The Mandalorian

Cole Delaney, Staff Writer

 

On November 12, 2019, the streaming site Disney+ was released. Along with shows such as The World According to Jeff Goldbloom and Highschool Musical: The Musical: The Show, The Mandalorian was available to viewers on day one. The show quickly became the most streamed show in the world beating Netflix’s Stranger Things. The show appeals to both new viewers and hard core fans of the Star Wars franchise. This is due to the cast and directors creating a story that is not reliant on one’s knowledge of the Star Wars series but rewards those that do understand the references and lore. The main cast consists of Pedro Pascal as the title character, Gina Carano as the ex-rebel shocktrooper Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as the bounty hunters’ guild agent Greef Karga, Nick Nolte as the farmer Kuiil, Tikia Waititi as  the assassin droid IG-11, Werner Herzog as an imperial remnant known as the client, and Giancarlo Esposito as the imperial war-criminal Moff Gidian. The directors and their respective episodes are Dave Filoni, who directed episodes 1 and 5; Rick Famuyiwa, who directed episodes 2 and 6; Deborah Chow, who directed episodes 3 and 7; Bryce Dallas Howard, who directed episode 4; and Taika Waititi, who directed the season’s finale, episode 8. Some of the directors have even appeared as background characters like Jon Favreau, voicing Pal Vizla and Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow who all play new republic X-wing pilots. 

The show has also done many things to contribute to the lore of the Star Wars franchise. The events take place throughout a few days in between the movies Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. It follows the Mandalorian as he travels from planet to planet taking jobs and protecting The Child, who has quickly become a fan favorite, being dubbed Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda has also been seen to use the force to heal others, which was featured in Star Wars Episode 9: Rise of Skywalker. The Mandalorian has added animals like Mudhorns and Ravinnaks.

The die-hard fans of Star Wars also seem to love the show, earning it an 8.8 out of 10 on IMDb and a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some reviews insist that “The vibe is finally right,” and “Dave Filoni & Jon Favreau are the future of Star Wars.” One reason for this might be how connected with the fan base the show is. For example, through episodes the various storm troopers that are seen on screen are played by members of the star wars charity organization The 501st. Fans can hardly wait for the second season to come out in the fall of 2020.