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From the very first episode of The Mandalorian, it was clear that the show would be full of references to previous Star Wars movies, shows, and extended canon. Launched last November, the first live action Star Wars show tells the story of brand new characters, including Dyn Djarin, The Child, Cara Dune, and more, all while setting itself in a familiar world. Here are 10 of the best references, Easter eggs, and call backs to Star Wars Canon.
Ever since the Star Wars Holiday Special premiered in 1978, Life Day has been engrained in the minds of many Star Wars fans. The Mandalorian immediately features a reference to Life Day, as Mando’s bounty at the beginning of the first episode name drops the day of celebration. However, the first season also featured a more subtle reference to Life Day. In the repeated flashbacks to the death of Dyn’s parents and the start of his new, Mandalorian life, his parents can be seen in recognizable red robes, akin to those seen on Life Day in the Holiday Special.
The Trash Compactor Pipe
In Chapter 3, Mando is seen walking around the tight streets of Nevarro as he travels to the base of the Client. In the background of these streets, a familiar pipe can be seen, resembling the same tool that Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca put to good use to avoid being killed in the trash compactor they found themselves in in A New Hope.
Ice Cream Maker
As Cloud City begins to evacuate due to the presence of the Empire, a character later identified as Willrow Hood runs through the the crowded halls carrying what looks suspiciously like an ice cream maker as he attempts to escape. For years, fans have wondered what this ice cream maker’s purpose is, and why exactly Hood is carrying it. In The Mandalorian, fans finally have the answer. Officially named a Camtono, this device is used to store precious valuables. In the case of Chapter 3 of The Mandalorian, we see the Client placing Mando’s Beskar, his payment for locating The Child, in the Camtono. After nearly 40 years, the mystery was solved.
The High Ground
Chapter 5 sees the Mandalorian land on the world of Tatooine, the home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker and a massive part in the Skywalker Saga. In an attempt to make enough credits to fix his ship, the Razor Crest, Mando agrees to help an up and coming bounty hunter, Toro Calican, track down Fennec Shand, a famed mercenary who worked for the likes of Jabba the Hutt and other powerful crime syndicates. While attempting to track down Shand, Mando and Calican are stopped in their tracks as the mercenary uses a sniper to try to pick them off. Unable to move any further, Mando declares that “She has the high ground”, therefore stopping them from advancing towards her any more. Star Wars fans will recognize this reference to Obi-Wan’s famous “I have the high ground” line on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith, which has since become a fan favorite line and the subject of many memes.
Chapter 6 sees the Mandalorian return to Ranzar Malk, a criminal from Mando’s past that he used to work with. Malk recruits Mando to join a job to rescue a prisoner aboard a New Republic ship, and joins a crew that includes a Twi’lek named Xi’an, Burg, Zero, and Mayfield. The latter, played by Bill Burr, criticizes the Razor Crest by comparing it to a slot machine on Canto Bight. Canto Bight was first introduced in The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, as a gambling planet filled with the galaxy’s rich and powerful. Given the casino nature of the planet, we see many of the slot machines that Mayfield is referring to on Canto Bight.
An Ardennian Spotted
Also in Chapter 6, as the Mandalorian and the rest of the crew search the New Republic ship for their desired prisoner, an Ardennian pops its head out from inside a cell. Those who have seen Solo: A Star Wars Story will remember this species from Rio Durant, who was voiced by Jon Favreau, the creator and showrunner of The Mandalorian.
The Gungan Impression
Bill Burr’s Mayfield also references another famous part of Star Wars lore, as he does a relatively accurate impression of a Gungan, Jar Jar Binks’ species. Binks, the first Gungan to appear in canon, was first seen in The Phantom Menace. Later, the Gungans were expanded upon even further in The Clone Wars, a show that Dave Filoni, executive producer on The Mandalorian, served as showrunner on, so it makes sense why Gungans are being referenced here.
Following Greef Karga’s plea for the Mandalorian to return to Nevarro and help him and the rest of the bounty hunter’s guild get rid of the Imperial presence on the planet, Mando returns to Sorgan, where he first met Cara Dune, to recruit the former Rebel Shock Trooper to help him in his fight to destroy the Client. As we are reintroduced to Dune again, we see her participating in a cage match style fight against a Zabrak, best known as Darth Maul’s species. Zabraks have been featured heavily in canon since Maul was introduced, including in The Clone Wars and, most recently, EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
“I’m Your Only Hope”
The word “hope” is used often in the Star Wars franchise, from the title of the first film, to the final word spoken in Rogue One, to featuring in the opening crawl of The Rise of Skywalker. This all stems from the line “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope”, one of the most beloved and famous lines in Star Wars history, as it sends Luke out on his journey towards his father’s former master and starts his path as a Jedi. In The Mandalorian, Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga is a character that Mando was unsure if he could trust for a time. In these moments, Karga pleads with Mando to put his trust him, saying “Because I’m your only hope.” A clear callback to Leia’s message that she entrusted in R2D2, it’s these types of references that successfully tie The Mandalorian together with the Skywalker Saga.
Baby Yoda the Womp Rat
While growing up on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker was a farm boy, often helping his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their moisture farm. In A New Hope, Luke states that, during this time, he also used to “bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home”. In Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian, Mando calls Baby Yoda a “womp rat”, a call back to the native Tatooine creatures that audiences first heard about in 1977.
Star Wars has a long tradition of insightful and emotional behind the scenes documentaries and Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is no exception. The eight part Disney+ series chronicles the making of The Mandalorian’s first season, with each episode highlighting a different facet of the show’s creation. From directors to actors to visual effects to score, each installment of the series offers a unique look at The Mandalorian and, if this is even possible, furthers one’s appreciation of an already fantastic season of television.
When it was first announced, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian was pretty unexpected. Documentaries are common for film and television, but having an entire eight episode series dedicated to the making of a streaming television show is unique. One of the main reasons Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian works so well is its intelligent structure, dedicating each episode to something distinct about the show. Rather than cover the show chronologically, similar to how The Skywalker Legacy documentary covered The Rise of Skywalker recently, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian kept things fresh each week with a different spotlight. Some episodes were more engaging than others because of this format, but they all worked cohesively in the long run to paint a comprehensive picture of how the first season came to be.
