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    There's not enough cocaine in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyan D. Funk View Post
    There's not enough cocaine in the world.
    The entire crew of Apocalypse Now snorted it all?
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    I'd imagine there's issues with rights for musical performances and stuff. Can't imagine they were thinking much of rereleases in 1978 or that Lucas tried to retain them after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    The entire crew of Apocalypse Now snorted it all?
    You had two Sheen's in the cast, what you expected.


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    I wouldn't be shocked to find out that Lucas actually made Disney agree to never release The Holiday Special as a condition of the sale. The Special Editions remaining the official version of the OT is definitely one such condition that Disney agreed to.
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    Also, for all that the Holiday special has a curiosity factor to it, it would only hurt the brand if it saw a wide release. It was shelved forever for a reason. You'd have to put a warning label dislaimer on the front saying it's awful, and that still wouldn't help.

    More likely to see the Droids tv series and the Ewok movies and Ewoks cartoon to get a re-release push. And those aren't going to happen either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    Also, for all that the Holiday special has a curiosity factor to it, it would only hurt the brand if it saw a wide release. It was shelved forever for a reason. You'd have to put a warning label dislaimer on the front saying it's awful, and that still wouldn't help.

    More likely to see the Droids tv series and the Ewok movies and Ewoks cartoon to get a re-release push. And those aren't going to happen either.
    Doesn't making a dedicated parody hurt the brand almost as much?

    They're openly acknowledging that a movie about an elderly Wookie masturbating is a part of the Star Wars canon.

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    From here on out whenever anyone mentions "The Star Wars Christmas Special", by default media is going to point to the 2020 lego version and start pretending the old one never existed. You'll have to specify Star Wars Christmas Special 1978, or original, and that's just going to fade eventually.

    Presumably the lego version isn't going to have a five minute sequence of raw Wookie dialogue, watching porn, Bea Arthur musical numbers, or half the cast obviously coked out of their minds.

    Well, I mean, it actually MIGHT have some of that in parody fashion, but it'll almost certainly do it in a way that makes if actually entertaining and not cringe.

    It also sounds like its going to be a greatest hits clip show of the movies with a minor narrative framing sequence.

    I mean, the Muppets have had like 7 Christmas specials, you have to really know what you're hunting for to arrive at the John Denver one. Except there's actually TWO John Denver specials with the Muppets, and one of them has "Holiday" in the title and its NOT the Christmas one, so you REALLY need to know what you're looking for.

    And good luck if you want to find a specific Chipmunks Christmas album, they've had nine of them.

    The more things they throw the same name onto over the more decades, the more it actually buries the oldest one. Who even remembers The Ghostbusters exists except as a asterisk to The REAL Ghostbusters?
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    Thaddeus Plotz will retire and not be present as a new female Latina CEO will take over the studio
    That's kind of a worrying decision and I have to ask if the writers plan to make her a proper comedic antagonist or just a figurehead for diversity (which would be a very boring mistake).

    Does Warner Bros have a better history than Disney on this, or are we in for another John Boyega scenario where minority characters are brought in for show only to later be sidelined and revealed as a waste of the audience's time?
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    Does Warner Bros have a better history than Disney on this, or are we in for another John Boyega scenario where minority characters are brought in for show only to later be sidelined and revealed as a waste of the audience's time?
    Was that what happened or just the end result of a spate of movies which were poorly planned out?
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    Was that what happened or just the end result of a spate of movies which were poorly planned out?
    Even in the first movie he was just there to serve the white female lead.

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    Even in the first movie he was just there to serve the white female lead.
    Even then still more relevance than what he got in the 2nd and 3rd movies.
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    Even then still more relevance than what he got in the 2nd and 3rd movies.
    Yeah but that wasn't nearly good enough.

    The most interesting character in the movie was relegated to the role of "bland supportive friend" while a Mary Sue took the lead and did everything, including somehow being the vessel for us to experience the tragedy of Han Solo's death despite her barely knowing him (that role really needed to go to Luke, Leia, Chewie or Lando).

