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Bryce Dallas Howard Talks The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda’s Soup [WATCH]


We recently sat down with Bryce Dallas Howard to chat about her new documentary, Dads—a film that highlights the joys and challenges of parenting through the eyes of six extraordinary fathers from across the globe as well as input from choice celebrity fathers.

It was Howard’s feature-length documentary directorial debut, but that doesn’t mean she is unfamiliar with sitting in the director’s chair. She also directed an episode of the wickedly popular Disney+ series, The Mandalorian – specifically, Chapter 4: Sanctuary.

Since dads (and plenty of non-dads) tend to be rather passionate about the galaxy far, far away, we didn’t feel right ending this interview without getting the inside scoop on her episode, Baby Yoda’s mysterious identity, and how it feels to be responsible for one of the most popular memes of 2019.


“I think it’s probably Baby Yoda who’s more responsible for that,” Howard corrected, humbly giving credit where it’s due. “Jon [Favreau] just really encouraged me to push the puppet and to see what the puppet could do and to have fun with Baby Yoda.”

Baby Yoda (aka, “The Child” to you sticklers out there) is one of the most popular characters from The Mandalorian and pop culture in general, and as it turns out, the showrunners totally anticipated that.

“Oh yeah, it matters where Baby Yoda is,” Howard remembers saying on set, anticipating audiences’ fascination with the pint-sized alien. “We can’t not have baby Yoda on camera and just assume people are going to be okay with that.”

“[Jon Favreau] is an improv guy,” she elaborated, describing how the famous soup scene came to be. “So he’s like, ‘What if Baby was there? What if Baby was drinking something? What if Baby took like a big, long sip?’ And then he’s like, ‘Do it with one hand, do it with two hands, do it…’ Just do it this way, that way.”

So, yes. That means, somewhere at Lucasfilm studios, there is an archive of dozens—if not hundreds—of clips of Baby Yoda sipping soup, each probably more adorable than the last. In fact, by taking that time to get the perfect shot, Howard set a new Star Wars record.

“Apparently, on my episode, there was a day where I shot more footage than any other film that Lucasfilm has ever done. There was one day on Rogue One with four units that came close. So there’s a lot of excess Baby Yoda footage.”

Howard claims she knows the mysterious green toddler’s identity, but when pressed, was less than forthcoming.

“Nope. I vowed that I was never going to use the name because if I use the name once on set, I would accidentally say it… Baby is ‘Baby.’ Baby is ‘Baby.'”

Looks like we’ll have to wait a few months for Season 2 of The Mandalorian just like everyone else before we get some answers.

You can watch our full Mandalorian interview with Bryce Dallas Howard below or check out the rest of our interview on fatherhood and Dads here.

Mark Hamill Had a Secret Role in “The Mandalorian”

Hamill's Secret Mandalorian Role Bartender
(Twitter/maka_gh Disney+)

The Mandalorian on Disney+ reignited fandom for Star Wars in a truly genuine way that we haven’t seen since…maybe the re-released masters of the original trilogy back in the 90s?

Granted, the fervor was at a peak pitch for the Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars movie in decades. But the prequel (and the entire trilogy) was derided by fans. The Force Awakens fared much better, with critics and fans alike, yet that excitement was quelled by the deeply divisive second movie (for the record, I enjoyed The Last Jedi).

The Mandalorian, though, quickly won over everyone. Fans, critics, even the internet, through the adorable, meme-able baby Yoda (yes, he is not really Yoda, he is “The Child”, please do not activate the lightsaber mob). And now, Disney+’s documentary about the show, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, is finding its own audience. Each episode features a different part of the hit series and the season finale covers all the Easter Eggs in the show that ties into the whole Star Wars history.

The biggest? Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, had a secret role in The Mandalorian. His secret cameo was unlisted but the Jedi master himself voiced a droid character in episode 5.

In the episode, titled “The Gunslinger”, the action comes to Tattoine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker, and the place where the entire story begins. The episode even returns to a popular cantina where Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met Han Solo and Chewbacca. The cantina is a lot less lively this time around, and while it didn’t allow droids years earlier when Luke first entered, that rule has clearly changed as droids are everywhere now. There’s even one behind the bar, voiced by…Luke Skywalker himself.

The secret role as a droid bartender is just one of the surprises in the episode. Another pretty badass reveal is that dozens of the stormtroopers in the season finale were actually a group of super fans who maintain their own stormtrooper outfits and appear at events around the country.

