Katelyn heads to the Outer Rim to review the debut episode of Jon Favreau’s new Star Wars series. Spoilers ahead!
It didn’t take fans long to log on to the new Disney+, crashing the app at one point. With the vast amount of movies and shows on the site, social was peppered with the question ” what will you watch first?” For me, it was definitely The Mandalorian.
The show definitely has the spaghetti western feel with Star Wars characters. It was very old-school in that regard. The original trilogy was always meant to have a western feel, and The Mandalorian brought that feeling back. The cinematography was beautiful, using as little CGI as possible. We are definitely given the “used future” feel that Lucas wanted in his original films.
During the first episode, we see a series of flashbacks from our main character. He is a child, presumably on Mandalore, under attack. My limited assumption at this point is we are seeing Mandalore fall at the end of The Clone Wars. If you remember, Ahsoka Tano and the 501st were occupying Mandalore in an effort to restore the democracy and capture Maul. Just when they had Maul cornered, Order 66 was given and the Purge began. The troopers turned on Ahsoka and Captain Rex, who had removed his control chip, and the pair were forced into hiding. My guess is the flashbacks we see were from Order 66 or the Empire’s return to the planet. Bo-Katan had been made regent after the Purge but her dislike for the Empire saw her ousted by Clan Saxon.
The other most notable moment is the species we see at the end of the episode. We know very little about the species Yoda comes from. However, we do know they have extremely long life spans. We were told that the person the bounty hunters were chasing was 50 years old, but we are shown a baby. Hopefully, this will be a gateway into finding more about the species and Yoda.
Lastly, we are shown a metal. This is beskar, a Mandalorian metal used in armor that could withstand a great amount of damage. It could even take the glancing blows of a lightsaber. After the fall, the Empire confiscated or destroyed all of the beskar, making it extremely valuable. Creating a new suit of armor from beskar would make the wearer nearly invincible. My guess is we can see our Mandalorian bounty hunter actively grabbing bits of beskar to create a new suit, making him like his ancestors.
Overall, I am intrigued by the show. Not just for the plot itself, but for the chance to get to know the Mandalorian people better. It looks as though we won’t just get a storyline, but a history lesson. There is still so much about this ear that we don’t know. If nothing else, I am glad that they are finally filling in the holes.
The Future of the Force. The future of pop culture writing. feature
Katelyn Mathis is a Senior Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is a passionate Star Wars fan and is the go-to source for Force Knowledge. Follow her on Twitter @ForceKnowledge where she uses the force frequently!