    Where was Lando anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboBlue View Post
    Even in the first movie he was just there to serve the white female lead.
    He was literally used in the U.S. as minority bait which is really obvious with how the Chinese Poster doesn't emphasize him at all. It would have been ok if his character ever amounted to anything, especially seeing as he represented the most fascinating possible character and maintained that through the entire first movie, even as the attention continually shifted away from him and towards Rey.
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    I find it bizarre how often Finns role in TLJ is just dismissed outright as a "disservice to the character" or similar. Whatever you may say about Canto Bight and how much it "matters" to the plot, Finn still has a super-clear and logical character arc; He goes from someone just tagging along because he likes Rey to someone fully invested in the Rebel Cause, which all happened independently from Rey. Finn was set up as a n enemy soldier come true believer, someone who could insipre others to join the fight. Too bad that didn't happen.

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    I made a new video discussing the meaning of Balance of the Force:

    https://youtu.be/SsRNUkMe8v4

    This is part 1 of a 3 part discussion series about the future of Star Wars



    The prophecy of the one who was meant to bring Balance to the Force was fulfilled by Anakin Skwalker. The narrative arc of the original six film saga envisioned by George Lucas was the tragedy of Darth Vader, who ultimately brought Balance to the Force in Return of the Jedi.

    But what does Balance of the Force mean?

    Perhaps if we can answer the question of what Balance of the Force means in the mythology of Star Wars as imagined by George Lucas, we can better understand the manner in which the sequel trilogy fits narratively and thematically as a continuation of what was once a complete six film saga, and chart a course forward for future Star Wars projects


    There exists in the Star Wars Galaxy a prophecy of one who is meant to bring Balance to the Force. George Lucas made clear his intent that Anakin Skywalker, later turned Darth Vader, was, as believed by Qui-Gon Jinn, in fact the Chosen One meant to fulfill this prophecy.

    Though Luke Skywalker is the hero of the Original Star Wars trilogy, his character arc culminates in the redemption of his father, rather than the destruction of the primordial evil force in the story, Darth Sidious, or the Emperor.

    Anakin was ultimately responsible for the destruction of both the Jedi and the Sith. George Lucas has confirmed that, regardless of his fall from grace and Luke taking up the mantle of hero, Anakin did not loose his designated role as the Chosen One, meant to bring Balance to the Force.

    Yet the question remains: What does Balance of the Force means?


    For the first part of this discussion, I’ll be focusing primarily on the prequel and original trilogies. For better or worse, the sequel trilogy as it exists was not part of George Lucas original vision for Star Wars. As Dave Filoni has said in interviews and commentary, George Lucas should be seen as the arbiter of anything related to the deeper lore and mythology of Star Wars, particularly in relation to the Force.

    Perhaps if we can answer the question of what Balance of the Force means in the mythology of Star Wars as imagined by Lucas, we can better understand the manner in which the sequel trilogy fits narratively and thematically as a continuation of what was once a complete six film saga.

    George Lucas based the mythology in Star Wars largely upon the Monomyth or the Hero’s Journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell in ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces.’ Campbell was himself influenced by the work of Carl Jung, who proposed the existence of archetypal forces which emerge from the collective unconscious. These archetypes are ancient patterns of personality, distinct from the individual unconscious described by Sigmund Freud. They, manifest in the real world, taking different shapes or forms when filtered through the subjective lens of the individual.

    Joseph Campbell’s writings on comparative mythology describe the emergence of these archetypal personas through myths, folklore, and religious stories from around the world. Campbell described the universal patterns and character types seen in the stories told in disparate societies across time as a manifestation of innate primal psychological forces. Though the names and faces vary, the forms are surprisingly constant. Campbell likened these archetypal characters to masks picked up and worn by individuals by whom they are manifest and given life.

    George Lucas constructed the mythology of Star Wars by distilling these powerful universal motifs. The Force may be likened to the collective unconscious, a substratum underlying physical reality which both emerges from and gives rise to individual organic life.

    The primary characters in Star Wars are modern variations of the archetypal forms including the hero, the mentor, and the shadow. We see these characters exchange masks at various stages in their lives. Notably, Anakin Skywalker, a representationn of the hero in the prequel trilogy, later dons the mask of the shadow through an experience of death and rebirth as Darth Vader. Jung described the archetypes as inherited potentials which take different shapes when actualized through the thoughts and behaviors of an individual. The Dark Side of the Force itself may thus be described as a representation universal ‘shadow’ archetype.