For his part, Hamill revealed in the reveal, even announcing he’s “appeared” in several other Star Wars movies as well. Hamill is no stranger to voice work, thanks to a long run as a voice actor for numerous animated shows.

The Mandalorian is available on Disney+ and the second season of the smash hit is coming this fall.

Hamill, for his part, is a great follow on Twitter for the occasional killer Star Wars behind-the-scenes tidbit.

Boba Fett and Darth Maul May Appear In The Mandalorian Season 2

Boba Fett and Darth Maul in Mandalorian

There are a ton of characters in the Star Wars universe, and everyone has their favorites. Obviously, the main characters get a lot of attention, but when a franchise has been around for 40 years and has iterations across movies, television, books, and video games, there is plenty of room for other, less prominent characters to emerge and attract a following.

One of the best examples is Boba Fett, an intergalactic bounty hunter who attracted a lot of attention after appearing in The Empire Strikes Back and only delivering less than a handful of lines. In Return of the Jedi, the ultimate space bad-ass returns, only to be reduced to comic relief and have a jet pack mishap and get sucked into the Sarlacc pit to discover a new definition of pain and suffering.

Or did he?

After resurfacing in the prequels, and further sullying an incredibly evocative bit part with over-explanation (a George Lucas trademark!), it appears Boba Fett will now be coming to streaming, as news recently broke that the character will appear in season 2 of Disney+’s The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, the New Zealand actor who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and appeared as Khal Drogo’s father in the DC’s Aquaman, will now be playing his original character’s son. reports that The Mandalorian has already hinted at an appearance from Boba Fett, at the end of The Gunslinger episode, when a shadowy figure shuffles onto the screen, accompanied by the sound of his spurs jingling and jangling.

It’s somehow less surprising that Boba Fett would appear on a show about a character who wears armor he made famous than it is that he survived the Sarlacc pit. If he does appear, one would hope we get an explanation for his escape from the sand monster’s legendary thousand-year digestion. Darth Maul – another supposedly dead character, previously revealed as less-than-cut-in-half in both Clone Wars and Solo: A Star Wars Story – is now also rumored to be appearing.

Backstory aside, we have no clue how Boba or Maul might factor into The Mandalorian, but after a relatively subdued first season, the Disney+ show seems to be loading up with fan-favorite characters, with Rosario Dawson set to play Ahsoka Tano in the next season as well.

What other characters (dead or alive) do you want to see on the show? Please don’t say the Emperor. That didn’t go so well the last time.

Giancarlo Esposito Talks About His Darksaber in The Mandalorian Season 2

Darksaber in Mandalorian Season 2

The Mandalorian, the Disney+ series about a bounty hunter and his quest to protect Baby Yoda, was a hit, and a pop culture sensation when it arrived on the streaming service last fall. It wasn’t long before season 2 was announced, after a rollicking series finale, but then the quarantine hit.

The status of most productions is up in the air, with many major movies having to be delayed. But The Mandalorian was lucky. They wrapped production on season 2 just before COVID-19 took over our lives, so it will be ready to roll onto Disney+ in October. Until then we’ll have to settle for the behind-the-scenes documentary series that lands in May, on Star Wars Day. Or this parody trailer for season 2 featuring Teen Yoda.

According to Variety, showrunner Jon Favreau has been “writing season 3 for a while,” and their sources say that the show “just started pre-production and are looking into further adventures for the Mandalorian in Season 3.”

It’s obviously impossible to speculate about what season 3 will entail, without having seen season 2, so let’s discuss what’s in store for Mando and his adorable companion this fall.

The end of season 2 featured the baddie Moff Gideon wielding the darksaber, Mando (Pablo Pascal) receiving his sigil, and the bounty hunter committing to help Baby Yoda, aka the Child, find his home planet. Season 2 has already cast Rosario Dawson as fan-favorite character Ashoka Tano, introduced in the Clone Wars animated series as Anakin’s apprentice who eventually leaves the Jedi order. On top of that, the show will presumably still have room for Carl Weathers and Gina Carano as the Mandalorian’s allies.

That’s about all we know, aside from the fact that there will be plenty more darksaber-rattling, at least according to Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Moff Gideon.

“I’ve gone through two, three? Three and a half, I think I’ve broken already. But I go at it. Like, I go at it. I’ve broken a few of them to the point where the [prop] guys, they love me,” Esposito told Variety while discussing the end of Better Call Saul. “‘Just so you know,’ they whisper to me, ‘we only have one more.’”

