This may get stones thrown at me but I’ve never been a huge fan of Star Wars as I have always been more of a Star Trek fan. I always found Star Trek to be more realistic, believable, and more of an idealistic future whereas Star Wars is much more “rough and gruff.” To add more fuel to the fire, I really liked the new Disney Star Wars films and completely fell in love with the Star Wars universe when I visited Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World in 2019. When the Mandalorian was first announced on Disney+ I figured this was just another Disney money grab but after watching episode 1 last year, I retracted that thought almost immediately. Mandalorian is an incredible show and must be watched by everyone.
I hate Disney, only for the mere fact that they won’t release an entire Mandalorian season, or any of their shows, right away. *Shakes fist in anger* Granted, it’s for the better as I wouldn’t leave the house until I ingested every bit of that season not once, but twice, like I did Mandalorian season 1. I recently lost an entire weekend by binge-watching the shit out of Cobra Kai on Netflix, another great show whether you’re a fan of the Karate Kid or not. Season 3 of Cobra Kai is coming on January 8th, 2021 by the way. This is just my long meandering thoughts of the Mandalorian and in no way a review, but I will say the first episode of the second season is a wonderful beginning to the next season and nice to see some reminiscent Star Wars artifacts.
***Careful: Spoilers Ahead***
I was thinking last night while watching the Mandalorian how nice it was to be back on Tatooine. Tatooine for some reason has always been my favorite planet in Star Wars. Why? I couldn’t tell you but I remember when Disney announced Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge I was disappointed, as were many others, that it wasn’t based on Tatooine. Maybe it feels more like real life or it brings me back to the days of the original Star Wars films when I was younger, but I remember the days of playing Star Wars Galaxies where I always found myself gravitating back to Tatooine cities of Mos Espa and Mos Eisley. Going back to Tatooine last night was awesome!
I thought last night with the advances of CGI, puppetry, and the like, it’s refreshing to see Tatooine in 2020. Simply seeing a Bantha rendered with today’s technology brought a ridiculous smile to my face because they looked SO real making it hard to believe that they weren’t, never mind the giant Krayt Dragon that made its debut in the Mandalorian. It would be incredible to see the old Star Wars films with new technology, although I am not suggesting a reboot by any means!!
For now, I will have to wait for the next episode’s of the Mandalorian while playing Star Wars: Squadrons (check out our Star Wars: Squadrons review) or Battlefront 1 & 2 to enjoy the old Star Wars locations dressed in new technology. If you haven’t already yet, make sure you check out the Mandalorian on Disney+ which is a great show for both fans and non-fans of Star Wars. Check it out!