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Synopsis: The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Reaction: Moody and atmospheric. Made with love for the franchise, though that doesn't exactly mean I'm particularly happy with all of the choices they make.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Guest Cast
Adam Pally => Bike Scout Trooper #2 (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Brent Wilkinson => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Chris Elguera => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Kevin Fox => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Mark Edwards => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Michael Bender => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Ricky Alpi => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Tommy Dearth => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Tony Beetsma => Stormtrooper (Chapter 7: The Reckoning)
Asif Ali => Caben (Chapter 4: Sanctuary)
Eugene Cordero => Stoke (Chapter 4: Sanctuary)
Julia Jones => Omera (Chapter 4: Sanctuary)
Sala Baker => Klatooinian Raider Captain (Chapter 4: Sanctuary)
Bill Burr => Mayfeld (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Clancy Brown => Burg (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Dave Filoni => Trapper Wolf (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Jamal Antar => Prisoner (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Mark Boone Junior => Ranzar Malk (as Mark Boone Jr.) (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Natalia Tena => Xi'an (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Richard Ayoade => Zero (voice) (Chapter 6: The Prisoner)
Brendan Wayne => Mandalorian Warrior (Chapter 8: Redemption)
Jason Sudeikis => Bike Scout Trooper #1 (Chapter 8: Redemption)
Brian Posehn => Speeder Pilot (Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
Dominic Pace => Bounty Hunter Gekko (Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
Horatio Sanz => Mythrol (Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
Tait Fletcher => Alpha Trawler (Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)
Dee Bradley Baker => Frog Lady (voice) (Chapter 10: The Passenger)
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee => Captain Carson Teva (Chapter 10: The Passenger)
Dennis Keiffer => Bodyguard (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. => Twi'lek Doorman (as Isaac C. Singleton) (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
John Leguizamo => Gor Koresh (voice) (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
Miguel A. Lopez => Tusken Raider #1 (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
Timothy Olyphant => Cobb Vanth (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
W. Earl Brown => Weequay Proprietor (Chapter 9: The Marshal)
Freedom Bridgewater => Performance Artist #1.3 (Chapter 3: The Sin)
Jon Favreau => Paz Vizsla (voice) (Chapter 3: The Sin)
Katee Sackhoff => Bo-Katan Kryze (Chapter 11: The Heiress)
Kevin Dorff => Deck Officer (Chapter 11: The Heiress)
Sasha Banks => Koska Reeves (as Mercedes Varnado) (Chapter 11: The Heiress)
Simon Kassianides => Axe Woves (Chapter 11: The Heiress)
Titus Welliver => Imperial Captain (Chapter 11: The Heiress)
Mark Hamill => EV-9D9 (voice) (Chapter 5: The Gunslinger)
Steve Blum => Spaceport Operator (as Steve Jay Blum) (voice) (Chapter 5: The Gunslinger)
Matthew Wood => Bib Fortuna (Chapter 16: The Rescue)
Max Lloyd-Jones => Double for Jedi (as Max Lloyd Jones) (Chapter 16: The Rescue)
Michael Biehn => Lang (Chapter 13: The Jedi)
Rosario Dawson => Ahsoka Tano (Chapter 13: The Jedi)
Richard Brake => Valin Hess (Chapter 15: The Believer)
Bryce Dallas Howard => Director
Carl Weathers => Director / Greef Karga
Dave Filoni => Director / Writer
Deborah Chow => Director
Jon Favreau => Director / Writer / Creator
Peyton Reed => Director
Rick Famuyiwa => Director / Writer
Robert Rodriguez => Director
Taika Waititi => Director / IG-11 (voice)
Christopher L. Yost => Writer
Aidan Bertola => Young Mandalorian (uncredited)
Alexandra Manea => Mother (uncredited)
Amy Sedaris => Peli Motto
Bernard Bullen => Father (uncredited)
Chris Bartlett => Ferryman (as Christopher Bartlett)
Emily Swallow => Armorer
Gabriel Ebert => Gunnery Officer
Giancarlo Esposito => Moff Gideon
Gina Carano => Cara Dune
Katy M. O'Brian => Comms Officer (as Katy O'Brian)
Kyle Pacek => Jawa (uncredited)
Ming-Na Wen => Fennec Shand
Misty Rosas => Kuiil Performance Artist
Nick Nolte => Kuiil (voice)
Omid Abtahi => Dr. Pershing
Pedro Pascal => The Mandalorian
Rio Hackford => IG-11 Performance Artist
Temuera Morrison => Cloaked Figure
Werner Herzog => The Client

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> Max Lloyd-Jones portrayed Luke Skywalker on set and Mark Hamill's face and voice were edited in later.
