The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic returned tonight.
The Man With No Face (or rather, the Man Who Dare Not Show His Face) returned tonight, this time heading back again to the Star Wars stomping ground of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet.
Mando’s mission: He’s been “quested to bring” Baby Yoda to his kind; “If I can locate other Mandalorians, they can help guide me,” says the bounty hunter.
The first season of “The Mandalorian” hinted at unseen events — a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — that drove the surviving warriors of Mandalore to a life underground.
Among the show’s biggest surprises came during the first-season finale, when former Imperial officer Moff Gideon used a legendary Mandalorian weapon to break out of his wrecked TIE fighter.
Although it was said thatno prior “Star Wars” knowledge was required to jump into the series’ first season, the appearance of the Darksaber, along with promotional clips and casting reports (not to mention rumors) all point toward the second season of “The Mandalorian,” which premieres Friday on Disney+, delving more into lore that has been revealed over years on shows such as “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels.”
It was revealed during Season 1 that before the fall of the Empire, Imperial forces clashed with the Mandalorians and nearly wiped them all out. They also took their beskar — the valuable, nearly indestructible metal used to forge Mandalorian armor.
The Mandalorian Disney’s biggest blockbuster of 2020, returns with a new mission
The Mandalorian premiered almost a year ago, serving as the biggest enticement to subscribe to Disney’s startup streaming service. The launch exceeded any reasonable expectations, but with Disney facing a much-altered media galaxy, there’s even more pressure on the live-action “Star Wars” series to deliver a big bounty to the studio.
That’s because the coronavirus pandemic has hit Disney harder than most giant companies. Its theme parks and blockbuster movies have been especially vulnerable to a public-health concern that keeps people at home.
Disney+ has become the company’s biggest success story — leveraging the company’s major brands and capitalizing on the appetite for content. That places extra pressure on “The Mandalorian,” which, with most major movies postponed into 2021, represents the closest thing to a blockbuster that Disney is apt to release this year.
“‘The Mandalorian’ is hugely important because it’s probably the biggest entertainment property right now,” Zak Shaikh, vice president of programming and entertainment at research-based media firm Magid, told CNN Business. “It’s like how ‘Game of Thrones’ was vital to HBO.”
Shaikh noted that “The Mandalorian” is No. 1 in Magid’s biweekly study that looks at how engaged viewers are with a particular show. It outranks other series, including “This Is Us” and “Stranger Things.”
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Pedro Pascal (who plays the show’s title character) along with Carl Weathers as bounty hunter boss Greef Karga, Gina Carano as ex-soldier Cara Dune and Giancarlo Esposito as the formidable Moff Gideon.