How The Mandalorian Breaks TV's Cardinal Rule

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The Mandalorian: Can a masked man show emotion?

The most compelling and emotional on-screen moments usually involve a close up of an actor’s face. And yet, the main character in The Mandalorian barley takes his mask off and still makes us feel things. We’ll explain how that's possible in this Wisecrack Edition: How The Mandalorian Breaks TV's Cardinal Rule.
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  • Your explanation and analysis gave me an incredible appreciation of theater, movies, and science fiction. You do this so well. I am amazed by your completeness in research of the visual arts. Thank you. I am a scientist.

    Jeurel SingletonJeurel SingletonIl y a 5 heures
  • It's also the Kuleshov effect. The associated shots, music, circumstances get the audience to project emotion to an otherwise expressionless subject.

    David GarciaDavid GarciaIl y a 10 heures
  • I like how the to-camera parts aren't annoying at all with these videos. Helps that he's cute as a button

    Glenn DaveyGlenn DaveyIl y a jour
  • "Yugen, an aspect of Noh, can be thought of as the umami of emotion." needs more Japanese words.

    Spriteless MyselfSpriteless MyselfIl y a 2 jours
  • I would state V for V for Vendetta, but his voice showed A LOT of emotion.

    William PlaudWilliam PlaudIl y a 2 jours
  • The plural form of Jedi is Jedi....

    XL DubXL DubIl y a 2 jours
  • Well the Clone Wars has a lot of characters that break that Cardinal Rule... A Whole Army's Worth...

    J. DelJ. DelIl y a 3 jours
  • its also important to note that the expressiveness despite a lack of face is aided by the camera work and editing since we're able to use context and recognize patterns of film language we've been exposed to over the years. its essentially the kuleshov effect, natural human pattern recognition, and music/narrative association combined with everything mentioned in the video.

    mintyglitchesmintyglitchesIl y a 4 jours
  • baby yoda is the only good thing about the Mandolorian.

    TheJasonmorettiTheJasonmorettiIl y a 5 jours
  • Honestly Star Wars has kinda already done this with the clones. They all had individual personality’s under the helmets. And you began to recognize them from their markings on the helmet

    cmcdermott85cmcdermott85Il y a 6 jours
  • Check out “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. It is a better tool of understanding what we see. The emptiness is filled by our own imagination. And the less detail, the more we identify ourselves with that character.

    Al CamAl CamIl y a 7 jours
    • @scottmccloud

      Al CamAl CamIl y a 7 jours
  • lol pedocard gj

    ano nymusano nymusIl y a 8 jours
  • Masked Acting is extremely hard to make work. You need a talented physical actor and a great director. My 2 favourite instances of masked acting are in ROTJ, just before Vader saved Luke and when Mando is about to leave but decided to save Grogu instead.

    EastCoastLifestyleEastCoastLifestyleIl y a 10 jours
  • i am the raccoon coo coo cachoo

    staples homecentrestaples homecentreIl y a 11 jours
  • just say "noh"!

    Moby t.Moby t.Il y a 14 jours
  • Some stories are better without the face... Halo for instance it's like saying you can't understand John 117 because you don't see his face. Which is bs....

    Sean PruittSean PruittIl y a 16 jours
  • Almost all the examples mentioned (in a good way) in the video are also very thoughtful, well-written works. As the video also mentions, the direction is top-notch as well. The prequels were (arguably) well-directed, but the dialogue didn't match what the audience wanted, and therefore failed. The prequels have aged well, though FOR ME. I enjoy them more now than I did when they first came out.

    Ken MeredithKen MeredithIl y a 17 jours
  • All that sequel bashing wasn’t necessary.

    RedCaioRedCaioIl y a 19 jours
  • "We See 3P0" was great.

    Jordan McLaughlinJordan McLaughlinIl y a 20 jours
  • I wish every episode was not written from his perspective. Imagine an episode seen from the side of his opponent? he is a terrifying force to be reckonned with.

    anonomous anonomousanonomous anonomousIl y a 21 jour
  • I think you should have mentioned how the show is basically a Western, and Westerns tend to use a restrained palette of emotional expressions, or perhaps I should say, the hero tends to be spartan in his expressions.

    John KeckJohn KeckIl y a 21 jour
  • Not directly related to anything in this vid, really, but I think one of Mandalorian's strengths is that it forces us to think about the people under the masks. Star Wars has always had a lot of masked characters, mostly bad guys. Having us get to know a masked character, to see him as a real person and not just the mask, makes us think the same about the stormtroopers and TIE pilots and so on who get mowed down. Not only does that make us think about whether we're really okay with seeing these people getting murdered in various horrible ways, it also makes us _enjoy_ seeing some of them get murdered even more - specifically, those two arsehole Scout Troopers from the season 1 finale.

