“The Mandalorian” Review, and some Background Lore

Patrick Otte, Writer

Sporting full Beskar, the lone wolf of Mandalore struts through a bar of filthy vandals. The regulars look upon Mando with a sense of hatred, thinking to themselves: “how he has completed yet another impossible bounty?”

When Disney Plus aired November 12, 2019, “The Mandalorian” was Disney Plus’s first original series. The main protagonist in “The Mandalorian”, ‘Mando’ was played by Pedro Pascal. With a score of 95% on Rotten tomatoes, people have really enjoyed “The Mandalorian”. It offers a family-friendly series that won’t make older Star Wars fans scoff at another predictable plotline. The Wild Western Premise is a new spin from typical Star Wars content, and the general dark theme throughout the series makes many fans think of Rogue One.

Thoughts of everyone’s favorite bounty hunters, Jango and Boba Fett are provoked. Jango, and Boba sport Mandalorian armor, but aren’t actually Mandalorians according to Canon. Canon is what Lucas Arts (The Star War’s Right’s owned by Disney) decides is Star Wars lore. As in “The Mandalorian”, typical Mandalorian’s live by a code of conduct. Unlike Jango, and Boba Mandalorian’s don’t go around the galaxy doing whatever they please. However, in Star Wars Legends (an extended Star Wars universe that is not Canon), Jango Fett is the leader of the Fett Clan on Mandalore. For people who don’t know, the Mandalorians were a Warrior based people who were constantly at war amongst themselves and the Jedi. Later on in the Star Wars timeline, Mandalore split into separate factions to preserve their might, and what was left of their history. As time went on their power has slowly whittled away. “The Mandalorian” is Canon, taking place in the “chaotic outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the empire” (Time Magazine). “The Mandalorian” is set 5 years after The Return of the Jedi, Episode VI. The Rebel Alliance has defeated the Empire, but the Rebel Alliance holds loose control over the Galaxy.

Season one of “The Mandalorian” was very well received, and fans can’t wait to see what will happen next. The second season of “The Mandalorian” will be aired Fall 2020. In the meantime, Star Wars fans have the new season of The Clone Wars coming out in February 2020 to keep themselves busy. Disney is strategically pumping out new Star Wars content to satisfy fans, and “The Mandalorian” was a definite success.