What Will We See From “The Mandalorian”?
Next week on November 12th, Disney’s new streaming service, imaginatively named Disney+, will launch with not only dozens of classic Disney titles that we all know and love but also a whole slate of new content, including one show that I’m particularly looking forward to, The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian is the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show and I am of the opinion that it’s been a long time coming. There has been talk that there is an oversaturation of Star Wars content, with the prevailing opinion being that Disney has been going with quantity over quality, especially after the lukewarm (no pun intended) reception of both Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Fan backlash over the quality of these films has even led to the cancellation of certain projects, people losing their jobs, other folks being reassigned to new positions, and more changes to the power structure surrounding the Star Wars division of Disney’s empire. Of course, there will be lots of Star Wars content on the new streaming service, and you can get all caught up by the time Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker comes out if you so choose. The Mandalorian, though, that’s the one I’m most excited to check out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be watching all the movies and checking out the animated shows, but I’ve been waiting for this show since I heard it was in progress.
A Little Backstory
For those who are unfamiliar with the premise of the show, it follows Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos) as the eponymous Mandalorian. Although the plot is yet unknown, we do know the time period in which this story takes place – five years after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and 25 years before the events of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. There are a lot of questions surrounding this show, like where it will take place, what kind of connections we will see to the larger universe, and if we’ll be seeing any familiar faces.
So far, all we know is when it takes place, but not what the plot is. We aren’t sure exactly what drives the Mandalorian, but if we pay attention to the trailers we can see what looks like flashbacks to when he was a child escaping the ravages of war. Through Star Wars canon we know that the Mandalorians were a race of people who were driven off of their own planet and had to take a new home by force, and were among the most feared warriors in the galaxy. I won’t bog this down with the complete timeline and history of the Mandalorians, but I will say that one of the more interesting aspects of these people is their frequent and explosive conflicts with Jedi.
My Hopes and the Cast
This is what I hope to see the most out of this series. We see from the trailer that the Mandalorian is highly skilled and has exceptionally strong armor, and we know from Pedro Pascal’s theatrical roles that he is quite comfortable with executing complicated fight scenes in a convincing manner.
I’m really looking forward to this series. It’s got a great director in Jon Favreau, a great cast including Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) in another motion-capture role as the bounty hunter droid IG-11, Carl Weathers (Predator, Rocky) as Greef Carga, Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Rick and Morty) as an unnamed character, Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Breaking Bad) as Moff Gideon, Gina Carano (Deadpool, Haywire) as Cara Dune, and Dominic Pace (Megalodon, A Million Little Pieces) as the bounty hunter Gekko.
I’m really interested in Gekko, as his design is very mysterious and a species of alien I’m unfamiliar with, despite my depth of knowledge of the franchise and I’m very curious as to what his role is going to be.
Bringing it All Together
Only a few episodes will be released at a time, so you can’t binge the entire series in one sitting, which I count as a good thing. There is going to be more than enough content to fill in the time while you’re waiting for new episodes to drop. I predict that this is going to be the series that Star Wars fans like myself have been waiting for. I want to see the other side of the galaxy. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories about the Jedi, but it will be nice to see some of the other characters and how they live outside of the influence of the Force and those who wield it.
Some of the best characters are those who do not have access to the mystical energy field and are able to bend it to their will. Characters like Han Solo, Jyn Erso, Lando Calrissian, and Boba Fett are incredibly interesting and have contributed just as much as the Force users in the story of this galaxy a long time ago and far, far away.
I cannot wait to see what new stories The Mandalorian can tell us.
Patrick Rahall covers entertainment for MFST. Follow him on twitter at @patrickrahall.