    The 'shadow' is an inextricable aspect of an individual psyche. It is the archetypal persona with the potential to do evil things. Every person has a shadow. Jung wrote of 'confronting and synthesizing the shadow', meaning evil is unrealized potential that exists within the individual. To confront and synthesize the shadow is to recognize one's weaknesses, the paths that could lead one to act upon those ideas and manifest the 'shadow' archetype in the world. Darth Vader always existed as a potential within Anakin, which was actualized when he chose to put on the mask of the shadow.

    George, in various interviews, has simplified the dichotomy between the light and dark sides of the Force as representations of compassion and selfishness respectively. So what then is meant by balance? An equal devotion to or manifestation of both good and evil, light and dark? At the end of the original six film saga, both the Jedi and Sith have been destroyed so many have speculated that total devotion to the light side of the Force was the primary flaw of the Jedi as was total devotion to the Dark Side a flaw of the Sith. But this interpretation would have no basis in any real world moral or ethic. It would imply that total devotion to good, to compassion, is a moral evil, a notion which is not reflected in any of our religious or mythological stories.

    There are no ‘Grey Jedi’; Anakin balances the Force, not by embracing or blending the ideals of both the Jedi and the Emperor, but by wholly rejecting the Dark Side. The original trilogy concludes with the Return of the Jedi, the return of the light; achieving balance. Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia Organa remain to rebuild a New Jedi Order after the fall of The Empire.

    But wait, what about the fall of the Jedi order? In the path to achieving Balance, thousands of Jedi were also killed. Weren’t they servants to the Light Side of the Force? Why was the Jedi Order destroyed? Was this the ‘Will of the Force’? Often we see in our religious stories, purgation of the religious institutions after they have been corrupted and deviated from their original mandate. The Jedi were devoted to the Light Side of the Force, but that does not mean their decisions and actions were morally aligned with the light.

    Returning to Jung, if we consider ‘the shadow’, the Dark Side of the Force, to be an inextricable aspect of any individual or institution, it cannot be eliminated because it exists within all beings, as a byproduct of free will. The collective unconscious is an inherited trait. Call it original sin, passed down from primordial forebears. As long as good is a choice, evil is a possibility. This means that the light must continually confront and synthesize the shadow, the dark side – not by integrating and acting upon those ideas or desires, but by recognizing their existence, keeping them in check, and actively choosing not to manifest the dark side in the material world.

    When balance is achieved, neither light nor dark ceases to exist. The light must be actualized, and the dark must remain unrealized potential, the byproduct of choice. To 'eliminate' the dark side, is to eliminate free will, freedom to choose the light, and thus the individual no longer has agency - and becomes an automaton. Imbalance.

    I think there's evidence for this understanding - in the final arc of Clone Wars season 6, Yoda's journey leads him to a place where he confronts his shadow (visually represented as an evil form of Yoda), and overcomes his own darkness. Even Yoda has this dark seed within himself which has the potential to grow and emerge through thought and action if it remains unrecognized and it is only through recognition of that evil that resides in himself that he is able to attain the path to 'immortality'. Prior to this revelation and confrontation, Yoda believed himself to be devoid of, separate from the Dark Side. The shadow within himself was unrecognized.

    You could apply this to the Jedi Order as a whole. Anakin is the dark potential, the shadow, of the Jedi Order, which the council fails to recognize. The Jedi serve the light, but don't realize the cracks in the foundation which ultimately allow Anakin's turn to Darth Vader. Qui-Gon (not surprisingly the first Jedi seen in the story to attain the path to becoming a Force Ghost, instructing Yoda from beyond the grave), is likely the one Jedi who could have prevented Anakin's fall. Qui-Gon was the father figure absent in Anakin’s life. That role was later vacated by Qui-Gon’s death at the hands of Darth Maul, and later filled by Chancellor Palpatine. Qui-Gon’s instruction to Obi-Wan in the opening scene of The Phantom Menace to obey the will of the Living Force signals his role as a prophet like figure to the Jedi Order. Yet the Jedi Council failed to head his words which served as herald for their impending destruction.

