The Mandalorian

This Is The Way

Speaking of Star Wars, you’ve watched The Mandalorian, right? C’mon, baby yoda! From Jon Favreau, Monica’s rich but delusional boyfriend (“What kind of ring did you think it was?”), this mini-series is EXACTLY what Star Wars (and Disney+ to get off to a strong start) has needed for a long time. A looooong time. We have a nobody main character scraping by in a universe in the tattered remains of the Empire’s “defeat” after Return of the Jedi, taking bounty-hunting jobs no matter the target. We see a realistic world where the Empire’s defeat has so far had little effect on anything beyond the core systems (and likely ever will). There is still deception, fighting, and death.

Along with “Mando” are some memorable side characters. Besides the wildly-popular “baby yoda” there’s roles performed by Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Taika Waititi, and Gina Carano. What I really like about this show is that it IS about the characters. Yes the cinematography and effects are great, and there’s some interesting settings and such, but in the end it’s about the actions Mando and the others take, and that’s what’s needed in an interesting and refreshing show (or even a movie) set in a now long-established and frankly increasingly-stale universe that frankly shouldn’t be. This is the way Star Wars should be moving, and I hope the future series and movies take notice.

This is the way. I have spoken.