Whether you are casually entertained by the Star Wars franchise or a rabid fan, Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian is a truly fun escape from the humdrum of life since Covid 19. This Disney Plus series, which now has completed two seasons, takes place after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens in the Star Wars universe. For those, like me, who thrives on Star Wars lore, the exact year is 9 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin). During this time the empire has been mostly destroyed and the New Republic has taken over the galaxy and is attempting to bring stability and peace, though corruption lurks behind every turn. The series follows a bounty hunter who seems to have no affiliation with either the Empire or The Republic. His aim is to make money for his clan who live in the shadows to avoid conflict with the outside world. As season one unfolds, a disturbing and sinister connection between the Mandalorian race and the Jedi is revealed that intertwines and blurs the lines of good versus evil. This blurring of lines persists through both seasons and is inherent to the exciting plot twists within each episode and at the conclusion of each season. The central story is based around the bounty hunter who sacrifices his position as a bounty hunter to save a child he was meant to deliver to the hands of the Empire. Instead, he listens to his inner voice and makes it his mission to protect and return “the child” to his people. This proves a dangerous and challenging odyssey that carries the pair across the Star Wars Universe. They face sinister and sometimes familiar characters along the way and are often forced to fight their way out of what seems like near-impossible situations. Along the way, more and more is revealed about “the child” and the unexpected and surprising man who is called Mandalorian.
The mastermind behind The Mandalorian is none other than, Jon Favreau. Favreau is a director, actor, producer, and screenwriter. He directed the wildly popular Christmas comedy, Elf. Additionally, he is the creative genius behind the Iron Man franchise among many other popular films. Favreau has been quoted as saying that The Mandalorian is meant to “hearkened back to the Westerns and samurai films that had originally influenced Lucas.” Favreau is referencing George Lucas the original creator of Star Wars. The world Lucas imagined in the original Star Wars movie has been capturing the imagination of audiences since its release in 1977. Jon Favreau includes himself as one who was fascinated by Star Wars lore and he has built on that in The Mandalorian, staying true to Star Wars roots but adding his own take. With the expanded format of a TV show, Favreau has been able to take a deep dive into the Star Wars expanded universe and draw from Star Wars spin-offs including The Clone Wars and the video game, Star Wars Battlefront. However, there is enough character development, revelations, cliff-hanger, and adventure that even audience members new to Star Wars can enjoy the fun. Favreau has said that, with this show, he wanted to create a “good party” for the Star Wars audience. He has done just that. Grab your family, your best friend, and your lightsaber and join in. “This is the way.”