A common theme throughout the entire show is the passion and love for Star Wars embodied by everyone working on The Mandalorian. This is best exemplified by the interplay between Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, whose fun making the series is palpable. The two have some great conversations throughout the series, talking about their love for Star Wars, the influences on the show, and their desire to honor George Lucas’ legacy while forging an original story of their own. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is worth watching for the insights provided by and discussions between Favreau and Filoni alone.
The directors and actors installments excel in showing how different visions converged in the first season. With Favreau and Filoni’s overarching influence on the series, to see what each individual director like Taika Waititi or Bryce Dallas Howard brought to their individual episodes was really interesting and sparked some great discussion among the directors. Favreau clearly assembled a team of talented directors, whose passion for Star Wars and filmmaking in general complemented one another to culminate in a cohesive, enthralling first season of The Mandalorian. Hearing the actors speak about their roles also added another layer to the show. Many documentaries spotlighting actors are relatively surface level, but Disney Gallery fostered some genuine, insightful conversations among the actors, Gina Carano’s ode to Carl Weathers being a particular highlight.
Ever since the original Star Wars, the franchise has advanced filmmaking technology and The Mandalorian is no exception. Disney Gallery depicts some of these technological advances in amazing detail. It’s jaw-dropping to see the volume in action and how they were able to seamlessly utilize this novel technology throughout the series, a massive upgrade from blue and green screens and their issues with interactive light. We highly recommend subsequent viewings of the first season of The Mandalorian to see the extensive use of the volume and how realistic and lived in the technology makes different planets and environments seem. Other facets of visual effects, such as the use of miniatures and pre-visualization, were portrayed in the documentary and, collectively, painted a picture of how each episode sequentially came together from script and concept art onto visual effects.
As with most filmmaking documentaries, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian was full of interesting tidbits of trivia for hardcore Star Wars fans like ourselves. Learning that Kuill originally did not speak basic, that Karga was an alien character at one point, that Pedro Pascal came up with some of his own dialogue and that Mark Hamill has a vocal cameo are just a few examples of the great content featured in this documentary series. Similarly appealing to hardcore Star Wars fans was the inclusion of the 501st Legion as extras. Hearing the story behind their role in the show and seeing real Star Wars play actual roles in a real Star Wars project was great to see and was emotionally impactful in demonstrating how meaningful Star Wars can be. In addition, Dave Filoni’s discussion on Duel of the Fates in the documentary made headlines several weeks ago and showed that Disney Gallery can lean into a deeper, more analytic view on Star Wars that adds so much to broader canon.
Overall, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is well worth watching for casual and hardcore fans alike. Some choppy editing and episode conclusions aside, the series delivers on every front in terms of offering fans a glance behind the scenes of The Mandalorian. It’s clear throughout the series that The Mandalorian was developed by a team of people who invested extensive time and effort in producing a show Star Wars fans will love and talk about for years. Moving forward, we’re hoping that Disney+ continues to feature these in depth behind the scenes looks at Star Wars projects. And we definitely wouldn’t complain if we got more of Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau analyzing and discussing Star Wars in the future as well. To see a show like The Mandalorian so passionately produced by true Star Wars fans for true Star Wars fans is awesome to see in this documentary and just makes us anticipate the second season that much more.
EA announced their newest Star Wars game yesterday, entitled Star Wars: Squadrons. Squadrons will be a first-person space combat game in which players will hop in to some of the series’ most iconic starfighters in single player and multiplayer gameplay. Previously rumored under the title “Project Maverick,” Squadrons will mark the first major Star Wars dedicated to space battles since 2003’s Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike on the GameCube.
Star Wars: Squadrons is developed by Motive Studios, who have previously collaborated with DICE and Criterion Games on Star Wars: Battlefront II. Following the loot box controversy that surrounded much of the early days of Battlefront II, Squadrons’ range of customizable features, including new shields, engines and weapons, will be made available exclusively through gameplay. Squadrons will also support cross-platform multiplayer across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. On PS4 and PC, the game will be compatible with VR headsets. It is unclear as of now whether Squadrons will eventually make its way to next-generation consoles like Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
The game will also feature a single player campaign that takes place after the Battle of Endor. As the trailer hints at, the story will follow two customizable pilots, one who flies for the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron and the other who flies for the Empire’s Titan Squadrons. The trailer showcased that both Hera Syndulla from Star Wars: Rebels and Wedge Antilles, who most recently appeared in The Rise of Skywalker, will play roles in the game’s storyline. Given the era the game is set in and the confirmed appearances of fan favorites, it’s possible more previously known characters will show up in Squadrons.
Squadrons will be released on October 2, 2020 and will sell for $39.99 in the U.S, a full $20 less than most retail games. Star Wars has a long tradition of some great video games, from Knights of the Old Republic to The Force Unleashed to the LEGO games to Battlefront and more, making a new Star Wars game like Squadrons something we’re eagerly anticipating.
Obi-Wan and Satine’s relationship is one of the highlights of The Clone Wars, but what if this relationship led to the birth of a child? Some fans over the years have speculated that Korkie Kryze, a character referred to as Satine’s nephew in the series, is the love child of the iconic Jedi master and the duchess of Mandalore. Although this speculation has yet to be addressed in canon (and it’s unlikely to be true regardless), we thought it would be interesting to delve a little deeper into this theory.
Who is Korkie Kryze?
As mentioned, Korkie is the nephew of Duchess Satine Kryze, the leader of Mandalore during the tumultuous Clone Wars. Korkie made his first appearance in the episode “The Academy,” before showing up again in “The Lawless,” one of The Clone Wars’ greatest episodes. Little is known about Korkie’s background, beyond his role in his two canon appearances as of now. Korkie was born into House Kryze, setting the stage for a future in politics for the young man. Although he’s referred to as Satine’s nephew, Korkie’s parents remain a mystery. Satine has one known sibling in The Clone Wars, Bo Katan Kryze, and we know (almost for certain) that Korkie is not Bo Katan’s child. So, the question remains, who are Korkie’s parents?
