Star Wars fans are truly getting spoiled at the end of 2020. Not only are we getting the finale to most recent Star Wars trilogy this December, but we also got Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, an Adidas x Stars Collaboration and even a Stormtrooper Fornite Skin! What is even crazier though is that the Disney+ exclusive The Mandalorian is amazing on top of all of that. Finally a live-action Star Wars TV series, what!!!
I am 100% a Star Wars blerd and have loved the universe since childhood. Even as an adult my game room is filled with Star Wars Funkos, posters, and even a ridiculous 5 foot lightsaber floor lamp. As someone who has enjoyed Star Wars his entire life, I can confidently say that The Mandalorian is one of the best things put out in the SW universe.
The Mandalorian is set after (we will get to why this is important shortly) the fall of the Empire (after Return of the Jedi / the end of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine), but before the emergence of the First Order (current trilogy with Rey, Finn and Poe). The Mandalorian (played by Pedro Pascal you probably recognize him from Game of Thrones) is a bounty hunter set in this timeline that will be reminiscent of the greats Jango and Boba Fett. If you are a fan of those characters, what a treat you are in for!
One aspect of the original Star Wars trilogy that brought me in was how amazing the cinematography is. I had absolutely no interest in learning anything desert related until I was introduced to Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine in a New Hope. The Mandalorian does not disappoint in this tradition and it truly makes you feel like you are experiencing a different world, especially episode 2.
Quick spoiler mini recaps of the first 2 episodes:
In episode 1 of The Mandalorian, we are introduced to the title character who enters a cantina (shoutout to Mos Eisley) who saves Mythrol from hecklers. Mythrol thinks he is safe, but then finds out that the Mandalorian is actually there to capture him and collect the bounty. The Mandalorian freezes Mythrol in carbonite just like Jabba did Han Solo and delivers him back to Greef Karga (blerd favorite Carl Weathers aka Apollo Creed, and no Billy Dee Williams aka Lando is not the same person as Carl Weathers) who sets him up with an extremely difficult bounty. The Mandalorian sets out on a new bounty mission after cashing in.
When The Mandalorian arrives on a desert planet, he meets Kuiil (played by Nick Nolte) who helps keep him from getting eaten from a blurgg. Kuiil teaches the Mandalorian how to ride a blurgg so that he can travel the desert and reach the armed compound where his target is. Once he arrives, the Mandalorian quickly learns that he isn’t the only one on the hunt. A bounty droid named IG-11 hesitantly assists him on the mission, all while threatening to self-destruct during an action scene.
And now, where all the memes come from! After killing a mob of armed guards, the 50 year old target is acquired: Baby Yoda. Now we know that Yoda died in the original trilogy, so continuity wise we know this isn’t actually Yoda, but we aren’t 100% sure what Yoda’s species is and Baby Yoda could potentially be a Yoda clone.
In episode 2 the hero (anti-hero) is set to make his way back to collect the bounty on Baby Yoda. However, when he gets back to his ship, he finds that it has been completely stripped by Jawas (the little hooded bastards that captured R2-D2). Kuiil helps the Mandalorian negotiate a deal with the Jawas for the ship parts in exchange for an egg from a Rhino-type animal. The Mandalorian is almost killed by this creature before we learn that Baby Yoda is force sensitive and helps out the hero by lifting it up. The Mandalorian stabs the creature in the face and secures the egg for the Jawas. The Mandalorian gets the parts and then reassembles the ship with the help of Kuiil. The Mandalorian offers for Kuiil to join him, but is declined. The episode ends with the Mandalorian flying off with Baby Yoda.
Now onto the best episode so far! In episode 3 of the Mandalorian, we get a ton of action! To be honest with you, I was not ready for the that much smoke. In episode 3 you really find out what the Mandalorian is made of. This episode is so good that I refuse to spoil it for you, but I will say this…episode 3 was one of my favorite parts of the Star Wars Universe ever and The Mandalorian may go down as one of the best Star Wars properties ever.
After you check out Episode 3 of the Mandalorian (or if you have already) let us know what you thought in the comments or on our socials. I leave you with…Baby Yoda Memes. I have spoken.