“The Mandalorian” seeks to connect Star Wars movies

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Dylan Watkins, J1 Staff Writer

      “The Mandalorian”, which came out on November 12, 2019, was inspired by the new introduction of “Star Wars” movies once Lucasfilm became a part of Disney. Jon Favreau, who created the series, said that he “was watching all of the “Star Wars” movies again, and was writing down notes about the type of story I would like to tell” after visiting the sets of the new “Star Wars” movies.
      Disney announced the streaming service (Disney +), and Favreau felt that it was the right time and place for him to tell the story that he wanted to tell. Favreau chose the Mandalorians to write the story about because he always liked the Mandalorians. In fact, he did the voiceover of a Mandalorian on the show “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Favreau’s goal for “The Mandalorian” was to create a whole new story that interconnects with the “Star Wars” universe, but goes off on a different tangent and creates an entirely new storyline.
      “The Mandalorian” was produced by Jon Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, and Dave Filoni. It was also directed by Jon Favreau, the show’s creator. The cast includes The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), Kuill (Nick Nolte), Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), IG-11 (Taika Waititi), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Mythrol (Horatio Sanz), Armorer (Emily Swallow), Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris), and Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi).
      The show begins five years after the events of  “Return of the Jedi” and the “Fall of the Empire.”  The story follows the Mandalorian, also known as Din Djarin, a bounty hunter who is in the outer reaches of the galaxy. The Mandalorian is hired to recover “The Child” Grogu for the remaining imperial forces but instead goes on the run, escaping the imperial forces in order to protect the child. They are chased by Moff Gedeon, who wants to use Grogu’s connection to The Force, as they look to reunite Grogu with his kind. The Mandalorian and Grogu make many friends and allies while trying to find more Jedi in order to reunite the child and allow the boy to be properly trained.
      This series does an amazing job in interconnecting the story along with other characters in “Star Wars” as well as bridging the gap between the old “Star Wars” films and the new ones being made. The storyline completely makes it its own while referring back to the “Star Wars”  franchise and having easter eggs that major “Star Wars” fans will notice if they look hard enough.
      A different side and point of view towards the Empire other than just the Jedi point of view is developed in the series.  The series helps you understand what happens after the older “Star Wars” movies so that you can understand what is actually going on in the new ones.
      I believe that they did an amazing job with this film series and that they are going to continue to do an amazing job as they make more and more episodes. After watching both seasons of “The Mandalorian”,  I would say that Season 1 and Season 2 are both extremely well done. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that is a fan of the S”Star Wars”  franchise. You can find and watch “The Mandalorian” on Disney +, which costs $6.99/month or $69.99/year unless you do not already have it. Disney Plus is actually the only way so far that you can actually watch “The Mandalorian” because it has not been released to any other streaming services yet.