    The Order had become rigid, too strongly set in tradition, to adapt to new ideas (evidenced by their initial refusal to train Anakin because he was 'too old', despite the fact that he very well could be the 'chosen one', which introduces a sort of Pharisaical allusion). They had too closely aligned themselves politically with the Republic and thus served as Generals rather than Peace Keepers during the Clone Wars. Evil commanded both armies, yet the Jedi chose a side. Neutrality was the only path that could have averted Sidious trap. All of these factors play directly into the events which result in Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader, the destruction of the Jedi Order, and the fall of the Republic. Essentially, there existed an imbalance in the Force. The Jedi's vision is clouded by the Dark Side - because their ideology has fallen out of alignment with the Light Side of the Force. They attributed this lack of foresight to some external shroud, failing to recognize that the dark potentia within their own ranks in the form of Anakin Skywalker, whose fall was in part precipitated by their own corruption.

    Palpatine’s machinations were indeed a very real threat whose identity as the puppet master orchestrating the events of the Clone Wars remained elusive as a result of the Jedi Council’s clouded vision. The Jedi’s inability to recognize this evil Force in such close proximity The Jedi may be understood to mean the Force was not speaking to them because they weren’t truly listening. The Jedi of the Old Republic, prior to Darth Bane’s creation of the Rule of Two, fought to vanquish an external evil Force. For a thousand years, the Jedi believed they had succeeded in eradicating this external force of evil. Just like war, peace is a snare. Over time, their alignment with the light side of the Force drifted. In bright sunlight, high noon, contrast is reduced. The shadows become difficult to see. Only at sunset, the twilight of the republic, as the light fades and the shadows grow deep do they recognize the one they cast, following their own footsteps.

    Balance does not mean equal parts light and dark manifest in the world, nor does it mean the eradication of the dark, but the proper orientation of light and dark, where the former is actualized in the world and the dark remains unrealized potential. The only way to maintain balance is to realize that the dark resides within. Any other path leads to imbalance. To view the dark side as something which can be eliminated, as did the Jedi, is externalize it and thus leave the shadow within unchecked, able to metastasize and overtake the light.

    Consider that Luke, in his training on Dagobah, enters the Dark Side cave and confronts a vision of Vader, ultimately witnessing his own face behind the mask. He later learns that Vader is his father - thus Luke confronts his own shadow. Vader, the external evil he must confront is his own blood. Thus he must understand and come to terms with the knowledge that the very potential for evil which transformed Anakin Skywalker also exists within himself. Interestingly, this revelation is also what allows Luke to see the light remaining in Vader, inapparent to even Yoda and Sidious, which ultimately brings about Vader's redemption, the defeat of the Emperor, and salvation of the Galaxy. It follows that, if the potential for evil, actualized by Vader resides within Luke, the son, then so too must the good that is in Luke reside within Anakin, the father.

    During the final throne room confrontation in Return of the Jedi, Luke casts aside his lightsaber, refusing to strike down Darth Vader in anger. Luke recognizes the shadow in himself, visually represented by his mechanical hand – the first step to becoming more machine than man. In the ultimate act of non-violence, Luke saves the Galaxy, not by destroying Vader, but by refusing to become him. He has no hope of defeating the Emperor. Luke recognizes his inability to destroy the Emperor, the external source of evil, yet understands he retains power over his own choices, the destiny of his own soul. Luke is willing to suffer, sacrificially to preserve that light in himself and thus brings Anakin back from the Dark Side of the Force.

    Yoda and Obi-Wan mentored Luke, but failed to see this potential in Vader. Their advice to Luke was flawed. Obi-Wan told Luke that if he refused to kill Vader the Emperor would have already won. Yet, the Emperor failed because of Luke’s refusal to kill Vader.

    Anakin ultimately was the instrument by which balance was achieved. He finally synthesized his shadow, Vader, when he saw the suffering of his child at the hands of the Emperor. Anakin, in the last moments of his life, refused the shadow, returned to the light, and defeated the Emperor, the symbolic source of imbalance. The mask of the shadow was at last removed and Anakin wass able to look on his son with his own eyes one final time.

    Luke and Leia, twins born of a union unsanctioned by the previous Jedi Order, were left at the end of the Saga to rebuild this institution meant to serve the light side of the Force. Luke did not reject the teachings of Obi-Wan and Yoda wholesale. He integrated their instruction, but also followed the will of the Living Force, recognizing it was not the will of the light to destroy Vader.