    Werrf1Werrf1Il y a 26 jours
  • A new hope? Noooooh.. ^^ I feel like Clunt Eastwoods emotional minimism is also in the mix

    Colin BennettColin BennettIl y a 28 jours
  • I call baby yoda Gringo because i forget his name and baby yoda implies that he is yoda as a baby

    Elliot HellyerElliot HellyerIl y a 28 jours
  • *facepalm* because hana literally means flower

    Andrei PufuAndrei PufuIl y a 28 jours
  • now do how Disney broke starwars

    Alex PachecoAlex PachecoIl y a 28 jours
  • By not being "on TV"

    Robert ZeiglerRobert ZeiglerIl y a 29 jours
  • Do a video on lovecraft country.

    Laroyal MarshLaroyal MarshIl y a mois
  • Mandalorian peaks when there are no human faces and barely any dialogue, like the first few episodes of the first season. Just weird landscapes, intriguing races and misterious cultures. As soon as it became a "human focused" story the show started to drag. Cara Dune is the absolute worst, with that constant smirk that reminds me of garbage TV shows like Xena.

    oktchauoktchauIl y a mois
  • I realize Noh's influence on Power Rangers now.

    Elan'Elan'Il y a mois
  • Well, between Bunraku, Noh theater, Lone Wolf and Cub manga and film, Kurosawa, etc., Disney's cultural appropiation from Japan is so vast they're gonna have to cancel themselves...

    PD ZombiePD ZombieIl y a mois
  • One of the things that always impressed me about Darth Vader is how he manages to show So Much Emotion without us ever seeing his face. And not just basic emotions either, but complex, subtle emotions.

    Cowgirlcadet 1701Cowgirlcadet 1701Il y a mois
  • The Mandalorian was stunning 👍👍

    Red Jet 7059Red Jet 7059Il y a mois
  • Please do a philosophy of the weekend

    Blessing FakudzeBlessing FakudzeIl y a mois
  • Anything that makes the director care more about character-focused emotional camera work is a good thing.

    RJ EhlertRJ EhlertIl y a mois
  • Loosing the mask will ruin the series. Being enigmatic is the whole point.

    AllanAllanIl y a mois
  • While I agree they were emulating classic japanese narratives in The Mandalorian, it also had some really inadvertedly Tokusatsu momments, specially when several mandalorians teamed up. Bobbing their helmets up and down to communicate, very Power-Rangery

    Diego SartoratoDiego SartoratoIl y a mois
  • I feel like we actually connect to Mando more because of his helmet... like in emotional scenes as we don't see his face we have to imagine what he is feeling and we project our feelings or the feelings we would feel in that situation on to his character. On top of this we have a great voice acting and physical acting to help, but I think we feel more of a connection because we are forced to imagine what he is feeling. I'm no psychologist but I feel like that sorta makes sense

    Ethan ReesEthan ReesIl y a mois
  • whats the deal with power rangers/super sentais heavy gesturing tho

    dino thunderdino thunderIl y a mois
  • Mandalorian broke a big Star Wars rule by NOT turning the new movies into fucking remakes! That's why Episode VII is the worst Star Wars movie, because it marks the moment when the creators just said "Eh, fuck it, we don't even have to try!". That said, not sure if Luke's cameo is a good thing, it smells of the old "not needing to try" mentality that brought down the new movies.

    Rui PedroRui PedroIl y a mois
  • Well yes, but noh.

    Javed AhmedJaved AhmedIl y a mois
  • Emotions can be shown through more than just your face. It's just shows how great of a show that the mandalorian is because you don't need to see Mando's face to know what he is feeling

    MericanJoeMericanJoeIl y a mois
  • Not a single mention of Eisenstein. That's unexpected.

    skepticallypwndskepticallypwndIl y a mois
  • Are you forced by contract to copy the other guy accent? I just don't buy it that you to talk the same way

    Tobe DossTobe DossIl y a mois
  • I didn't know poor actor directing was now called noh

    Vitor OrtonaVitor OrtonaIl y a mois
  • "Darth" isn't a name. It's a title. 🤦‍♂️

    Christopher FoxChristopher FoxIl y a mois
  • May the force be with you always

    OUTSIDER40OUTSIDER40Il y a mois
  • Pedro and his stunt doubles do such an amazing job communicating emotion through nothing but body language and it kinda blows me away.

    Ioi LeilaniIoi LeilaniIl y a mois
  • 2:41 So he's subscribed to MatPat?

