Between TV shows, movies, comics, memorabilia and cosplay, the Star Wars universe hasn’t been out of our collective consciousness since R2D2 and C3PO first strode on to the screen in the 1977 release of the first Star Wars movie, retroactively titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
And fans have been raving about the latest installment of Star Wars programming, a “a space Western” show airing on the new Disney+ web channel.
You and I have literally grown up with the Star Wars characters, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and we’ve eagerly embraced all of the new characters unveiled over the years, like Kylo Ren, Finn and the adorable BB-8.
So, it’s no wonder long-time Star Wars fans and newbies are enthusiastically praising the new Star Wars web series, The Mandalorian. And its characters are well on their way to becoming fan favorites, if the multitude of social media posts about the new show are to be believed.
All Things Mandalorian! Plus, Boba Fett, Jango and Yoda info!
If you’re like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Star Wars web series, The Mandalorian. Not only are fans treated to new characters, like the Child and the Mandalorian, but we’ve been able to tie the new storyline and characters back to historical Star Wars characters such as Jango Fett, raised by Mandalorians, Boba Fett, Jango’s clone and “son” and Jedi master extraordinaire Yoda. And, hopefully, as the series progresses, we’ll learn more about these long-time favorites.
So, strap in as we take a look at the new series, The Mandalorian. And follow along while we discuss long-ago characters like Yoda and bounty hunters Boba Fett and Jango and learn if they are connected to the new story. We’ll learn more about Yoda’s people, and we discover the customs and rules for being a Mandalorian.
The great thing about the new storyline unfolding is that we can go back and watch the older movies to better understand the motives and actions of characters like Boba, Jango and Yoda. That will allow us to better understand present-day plotlines.
With all that said, here’s how we’re going to break down this article:
- Who is the Mandalorian?
- Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian?
- When did Boba Fett Die?
- Did Boba Fett use Jango’s Armor
- What does Mandalorian mean?
- How many episodes and what is planned for the Mandalorian Netflix series?
- What are the Mandalorian Episodes for Season One?
- Who is in the Mandalorian Cast?
- What race is [baby] Yoda?
- More Star Wars on the Horizon!
So, if you’re curious about all things Mandalorian and are dying to discover the secrets of Yoda’s people, read on!
Who is the Mandalorian?
See, the Mandalorian, or Mando, as he is sometimes called, wears the same uniform as Boba Fett, and shares his profession, fueling rumors that he and Boba Fett were one in the same. But showrunner Jon Favreau says this is not the case. The Mandalorian is not Boba Fett. Instead, Mando was found as a small child by the Mandalorian people and was subsequently taught the extraordinary combat skills that have made him a sought-after bounty hunter.
Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian?
That’s the question on everyone is asking thanks to the wildly popular Disney Plus series, The Mandalorian. And the answer murky. Boba Fett was cloned from Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, and was raised on Kamino, not Mandalore. Some Star Wars commentators say Boba, as well as his father Jango are not Mandalorian. But we’ve learned in the new series and in recent Star Wars installments, that to be a Mandalorian, one just has to embrace the Mandalorian culture and follow the six rules that we’ll talk about later in this article.
Boba Fett is on every Star Wars fan’s mind since the recent introduction of the mysterious bounty hunter character in The Mandalorian. Fans were hoping that the bounty hunter of the same name was fan favorite Boba Fett. However, as the series has progressed, it’s clear Boba and the new bounty hunter are different characters.
When did Boba Fett die?
Any true fan will remember the exact moment Boba Fett burst onto the Star Wars universe scene as one of Darth Vader’s bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back, tasked with capturing Han Solo and the rest of the crew of the starship Millennium Falcon.
And Boba Fett was seen in many of the other Star Wars comic books, novels, video games, movies and TV shows, including the Droids animated series, delighting the legions of fans the bounty hunter had amassed.
Sadly for Boba fans, the character was killed by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi, plunging into a sarlacc pit, to suffer for all eternity.
Did Boba Fett use Jango’s Armor?
Boba has scavenged his armor, supercharging it to protect him in those tough bounty hunting situations. He did, at one point, have possession of Jango’s helmet, but his “dad’s” helmet was destroyed after he tricked it out to explode in a desperate attempt to kill Mace Windu, a Jedi that fans first got a glimpse of in the computer-animated Clone Wars film.
What does Mandalorian mean?
The name “Mandalorian” is recognized in the Star Wars universe as referring to the gifted (and feared) warriors from the planet Mandalore. The multi-species Mandalorians live in warrior clans and are quite adept at bounty hunter and mercenary work. They’ve even been referred to as “supercommandos!”
These superwarriors believe that their armor, which they personalize and modify based on their clan, is sacred; they aren’t even allowed to take off their helmets in front of anyone!
And, there’s even a code of conduct for Mandalorians and those who want to become Mandalorian, says the Wookieepedia Star Wars wiki:
- Wear Mandalorian armor
- Speak Mandalorian
- Defend yourself and your family
- Raise your offspring as Mandalorians
- Contribute to your clan’s welfare
- If called by Mand’alor, the Mandalorian leader, rally to your people’s cause
How many episodes and what is planned for the Mandalorian Netflix series?
