The Mandalorian is Disney’s true kickoff to Star Wars

Embed from Getty Images Disney owed it to George Lucas to finish the Skywalker arc of Star Wars. As The Rise of Skywalker came and went from theaters, so did George Lucas’s vision for his part of Star Wars. With the release of the runaway hit The Mandalorian Disney is now firmly in control of Star Wars.

The Mandalorian  offers a departure from the kind of stories audiences are used to seeing. There is none of that Star Wars iconic Force use. The main character is a bounty hunter.

The Mandalorian has no connections to the Jedi  (fans are still trying to figure out baby Yoda.) Except for armor look that resembles fan-favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett’s, that is the only connection to what fans have come to know about Star Wars.

The show is high-budget live-action TV series is split into episodes. The show spawns from co-creators Jon  Favreau and Dave Filoni. The two came up with a game plan to stream the show weekly one episode at a time and avoid a “binge-worthy” show.

It is a format that has worked very well and now has other streaming shows wondering if they should change to the Disney format. Disney, Favreau and Filoni do have plans for another Star Wars trilogy, with movies slated for release in 2022, 2024, and 2026, to this point they are being tight lipped.

One thing is clear, from the sequel trilogies lukewarm response from hard-core fans, it is time to push Star Wars forward. No more rehashing the same characters in different stories and locations. What made the Marvel movies a hit is they did not rehash. Not only that but the are now moving towards the expanded Marvel universe.

Star Wars offers the same type of set up. There is a lot of untapped stories and ideas that fans really want. The Mandalorian has shown this. Fans will embrace new. This is why Disney was wise to bring in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Two writers and directors who understand both Star Wars and how to successfully move the franchise forward and just how it all fits together.

 

In a surprise, Disney announces production on “The Mandalorian” season 3

Embed from Getty Images With season two of the smash hit “The Mandalorian” set to hit Disney Plus streaming in October word has now been let out that pre-production for season 3 has started. Here is what is known so far.

Mandalorian co-creator and writer/director Jon Favreau has been “writing season 3 for a while.” While longtime Lucasfilm creative director Doug Chiang is said to have been working on “concepts” for “the past few weeks.”

The Mandalorian  production team had just finished work on season 2 around the beginning of March, just making it before the lock down and shelter in place orders that have delayed the filming and release of pretty much every movie and TV series currently in production everywhere.

Season 2, will see the fan-favorite hero Ahsoka Tano, the Togruta ex-Jedi on screen in live action for the first time. Season 2  is said that the Mandalorian will help the Child (Baby Yoda) find his home and will go further into the state of the Empire after its defeat at the Battle of Jakku.

Also we are sure to see Moff Gideon continue to search for the Mandalorian in an attempt to stop him. The Mandalorian is the first series on Disney Plus, but Lucasfilm hopes to add new shows to the line up in the near future. A Rogue One spinoff series featuring Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor is in the works but due to the global pandemic has seen a production stoppage.

Also Disney Plus is diving into reality shows. The next real Star Wars TV fans might see is actually Lucasfilm’s foray into nonfiction programming. Jedi Temple Challenge, a children centered game show hosted by, Ahmed Best better known to Star Wars fans as Jar Jar Binks.

Mandalorian docuseries on Disney Plus coming Star Wars Day May 4

Embed from Getty Images For a long time Star Wars fans have adopted May 4th as “Star Wars Day,” They figure it is close enough to “May the Force be with you.” This May 4 will be special for Star Wars fans on Star Wars Day, Disney Plus has announced and eight part in depth, behind the scenes look documentary at the widely popular “The Mandalorian” series exclusive to the streaming platform.

The documentary will explore never before seen footage from the cutting room  and roundtable conversations hosted by director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau.

One of the episodes will explore  how the special effects and props team brought The Mandalorian’s creatures to life. Which should be interesting to watch.

