This show is off to a great start. The first episode was incredible, both technically and atmospherically. The aesthetic of the show is, in my opinion, its greatest asset. The production value is astounding, and the use of practical effects is fantastic. Favreau and Filoni really know their stuff, and it shows here. The first episode was instantly more engaging and immersive than anything in the Sequel Trilogy has been. Everything feels real, in the way that the Original Trilogy felt real. The characters are intriguing and unique, and their motivations are sufficiently mysterious.
Wandering into spoiler territory, I have a few specific thoughts:
Of course, the most interesting aspect of this episode is clearly the revelation that the Mandalorian's quarry is a Baby Yoda (whom my friend and I have taken to calling Binky). I'm excited to learn more about the species Yoda comes from, especially how their longevity affects their communication. Will this "yodling" be able to speak? 50 years may be young for its kind, but it is still quite long. Another question left by the episode is why the Empire desires this infant, and who else might want it. I read that some fans have noticed that Dr. Pershing, the Imperial Scientist, seems to be wearing a Kaminoan emblem on his jacket--could he be attempted to clone the yodling, or to discover the secret to its longevity? Another important detail is IG-11's apparent orders to kill the child. The Mandalorian was told to bring the bounty in alive, if possible, and believed that he was the only one assigned to this mission, as IG-11 did. If that's true, who wants the yodling dead? Is it someone else in the Imperial Remnant, a third party, or someone else?
My other main interest from this episode was the Mandalorian's past, and his role in the tribe of Mandalorians. It's mentioned that he is a "Foundling," and I'm curious to see if this means that he is Mandalorian by birth, or has been taken into the tribe, as Jango Fett was in the old EU. We know that, canonically at least, Mandalore was very adamant about only considering true-born Mandalorians capable of wearing Beskar Armor (Prime Minister Almec mentions in TCW that Jango Fett is not affiliated with Mandalore, even though he wears Mandalorian armor). I'm interested to learn more about Mandalorian culture--what is the Mandalorian's "signet," and what does it mean? What's the story behind the Armorer's really awesome helmet (its horns almost remind me of those worn by the Mandalorians who worked for Darth Maul, but not exactly)? What exactly happened to the Mandalorian during the Clone Wars? It seems clear that this is when he was found by the tribe, as we see flashes of his home being destroyed, presumably by the Battle Droids from the trailer (which is also probably the reason for his seeming dislike of droids).
Overall, there are a ton of interesting threads this show has set up in just its first episode, and I can't wait to see how they unfold!