December 5, 2022
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Jon Favreau continues to bring the Star Wars era’s together with the inclusion of Dark Troopers 

The Mandalorian is pretty perfect. It brought the Star Wars fandom together with its, now, twelve rewarding chapters that have been fun to watch for both casual and diehard fans. There are so many fond things I can say about this television series but I’m going to stick to one very important fact that has made this week’s episode even more exciting to see.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 12 (Image Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

At the end of Chapter 12: The Siege we get our first substantial look at Moff Gideon. He’s got himself an awesome-looking Imperial Arquitens-Class light cruiser and what appears to be a Force-sensitive squad that he is preparing for whatever is ahead.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 12 (Image Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Speaking about this Force-sensitive squad; as we see the camera pan out as the music crescendoes along the walls we see a row of black-armored soldiers that appear to be new stormtroopers. No, these are not Death Troopers which appeared for the first time in Rogue One. They could very well be *drum roll* Darktroopers.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 12 (Image Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Darktroopers appeared in what is now called Legends canon after Disney acquired Star Wars, hence Lucasfilm. If you’re not aware of what Legends canon is think of a character like Mara Jade. After the movies, she was created in several novels as a major addition to the story, considering that she was an assassin for Emperor Palpatine who was tasked with killing Luke Skywalker but she would end up falling in love with him and marrying him. She’s a fan favorite because of her complex storyline but she is not a part of Luke’s story in the movies, so she’s a part of that Legends lore.

Star Wars Legends - Mara Jade

Disney has managed to incorporate some ideas from the Legends canon, however, and included these brilliant concepts in their stories and now Jon Favreau has seemingly delved into that realm as well (most likely with Dave Filoni’s aid and approval.) In the Legends canon, Darktroopers were combat droids created as a special unit during the Galactic Civil War to help the Empire. This time around I’m guessing these “Darktroopers” won’t be droids but still…they sound awesome!

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The Mandalorian Chapter 12 (Image Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Now, there’s a good chance we’ll see these new troopers in Chapter 13 and I am ready for every bit of it.


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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!


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