More than a passing resemblance
There are a number of things that point to the (very unlikely, yet fun to speculate about) possibility that Obi-Wan and Satine are the real parents of Korkie. For starters, Korkie bears a striking resemblance to Obi-Wan as depicted in The Clone Wars. Obviously, this is a little more difficult to tell when watched an animated show, but, if you picture a younger and beardless version of The Clone Wars’ Obi-Wan, the similarities become more apparent.
A secret love child?
Next, and perhaps most telling of Korkie being the love child of Obi-Wan and Satine, is the nature of the Jedi and Duchess’ relationship prior to the events of The Clone Wars. Obi-Wan and Satine first met during the Mandalorian Civil War, in which conservative insurgents, holding the warrior ideals of old Mandalore, sought to overthrow Satine’s passivist leadership. Due to the threat of her life, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan were sent to Mandalore to protect Satine. During this protective detail, Obi-Wan and Satine fell in love (very similar to Anakin and Padme falling in love in Attack of the Clones). When the conflict resolved, Obi-Wan and Satine’s relationship came to an end. In The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan tells Satine that, if she had asked him to stay with her, he would’ve left the Jedi Order to be with her. It’s not totally out of the realm of possibility that this impassionaied love story may have fostered a child, a child Obi-Wan was not aware of and who Satine kept secret.
The mystery of Korkie’s parents
More evidence comes from the fact that only two Kryze sisters are identified in The Clone Wars. While it is plausible that Satine and Bo-Katan had a sibling who was a parent of Korkie, there’s no indication of this in anything we’ve seen so far. It’s possible that Satine and Bo-Katan had a sibling, who was Korkie’s parent, who died at some point before the Clone Wars. But, the very notion of Korkie’s parents not being identified and the lack of any evidence that there was another Kryze sibling arouses suspicion.
In looking at The Clone Wars as a complete series following its conclusion several weeks ago, it’s interesting to think about the myriad of stories Dave Filoni and his team were unable to actualize in the show. Due to the show’s premature cancelation and subsequent relocation to Netflix for a ‘final’ season, arcs like Dark Disciple and Son of Dathomir were shelved and were eventually depicted in other mediums. So, is it possible that Filoni had plans to explore Korkie’s parentage, but simply didn’t get around to it in the show? Unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean it’s interesting to think about the possibilities with this unexplained mystery. With rumors surrounding the different characters that could appear in the highly anticipated Obi-Wan series on Disney+, it’ll be very interesting if this topic is re-explored then.
by @holocronJosh and @holocronWilliam for @sw_holocron
The realities of being black in the United States have populated news and social media over the last several weeks with the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. During a Black Lives Matter protest in London, John Boyega made headlines with an emotional, rousing speech about systemic, institutionalized racism, accountability for authorities, and the importance of treating others with basic dignity and respect. Boyega’s incredible, relevant words and role in the push for change following the unnecessary violence against Black people that is all too prevalent in the United States today gets one thinking about the important Finn is – not as a character in a movie necessarily, but as a symbol of change and representation in the form of a well developed, interesting, and empathic character.
From the second Finn’s head popped into frame in the first shot of The Force Awakens’ teaser trailer, John Boyega’s role in the film sparked racist, misguided remarks and sentiments, with many labeling it as overly “politically correct casting”. Assigning such labels to Boyega’s casting and Finn as a character were not only demeaning, but completely off the mark. A push for basic representation by different racial groups had been going on for decades in Hollywood, but Boyega’s role as Finn was a hallmark moment for racial representation.
It would be easy to watch The Force Awakens and dismiss the importance of Finn as a Black lead in Star Wars, viewing Boyega’s character as just another character. But that perspective would be reductive. Boyega, a Black man, co-led a movie that made $2.07 billion, the highest grossing domestic film of all time. Finn, a Stormtrooper who does the right thing and leaves the First Order, represents the audience’s perspective. A Black man represents the audience’s perspective. The level of empathy this facilitates is incredible and was a huge step forward in modern movie making. The audience is plummeted into the perspective of Finn, a courageous, vulnerable, genuinely kind man. And, importantly, a selfless character. Finn’s sole motivation after meeting Rey in The Force Awakens until the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi and even beyond is to make sure Rey is alright. Finn’s motivations are not grounded in some hope for an external gain, but, rather, are truly altruistic – a good man doing the right thing in making sure this person, a woman he just met but deeply cares about, is safe from the horrors of the galaxy surrounding them. This is significant in not only having a character who we think is cool or has some great moments, but who is truly a good person – a role model for people to look up to. And the fact that this role model happens to be black is a truly important milestone for Star Wars, movie making, and broader culture. In the world’s biggest and most influential franchise, Black people had a leading character that looked like them and finally saw themselves represented on screen in a substantial way, something White people have been able to do in Star Wars dating back all the way to 1977.
Boyega’s role in the forefront of the protests highlights that his ideals are inspirational both off screen and on screen. Finn is, in large part, the energy and the fun that infuses the sequel trilogy. But, Finn is also a vitally important character for Star Wars. A Black, Force sensitive, empathic and courageous character that anyone of any demographic can look up to is important and something that should not be overlooked, especially in the modern age. Finn’s influence and impact transcend Star Wars into our real lives, as evidenced by the parallels between Finn and Boyega and racism in the world today. In the words of Finn, when faced with uncertainty or distress or injustice, we could all do with letting the quote “because it’s the right thing to do” dictate our actions.
