The series is quite beloved by many and most everyone who has watched this series has enjoyed it. This series is based upon characters from the Star Wars universe, specifically five years after the events that took place from Return of the Jedi (1983). This is one of the better shows that have been a part of Disney+ and likely is helping to keep it afloat.
Actor Pedro Pascal is a Chilean-born American actor. He has become quite famous as of late from his fantastical portrayal of characters like Oberyn Martell during the fourth season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2014) and Javier Peña in the Netflix crime series Narcos (2015–2017). He also reprised his The Mandalorian role in the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett (2022).
While his face is only seen briefly, his voice and actions while wearing the Mandalorian ensemble has made him an icon in the science fiction world. The character is a loner type and earns his way across the galaxy as a bounty hunter of sorts. He must protect a Force-attuned child known as Grogu. This baby character is small but deadly with its powers on full display in certain scenes. There is a real cuteness factor to this puppet mixed with a bit of CGI special effects work.
The Mandalorian premiered back on November 12, 2019. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards show and did win seven Primetime Creative Arts awards as well. For fans, they have something to look forward to as a spin-off series known as The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and Skeleton Crew will all but expand upon The Mandalorians timeline.
Some are worried the creator of the series Jon Faveau has not yet completed an ending of sorts. While the series is based upon the work by George Lucas, this adaptation is quite intriguing for its premise, locations and at times comical atmosphere.
There was a bit of controversy as actress Gina Carano would be banned from the series due to her political and personal beliefs which was unfair. She portrayed Cara Dune during the first two seasons of the show. Gina is a former mixed martial artist turned actress. Previously, she competed in EliteXC and Strikeforce from 2006 to 2009, where she compiled a 7–1 record. Her popularity led to her being called the “face of women’s MMA”, although Carano rejected this title. Many fans were adamant about Gina leaving the show while others were outraged.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” Some cast members voiced their opinions regarding this incident even threatening to leave the show themself.
While many will miss this series when it wraps up it has certainly left its mark upon the Star Wars universe and will be remembered for its clever ingenuity. The first season was set up well and followed Mando/Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) as a foundling who then was sent upon a mission by the Imperial Remnant. It was then when he came across a Grogu (Baby Yoda) and was adopted as a foundling. Pascal’s character then is mentored by the Armorer portrayed by actress Emily Swallow. She sends him off on a quest of sorts to return Grogu to his own kind known as the Jedi.
Fans will appreciate some of the sequences and a hat tip to a previous character seen in a few scenes. Of course there is an opposing force out there as well, later seen during the series but equally clever as well and the casting was spot on.
Jon Favreau replied when asked if an ending was already written or at least some kind of scenario was in the works. Based upon his answers, it seems that there isn’t one yet. He did reply by saying, “I think the beauty of this is that it’s a middle chapter of a much larger story. And though we’ll have resolution over time with these characters, I think that how these characters fit into the larger scope and scale, but it’s not like there’s a finale that we’re building to that I have in mind. Quite the contrary, I love for these stories to go on and on.”
Eagerly, many await the release of season 3 due out on Disney+ on March 1, 2023. There will be a returning cast of characters including Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin, The Mandalorian, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, and Emily Swallow as The Armorer. According to the official logline of this Star Wars story, “The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.” Expect more fun and mayhem in this creatively crafted series.