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> Final appearance for Gina Carano, who was fired from the show in February 2021 following social media post controversy.
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> Aired the day after Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), died.
  • Chapter 13: The Jedi -> Michael Biehn, who plays Lang in this episode, carries a pump action rifle similar to the one his character Hicks from Aliens (1986) used; he keeps it around for close encounters.
  • Chapter 14: The Tragedy -> When Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) watches Grogu pummeling the Stormtroopers with amazement and zero concern for his underlings, it is highly reminiscent of Matthew Modine in [Stranger Things]: {Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly (2016)} after Millie Bobby Brown kills the two guards; he is only interested in her abilities, not the well-being of his employees.
  • Chapter 9: The Marshal -> Timothy Olyphant was considered for the title role in Iron Man (2008), which was directed by Jon Favreau, the creator of this series.
  • Chapter 12: The Siege -> The cookies eaten by The Child were actually edible. According to Jon Favreau, they tasted like blue raspberry.
  • Chapter 8: Redemption -> The Mandalorian's real name is revealed to be Din Djarin. Pedro Pascal accidentally revealed the Mandalorian's name in an interview released on the same day as ["Chapter 1,"] although his name was misspelled as "Dyn Jarren."
  • Chapter 7: The Reckoning -> The production needed extra Stormtrooper uniforms for this installment, and Dave Filoni decided to ask members of the fan costume group the 501st to participate. According to Filoni, now they can boast that all of their home-made uniforms are also screen-used props.
  • Chapter 5: The Gunslinger -> Cameo - Mark Hamill: As revealed in Disney Gallery: {The Mandalorian (2020)}, Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original saga, does the uncredited voice of EV-9D9, the bartender droid at the cantina.
  • Chapter 5: The Gunslinger -> Banthas are always present where Tusken Raiders are; some Expanded Universe writers established that owning a bantha is a rite of passage for the young, after which the creature becomes a central part of a family group.
  • Chapter 5: The Gunslinger -> Amy Sedaris, who worked with Jon Favreau on Elf (2003), delivers the same line, "Look at you!", to both Buddy the Elf and The Child.
  • Chapter 4: Sanctuary -> Bryce Dallas Howard discussed The Child (which she refers to as "Baby") in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She reveals that her children, aged 6 and 11, were on the set with her, and she spent a year reminding them they couldn't discuss baby at school. Once the series started and the beans were spilled ... "Everyone is super pissed that there's no merch....but I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling." Elsewhere, Howard says that she had a lot of freedom to direct how the puppet moved, praising the effects team that created it and showrunner Jon Favreau for how everything is set up. "The Legacy operators said that each director would have a different way of directing Baby, and for me, what they would do is they would just look at me the whole time because I was just pulling faces. They were like, 'We would just copy the faces that you were making, Bryce.' I was obsessed with Baby and Baby's internal journey."
  • Chapter 3: The Sin -> Paz Vizsla calls the Mandalorian a coward. This is one of the worst insults in the Mandalorian language, "Mando'a", where one would say "hut'uun" (pronounced hoo-toon).
  • Chapter 4: Sanctuary -> Due to prior commitments, Pedro Pascal does not appear on screen as The Mandalorian at all in this episode, save for his voice; his double wore the costume for all scenes.
  • Chapter 2: The Child -> The Jawas' eyes on the planet Arvala-7 glow red rather than yellow as they do on Tatooine.