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Wielding a unique purple lightsaber. Decapitating Jango Fett. “This party’s over.” On the surface, Mace Windu emerged from the prequel trilogy as a badass Jedi Master (badass seems appropriate given Samuel L. Jackson asked for “BMF,” which stands for bad mother f****r, to be inscribed on the hilt of his lightsaber). But, despite the superficial coolness and calmness exuded by Mace, primarily driven by Samuel L. Jackson’s performance as the character, taking a deeper look at Mace’s behavior, values, and attitudes toward others highlights much of what was wrong with the Jedi Order before their fall at the end of The Clone Wars.
(In)balance in the Force
In keeping with the much spoken of Chosen One prophecy, restoring balance to the Force is a topic of central importance to broader Star Wars canon. Balance has been much debated among Star Wars, with the films never providing a straightforward explanation of what it truly means. Some have hypothesized that balance simply means good overcoming evil or, using Star Wars terminology, the light side overcoming the dark side of the Force. Others, including The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio, have added nuance to this explanation, claiming that balance doesn’t mean that the dark side has been eradicated, as some darkness is always inevitable, but that the dark side has diminished and become less powerful. Interestingly, George Lucas and Dave Filoni have added different layers to the meaning of balance. They claim that balance in the Force is akin to a balance between attachment and detachment – selfishness or selflessness. Anakin says as much in Attack of the Clones when he speaks to Padme about this topic. Anakin affirms this idea in Revenge of the Sith when he says to Palpatine, “The Jedi are selfless…they only care about others.” In other terms, balance in the Force is not just a state in which the dark side is minimized, but also means striking a healthy middle ground between over-attachment, fueled by sentiments of fear or jealousy or anger, and total detachment, defined by being completely impersonal, unloving, and inattentive to the emotional needs of others.
So how does Mace Windu fit into all this? Mace epitomizes how far the Jedi Order had drifted from this healthy balance, skewed too far toward total detachment. When a young slave boy taken from his mother appears before the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace, the boy is not met with reassurance or friendliness, but, rather, hostility and apprehension. This hostility and apprehension is exhibited by Mace throughout the prequel era. Mace does not help Anakin deal with his prophesiczed Chosen One status. Instead, Mace is completely impersonal, detached from any emotional, empathic connection he should have with a young man like Anakin. The second in command of the Jedi Order should model ideal Jedi behavior, but, instead, has taken the idea of the dangers of attachment so far that he, and much of the Jedi Order, have become completely detached from others in a meaningful way. When Ahsoka is accused of murder, Mace and other Jedi are quick to judge and condemn her – not exercising caution and taking into consideration the type of person Ahsoka is, but simply throwing her under the bus for a crime he did not commit. When the ordeal is all over, Mace and the others do not offer a sincere apology to Ahsoka, opting to frame the situation as a final step in the padawan’s training. Even in the face of a mistake, Mace is not able to exhibit any semblance of meaningful attachment to others, any genuine, personal care for someone part of the Order in desperate need of support like Anakin or Ahsoka. This attitude symbolic of inbalance shown by Mace is shared by much of the Jedi Order, even in Yoda to an extent, and highlights how internally corrupted Jedi values had become by the time the Order fell.
Hypocrisy in the Order
Mace’s distortion of Jedi values extends further as he also continually exhibits a hypocrisy that is a hallmark issue of the overarching Jedi Order at this time. The Jedi are introduced in the prequels as guardians of the peace, not soldiers. But, upon The Clone Wars and even beforehand with the conflict on Naboo, the Jedi blurred the lines between warriors and peacekeepers. Mace fully embraces the role of a General in the war, leading soldiers, drawing up military plans, and seldom considering the ramifications of involvement in the Clone Wars on traditional Jedi values. This hypocrisy extends to Mace’s treatment of others. In season 7 of the Clone Wars, while Yoda treats Ahsoka with a warm, fatherly attitude, Mace is combative with Ahsoka in critiquing her role as a citizen now. In mistreating Ahsoka, despite her good intentions and how she was poorly treated by the Jedi, Mace misses out on vitally important intel provided by Maul regarding Sidious and Anakin. It is this form of hypocrisy that the citizens of the galaxy detested in the Jedi, and something the Sith exploited. Mace, like many Jedi, champion values of kindness and reassurance, while simultaneously exhibiting a coldness and harshness toward others. Mace and other Jedi are meant to guard the peace and avoid military conflict and violence, but at the same see themselves take part in a massive, galaxy-side that impacts billions of lives.
“He’s too dangerous to be kept alive!”
The hypocrisy of Mace culminates in his handling of Palpatine following Anakin’s report that Palpatine is the Sith Lord pulling the strings behind the scenes. The notion that Palpatine is “too dangerous to be kept alive” may appear reasonable given the sheer power the evil Sith Lord possesses. However, such a notion is completely against Jedi values and is disturbingly reminiscent of Anakin’s merciless slaughter of Dooku earlier in Revenge of the Sith. Not only that, but keeping Palpatine alive in that moment would have offset Anakin’s turn to the dark side as the reason Anakin acted against Mace was to preserve Palpatine’s life and, in turn, save Padme from “certain death.” In this sense, Mace embodies the completely misguided, hypocritical decision-making of the Jedi at this time in not only trying to kill a disarmed, surrendering Palpatine when it is against Jedi code, but also in making such a decision with total ignorance to how it will impact Anakin.
As time has progressed, Mace has shaped into a far more interesting character than initially portrayed in the prequel trilogy. Projects like The Last Jedi, Jedi Fallen Order, the Aftermath trilogy, and most recently the final season of The Clone Wars have done such a good job reshaping perceptions of the Jedi. The galaxy is not black and white, with the Jedi as the good guys and the Sith as the bad guys. Behavior of Jedi like Mace highlight just how corrupted the Jedi Order had become by the time of their destruction and the extent to which their hypocrisy and impersonal detachment greatly contributed to their fall. Much of this refined understanding of the Jedi Order is accomplished by how Mace has been portrayed in canon, making him a truly interesting, unique character to explore.