And we already know how expensive the Baby Yoda prop is, so he’d better be careful if he wants season 3 to come to pass!

The Mandalorian Struggles With Teen Yoda in Parody Trailer for Season 2

Mando Parents Teen Yoda

Even with all the content we have at our fingertips, people are starved for more. Especially when it comes to Star Wars.

Last week we shared the news that Disney+ would be putting out an 8-part documentary about the making of The Mandalorian, which was initially slated to debut season 2 this fall. The Coronavirus may slow that schedule down, but that hasn’t calmed any of the enthusiasm that sprung up around the show, and around its breakout star, Baby Yoda.

Earlier this week, on 4/20, a teaser for season 2 arrived on the web. Unfortunately, it was a fake, fan-made trailer, specifically released on 4/20, aka “Weed Day,” as a gag, which you’ll understand better once you watch it.

The trailer starts legitimately enough, with actual clips from the first season of the show, before we hear Mando complain about how Baby Yoda has changed and he can no longer deal with him. It seems Yoda is no longer a baby, but a teenager, and he enjoys a bit of the old sensimilla!

That’s right, Teenage Yoda is a pothead, complete with munchies, a tattoo, and a bad attitude. There’s even a Teenage Groot statue, which makes sense as this is pretty much the same joke Guardians of the Galaxy did with their tree creature in their second movie. But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable!

Take a hit:

The Mandalorian Approves of the LEGO Mandalorian Trailer

The Mandalorian LEGO trailer

The launch of Disney+ last year generated a lot of excitement, especially among Star Wars fans, with the news of The Mandalorian, a TV show set in the world of our favorite space saga. Often when shows are built up with big expectations they fall short, but The Mandalorian was so satisfying and fun, we can’t wait to see the second season. The good news is that it was recently announced that production has wrapped! The unfortunate news: we won’t see it until October.

Until then we must fill the gap. Enter Legendary YouTuber Joebor1777. He’s well known for expertly recreating trailers and famous scenes just with LEGO pieces. It is a genuine labor of love that is evident in all of his videos; they are detailed, accurate, and hugely enjoyable.

He recreated The Mandalorian trailer in his usual iconic way, and it is a triumph. It’s so good that The Mandalorian himself, actor Pedro Pascal shared it on Twitter and we think it’s safe to say he likes it.

Of course, as this is a faithful recreation of the official trailer, it does sadly mean there is no Baby Yoda – but you can always just build your own LEGO Baby Yoda.

We also highly recommend checking out Joebor1777’s other LEGO youtube videos, including Justice League, The Avengers, and John Wick! As Pedro would say, Oh wow. Wow wow wow.

Obi-Wan Series on Hold, McGregor Watched The Mandalorian in Preparation

Obi-Wan on Hold

Bad news for Star Wars fans, after the hotly anticipated Obi-Wan series for Disney+ has been put on hold. Disney and Lucasfilm had begun development on a series which would star Ewan McGregor in a return to his iconic role (one of the only good things about the prequels). McGregor has long pined to return to the role and the show even had a director, Deborah Chow, who directed an episode of The Mandalorian.

The show was put on hold after the story became an issue. The scripts for the first two episodes were…not great, in the eyes of its creators. Those have been jettisoned, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And now the series is in limbo as they try to find a new writer. “Sources” indicate Chow is still going to direct, and McGregor is going to star, but fans are left in a little bit of a lurch until that’s solidified.

Anticipation for the new series had spiked after the wild success of The Mandalorian. Once Star Wars fans saw what could be done, even on the family-friendly streaming service, they were excited to see where the Kenobi story could go. McGregor’s work was also one of the few things most Star Wars fans enjoyed about the prequels.

A reporter from IGN asked McGregor about the delay, but he insisted it wouldn’t change the release date (which has never been publicized) and that the scripts were “really good.” He did say there was some delay in production that would push shooting for the series into 2021. Then in a recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon, he revealed he’s been watching the Mandalorian and keeping up to date on all things Star Wars.

In the meantime, fans need to hold on to any positivity possible, as the reported series length has been cut from six to four and the crew has been sent home while production seems to be in a holding pattern until a new story/scripts can be brought into the fold.

Season 2 of The Mandalorian Rumored to Explain the Emperor’s Return

Mandalorian S2 Explains Return of Emperor

Whether you loved The Rise of Skywalker or hated it, we can all agree on one thing: it happened. We can also agree that the Emperor’s return was surprising, and some of us probably agree that it didn’t make a lot of sense and was mostly just a ham-handed attempt to connect the new trilogy to the old trilogy via the original movies’ Big Bad. Even though Palpatine’s name hadn’t been mentioned in either The Force Awakens of The Last Jedi.

