The Mandalorian, only one season and one episode, already stands out as one of the great stories of the Star Wars universe because it is a show that pays homage without rewiring the mythology. Unlike, for example, a trilogy-capper that attempts to connect every dot of the suffocating Skywalker saga for twist value, the Disney Plus series, created by Jon Favreau, reverses the excitement of the original trilogy by lifting the confines of the canon – from alien races to the quirks of weird lore – and tip a hat at, however wacky times, that have become iconic in fan circles. George Lucas once said of his prequel Star Wars trilogy, “You see the echo of where it’s all going to go. It’s like poetry. They rhyme. The Mandalorian does the same for each generation of Star Wars stories.
While each episode of The Mandalorian is backed by his own propulsive action, Favreau throws catnip in every scene for the fans. Here are some of the Easter eggs, cameos, references, and dizzying moments that have been a part of Season 2 Episode 1, “The Marshal.”
Be Constable Zuvio
Constable Zuvio was an alien created to the force awakens that Lucasfilm introduced in the first wave of toys for the film. But here’s the twist: Zuvio was cut entirely from the finished JJ Abrams movie! Although rumors have arisen that fans might catch a glimpse of the Kyuzo during Rey’s first sight, the Lords of Lucasfilm history debunked the cameo, suggesting the character never made it to the screen.
Zuvio’s shitposty legacy lives on The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere. As the Gamorrean combat began, we turned to a spectator wearing the incredible armor of a militiaman from the Niima Outpost. A mask hides the alien’s face, but we choose to believe it’s Zuvio’s moment, for Zuvio’s sake.
He’s an alien by John Leguizamo
The Abyssinian double-crossbreed that really shouldn’t have played with Mando was voiced by none other than John Leguizamo, famous for his roles in the Super Mario Bros. film, John Wick, and To Wong Foo, thanks for everything, Julie Newmar. Leguizamo’s fleeting cameo as Gor Koresh is yet another name to add to the list of fun people who make Mandalorien Apparitions include the likes of Taika Waititi, Horatio Sanz, Jason Sudeikis, Brian Posehn, Bill Burr, Adam Pally, Amy Sedaris, Richard Ayoade and Werner Herzog.
Incidentally, Leguizamo’s character mentions Gotra, likely a reference to Droid Gotra, the aggrieved army of droids from the Clone Wars era who fought for droid rights and served as muscle for the Crymorah crime syndicate.
The return of R5
Astromech droid R5-D4 still hits him on Tatooine, now employed by Amy Sedaris’ Peli Motto. The unwanted droid with a bad motivator – Favreau dwells on his brand of explosion, so it’s 100% clear what famous R5 unit we’re looking at – apparently now serves as Motto’s dedicated holomap projector. That’s an inuspicious fate for the droid, who made the briefest cameo appearance in Season 1’s “The Gunslinger”. Remember, R5 is a hero of the Rebellion; it didn’t just go wrong Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but risked his own life to help R2-D2 complete his mission, according to the anthology of the new Star Wars, From a certain point of view.
All the character of Timothy Olyphant
Olyphant brings Cobb Vanth to life The Mandalorian, but this is not the character’s first appearance in the Star Wars universe. It actually comes from Chuck Wendig’s book Star Wars: Aftermath, which tells the story of what happened immediately after the fall of the Empire. The book more or less tells the story that we see in this episode’s flashback about Vanth’s time at Mos Pelgo. While references to a book character are certainly appreciated by some die-hard Star Wars fans, it’s Vanth’s armor that’s likely to grab most people’s attention.
Vanth wears armor found by “some Jawas” on Tatooine, which also happens to be the armor of Boba Fett, one of Star Wars’ most famous bounty hunters. Fett’s trademark armor was last seen in the series vanishing into Tatooine’s Sarlacc Pit with Fett still inside at the start of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. However, we get a mention of the pit in this episode, and apparently there’s no Sarlacc left at all. Although Mando suggests that it could have been the work of the dragon Krayt, it’s possible that everyone’s favorite Fett killed the monster himself to survive his Return of the Jedi fall. One thing that doesn’t explain is why he’s missing his armor now.
A bartender worthy of Deadwood
Olyphant isn’t the only “The Marshal” cast member with Western credibility. Under the makeup of the owner of Mos Pego’s Weequay canteen is actor W. Earl Brown, who is best known for playing Dan Dority on Dead wood. Dan, of course, was the bartender at Al Swearengen’s Gem Saloon and a key player in the campaign against George Hearst – led by Seth Bullock of Olyphant. Yee-haw!
Anakin’s podracer finds new life
Does podracing still exist in the post-Empire world? All signs point to withdrawal from the deadly racing sport. The Mandalorian suggests times have been tough enough for Tatooine since the Emperor and Darth Vader took over the galaxy that most parts of podracing have been cannibalized for other purposes.
In “The Marshal” we see Cobb Vanth on a speeder bike made from a podracer engine. But they don’t look like any spare: the yellow air scoops, the red shield protecting the combustion chamber, the circular compressor – he appears to be Anakin Skywalker’s old pilot, as seen in his fateful run against Sebulba in The phantom menace.
A takeoff worthy of the failure of Boba Fett’s jetpack
Cobb obviously sports Boba Fett’s armor in “The Marshal,” but the benchmark of the deep-cutting bounty hunter comes around the 45-minute mark, when Din Djarin and Cobb Vanth hold their ground against the giant dragon Krayt.
The Mandalorian, being a true warrior, has a plan to activate the remaining bantha bombs in the creature’s belly. But in order to do that, he has to get Cobb out of the area – and he doesn’t have time to ask. It therefore takes advantage of the major design flaw in Boba Fett’s jetpack, demonstrated for the first time in Return of the Jedisarlacc pit action sequence, and sends his new buddy flying in the opposite direction of the fight. From the movement Pedro Pascal gives to operate the jetpack to aerial flailing, it’s the perfect tribute to one of Star Wars’ adorable moments.
The pearl of the dragon Krayt
Krayt’s dragons are some of the coolest and least explored creatures in all of Star Wars, at least in the movies. In fact, their only appearance in the movies comes A new hope, when C-3PO wanders near the skeleton of a. Fortunately, this episode gives us a lot of dragon Krayt action.
While The MandalorianAll of Krayt’s dragon fight is fun to watch, the best part is the little moment at the end where the Tuskens find a pearl inside the dragon. In Legacy’s expanded universe of de-canonized books and games, Krayt dragons are known for their extremely valuable pearl, which can sometimes be used in the creation of lightsabers. In fact, there is a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic mission that causes you to detonate a Krayt dragon using a bantha to lure it into explosives. And when you complete the monster, you are rewarded with a shiny pearl.
See the Tuskens quickly search for the pearl and celebrate when they found it, without much fanfare from the other characters, who have likely never seen a dead Krayt dragon and have no idea the pearl’s value. was a really nice little touch.
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