Also in the documentary fans will be treated to a look at George Lucas’ legacy, technology used in The Mandalorian, the show’s music score, and connections to Star Wars characters across the galaxy. To sort of connect the dots.

Faced with a lack of new content  due to the global pandemic, like many other companies, there is a need for new content for its streaming service, and Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian can fill that role until new Star Wars content is ready.

One good thing is that Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” had finished filming before the production shut down was mandated, Disney has not indicated if the second season’s release date will be affected.

If your like me, a pretty big Star Wars fan, this documentary series should be fun, interesting and a way to pass the time until Season 2 premieres.

Disney Plus’s ‘The Mandalorian” is the top streaming TV show

Embed from Getty Images It was never going to be easy to dethrone Netflix original streaming show “Stranger Things,” which enjoyed a 21 week run as the top streaming show. Yet, in three short weeks Disney Plus has stuck gold with the Jon Favreau, created Bounty Hunter show “The Mandalorian”  from some place in the Star Wars galaxy.

Parrort Analytics measures “demand expressions,” it is a company that standardized TV-demand. The company looks at desire, engagement and viewership as weighed by importance.

From November 17 through November 23 “The Mandalorian” had over 100 million viewers. Compare that to Netflix’s 81 million viewers for “Stranger Things.”

The Jon Favreau hit show is offering Star Wars fans some real hope as to the future of the beloved franchise. As Favreau and Dave Filoni, are said to be taking over all things Star Wars.

“The Mandalorian” is not simply a hit with Star Wars or Disney fans. It is a hit with critic’s as well. The streaming show has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes through three episodes.

The show which premiered November 12, shot up the streaming chart, due in large part to a solid story and a strong cast. Die-hard Star Wars fans like the fact that a different story is being presented. It is a total departure from any of the franchises films to date.

Sure there are Jawa’s. Not the kind in the movies. “The Mandalorian” Jawa’s have red eyes and wear charcoal colored cloaks, not the yellow eyes and brown cloaks we see in the Star Wars films. Then there is the baby Yoda character that has put the fan base in a frenzy.

Again, to say Star Wars fans are pleased that Disney is handing the galaxy over to Favreau and Filoni, is an understatement. These two director, animator, actor are HUGE Star Wars fans and make no bones about it. In my opinion, this is both a solid move and a move that will help drive Star Wars into a brighter future.

If you have not seen “The Mandalorian,” you need to. The Force is strong with it.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian looks promising

Embed from Getty Images Last night a D23 (Disney peek into upcoming shows and movies) the long awaited, much hyped “The Mandalorian” trailer hit. Much to the delight of Star Wars fans everywhere. The show is set for November 12, 2019 on Disney+, Disney’s streaming service.

There has been some misunderstanding with not only The Mandalorian, but Bounty Hunters from the Star Wars universe on the whole. The misunderstanding stems from the most famous Boba Fett. Along with his Father and clone templet Jango Fett in the Prequel trilogy were portrayed as being bad.

The Fact of the matter is Bounty Hunter’s are neither bad nor good. They work for the reward. They could care less who it comes from. This is why I believe in The Mandalorian trailer it opens with Stormtroopers helmets in the sand then quickly moves to them on stakes of some sort. Clearly the work of a Bounty Hunter.

The Mandalorian looks dark and action packed. The cast has some veteran actors that give it the credentials to be a very sound show. Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte and Pedro Pascal headline a very solid cast. Directed by Jon Favreau gives it promise.

The show takes place a few years after “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” before the First Order emerges. Taking place in the outer reaches of the galaxy far away from the New Republic.

The show has the feel of a movie. It is said to be very dark, which should not come as a surprise as it is dealing with a Bounty Hunter who generally shoot to kill.

This is a bold and daring move by Disney. To take a film series and transform elements of it into a T.V. streaming show is a high risk, high reward endeavor. One that looks like it will work.

Time will tell if the Force is with Jon Favreau and The Mandalorian.