Regardless of how you feel about the use of the Emperor in ROS, his reemergence was unexpected and largely unexplained. Despite conversations with both Kylo Ren and Rey and hints about cloning and resurrection that were dropped in both this movie and the prequel trilogy (not to mention the cartoons and various other properties within the Star Wars expanded universe), we never got a clear sense of exactly how the Emperor made his return.

But it seems like we might. On Disney+.

The Mandalorian returns for a second season later this year, and rumors are swirling that the Emperor may play a role this time around. We Got This Covered, a hotbed of breaking Star Wars news, is reporting that when Mando and friends return this fall, we’ll learn how Palpatine was revived – and by whom.

Here’s how We Got This Covered is hearing it:

From what we understand, Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon will be unveiled as the one behind Palpatine’s resurrection. The show’s big bad was already established in season 1 to have been a loyal Imperial officer, with Gideon now commanding his own remnant of the Empire’s Stormtrooper army. According to our intel, Gideon will soon come across Palpatine’s body somehow and conduct experiments on it concerning both the Force and cloning. The specifics are still a bit unclear, but this is apparently what will bring Darth Sidious back to life, teeing up his role in the Sequel Trilogy.

So Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon, effectively introduced in the final two episodes of the Mandalorian’s first season will be the one behind the Emperor’s return, though it’s yet to be seen exactly how he manages it. Obviously magic and cloning are involved, but what’s his endgame? Does Baby Yoda have anything to do with it? There has been speculation that the adorable little guy is a clone of Yoda himself, perhaps that is part of why Gideon is after him.

How do you feel about this? Do you like the intertwining of the movies and the first live-action Star Wars show? Would you prefer they remain separate? Do you care about the Emperor? How do you feel about sand? Personally I hate it. It’s coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere!

The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda Prop Cost 5 Million Dollars

Baby Yoda Cost $5 Million

2019 was a mixed bag. Like most years, there were ups and downs, no matter which realm you explore. Politics? Sports? Pop culture? They were all full of peaks and pits.

But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s Baby Yoda.

The undisputed breakout character of 2019, Baby Yoda stole hearts and elevated mudhorns on TV screens everywhere as the scene-stealing sidekick on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, and he and his show helped Star Wars salvage an otherwise iffy year (I’m looking at you, Rise of Skywalker!).

The adorable green muppet emerged this fall at the end of the premiere episode of the new show about the be-helmeted bounty hunter, and he immediately became the Meme King of 2019. He was such a sensation, and so quickly, that Disney was caught flat-footed by his popularity. People were clamoring for Baby Yoda merch for the holiday season and were left with overpriced abominations like whatever this thing is supposed to be.

That bootleg doll will run you an insane $600 Imperial credits, but that’s nothing compared to the real thing. In the aftermath of the season finale, guest star Adam Pally (Happy Endings) told Entertainment Weekly (via io9) about his and Jason Sudeikis’s fun cameos as incompetent stormtroopers who interact with Baby Yoda, and even get a little physical with the little guy.

“I remember the first take that I did when I punched him,” Pally recalled. “They called ‘Cut!’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, he came down from this office and said, ‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero Yoda [the main prop used for close-ups] and it costs, like, $5 million. So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that.’ Because I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”

Five million! I would be nervous too, especially since Disney+’s flagship show is heavily reliant on that priceless puppet.

Now that we know this, it’s no wonder they didn’t make any plush dolls for Christmas, they were out of money! Suddenly that bootleg abomination doesn’t sound so bad at an easy $600!

The Mandalorian Episode 8 Recap: What’s Up With That Lightsaber?

Mandos Save Din

In the recap for last week’s episode, I talked about how the show played into video game lore by introducing the force-heal power into the live-action Star Wars universe, which most of us now know was a setup for what goes down in The Rise of Skywalker. This week’s finale, however, is essentially the greatest hits album of video game tropes, while also managing to be one of the most heartfelt, nuanced and entertaining episodes yet. We’ve got mini-guns, flame-thrower sub-bosses, and setting aside prejudices to form new friendships!! Taika Waititi, man. Taika Waititi.  As always, *SPOILER ALERT* from here on out.

