I love The Mandalorian, but want familiar Star Wars characters far away from it!
I LOVE the first season of The Mandalorian. But, with rumors we will see “classic” characters like Ahsoka and Boba Fett in Season 2, I question the show’s future. I enjoyed The Mandalorian season one, even though we saw variants of familiar characters, like “The Child” (aka Baby Yoda), an IG unit, and a lead that is partially a variation of Boba Fett. That being said, I was pleased it was overall new characters and contained no Jedi (The Child doesn’t count).
The concept of my column, Come @ Me, Bro, is to present a strong, unpopular opinion that I actually believe. All the opinions are not made up just to incite angry discord. Unlike Twitter users who tweet an unpopular opinion only to say, “Don’t @ Me,” I actually want to hear from you! Whether you agree, or more likely, disagree with my statements. This week; why established Star Wars characters need to stay the f*ck away from The Mandalorian Season 2.
Why I Love The Mandalorian… So Far – A Deeper Dive
I wrote once in my previous column, Breaking Geek, that I’m damn tired of seeing Jedi, the same old time period and planets, and characters that all know each other. Star Wars is supposed to be about a huge galaxy, yet everyone knows everyone. Though I really enjoy Solo: A Star Wars Story — that film barely has Jedi — it was still a case of the same old time period and the same old characters. Sure, that’s the point when making a movie about Han Solo — of course, we’d see Lando — but did Darth Maul really need to be thrown into the mix? No!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also had new characters and no Jedi to speak of except for Darth Vader. Yet, I was very disappointed with the film which felt like entirely fan service, tied directly into Star Wars: A New Hope. Or as I call it, “Star Wars.” It’s what I expected, but a disappointment nonetheless.
Again, it’s a big-ass galaxy, there are stories to be told without Jedi and the Force. I want to see stories in different time periods, on the other side of the galaxy, and with characters we’ve ever heard of.
Though stuck in a time period between two trilogies, and the inclusion of good ole’ Tatooine, The Mandalorian gave us not one character we’ve seen before. As previously mentioned, we got classic archetypes and imagery, including original trilogy Stormtrooper types, but that didn’t bother me.
I thought the first season felt mostly fresh, even with this iconic imagery. I was excited to see a new side of Star Wars. But, if rumors are to be believed, I don’t think The Mandalorian will continue down this path. Rather, it sounds like the galaxy is about to get even smaller.
The Rumors And Recent Evidence That Seem To Confirm My Fears
In Jammer’s recent article about Jon Favreau, creator and writer of the show, comparing The Mandalorian Season 2 to Game of Thrones, he reminded us of the older rumor about the inclusion of characters from previous Star Wars tales. Here’s what the recent article read.
“As we reported, Lucasfilm was planning to release a whole suite of shows for Disney+. The Mandalorian Season 2 was to be the season to kickstart things that would lead into an Ahsoka series, a Boba Fett series, an Ezra/Thrawn series, and another character. The big “buzzworthy” phrase that came directly from our source was Game of Thrones. It was their main inspiration for the shows going forward.”
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So what was the quote? In his interview with EW this week, Favreau seemed to confirm my worst fears.
The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.
As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines. The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines — that’s very appealing to me as an audience member.
Less isolated? I liked The Mandalorian because it felt like it was in its own little bubble within the larger universe. I don’t want to see this “isolated” show to be used as a jumping-off point for shows with characters we already know. It’s not as special a series if we see Ahsoka or a rogue Clone Trooper. I want something unique and using it as a jumping-off point for a larger Game of Thrones type universe will spoil what made The Mandalorian unique.
I don’t like it!
COME @ ME, BRO!
Now, the fun part. Do you want to see The Mandalorian Season 2 feature more character you’ve seen before? Do you want it to feel like it’s connected to the other stories? I like Solo and dislike Rogue One, so I must be crazy, right?
You know what I think, so I want you to Come @ Me, Bro! Let’s do this in the comments below!
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