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Something that was telling about the recent spate of Disney announcements is that they were all* set during, before or just after the OT period. They really seem to be avoiding touching the sequel era with a bargepole at the moment.

 

* Possible exception of Lando, but I'd wager that will be a prequel with bookends by Billy-Dee Williams.

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1 hour ago, Dirty Harry Potter said:

That was incredible! I have waited to see that sequence play out since I was ten. And I feel pretty emotional having watched it. 
 

There’s no where for the Mando to go on after:

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handing over Baby Yoda (that’s the entire heartbeat/thread of show)

- so that’s it there will be no series 3. 

 

But that end credits sequence was a Fucking class way of announcing what the already filmed and announced Mando season 3 actually is. And explains all the rumours. I’m sure he will be back as a cameo character, but that’s it guys and girls the Mandelorian is done. 

I'm not really sure why you think it's over?

 

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He has the dark sabre, he just became The Mandalore

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Harsin said:

Something that was telling about the recent spate of Disney announcements is that they were all* set during, before or just after the OT period. They really seem to be avoiding touching the sequel era with a bargepole at the moment.

 

* Possible exception of Lando, but I'd wager that will be a prequel with bookends by Billy-Dee Williams.

I suspect that’s so they can build an MCU-style criss-crossing set of shows. 
 

It’s not clear yet whether Rogue Squadron will be set after the sequels - the press release made it sound like it is. 

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Season 3, Episode 1

 

The Mandalorian attends a PTA meeting at the Jedi Academy and hears worrying rumours from other parents about the headmaster's intake of green alien breast milk and what happens to boys who have bad dreams, and hatches a daring escape plan.

 

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31 minutes ago, Harsin said:
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Season 3, Episode 1

 

The Mandalorian attends a PTA meeting at the Jedi Academy and hears worrying rumours from other parents about the headmaster's intake of green alien breast milk and what happens to boys who have bad dreams, and hatches a daring escape plan.

 

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That’s actually not a bad idea. Stick Pedro on ice for a few years then pick things back up a decade on, right after the Jedi school massacre. 

 

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This season has been absolutely brilliant all the way through. My favourite episode was the 

 

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Ahsoka one as she was such a badass.


But one more thing I want to add. 
 

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The 3 times we’ve seen Pedro’s face in both series, he’s managed to convey such a strong emotional response in different ways each time, without even moving his face! I don’t know how he did it, but it hit me. The goodbye scene in today’s episode was just beautifully played I thought. 

 

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I thought the last few episodes sacrificed tension and heart for fan service. Still enjoyable but once baby yoda wasn’t by the Mandalorian’s side it just felt unsatisfying. Too many fan favourite characters doing “cool shit” and not enough intrigue or drama.

 

The music is absolutely god tier though. I think this has the best tv theme tune for over twenty years and the incidental music is just as good. I almost groaned when the music for the black troopers started, assuming it was going to go into shit American dubstep territory, but it didn’t. Sounded so, so good and really transformed what were just rubbish cybermen into something weirdly mechanistic.

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I do agree that

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The CGI was a bit dodgy and it didn’t sound like Luke either. I don’t know why they didn’t use Mark Hamill’s voice. I know he sounds older now but we would recognise instantly that it’s him. He’s credited as part of the crew so I wonder what his involvement actually was.

 

A shame that when Deepfake, although sometimes easy to spot, can be quite convincing and does away with some of that uncanny valley vibe, it just doesn’t seem to be used by studios much. I even wondered if they’d drafted in Sebastian Stan at one point before the reveal, as there was a resurgence in his resemblance to a young Hamill. I still like what we got. I’m sure someone will Deepfake it and stick it on YouTube soon though.

 

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So while I also loved Mando for not pandering to never-ending Skywalker stories, Luke turning up was the only Jedi that made sense. Ezra? Cal Kestis?? (I mean Mace would have been cool too) But no, this is not long after ROTJ and Luke is the only Jedi of any significance around. A living legend.

 

Also, having designated all previous Extended Universe stuff as Legends, Disney now have to re-write 30 years of blank space between ROTJ and The Force Awakens. Filoni will use Mando and the other shows to do this, just as he used Clone Wars and Rebels to salvage the Prequels.

 

I imagine they’ll be doing their own take on the Thrawn trilogy, bringing all the disparate strands of movies and TV shows together. Minimal OT cast, maximum Mandalore, Ahsoka action.
 

Pretty sure we won’t be seeing too much of the OT cast being de-aged. It just about worked here but there was some serious uncanny valley going on. Thankfully I was too busy buzzing off the Luke-channelling-Anakin destructo-fest to care.



 

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I know it was total fan service but I am a massive fan and I feel totally serviced.

 

I’ve got nothing to add on the obvious stuff but I do want to say that the Dark Troopers were absolutely fantastic, and came across like a cross between Terminators and Hammerstein from 2000AD (they definitely have his eyes!) The stop-motion effect in their movement was perfect and somehow far more menacing than the smoothly animated battle droids of the prequels.

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52 minutes ago, DukeOfEarlsfield said:

I thought the last few episodes sacrificed tension and heart for fan service. Still enjoyable but once baby yoda wasn’t by the Mandalorian’s side it just felt unsatisfying. Too many fan favourite characters doing “cool shit” and not enough intrigue or drama.

 

The music is absolutely god tier though. I think this has the best tv theme tune for over twenty years and the incidental music is just as good. I almost groaned when the music for the black troopers started, assuming it was going to go into shit American dubstep territory, but it didn’t. Sounded so, so good and really transformed what were just rubbish cybermen into something weirdly mechanistic.

 

Yeah. The music was awesome. 

 

I'm sure they kept teasing the end credits to start with the blast of the star wars fanfare like they do in the original films. 

 

You know the blast I mean, it's at 1:45 on this this video....

 

 

 

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One of my best mates is a huge Star Wars fan too and he mentioned some things that bothered him about the episode . I told him I’m not talking to him about it. Not because his points are invalid, absolutely not. They are along the same lines as some of the negative stuff that has been mentioned above but I simply do not care.

 

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That today wasn’t about special effects or expanding the universe or taking things in a different direction. It was a reminder (for me anyway) of what it felt like to watch a TV show or film as a little guy, without a care or worry in the world. When all the shit people complain about didn’t exist in your head and the only thing that mattered is how you felt watching it. So by all means let’s have new stories and different takes on the Universe, but how anyone could watch that and have space in their head for anything other than pure joy I have no idea.

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Darren said:

The stop-motion effect in their movement was perfect and somehow far more menacing than the smoothly animated battle droids of the prequels.

It perfectly triggered that primal fear only understood by those children of the 80s who watched The Terminator when they were too young.

 

Agree about the score as well - I felt it did a load of the heavy lifting. The Dark Trooper music was incredible, as was the way is segued into that final sequence.

 

Oh, and I fucking love Boba Fett's new theme as well. 

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