    TheWeirdNerdTheWeirdNerdIl y a mois
  • Makes me remember V for Vendetta. The character was very expressive, and also had subtle movements.

    MateusMateusIl y a mois
  • OH oh I know this one uhh. Being Good?

    Dat catDat catIl y a mois
  • Always love Michaels videos

    James WuJames WuIl y a mois
  • 4:23 Nah, you're fine. Filoni already said that it's fine to call Grogu "Baby Yoda".

    LecTriXxLecTriXxIl y a mois
  • One of my favorite examples of this is when a desert thug holds baby Yoda hostage for Mando's jet pack. After making sure he's OK, Mando just let's the thief take off, activates the pack. Then after awhile he finally falls to his death. Baby Yoda just does this slow emotionless turn to look at Mando who just does this very minor shrug. Then the jetpack sloooowly comes down.....and falls over. That scene destroyed my sides

    David KnightDavid KnightIl y a mois
  • I think Dave Filoni really started experimenting with this in the Clone wars where all the clones had helmets on for most of the show. While they took them off for key moments, Dave and the animators were able to create an incredible amount of emotional attachment with the clones throughout the series

    swole quoleswole quoleIl y a mois
  • only a philosophy channel would talk about the importance of face-to-face interaction for 12 minutes and not once mention psych and neuroscience, which, you know, provide the underpinnings for these systems?

    iansteelmathesoniansteelmathesonIl y a mois
  • Baby Yoda is the correct term.

    Naveed HasanNaveed HasanIl y a mois
  • Like how Hayden did not show one once of emotion for the entire prequels yet we still felt how coarse sand truly is.

    DaytronDaytronIl y a mois
  • that 'D W Griffith is Awful' tag was kinda....lame and unnecesary. (Added by the editor, the producer, the author?) yeah, Birth of the Nation is justifiably criticised today, but without explaining what exactly is 'awful', or, more importanly,, WHY its 'awful', the claim is just lazy, empty lip--service. Many are going to assume that he's an 'awful' film-maker, which of curse is untrue. I enjoy your channel, but that sort of enforced (and i'm loathe to use the term) political correctness, devoid of context, is tiresome. At this rate, no-one is going to be able to mention anyone from the past who transgressed conteprary norms (i.e. all of them )without a lengthy disclaimer and a vapid expression of self-righteous indignation that serves only to diminish and trivialise the issues. Rant concluded.

    ben prastitisben prastitisIl y a mois
  • I should dislike and report this video just for that awful pun 11:25

    Ricardo MoralesRicardo MoralesIl y a mois
  • They already screwed it up so bad with the firing of Gina! I doubt that it will go past season three if there is even a season three, I took Disney and dropped it over what was done. Calling The Muppets racist is just Icing on the cake.

    George SemelGeorge SemelIl y a mois
  • American problems require American solutions.

    Felix MinglFelix MinglIl y a mois
  • it makes me sad you have to advertise for credit companies.

    654pedro123654pedro123Il y a mois
  • The helmet IS his face.......

    Barry VercueilBarry VercueilIl y a mois
  • Would you consider doing an analysis of Little Nightmares 2? It seems ripe for analysis and is very popular right now.

    Matthew EricksonMatthew EricksonIl y a mois
  • This is possible because emotion is conveyed more by the tone of a scene than whatever the actors are doing.

    Sid ZeroSid ZeroIl y a mois

    Julia MayJulia MayIl y a mois
  • I honestly was constantly disappointed by how much they showed Tony Stark's face when he was in his armor in the MCU. Now I understand why.

    Mr. PtolemyMr. PtolemyIl y a mois
  • 10:40 earned my like

    Chompt DownChompt DownIl y a mois
  • No mention to Red Vs Blue? Characters are super expressive and never take their helmets off

    Patricio BastonsPatricio BastonsIl y a mois
  • When it comes to things like the Mandalorin, Bane, or Dredd. The mask in a sense becomes their face because there is a specific reason for hiding it. And to see them without the mask seems invasive or wrong.

    Sarifa XionicSarifa XionicIl y a mois
  • Can you guys please do an episode on The Expanse that show is so good

    Supernova ProductionsSupernova ProductionsIl y a mois
  • It's body language, which at one time we were evolved to read, but society is breeding it out of us.

    Christopher FieldsChristopher FieldsIl y a mois
  • Make a video on Gina Carano case.

    Charanjeet SinghCharanjeet SinghIl y a mois
  • The actual cardinal rule for any entertainment is: "Don't be boring." Viewers decry talking heads in media all the time. We could be staring at the back of the main character's head for the entire broadcast so long as the story intrigues us. Seeing actor's faces just makes that easier to accomplish. The fact the audience can't see Mando's face allows us to project out own feelings and motivations onto the character, thus creating the emotional connection.