    At the end of the six film saga, Balance was achieved and harmony restored to the Galaxy. The shadow of the Jedi Order was confronted and synthesized. Anakin was redeemed and Vader returned to the ethereal plane of the archetypes, unrealized potential. Yet we know George Lucas, at the time he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, had written stories for a sequel trilogy of films focusing on the original trilogy heroes and the grandchildren of Darth Vader. So the question must be asked, what story remains to be told after the Force has been balanced? The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker were not based on those original drafts, so they don’t provide a clear picture of Lucas vision for the concluding chapter of Star Wars. We will need to look to other sources to extrapolate a potential narrative and thematic trajectory for the story building from the balance achieved at the end of Return of the Jedi.
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    I find it bizarre how often Finns role in TLJ is just dismissed outright as a "disservice to the character" or similar. Whatever you may say about Canto Bight and how much it "matters" to the plot, Finn still has a super-clear and logical character arc; He goes from someone just tagging along because he likes Rey to someone fully invested in the Rebel Cause, which all happened independently from Rey. Finn was set up as a n enemy soldier come true believer, someone who could insipre others to join the fight. Too bad that didn't happen.
    Finn was race bait. Promoted heavily as the lead in the first movie and then bait and switched into the secondary hero, which was fine. What sucked in the second movie was that his actions were completely inconsequential to the plot. And he's also preached to about the importance of the rebellion and the horrors of war, when it was the direct knowledge of those horrors along with his own empathy that caused him to find comfort in Rey and Poe in the first place. Now it's true that he hadn't dedicated his life to the Resistance in the first film, but the meandering b-plot mess we got was not good. It could have been completely removed from the film and nothing changes for the entire trilogy, let alone TLJ. Also, did I say that it's a fucking mess? Finn caring about Rey over the resistance is Star Wars! It's Anakin, it's Luke, it's why his character was compelling in the first place: former storm trooper with a big heart who might have some sort of force sensitivity. If Rian really wanted to dirty shit up, offing the first order/rebellion dynamic would have been much more interesting than killing Snoke.

    That's a pretty big disservice to a character who was the heart of TFA and one of its three pillars from a story perspective. Giving him a larger role also would have forced them to inch away, even if just slightly, from the Skywalker/Palpatine shit, which they shouldn't have even delved in if they couldn't deliver on at the same level as the originals ... or the prequels.
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    VIDEO REVIEW



    I really like how seamlessly the episodes this season flow into one another. The episodes are titled ‘chapters’ and viewed together, they really do feel like a single continuous story.

    Another happy landing for the Razor Crest. The crash scene, again, really reminded me of the opening scene from Serenity. The visual effects for the entire landing sequence were very impressive. Particularly the shot where the ship is pulled out of the ocean. Also, great editing in the cut to the opening credits.

    The big walking cranes used to lift the ship out of the sea were pretty cool. Nice to see new ships / vehicles in Star Wars.

    Trask is immediately more interesting than… basically any of the worlds from the sequel trilogy films. Really love the nautical design. The stage craft technology used on The Mandalorian is clearly impressive, but this is the most populated world we have yet seen in The Mandalorian. Most planets on the show have been rather desolate, but Trask is a bustling sea port which feels vibrant and alive.

    Again, the world building is really excellent. Trask’s sea port is populated primarily by Mon Calamri and Quarans, aliens seen throughout the Galaxy on aquatic worlds such as Mon Cala.

    Even the inn Mando visits has a distinct and unique atmosphere from other locations like the Mos Eisley Cantina, in part due to its automated chowder delivery system. The Mon Calamari waiter tells Mando he needs to eat because seats are hard to come by, which means, the inn is booked solid. Impressive for a restaurant which seemingly only has one option on the menu.

    Something I have always loved about Star Wars is the overengineered solutions to simple problems because the technology happens to be available. For a restaurant which seats maybe 50 people, pouring chowder by hand would seemingly be the optimal solution when you consider the cost of a chowder delivery system and the manpower involved in sanitization and repair.

    All these small details work together to build a unique and memorable setting.

    I guess, some might call it poetic justice for the child to be swallowed whole by some type of sea creature after the many frog eggs he swallowed whole last week.

