The Star Wars franchise has gone in some wild directions lately; the last few movies didn’t perform so hot, while a TV show on Disney+ became massively popular. Now things are coming full circle: Lucasfilm has announced The Mandalorian & Grogu, a feature film starring both characters.
So how do you like it in the future, folks? You have an instant library filled with hundreds of shows, BUT the fee to access that library goes up every year, and your favorite shows can be pulled from that library without warning. Now I bet you’re not so eager to declare physical media “obsolete,” are you?
It’s hard to know where Disney+ would be without scoring an instant hit on Day 1 with The Mandalorian. It put the days-old streamer on the map, spawned a mountain’s worth of “Baby Yoda” merchandise, and (as the trailer repeatedly reminds us) put the words “This is the way” into the public consciousness. The irony is that same year, “The Rise Of Skywalker” would be released in theaters and would not gain nearly as much attention. It pretty much convinced Disney confining Star Wars to television was the way.
So is it still cool to like The Mandalorian or does everyone want all of Star Wars to be as dry as Andor now? Highbrow political drama is fine, but if you want my controversial opinion, it simply isn’t Star Wars without dozens of weird puppets and lightsaber swinging. THIS is the way.
I can imagine that, many years in the future, there will be people who are watching The Mandalorian in what appears to be the proper sequence. They’ll move from the Season 2 finale on to the Season 3 premiere, and wonder how Grogu can be back and where Mando got his new ship from. Then months later they’ll try Book Of Boba Fett out of curiosity and go, “Oh, so THIS is where that happened?”
Koska Reeves the female Mandalorian becomes an instant fan favorite despite her low facetime. She is played by WWE superstar Mercedes Varnado aka Sasha Banks. Everything goes full circle now because when she was still wrestling in NXT she was about to be fired but William Regal risked his job to beg for her to be not released. Despite being a big star in the making, WWE had sidelined her over the charisma vacuum Charlotte Flair. Now she could be the biggest Star of WWE who still works for the company.
The book of Boba Fett is another Star Wars Spin off series. Boba Fett only has 6 minutes of screen time but he is a phenomenon with a community of fans. This character is popular enough to sell merchandise and now he is popular enough to have a spin off.
First off, before you read any further, it should go without saying that this article contains spoilers for the ending of The Mandalorian’s second season. So if you haven’t seen the ending yet, I’m not quite sure what you’re doing on a page with a headline like this, but if you proceed we can’t be held responsible for the surprise being ruined. So that being said, let’s proceed…
Disney projected that over 10 million subscribers will tune in to the adventures of Mando and Baby Yoda. Over 100 million subscribed to Disney+ because of the Mandalorian’s season two. Yoda was in the first instance, the typical wise old man character trope. The first trailer of the Star Wars prequel portrayed him in a different light as a cute baby. He becomes a phenomenon in social media,Everyone wants a Baby Yoda.
We are drifting ever so closer to the October 30 release date for The Mandalorian on Disney+, and as of today, we finally have a good look at what’s coming. From this viewpoint, it looks to be just as excellent as what came before it.
We should feel fortunate we’re getting Season 2 of The Mandalorian on schedule…filming wrapped just four days before Hollywood was put into lockdown due to the pandemic. While this did make the post-production process trickier, there was enough breathing room to make the deadline, and so we’re getting the continued adventures of Mando and The Child (better known as “Baby Yoda”) this October as promised.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally thought Season 1 of The Mandalorian was great. It’s the best thing that’s been done with the Star Wars universe in quite a while, and much better than any big-screen effort that’s come out recently. Now that the eight episodes of Season 1 have been released, the only question on everyone’s mind (besides that stick The Moff was holding) is….will we get more, and when?