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The Mandalorian Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Jon Favreau
Stars: Pedro Pascal, Omid Abtahi, Gina Carano
Review: “The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order”, the Star Wars website tells us, placing these ten episodes between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens in terms of the film timeline. This period in the Star Wars saga has also played host to books like Bloodline and Aftermath, the new animated series Star Wars: Resistance, and the story segment of the Star Wars: Battlefront II video game.
It’s a fascinating section of the overarching galactic story, with the abrupt end of Emperor Palpatine’s reign leaving a power vacuum that various factions want to plug. Mon Mothma and Princess Leia are among the heroes of the Rebel Alliance attempting to offer democratic rule to the galaxy through a regime dubbed the New Republic, but crime lords across various planets have their own ideas.
That official announcement tells us that The Mandalorian will “follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” That’s the chap in the armour, of course, who remains a complete man of mystery.
We currently know absolutely nothing about what this lone-gunslinger getting up to in those outer reaches. In which direction does his moral compass point? What foes will he face in these ten episodes? Will the helmet come off, or is this more of a Dredd situation? At this stage, we’re all questions and no answers.
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe.” So says another tantalising sentence in the recent announcement about The Mandalorian. That statement was presented alongside the armour image and terms like “lone gunslinger”, all of which combine to paint a certain sort of picture.
This really is all we have to go on at the moment, besides a brief interview with Nerdist at the Solo premiere where Favreau promised “all new characters” and “different planets” for his TV project. Certainly, Favreau is forging a new path here rather than picking up any characters or plot threads from other movies or series.
If we had to guess, which we’ve decided that we do, we’d predict a gritty tone to match the dusty aesthetic of the armour image. And with streaming services dodging the rules and regulations of traditional TV channels, the only thing stopping The Mandalorian from delving into darker topics and more extreme violence than the Star Wars movies will be the decision-makers behind the scenes.
It remains to be seen whether Kathleen Kennedy and Disney will allow Favreau to go really dark here, but it’s easy to imagine armoured warrior on a lawless planet getting into some really brutal scrapes and morally murky stories, with death and double-crossing lurking around every corner. Again, though, only time will tell exactly how this plays out.
That title, The Mandalorian, is loaded with meaning for Star Wars fans. Mandalore is a planet in the Outer Rim Territories of the galaxy, and it’s home to the expert soldiers of the Mandalorian race. Some of whom are very iconic characters.
The first Mandalorian that viewers ever saw was Boba Fett, who made his debut in the much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special before going on appear in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. Later, he was inserted into the Special Edition of A New Hope for one brief scene.
Whichever edition you watch, Boba’s original trilogy story ends with the iconic bounty hunter tumbling unceremoniously into the Sarlacc Pit. Decades later, George Lucas would revisit the character in Attack Of The Clones, revealing in the second prequel movie that Boba was an unaltered clone of a bounty hunter named Jango Fett.
The original Clone Army, which executed Order 66 and wiped out tonnes of Jedi, were also clones of Temura Morrison’s Jango. These ones were altered and enhanced, though, so it’s probably not entirely accurate to call them Mandalorians. The only pure copy of Jango was Boba, who ended up cradling his father’s decapitated head towards the end of Episode II.
Boba and Jango Fett’s storylines may not have lived up to effortless cool of their costumes, but nonetheless these two characters set the framework for what it means to be a Mandalorian: you’ve got to have snazzy armour, a funky spaceship, a jetpack and loads of gadgets basically.
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