    The appearance of Bo Katan and the other Mandalorians was awesome! This isn’t the first time we have seen a character from animation make the jump to live action. Yet this somehow feels special. I think Katee Sackhoff playing the same character in both animation and live action makes the transition seamless and strengthens the continuity of the Star Wars universe.

    When she arrived on the scene, Bo Katan was immediately recognizable based on her helmet design, but I also want to commend Katee Sackhoff’s performance because even her mannerisms reminded me of her animated incarnation.

    The scene where Mando immediately assumes they aren’t Mandalorian and asks from whom they stole their armor because showing your face is… not the way, was great. Particularly love how ironic it is for Din Djarin to believe someone from Mandalore’s ruling class isn’t a true Mandalorian.

    This interaction was really interesting and I get the feeling it hints toward perhaps a building overarching narrative.

    The only Mandalorians seen in the show so far have been from Dyn Jarren’s culvert – and thus hold to the same code.

    I’m really interested in learning more about the Children of the Watch. I’m wondering if we’ll see growing tension between Bo Katan’s alliance of Mandalorians and this religious cult dedicated to The Way. Could this pull in more elements from the old Knights of the Old Republic series?

    It’s interesting to see the story weaving in more elements of the Expanded Universe here, in addition to the Filoniverse animated series storylines.

    Mando initially refuses Bo Katan’s help on the basis that there is only one Mandalorian way – the one to which he adheres. After a second rescue, however, he listens to Bo Katan’s story.

    She tries to recruit him to her cause to reclaim Mandalore. We have here yet another really interesting conversation, from which we learn more about Mando’s misconception regarding the Mandalorian homeworld.

    It was cool to see Titus Welliver, the man in black from Lost and Felix Blake from Agents of SHIELD, play the Captain of the Imperial ship. And the officer Mando throws out of the airlock is played by the guy who ate Michael Scott’s chocolate turtles and sucks at bowling in Parks & Rec.

    Was great to see Giancarlo Esposito back… can’t wait to see more of Moff Gideon. We didn’t see much of him in season 1, but I get the feeling he’ll play a much bigger role than standard Imperial Commander villain.

    Can’t wait to see Ahsoka! She’s easily one of my favorite Star Wars characters. I wonder if Sabine will still be with her? Rex? Will we get an update on the search for Ezra Bridger? Is this going to spin off into an animated Rebels sequel? Or will The Mandalorian double as a Rebels sequel trilogy? So many questions I can’t wait to have answered!

    Overall, I thought this was an excellent episode and I’m really excited to see where the rest of the season goes. Dave Filoni is set to write and direct the fifth episode of the season so even though Mando and the Child depart from Trask knowing Ahsoka’s location, I feel like they’re likely to be diverted in the next episode. It would just seem fitting for Dave to write and direct Ahsoka’s first live action appearance given the prominent role he had in helping to create her character and guide her story arc.

    I brought up the idea last week that the second season is following a similar plot structure to the first and it seems that trend continues here. Again, the third season of both seasons has focused heavily on Dyn Jarren’s interactions with a group of Mandalorians.

    If this pattern holds, the fourth episode will be a mostly standalone adventure. Speaking of which, Bryce Dallas Howard directed this episode and I think she did an excellent job. She previously directed the fourth season of the first season and though I still thought it was quite enjoyable, I thought it was overall the weakest of the season. This was a remarkable improvement.

    The credits list Simon Kasssianides character as Axe Woves. Yet another Agents of SHIELD actor.

    Din Djarin: This is the Way
    Bo Katan: This is the Way
    Axe Woves: Will my compliance be rewarded?

    Though the series has been primarily focused on the solo adventures of the lone wolf and cub, Din Djarin and the Child, from this episode I get the impression that we’re seeing the beginnings of a much grander narrative. Mandalore has such a rich history in Star Wars both in the animated series like The Clone Wars and Rebels and in the expanded universe stories.

    Giancarlo Esposito hinted that they already have plans for the third and fourth seasons and Jon Favreau has said that the storytelling may expand to put the spotlight on a wider cast of characters in the future.

    I’m a big fan of the animated series, particularly The Clone Wars, so to see a live action series matching the tone and scale of those stories is really exciting.

    This is the way to make great Star Wars!
    Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky, Brook, Jimbei, Carrot, Vivi, Smoker

    "ONE PIECE, IT EXISTS" - The Great Pirate Edward Newgate

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