Star Wars: The Mandalorian

May 19, 2020 · 8 min read

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The Mandalorian provides a unique perspective into the state of the Star Wars Universe, following the defeat of the Galactic Empire in Episode IV (Return Of The Jedi). The series provides a western-styled, character driven storyline, that explores the life of a lone bounty hunter post-Galactic Civil War. For clarity, the Star Wars representation of time in the galaxy is based on the Galactic Standard Calendar, which is based on the Coruscant solar cycle.

Various epochs (a period of time in history marked by notable events) are used to establish new eras in the galaxy, and the Battle of Yavin which occurred in Episode VI (A New Hope), was used as a major turning point in the timeline.

So for reference, years in BBY and ABY are before or after the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Endor took place in 4 ABY, and this story is set 5 years after that battle in 9 ABY, and 25 years before the emergence of the First Order in Episode IIV (The Force Awakens).


Storyline

The main character in this series is named Mando, AKA Din Jarron (played by Pedro Pascal), a lone gun fighter and bounty hunter who operates in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Mando is a foundling (child recruit) from the Mandalorian clan, which is a multi-species cultural group of warriors, who originated from the planet of Mandalore. Mando is also apart of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild (AKA The Guild), which is an ancient organization comprised of various bounty hunter guilds in the galaxy, who abide by The Guilds code.

Mando in the opening episode, is tasked with an under-the-table bounty that leads him to the request of a high profile client, who’s seemingly apart of a remnant of the once powerful Galactic Empire.

We won’t discuss who the bounty is for, for spoiler reasons, but this assignment becomes the powder keg for the subsequent episodes that follow. In this story, the events that take place occur in the outer rim territories of the galaxy, which’s apparent in a reference made by the character Greef Karga (played by Carl Weathers), the leader of The Guild.

Greef responds to a question raised by Mando, in regards to the Empire’s presence in their region, which Greef states, “The Empire are gone Mando. All that are left are mercenaries and warlords, but if it bothers you go back to the core and report them to the New Republic.”

This is foretelling given that after the Battle of Endor, and the fall of the Galactic Empire, the New Republic arose as the democratic authority in the galaxy. Following the Republic’s establishment in the core worlds, the remaining allegiance to the Empire were driven towards the outer territories of the galaxy, which is an important aspect for the storyline’s development.

The Mandalorian should also provide some insight into the 29 year period in-between the Galactic Civil War (in Return of the Jedi) and the defeat of the New Republic Senate by the First Order (in The Force Awakens), which was defined as the Cold War period.

It’ll be interesting to see how this series incorporates different aspects of the original storyline into The Mandalorian’s subsequent episodes to come.

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The Mandalorian | Photos: Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.


Development

The Mandalorian was written, produced, and directed by Jon Favreau (actor, director, producer, and screenwriter) alongside co-producers Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, John Bartnicki, Greig Fraser, Karen Gilchrist and David S. Grant.

Jon has had major success with previous projects including his work on Marvel Universe’s Iron Man (1, 2 &3), The Jungle Book, and the recent Lion King, to name a few.Favreau’s prior experience with script writing and story development has guided him well in this new installment of the Star Wars saga.

In an interview with GMA, Favreau explains the inspiration behind the series, which came from some of the same things that inspired George Lucas when he created Star Wars, such as Westerns starring Clint Eastwood and old Saturday matinee serials that always ended in a cliffhanger.

The casting for this series was also exceptional and we’re glad they chose Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal to play the lead character Mando, which he provides depth to the character in spite of being masked throughout the series.

In the same interview with Good Morning America, Pascal describes his experience in playing the character, where he states, “I love his mystery, and it isn’t as easy as you think.

It isn’t just about not knowing who he is or where he’s from, but also how he hides himself within the armor, and what he hides from himself.” He also touches on the nostalgia that comes with playing a character who’s apart of a story that he’s loved since he was a kid.

The main casts also includes Carl Weathers who plays Greef Karga, Nick Nolte as Kuiil (an ugnaught moisture farmer), Gina Carano as Cara Dune (a former Rebel Shock Trooper-turned-mercenary), Werner Herzog as the client, Omid Obtahi as Dr. Pershing, Taika Waititi as IG-11 (a naive bounty hunting droid), and Giancarlo Esposito (a former governor under the Empire).

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501st Legion of Star Wars fans that will appear in the series


The Mandalorian is one of our favorite stories in the Star Wars Universe, due to the series’ strong character development and original storyline.

Jon Favreau, the writer of the series, creates a compelling narrative that enthralls the viewer into the life of this Clint Eastwood-esque character, who has advanced combat skills and a “questionable moral character”, according to Pedro Pascal (the actor that plays the role of “Mando”).

Favreau provides an intimate perspective into the Star Wars Universe during a time of reconciliation in the galaxy, in a period between the fall of the Galactic Empire in Episode IV (Return Of The Jedi) and the emergence of the First Order in Episode IIV (The Force Awakens).

We linked the series’ official trailer below and we recommend that you take advantage of the Disney+ 7-day free trial to enjoy this new installment of the Star Wars Saga. I have spoken.

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