    WJCuffeWJCuffeIl y a mois
  • V for Vendetta Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Purge Friday the 13 there are so many... Heck the rule should be, if you want to create interesting content HIDE the face

    Ibis FernandezIbis FernandezIl y a mois
  • About D.W. Griffith, he is on a long list of artists whose work was exemplary or even groundbreaking, as in Griffith's case, but who were a-holes in their real lives (or produced work that was both groundbreaking and despicable at the same time as with Griffith). Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Picasso, Lionel Barrymore, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Chevy Chase, Mel Gibson and oh, so many others are on this list.

    Glicksman1Glicksman1Il y a mois
  • I always liked Iron Man as a kid but didn’t know why, Stark is a true hero suited up or not

    Thirty and RetiredThirty and RetiredIl y a mois
  • I could just feel the emotion through his mask. I loved every single second of the series.

    Darth BaneDarth BaneIl y a mois
  • Baby Yoda ftw!

    Matthias MatssonMatthias MatssonIl y a mois
  • Red vs Blue did this years ago

    Caleb ProutyCaleb ProutyIl y a mois
  • What drives me crazy is that people label episode every episode as "filler" just because something astronomically huge doesn't happen.

    samsamIl y a mois
  • "How The Mandalorian uses a technique that's also been used in many TV and films", what? Great episode, just... that title...

    pingosimonpingosimonIl y a mois
  • I swear wise crack has some of the best hosts like literally non of them are bland

    Imagination .Imagination .Il y a mois
  • great video the only thing that was missing is the fact that the masks themselves have meaning and express a certain emotion or state of mind in Noh theater and I can't help but feel that mando's helmet does much the same with its design to me it expresses a calm cool and collected person regardless of any adversity to the point where I don't need to see his face cause I know that even underneath the helmet it is much the same but hey that is just me

    TheCreepyproTheCreepyproIl y a mois
  • If you can emote while wearing a mask that completely covers your face, you are a master of the craft of acting.

    jesternariojesternarioIl y a mois
  • Goblin Slayer be like

    Lancelot4Camelot - Knight of CecileLancelot4Camelot - Knight of CecileIl y a mois
  • I disagree him not showing his face is the best thing about mando I hated when darth vader showed his face same goes for kylo ren and mando him being mysterious is why the show is so popular in my opinion and it will be easy to recast him as long as the mask stays on at all times especially knowing that other mandalorians take their mask off he should be the one that doesn't at all

    Rob smileyRob smileyIl y a mois
  • Another great faceless performance is by Jeremy Renner in The Town, when he and Affleck don some hockey masks to go "hurt some people."

    RuffShotsRuffShotsIl y a mois
  • Ben doesn't kill the students. Comics confirm he wasn't involved.

    Melody AckermanMelody AckermanIl y a mois
  • I just loved how they built up the importance of Mando covered up his face to build up the emotional impact of the final scene with him and Grogu 😭

    rpandya97rpandya97Il y a mois
  • Some people freaking out about Mando not showing his face didn't watch RvB for 17 years and it shows

    Sargon Of ACABSargon Of ACABIl y a mois
  • I see not even going to bring up the 3rd most popular character in Cara Dune .. Disney trying to act like Cara Dune never existed

    Majic NinjaMajic NinjaIl y a mois
  • This is just more mask worship from a dupe who still believes in government propaganda.

    Jeremy ClineJeremy ClineIl y a mois
  • Loved this video. Great insight into subtlety in Star Wars, something that sometimes I think a large part of the fans miss. Thank you.

    Nélia M. TulikNélia M. TulikIl y a mois
  • Please do a DEEP OR DUMB or an analysis on the newest anime: “Wonder Egg Priority” it’s REALLY good and tackles many subjects in an abstract manner

    Pierre HarbinPierre HarbinIl y a mois
  • Vader emotes really well through body language in Empire Strikes Back, I like at the end when the Millennium Falcon gets away and he stares off into space, turns away, looks back, then walks off.

    The Eternal WandererThe Eternal WandererIl y a mois
  • Please review "I care a lot". You'll have fun tearing it apart.

    Mar TovMar TovIl y a mois
  • Let’s not forget the Halo Series lol

    Scarbr1Scarbr1Il y a mois
  • i freaking lost my mind when Luke came to take baby yoda, i was samething like ''WTF! please tell me Ben will/has not kill baby yoda!!!'' Kylo Ren is my favorite caracter in the sequel trilogy, i don't think i could like him anymore if he actualy killed baby yoda :O

    Cristina ClaudiaCristina ClaudiaIl y a mois