those elements. The 30-something-minute episodes are built for basically nonstop action, in a manner rarely seen in most live-action TV programs.
“Such a large bounty for such a small package,” the shadowy character played by Werner Herzog says in the newest episode.
He’s referring to “Baby Yoda,” but based on the initial response, he could just as easily be talking about the show itself.