The episode opens with the greatest scene in the history of Star Wars? The two scout troopers who offed Uncle Ugnaught race back to the city with Baby Yoda in tow, stopping to await orders. Played by Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally, the two chat idly, the subordinate trying to convince his superior to let him see the baby. It’s a funny scene that mocks what terrible shots Stormtroopers are. Ever since Obi-Wan snuck past some troopers talking about “the new VT-16” in A New Hope, the Empire’s faceless soldiers have always had a bit of a working-man vibe when you catch them having a chat. This scene lays into that hard enough to make you almost like these two dickheads, right up until they start punching Baby Yoda.

Enter my boy, IG-Taika Waititi, the reprogramed killer nanny bot. He drops in to murder the Tag and Bink wannabes and get his kid back. I’m sincerely worried dads are going to start asking their neighbor’s 12-year-old to demonstrate that wrist-breaking maneuver before trusting them to babysit for 20 bucks.

IG and Baby Yoda

Anyway, back in town, things aren’t awesome for Mando and his crew. Moff Gus From Breaking Bad still has the space team cornered in the local bar…which, hey, things could be worse, right? The big bad drops some key points of information to intimidate our friends. He knows Cara Dune is from Alderaan, which is why she hates the Empire so much. He knows The Mandalorian’s real name! And he calls out Carl Wethers for…being kinda old, I guess? Dramatic stuff. Mando and Cara Dune explain to Carl Wethers than being a Mandalorian isn’t a race, because yes, race is a social construct, Ok boomer? Yes, even in a galaxy with fish-people.

We get the full flashback of Din Dijin’s family being killed during the Clone Wars, and Mando explains how Moff Gus was the Imperial behind the big Mandalorian purge we keep hearing about. He was supposed to have been executed for war crimes but it looks like the New Republic is already getting sloppy with paperwork.

Anyway, Moff Gus gives them until nightfall to surrender for no real reason other than it’s a television show. We don’t have to wait that long, though because IG-Taika Waiti saves the day, blasting in on his speeder to start a big ole’ gunfight. Before the fight, Moss Gus made a big deal about how cool his big gun was, so of course, Mando goes right for it and turns it on the Imps. The team hit the standard approx 75-to-1 ratio of kills during a fight with the Empire but is forced to retreat back to the bar when Mando gets hit with one of Moff Gus’ frags. I’ve been playing a lot of Fallen Order lately, and you just gotta watch out for those bonus attacks.

In the bar, a flame-trooper goes in to burn everyone alive (I mean…Jesus) while the team argues about how to get out of there. Mando wants everyone to leave him to die covering their escape, but Cara Dune’s not having any of that because Cara Dune is the best of all of us. Baby Yoda proves to be a Baby Yoda Of Action and saves the day by blasting the flame trooper’s fireball back in his face using the Force. Then, like me, after doing anything remotely taxing, he takes a little nap.

IG-Taika Waitit promises to take care of Mando while everyone else jumps into the garbage shoot sewer grate. This, in my opinion, is the strongest moment of the series so far. All of the connections they have built over the season – Mando’s droid racism, IG-Taika Waititi’s obvious Mandalorian stand-in metaphors, the very question of who Din Dejarin is under that helmet – all come to this perfect, understated moment. Only the droid can save the Mandalorian. And since the droid “is not alive,” removing the Beskar helmet isn’t technically breaking with the code. We see Pedro Pascal’s face for the first time, and he’s just a person under all that armor after all. Fragile and vulnerable.

Mando's Face

The team is reunited in the sewers, where they learn that the entire Mandalorian clan from the beginning of the season has been wiped out by the Empire for helping Mando escape in episode three. Only the Armorer survives, cleaning up the devastation Mando has left in his wake. She finally meets Baby Yoda and declares the child to be a foundling, just like Din was. Until ManDADlorian can train the kid in the creed, or return him to his own kind, they are officially father and son in the eyes of Mandalore. Mando finally receives his signet – the mudhorn monster from episode two that the Armorer tried to give him before. Only this time it is given with the understanding that Mando and Baby Yoda are a clan unto themselves. (Cara Dune and the rest of the gang don’t say anything about that, but like…burn.) He also gets a jetpack, which is less meaningful, but what’s a good cut scene without an equipment upgrade?

The gang leaves the Armorer to her cleanup on aisle 11, and soon Stormtroopers descend on her in what looks like a heroic, ceremonial end for the character. But she ends up beating the shit out of a whole squad of stormtroopers instead, which was just great.

