According to the Emmy Awards website, “The Mandalorian” was nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series,” which makes sense. It is, after all, a drama series that’s pretty outstanding. It also received nominations for “Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour),” “Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More),” and “Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour).”
That’s where it gets tricky. Alongside these and other prestigious nominations, “The Mandalorian” is also up for “Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour).” The issue, in case you missed it, is that shows clocking in at One Hour tend to be about twice as long as your standard Half-Hour. It’s right there in the name, if you pay close enough attention.
To be fair, “The Mandalorian” is part of television’s new normal, with episodes seemingly shooting for whatever runtime they feel like rocking. To be harsh-but-fair, the episode that’s nominated in the “Half-Hour” category, “Chapter 15: The Believer,” actually runs for 38 minutes, making it a good quarter of an hour longer than most half-hour television programs, putting aside the ads. Like questions about whether or not Mando’s helmet gets filled with sneeze every cold season, it’s probably best if you don’t think about it too much. This is, after all, the way.