Over the last several weeks, a myriad of casting rumors surrounding the second season of The Mandalorian have been released by trade reports. News of the impending live action debut of Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, along with the rumored return of fan favorites Boba Fett and Bo-Katan, accompany established actors such as Michael Biehn, Timothy Olyphant, and even Jamie Lee Curtis have made the hype for the second season skyrocket even more. Given the extent of these reports, we’re going to go over their implications for The Mandalorian
The Return of the Jedi
After the end of The Clone Wars this month, fans’ love and connection to Ahsoka Tano, once Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, became even stronger. The Siege of Mandalore proved to be the ultimate showcase for Ahsoka as a character, demonstrating her strength, determination, and courage, along with her inherent complexity being the Padawan of the man who would become Darth Vader. After the series finale of Rebels that revealed Ahsoka lived beyond the original trilogy, the possibilities became endless of where she could show up next. Despite the rumored Rebels sequel show in development, Ahsoka’s next appearance seems like it will be in The Mandalorian, as reported by Slash Film. Rosario Dawson’s casting of the character has been met with largely positive reception from fans and we similarly think the casting of Dawson is great. Although it would be amazing to see Ashley Eckstein reprise her character, maybe even as a motion-capture version of Ahsoka, Rosario Dawson seems like the logical choice for the role in live-action. The question then becomes: how and why will Ahsoka show up in The Mandalorian? Will she be hunting after The Child? Will Din find her while pursuing The Child’s people? Will Ahsoka merely show up in a one-off episode akin to The Gunslinger or The Prisoner? The possibilities are endless, but rumors are circulating that Ahsoka’s appearance in The Mandalorian will serve as a backdoor pilot for her own Disney+ series. Either way, Ahsoka’s first live-action appearance in The Mandalorian is definitely intriguing.
Attack of the Clone(s)
Ahsoka isn’t the only fan favorite character appearing in The Mandalorian as The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets are reporting that Temuera Morrison will appear as Captain Rex and Boba Fett in the series. Rex’s appearance seems reasonable given Ahsoka’s conclusion and the two characters’ close bond that surely transcended beyond the original trilogy. However, it’s Boba Fett’s inclusion that has drawn even more attention from Star Wars fans. Even before the first season, Boba’s appearance has been speculated and the appearance of a mysterious figure at the end of Chapter 5: The Gunslinger furthered this speculation. Boba’s role in the show could be wide ranging, from a competing bounty hunter, to an ally, to even a tease for Boba’s more substantial role as a lead protagonist in season three. Regardless, seeing Temeura Morrison return to the fold and how his characters may converge with Din Djarin and The Child is so exciting.
Din doesn’t seem to be the only Mandalorian in season 2 as both Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan Kryze are rumored to appear, according to Slash Film and other outlets. While rumors have been less substantial regarding Sabine’s inclusion, the former Phoenix Squadron member’s role in The Mandalorian makes sense given her shared heritage with Din and the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels teasing future adventures of Ahsoka and Sabine. Meanwhile, Bo-Katan’a appearance has been more widely reported by the trades, with Katee Sackhoff playing the character in live-action for the first time. Bo-Katan was last seen leading the Mandalorian rebellion against the Empire, wielding the dark saber on her crusade. Since then, the Mandalorians have been slaughtered and Gideon has claimed the famed saber. Bo-Katan, therefore, may find a similar enemy as Din in Gideon or may even try to use The Child as a lure to seek revenge against Gideon and reacquire the dark saber.
Rounding out the cast
And just when we thought there couldn’t be more rumors, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Biehn, and Jamie Lee Curtis have all been reported as having roles in season 2. Olyphant, famous for his role in Justified, is rumored to play Cobb Vanth, a lawman on Tatooine portrayed in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy. This role is interesting, because Vanth acquires Mandalorian armor that, although not explicitly identified as Boba’s, is heavily implied to be that of the famed bounty hunter. This has led to some speculation that The Mandalorian will see Boba reacquire his armor from Vanth and that, potentially, Vanth was the character approaching Fennec Shand at the end of Chapter 5: The Gunslinger. Meanwhile, Michael Biehn is reported to play an old friend or colleague of Din’s. Biehn is famous for several classic 1980s roles and seems to be in the mold of Carl Weathers and Nick Nolte In actors who made names for themselves in the 1980s now appearing in Star Wars. Finally, the scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis may also appear in season 2. Curtis exhibits the fiery, independent spirit that fans love so much in Carrie Fisher and her performance as Leia, and seeing another incredible leading lady appear in The Mandalorian is enticing.
In general, while the reports of new characters and actors making their introductions in season 2 is great to speculate about, it’s a shame that such reveals are leaked prematurely and are so difficult to avoid. Hopefully, this is the last of the leaks until the much anticipated debut of season 2 this October. In the meantime, we’ll continue to greatly anticipate The Mandalorian and think about how all these interesting characters and actors may fit into the story.
While the new series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has provided us with some great behind the scenes looks at The Mandalorian and interesting conversations with the show’s creators, a recent episode of the show featured executive producer, writer, and director Dave Filoni discussing the importance of the Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Maul duel in The Phantom Menace.
Filoni spoke about the stakes of the fight and the implications it has for the entire Skywalker saga:
“What’s at stake is really how Anakin is going to turn out. Because Qui-Gon is different than the rest of the Jedi, and you get that in the movie…He’s fighting for Anakin, and that’s why it’s the Duel of the Fates. It’s the fate of this child. And depending on how this fight goes, his life is going to be dramatically different.”
Filoni went on to elaborate on how Qui-Gon would have been the father figure Anakin always needed, cognizant of Anakin’s want for attachment and the need to strike a balance between selfisness and selflessness, but that losing this prospective father figure has massive consequences:
“So Qui-Gon loses, of course, so the father figure [is gone]. Because he knew what it meant to take this kid away from his mother when he had an attachment, and he’s left with Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan trains Anakin, at first, out of a promise he makes to Qui-Gon, not because he cares about him. He’s a brother to Anakin, eventually, but he’s not a father figure. That’s a failing for Anakin. He doesn’t have the family that he needs. He loses his mother in the next film. He fails the promise to his mother, ‘I will come back and save you.’ So he’s left completely vulnerable, and Star Wars is ultimately about family.”
