“The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.”

Directors: Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, Peyton Reed, Taika Waititi, Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez, Carl Weathers
Writers: Jon Favreau, George Lucas, Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni, Christopher L. Yost
Staring: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Temuera Morrison
Release Date: February 2023

WHOOP, WHOOP! Let’s goooo!!!

There has been a boat load of trailers dropped over the last week or so, and I am going to be doing my best to get to those one’s that I care about. The first of which is season three of what is probably my favorite television show right now, The Mandalorian.

This teaser trailer is like a free sample at the frozen yogurt stand. You know what flavor you are tasting, and even though having a little bit will make you want to get the whole thing, you will still take a licking of whatever you can get.

The opening 20 seconds of the trailer is voiceover from the Armorer (Emily Swallow) describing the relationship between The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu. She mentions that they are a clan, but she fails to mentions how cute Grogu is, so shame on here. This opening section is flashback footage, memories and cool shots to illustrate the partnership they are linked by.

The Armorer finishes her soliloquy by telling Din Djarin that is he is no longer a Mandalorian because he took off his helmet. It does not matter that it was to save Grogu. Mando broke the code. He broke tradition. Din Djarin is now a lone wolf without his own clan. The only true partner he has is a force sensitive alien.

We get an early look at Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and it is very obvious that she is going to play a much bigger role in The Mandalorian season three than season two. There is a lot of lore to explore that could connect back to The Clone Wars, and it would appear that the writers are beginning to tie those threads together.

Bo-Katan has a voiceover part here where she is talking to Mando about how “his cult” of The Mandalorian’s fractured their people and set their civilization on two different paths. She is holding Mando accountable for his actions and where his allegiances lay when he was needed most. This is going to be a moment of reckoning for Din. It would appear that Bo-Katan is going to accept Mando into her little army community, but he is going to have to prove his faith to her. Now Mando is fighting not only for himself, but to protect Grogu, so finding the motivation will not be hard.

What is interesting to me is that we don’t get a ton foreshadowed about Grogu being in danger or pursued by anyone. We found out the full plot of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) , but what comes next. I don’t think that The Mandalorian is going to completely eliminate the Empire and its quest for whatever it is that Grogu has.

We do get to see Carl Weathers back as Greef Karga, and he may be dealing with some thugs/gangs in his town. A man covered in a mask standing in a threatening way facing him would have me leaning that way. We do not see Gina Carano reprising her role as Cara Dune. She was booted from the show after making multiple controversial social media posts where she compared the U.S.’s governments response to COVID-19 to Nazi. (Year, you can see why Disney wouldn’t like that).

The final moments of the trailer have Mando flying off with Grogu through some fireworks. The proud father is asking if his supremely talented but odd-duck of a adopted son is “ready for an adventure.”

I think I speak for Grogu and all of Star Wars nation when I say ‘yes’. Yes, we are.

While February 23 can not come soon enough, I am starting to get a little worried about the over saturation of the Star Wars market. We have the new spin-off series Ahsoka staring Rosario Dawson. We have new information about The Acolyte, and a new trailer for Andor dropped this past weekend as well. All of this information is on the heals of the disappointing sprint of a story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the more universally puzzling The Book Of Boba Fett.

The Mandalorian is easily the best television that Star Wars and Disney have going right now. It is the best Star Wars since the turn 2K rolled over. Is it too much to ask that this show continue being as good as it has been? It has been the safety net for Disney because while people can bash the new trilogy of movies, the important rich folks can point to this show from the ivory towers and say that they created this.

Just keep the pace slow. Let the atmosphere speak more volumes than words actually could. Don’t forget the small moments that will get us invested into all the characters and their relationships. Do not make The Mandalorian a set-piece, check-the-box, adventure. Let the pens writing the script wander and let the beautiful minds who sewed together the first two seasons continue their fantastic tapestry.

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