Mando and co make their way out of town playing a big game of The Floor Is (Literally) Lava. With stormtroopers at the exit, however, it’s up to IG-Taika Waititi to save everyone by making the ultimate sacrifice. In episode one, Mando had to stop the assassin droid from blowing himself up for selfish reasons. Now, in the finale Din Dejarin again pleads with the same droid, but this time it’s because -even with no other choice- The Mandalorian wants his friend to live. Cyclical storytelling that highlights character growth: George Lucas 101. As the man himself once said, “It rhymes.”

Still, IG-Taika Waititi does what needs to be done and clears the path by blowing up his central processor and taking all the stormtroopers with him. Flights of Angels, buddy.

The finale of the episode sees the Mandalorian finally get to use a jetpack in a fun air fight with Moff Gus’ TIE Fighter. It’s a very Indiana Jones moment: Mando is badass, but he still drops his little bombs at first, you know, because getting yanked around by a starfighter in low atmosphere is probably kinda hard. Anyway, the ship goes down and Mandalorian gets a 7 for the landing, with a little flourish of his theme music that I’ll miss very much. It’s time to say goodbye to the space team and The Mandalorian flys off with Baby Yoda the same way we saw baby Din flown off to safety in the flashback earlier.


The big surprise cliffhanger tag of the episode is not that Boba Fett shows up, but that Moff Gus cuts his way out of his downed TIE Fighter using the Darksaber. Clone Wars and Rebels fans will recognize this particular “not just any lightsaber” as the legendary weapon used by the first (possibly only?) Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order centuries ago. (Mini-Spoiler Alert ahead, if you want to go back and watch those shows totally cold).

The sword has played a big part in Mandalorian culture over the years, passing hands among fan-favorite characters Darth Maul and Sabine Wren. There’s a lot to infer here since we know Moff Gus had some part to play in the Great Purge. His having the ceremonial weapon is probably not going to sit well with The Mandalorian in the future. Are we setting up a story where Mando will reclaim the sword and unite all Mandalorians? Will this all align with his growing beyond and expanding the dogmatic creed as he corrects the sins of the past? IS IT MAYBE GONNA BE LIKE A STAR WARS THING, YOU THINK?

Very frustratingly, we’ll have to wait until Fall 2020 to learn more.

Blaster Fire:

  • The Mandalorians who rescued baby Din Dijarin and brought him into the Creed are members of DEATH WATCH (Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn). In Clone Wars the Death Watch clan were all about bringing honor back to Mandalore, and generally speaking, they were sorta portrayed as bad guy terrorists who weren’t very chill with the Jedi. Still, the Jedi were stupid pricks about the Clone Wars in general, so it’s cool to see a more heroic side of the controversial clan of Mandos. It’s always about a certain point of view, after all.
  • There’s a fun bit of narrative trickery when Mando has his flashback. We know that Moff Gus was part of the Mandalorian Purge, but we hear that story while also seeing the Mandalorians rescue Din from certain death during the clone wars. These two events are years apart, but the narrative sleight of hand emphasizes Moff Gus as a nemesis to Mando. It’s not that he was there during the raid on the village, but by learning about these two disconnected stories at the same time, we’re conditioned to see the Moff as an overarching villain in Mando’s story.
  • I could go on all day about the unmasking scene. IG-Taika Waititi claims that because he’s “not alive,” it’s not breaking the Mandolorian creed to see Den’s face. But in seeing his droid buddy face-to-face for the first time, Den lets some of his hatred of droids go. That’s the moment Mando sees the droid as a person, even if not a technically living one. It’s bending the rules, to say the least, but in a way that suggests the growth, our main character is experiencing through this story.
  • Absolutely love how the Armorer and Mando talk about the Jedi as this vague, mysterious band of sorcerers, and how they are “the enemy.” Playing into the Jedi/Mandalorian conflict is great fodder for the story as the Mandalorian dad raises his Jedi baby. Also, I know people who love to obsess over details will be like “how do people not remember the Jedi from like 30 years ago,” but the fact is Star Wars is cooler when the mystical stuff is kept in the shadows. The Jedi are just more interesting when they are unknown and mysterious, rather than a weird law enforcement agency.
  • IG-Taika Waiti is the best version of the Spock character in like thirty years. Not to franchise-hop, but Taika nails delivering an inhuman performance who is subtly full of compassion and humanity. Everything the droid does, including explaining his own “jokes,” is cold and calculated, but it’s obvious that despite his saying otherwise, he was very much alive.