The theme of family resonates strongly through the Skywalker saga and Filoni believes that the duel in The Phantom Menace directly relates to how this theme is explored in Return of the Jedi:
“So that moment in that movie, that I think a lot of people diminish into just this cool lightsaber fight, is everything that the entire three films of the prequels hangs on. It’s that one particular fight. And Maul serves his purpose, and at that point died before George made me bring him back. But he died, and that’s showing you, again, how the Emperor is completely self-serving. He’s just a tool. He’s using people and now he’s going to use this child. That follows all the way through to the line, which terrified me as a kid, when the Emperor tells Luke, ‘You, like your father, are now mine.'”
Conversations like this add so much depth and insight into moments in Star Wars that, on the surface, may just seem like cool scenes or interesting lines. We for one could hear Filoni speak for hours and hours on the deeper meaning of Star Wars. Fingers crossed we get more of these discussions down the line in subsequent episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.
by @holocronJosh and @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron
Star Wars: The Clone Wars recently wrapped up with its seventh and highly acclaimed final season. An impressive catalogue of 133 episodes makes it difficult to narrow down the show’s greatest accomplishments, but pooling together the thoughts of all four of us at Star Wars Holocron helped land on the series’ 10 episodes.
Warning: spoilers for seasons 1-7 of The Clone Wars follow
10. Eminence – Season 5, Episode 14
Every Clone Wars episode with Maul is a real highlight, but Eminence stands out among many of them. Eminence is unique in that the regular cast of heroic characters like Ahsoka, Rex, Anakin, and Obi-Wan are absent, with the episode instead focusing entirely on Maul and Savage’s alliance with Death Watch and the formation of the Shadow Collective in order to retake Mandalore. This episode delves heavily into the inner workings of the underworld and crime syndicates, something The Clone Wars always excels at. While the perspective of the Republic and the Jedi is obviously interesting, there’s always been something about the seedy underworld of Star Wars that is enticing to fans and Eminence is one of The Clone Wars’ best forays into this topic. The bulk of the episode centers around Maul and Pre Vizsla traverse the galaxy to assemble their syndicate, with Black Sun, the Pykes, and the Hutt Cartel all featuring in this episode. Maul and Vizsla’s back-and-forth throughout the episode and the tension that surrounds their alliance is so entertaining to see and nicely sets the stage for events to come. Alliances between unstable, treacherous characters forged around similarly insidious goals is never a good idea, so the audience is left in place of eager anticipation for events to come following reveals that Maul and Vizsla plan to betray one another once they takeover Mandalore. The action sequences in the episode are top notch, in particular the beheading of Black Sun leadership on Mustafar. And, overall, the episode packs in a ton of story and world building in regards to Mandalore that make it stand out amongst the entire series.
9. Clone Cadets – Season 3, Episode 1
Season 3 started off with a prequel episode, an origins tale featuring many of the clones that quickly became fan favorites. Set on the clone homeworld of Kamino, it was great to see the rain and thunder pour down as Fives, Echo, and more worked their way up to become full fledged soldiers. This episode features an underdog spin to it, as the Republic overlords that be become doubtful of the squad’s ability to work together as a team and, overall, become sufficient soldiers for the Clone army. However, over the course of the episode, and through inspiration from beloved character 99, a defective clone who works as a janitor, Hevy, Cutup, Droidbait, Fives, and Echo prove everyone wrong and become soldiers. This episode shows off the beautiful aesthetics of Kamino, as well as having a truly heartfelt message under it all, making it one of the best of the show.
8. Orders – Season 6, Episode 4
Another Clone focused episode, “Orders” follows Fives as he tries to unravel the mystery of the chip in every Clone’s head. Fives pushes and eventually secures a meeting with Chancellor Palpatine, then flees after being accused of attacking the hidden Sith Lord. Fives hides deep in the Coruscant city center as Rex and other Clones reluctantly hunt their brother. This episode ends with the tragic, albeit inevitable death of Fives, a character that fans have come to know and love for seasons. This is perhaps one of, if not the most suspenseful episode in the whole show, as a fan favorite character tries to escape the destiny that the audience knows is inevitable given the events of Revenge of the Sith. Kevin Kiner’s score is once again excellent, with the voice acting of Dee Bradley Baker arguably carrying the whole episode. The emotion Baker puts into Fives’ final scene and his conversation with Rex is truly special, and one demonstrating his immense talent.
7. The Lost One – Season 6, Episode 10
Season 6 of The Clone Wars was, in many ways, focused on wrapping up as much as they could before the Disney takeover. One of these previously unresolved plot threads was the disappearance of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, who played a key part in the creation of the Clone army. Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda go looking for answers regarding Dyas’ disappearance, prompting Palpatine to order Dooku to clean up any potential warning signs of the impeding Sith takeover. This episode answers a key question fans have had since 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and further adds to Palpatine’s unique, multi-layered plan, making it an extremely important entry to canon. Moreover, this episode is also incredibly tense at times, which is down to the excellent writing and directing.
6. Hostage Crisis – Season 1, Episode 22
Unfortunately, the earlier episodes of The Clone Wars don’t get a lot of love, but Seasons 1 and 2 are full of interesting arcs, one of the best being Hostage Crisis. Up until this point, the show had used characters like Dooku, Grievous, and Ventress as villains, but none of them particularly stood out yet. It wasn’t until the introduction of Cad Bane in this episode that The Clone Wars found its first truly great villain. While other villains like Ventress improved in later seasons, Bane was the first antagonist in the show that really resonated. His introductory episode is wildly entertaining from start to finish as we see Bane and his group of bounty hunters hold members of the Senate hostage in exchange for the release of Ziro the Hutt. The more contained nature of the episode helps establish a lot of suspense and tension to every scene. And to see a collective of cool looking, highly skilled bounty hunters in action on Coruscant is great. Coruscant has always been an interesting planet that fans want more of, so to see be the sole setting of an entertaining Clone Wars episode was amazing. This episode also provides some insightful moments into Padmé and Anakin’s relationship and conveys how close their bond was before it all fell apart in Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars has always excelled in making Padmé a well fleshed out, thoughtful character and episodes like this affirm that level of character development. All in all, Hostage Crisis is a great installment of The Clones Wars, providing an enthralling adventure of Anakin trying to stop Bane and his bounty hunters in an episode full of action, suspense, and a hallmark villain.
