REVIEW: Disney+ exactly as advertised and a bargain
Disney has finally unleashed its long-awaited and mammoth subscription service, Disney+. I was there the moment it launched. Now, I want to review a few things in addition to talking about the overall service now that I’ve had a little time to spend with Disney’s biggest media project yet. The first thing that I want to review is the long-anticipated Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian.” This is one awesome show and there’s only one episode available so far. It definitely embraces the Space Western roots of the Original Trilogy. Pedro Pascal is great as the title character and a force to be reckoned with. In this episode, we are mostly just introduced to the Mandalorian and his methods with a couple of hints towards his background. The action was pretty solid and the production value of the series shows that Disney means business with its original content that it plans to offer. Another thing about the show is that it’s showing us an uncompromising look at the underworld of the Star Wars universe. If this first episode is a true indication of what the show will be like, this should make plenty of Star Wars fans pretty happy. The second thing that I watched on the service was “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” It’s basically a show looking at various aspects of our world with the lovely Jeff Goldblum as your guide. The first episode of the show sees Goldblum taking a look at the world of collecting sneakers. To be honest, if this was hosted by anyone else, I probably wouldn’t have even given it a look but with Goldblum being his most Goldblum, he makes his already interesting subjects that more interesting. After those two shows, I
decided to sort of explore the range of content available on the site. Doing that, I realized that instead of wondering if there was going to be enough material to make the purchase worth it (like I did with DC Universe), I found that my problem was wondering what to watch first.
There are so many movies and TV series on the platform that you would be hard pressed not to find at least something that you would like to see.
I also tried to keep up with how laggy the service might have been at launch. Now, keep in mind that most of my viewing was done in the middle of the night, meaning that there were not as many people online to experience the launch right away.
So far, the only lag I experienced was when I started “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” It froze during the first minute, yet after I backed out and went back in, the episode played just fine.
Beyond that, though, I still wonder how the service will hold up during peak hours when most of the subscribers will be on. A word of caution, though, if you do experience lagging, don’t panic. Most digital services and websites can go through some growing pains.
No matter how much testing the developers behind-thescenes do, they can’t really tell what’s going to happen until the product launches and the early bugs are usually dealt with pretty fast.
So far, though, the new streaming services seems to be exactly what Disney promised it would be.
There are plenty of classic series and films to revisit and share with your own family and the original content doesn’t look too bad, either. For the prices that Disney is charging for the service ($6.99 monthly and $69.99 yearly), I have to admit that you’re getting quite the bargain.
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