“The Mandalorian:” Classic Star Wars Meets Modern Storytelling

Annie Snyder '21, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Mandalorian was one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena of last year, marked by the adorable character, The Child, nicknamed Baby Yoda by fans. A Disney+ original series, The Mandalorian creates a new storyline in the Star Wars universe, taking place about five years after Return of the Jedi. The series was created by Jon Favreau, director and producer of the live-action The Lion King. However, one exciting element of the show is that many of the episodes are directed by different directors, including Taika Waititi, known for Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, and Dave Filoni, who is known for his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The expert directorial and production staff mixed with a creative plot and talented cast creates the already beloved Mandalorian show. Watching the show, viewers fall in love with not only Baby Yoda but also his savior, the lone, sometimes violent, yet loving and moral  Mandalorian. While there are easter eggs for the Star Wars superfans, The Mandalorian is a great show even for those who haven’t seen the Star Wars movies. There is something in the show for everyonesci-fi, comedy, and action.

 

Season 2 was much anticipated by fans, and in my opinion, it does not disappoint. Contrary to other streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ is releasing episodes of The Mandalorian on a traditional weekly schedule, keeping viewers coming back each week. Each episode is released at midnight PST on Friday, with the first episode being released on October 30th. Most notably, the second season gave Star Wars fans the first live-action Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson, the return of legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, and The Child’s real name, Grogu. The first season ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and the second season follows suit. Unfortunately, fans will now have to wait until late 2022 for season 3.

If you haven’t watched The Mandalorian yet, regardless of if you are a traditional Star Wars fan, I highly recommend starting it now! The first season is only eight episodes, and very binge-able.