5. The Wrong Jedi – Season 5, Episode 20
The Wrong Jedi is the final episode of The Clone Wars’ fifth season and marks the conclusion of Ahsoka’s role in the Jedi Order. One of the many great things the prequel era content has done is portray individual Jedi in unique ways, given them personalities, values and interesting arcs. For instance, we’ve seen Pong Krell, a Jedi who became disillusioned with the values of the Order and tried to undermine the Republic’s efforts from the inside out. A similarly unique character arc, yet substantially more developed, is Ahsoka’s, as seen in The Wrong Jedi. We’ve seen Jedi, like Anakin and Dooku, leave the Order for purposes aligned with the dark side, but we’ve never truly seen a Jedi voluntarily leave the Order for a just cause. The excellent, novel character development that this episode provides for Ahsoka makes this necessary viewing for any Star Wars fan. Moreover, as many of the best Clone Wars episodes do, The Wrong Jedi also explores the hypocrisy in the Jedi Order. This is evidenced by the Council’s debate at the beginning of the episode in which Mace, Ki-Adi Mundi, and Saesee Tiin are so willing to condemn Ahsoka despite questionable evidence. The Wrong Jedi provides further insight into values when Anakin and Ventress discuss Ahsoka, with Ventress pinpointing how similar her and Ahsoka are. This parallels the similarities drawn between Ahsoka and Maul in the seventh season of The Clone Wars as well. The true reveal in The Wrong Jedi that Barriss Offee was the one who killed Letta Turmond is done excellently and exemplifies how tense this entire episode is, all the way to the trial and the final moments in which Ahsoka leaves Anakin and the Order behind. The Clone Wars often excels when it trades action for a more methodical, emotional narrative and The Wrong Jedi is a perfect example of this.
4. The Phantom Apprentice – Season 7, Episode 10
The Clone Wars came to an end with the Siege of Mandalore arc, one that is already deep in the Star Wars history books. In this episode, the battle on Mandalore goes full steam ahead, which puts the newly updated animation on full display. Moreover, the fight between Ahsoka and Maul has quickly become a fan favorite lightsaber duel in all of Star Wars, particularly thanks to the motion capture work of Ray Park and Lauren Mary Kim. This episode is fantastically written by Dave Filoni, showing just how far he and the show in general have come since it began in 2008. The scene in which Obi-Wan tells Ahsoka about Anakin’s special assignment also further cements the amazing overlap and connection between the final Clone Wars arc and Revenge of the Sith. In many ways, the Siege of Mandalore is Revenge of the Sith but from the perspective of Ahsoka and Rex, and it’s certainly worthy of this title.
3. Overlords – Season 3, Episode 15
The first in the Mortis arc, “Overlords” sees Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka be pulled into a planet strong with the Force, eventually meeting the Mortis Gods, aka the father, daughter, and son. This episode, and this arc in general, has a real mystical aspect to it akin to something like Bendu in Rebels, albeit the latter not quite on the same level as the Force. It’s clear when watching Clone Wars and Rebels that Dave Filoni has a real interest in mystifying the Force and making it extremely strange and unique in the best way possible, and Overlords demonstrates this greatly. Despite having very little action, the interest and suspense in this episode is extremely high, which is a testament to the magnificent script by Christian Taylor. Moreover, the return of Qui-Gon Jinn was truly an amazing moment, and one that added so much to the episode overall. Given the quality of Overlords, it’s clear to see why the Mortis arc is considered one of, if not the best in the show.
2. Old Friends Not Forgotten – Season 7, Episode 9
“Old Friends Not Forgotten” marked the first of the acclaimed Siege of Mandalore arc. The episode and the entire arc are the most refined and cinematic The Clone Wars has ever been and it was difficult to pick what episodes from this arc should be on this list. “Old Friends Not Forgotten” was chosen as it stands out as a single episode in isolation probably better than any of the Siege of Mandalore arc, perhaps with the exception of “The Phantom Apprentice” according to some of us here at Star Wars Holocron. This episode perfectly executed the lead up to the Battle of Coruscant and the final events of The Clone Wars. The opening sequence on the bridge was a great callback to The Clone Wars film and demonstrated how far the show has come from that initial movie, delivering an impactful, methodically paced, enthralling battle (with a great Anakin moment akin to Luke on Crait in The Last Jedi to top it all off). To see Obi-Wan and Anakin struggle with Ahsoka regarding the intentions of their mission was great to see and highlighted just how corrupted the Jedi’s values had become due to the war. They chose to go and rescue Palpatine, a single man, rather than liberating an entire planet from its tyrannical ruler. The Clone Wars has always played around with the idea of the war being discrepant from traditional Jedi values, exposing the hypocrisy in the Order as peacekeepers turned soldiers, and this episode really hammers this point home. The excellent build-up to upcoming events continued in this episode with Ahsoka seeing the Clones donned with their altered helmets to honor her and Ahsoka’s heartfelt goodbye to Anakin marking the last time they see each other until their meeting on Malachor. And it wouldn’t be The Clone Wars without action, but this episode delivered what may be the best action sequence of any episode of the entire series. The actual siege of Mandalore was incredible to see, with Mandalorians fighting Clones and Ahsoka and Rex racing to the bottom. Visually, this episode excelled beyond belief and matched much of the action we see in live-action Star Wars films. And, finally, like all great TV episodes, this episode leaves you wanting more. The final moments of the episode with Maul capturing Ahsoka and revealing that he expected Kenobi was great in not only reintroducing Maul into the fold, but also getting the audience thinking about Maul’s true intentions, which were revealed in the next episode. In sum, “Old Friends Not Forgotten” adopted a more methodical pace and provided audiences with some heartfelt moments like Ahsoka and Anakin reuniting, while also delivering incredible action and offering more insights into the values of the Jedi Order, collectively making it one of the best of the series.