The Mandalorian’s creators have pumped out eight episodes so far; not all have aired yet. And Favreau has let slip that cast and crew are already filming season 2!
Plus, according Disney’s chief creative office Alan Horn, a Mandalorian film featuring the titular character could potentially be in the works, if the series achieves success. And, based on all of the social media buzz about the series, there’s little doubt that a movie could be in the character’s future.
What are the Mandalorian Episodes?
Here’s rundown of The Mandalorian episodes. But, if you haven’t finished the series yet, please watch out for spoilers.
A mysterious lone bounty hunter accepts a new job: Capture a long-sought-after target and bring them back alive. The Mandalorian hunter finds and snatches up his victim, a child from the Yoda people.
Chapter 2: The Child
The Mandalorian runs into rival bounty hunters, thieves and an angry beast while trying to deliver the Child to his client.
Chapter 3: The Sin
Although the Mandalorian initially delivers the Child to his client, he gets second thoughts. He attacks the client’s stronghold, steals back the Yoda child and escapes to his ship. Good thing he went back for the Child as the client’s people had begun experimenting on it!
Chapter 4: Sanctuary
The Mandalorian, on the run with the Child, takes a side job helping to defend a remote village from raiders. Violence ensues, but the Mandalorian survives and moves on, still traveling with the Child.
Chapter 5: The Gunslinger
The Mandalorian must stop to have his damaged ship repaired. While waiting, he finds work helping a fellow bounty hunter on a job. We find out that there is a bounty out on our hero. He escapes capture and is forced to flee, again, with the Child.
Chapter 6: The Prisoner
The Mandalorian continues his work, taking on a rescue mission with a group from a space station. Though double-crossed, he is able to escape, still protecting the Child.
Chapter 7: The Reckoning
Our hero is again double-crossed during a failed plan that would have ensured the Child’s safety. The Mandalorian’s communications are intercepted and the Child is captured.
Chapter 8: Redemption
The Child is rescued, and the Mandalorian is commanded by IG-11, a bounty hunting droid, to protect him, seek his origins and eventually find a way to place him back among his own people.
Who is in the Mandalorian cast?
The Mandalorian cast stars Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian. The other main character, The Child, is performed by puppeteers and is voiced by a variety of baby mammals, including a kinkajou.
And, Pascal’s co-stars include a wide range of celebrities in exciting cameo roles. The Mandalorian cast features:
What race is Yoda?
That’s a question asked by many Star Wars fans. No one knows his home planet or his race. Star Wars creator George Lucas has intentionally kept most information about Yoda and his people vague.
We know that Yoda and his people are extremely powerful. We don’t know, however, if they are all Jedi masters.
We also know, per a University of London professor, that the language we’ve heard Yoda use is similar to the Hawaiian language.
And, I’m sure we can all agree that Yoda is a favorite of hard-core and casual Star Wars fans. In fact, Empire magazine named Yoda the “25th greatest movie character of all time.” Quite an achievement for George Lucas and his team of Star Wars creators.
Avid fans of the Star Wars universe have encountered three Yoda-like people…so far:
Powerful Jedi master, significant member of the Jedi order, a general, and the trainer of all Jedi children before they are assigned their own Jedi Master. Yoda has been a fan favorite since Luke Skywalker approached him seeking Jedi training. Though our knowledge about his people is limited, we do know they live long lives, as Yoda says he is 900 years old in Return of the Jedi.
Female. Jedi master seen in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Yaddie was only in the background and hasn’t been seen since.
3.) The Child
Not much is known about The Child except that he is very powerful. Originally, fans were calling him Baby Yoda, but it appears he is not Yoda, but a separate character.
More Star Wars on the horizon
The Mandalorian has taken the Star Wars universe by storm. It’s loved by those who grew up watching Star Wars and new fans alike. But the Star Wars universe isn’t stopping there. Since The Mandalorian premiered, another Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, was released.
And don’t forget there’ll be another season of The Mandalorian coming out; no air date has been announced yet.
New Star Wars trilogy planned.
Plus, there is a new Star Wars trilogy coming up. Release date and plot is unknown, but director Rian John said, “The sky’s the limit!”
Rogue One prequel on the way!
We also know that in 2021, a Rogue One prequel will be added to the Disney+ lineup, staring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. It’s described as a spy thriller and I’m sure it will indeed thrill eager Star Wars aficionados! I know I’m looking forward to it!
Obi-Wan Kenobi series to join The Mandalorian on Disney+
But wait, there’s more. I’m excited and I’m sure you will be too at the news that Ewan McGregor will be starring in a Disney+ series feature Obi-Wan Kenobi! Not much is known about the series or even when it will air. We do know it will begin shooting in 2020 so I’m guessing it will be out in 2021.
Plus, McGregor says that the story will take place in the Star Wars timeline between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV. Sadly, that means there couldn’t be a crossover with The Mandalorian, as the space western’s timeline takes place after Episode VI.
So stay tuned, because there will undoubtedly be much more Star Wars on the horizon!