  • Chapter 2: The Child -> The Trandoshan aliens look different than they did in previous Star Wars stories (such as Bossk in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)) because the character mask had to be adapted to be worn by stunts actors. This is why the eyes are lined up with human eyes, the heads are slightly smaller and they lack the more pronounced lizard's snout.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> Contains one of the first canon references to Life Day, which was introduced in the Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> In Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Practical (2020), Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni reveal that in the shot when the Mandalorian first spots two Blurrgs through his scope, the creatures are animated by stop motion instead of computer generated, just like they were in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). The animation for this shot was done by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> Live-action directorial debut of Dave Filoni.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> Baby Yoda was achieved through puppetry. But in case it didn't look convincing, the crew shot takes without the puppet, with the intention to create a CGI version of it in post-production. When Werner Herzog (The Client) found out about this, he went to the crew, saying "You are cowards! Leave it!", and the puppet was left in. According to Herzog, the scenes with the puppet looked "heartbreakingly beautiful". Throughout the series, animatronics are used to give a more authentic performance. However, there are exceptions. For example, it's CGI when The Child chases and eats the frog creature.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> The Ugnaught mentions a Mythosaur. The Mandalorian symbol seen decorating their headquarters is based on the skull of this fabled beast.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> The Mandalorian using his phase-pulse blaster on a sea monster is a reference to the animated sequence which introduced Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), when Fett used his lance to spur on a sea creature.
  • Chapter 1: The Mandalorian -> The Blurrg creature first appeared on screen in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). They were based on unused concept art by Phil Tippett originally developed for the Tauntauns from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Blurrgs were seen again on the planet Ryloth in [The Clone Wars] episode Star Wars: [The Clone Wars]: {Liberty on Ryloth (2009)} and the [Rebels] episode Star Wars [Rebels]: {Hera's Heroes (2016)}.
  • Set approximately five years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and twenty-five before Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • The term "Baby Yoda" isn't accurate as the child isn't an infant version of the Jedi Master Yoda. However, the name of Yoda's species remains unknown in the Star Wars universe.
  • Daisy Ridley's face was used for conceptual artworks of the character Cara Dune.
  • Nick Nolte, who plays Kuiil, auditioned for Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • It was Donald Glover who inspired Jon Favreau to keep Baby Yoda a secret until the "Mandalorian" pilot episode debuted on Disney+. During filming of the live action remake The Lion King (2019), Glover (who voiced Simba in the movie) told Favreau that audiences liked surprises. "We were talking about music and pop culture, and he was saying that what people really like now is to be surprised, because it doesn't happen that much" Favreau said. "When [Beyoncé Knowles] did an album, she would just put it online and everybody would react to it. Just putting it out there spurred a conversation that would become more viral and bring more genuine attention than any marketing."
  • This series makes use of Stagecraft, a technology created by ILM, which is able to project virtual environments around the actors. According to Kathleen Kennedy, one day a Disney executive visited the set and, after taking a look around, turned to Jon Favreau and said "Jon, I thought you weren't going to build anything". What the executive didn't know was that she was actually standing within a virtual set.
  • Gina Carano initially believed that she would be playing the role of a female Wookiee, and was surprised that her face would be seen within the series.
  • The Mandalorian's phase-pulse blaster is based on Boba Fett's rifle from The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).
  • Although he signed on for mainly financial reasons, before coming on the set Werner Herzog had never seen a Star Wars movie. Werner Herzog, who plays the Client, went on to praise the show's world building and practical effects, saying "it's cinema at its best".
  • According to Dave Filoni, there was one scene that required a large number of stormtroopers, but they didn't have enough costumes. He ended up drafting members of the 501st Legion fanclub, who specialize in making their own Storm/Clone trooper cosplays.
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> Bib Fortuna, the former majordomo of Jabba the Hutt who appears in the post-credits scene, is seen holding the staff which came with his 1983 Kenner action figure, but was never actually seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> First live-action appearance of Luke Skywalker on TV since [The Muppet Show]: [The Stars of Star Wars (1980)].
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> First Star Wars project with a post-credits scene.
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue -> Katee Sackhoff was told that a Jedi would appear in the finale, but in order to keep Mark Hamill's appearance secret, she was told that it would be Plo Koon, not Luke Skywalker.