1. The Lawless – Season 5, Episode 16
It wasn’t easy picking the best Clone Wars episode out of the 133 installments of the series, but The Lawless ended up topping them all. The Lawless in many ways feels like the culmination of a number of arcs in The Clone Wars. This is the last we see of Satine and Savage, and Maul or Mandalore until their return in the seventh season. And each plot, at least for the time being, is wrapped up perfectly. Although Maul and Obi-Wan have obviously met before, this episode really capitalizes on the rage and relentless pursuit of Maul that drives his motivations throughout the entire Skywalker saga. Maul’s true cruelty and menace is on full display in this episode, perhaps more than ever, and really elevates him to another level regarding his status as a villain. The death of Satine in the episode at the hands of Maul was both unexpected and tragic. Kevin Kiner’s score, the manner of death, the voice acting, and of course the imagery all culminate to produce an incredibly emotional scene that adds so much depth to the broader political machinations and Obi-Wan’s character overall. The reveal, although predicted by some, that Bo-Katan was Satine’s sister was also interesting to see and added complexity to the Kryze family regarding their conflicting philosophies about the future of Mandalore. The moment Bo-Katan and Obi-Wan share when he finds out about her relation to Satine was touching and added another layer to her tragic death. Just when this episode seemed like it couldn’t be any more enthralling, we then see Sidious sense a disturbance in the Force and arrive on Mandalore to confront Maul and Savage. The ensuing lightsaber duel is by far the best one The Clone Wars has ever seen and even among the best duels we’ve seen in the entire Star Wars saga. Akin to his fight with Yoda in Revenge of the Sith, Sidious’ incomparable skills are on full display here. The fight sequence is expertly choreographed and features some great moments of dialogue, like Sidious talking about the Rule of Two. Savage’s death is surprisingly tragic as well, which was an unexpected emotional beat in the episode. Also, this episode gives us Obi-Wan in red Mandalorian armor, so that’s a huge thing going in its favor as well. The Lawless, overall, is the best The Clone Wars has to offer from top to bottom – enthralling narrative, well-developed character arcs and choices, incredible visuals, and some truly iconic Star Wars moments.
It was difficult to select such a limited pool of episodes for this list, so below are some honorable mentions that barely missed the cut:
Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, The Mandalorian) was recently announced to direct and co-write an upcoming Star Wars film. And, as such, we thought this would be a great time to explore why Waititi is a perfect choice to lead Star Wars into the future. With the conclusion of The Rise of Skywalker, it feels like wave one of the Disney era Star Wars films has drawn to a close. Ushering in a new era of films and a new direction for the franchise now that the Skywalker Saga has concluded is a daunting task, but one that we think Taika Waititi is expertly prepared for. Here are 3 reasons why we think so:
1. Experience in the Star Wars Universe
Taika Waititi’s involvement in Star Wars began with The Mandalorian on writing and directing the season finale finale, in addition to voicing IG-11 in the show. This introduction into the Star Wars universe is vital in showing that Waititi is more than well equipped to tackle subsequent Star Wars adventures. Waititi directed the episode with such precision and a unique vision, while simultaneously infusing his own unique vision into the episode. Although there are a wealth of acclaimed directors who would love to lead a Star Wars project, it’s encouraging that Lucasfilm is hiring someone who has already expertly navigated a Star Wars and shown what they can bring to such a project.
2. Expertly Blends Action, Humor, and Drama
There are few, if any, directors out there who carefully strike the balance between action, humor, and drama. Sometimes too much humor can bog down an otherwise dramatic, moving narrative. Other times, a movie may be filled with such relentless action that it renders the drama and humor ineffective. Taika Waititi across his diverse range of films has already demonstrated that he can intelligently blend these facets of storytelling. Jojo Rabbit most recently exhibited this facet of Waititi’s skill set, delivering an emotionally powerful, heartbreaking tale amidst a relentlessly funny movie. Star Wars has a long standing tradition of similarly blending humor and action. From A New Hope to The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens, Star Wars is continually able to produce hilarious moments and character dynamics, while also conveying some jaw dropping action. Waititi demonstrated this pattern in the finale of The Mandalorian, as exemplified by the great opening banter between two Scout Troopers and the emotional sacrifice of IG-11 to save the child. To execute this properly requires paying deep attention to the delicate balance of humor and action, laugher and suspense, etc. This is something that Waititi showed in Thor: Ragnarok, as that film has moments of great humor, such as “He’s a friend from work!”, yet also the tragic death of the title character’s father, Odin. Jojo Rabbit also exemplified this as a movie full of cutting edge, offbeat jokes, but a final act that is so emotionally moving.
3. A Unique Vision and Style
After the end of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars is in a new age of films, one where creativity is paramount to the continual success of the overall franchise. With Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi demonstrated his truly unique vision, one that is completely different from any other director or writer working in Hollywood today. Ragnarok exemplifies sheer creativity, taking a character in Thor that was previously thought of as bland and average and injecting new found humor and flat out weirdness, making him one of the most beloved heroes in the MCU today. Waititi is a forward thinking director, which is exactly what Star Wars needs at this moment in time. New stories will have to be different from the Skywalker Saga in order to stand out and be their own entity, and Waititi has proved time and time again with his filmography that he is the person to do just that.
The news that Oscar winner Taika Waititi is now attached to co-write and direct a Star Wars feature film was met with a warm reception, with most fans completely on board with his hiring. Waititi is incredibly talented in multiple different areas, making him the perfect person to take Star Wars forward. Moreover, his co-writer, Oscar nominated Krysty Wilson-Cairns, is an excellent choice, especially given the awards success of her latest film 1917. Despite no knowledge of the time period that this film will be set in, nor any story information in general, fans will still be excited that Waititi is coming aboard.
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