Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda Twist brings the forgotten Star Wars story to Canon

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WARNING: spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 4 “Chapter 12: The Siege”.

The Empire’s possible plan to use Baby Yoda’s blood to form an army of soldiers The Mandalorian signals that one of the coolest stories in Star Wars Legends could be adapted for official canon. The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 4 “Chapter 12: The Siege” revealed that the blood drawn from The Child in Season 1 was used (unsuccessfully) to imbue the host bodies with Force powers, and the final scene showed that Moff Gideon had a raft of black, Dark Vader-esque Soldier Armor.

These twists and turns sparked much speculation, perhaps more immediately the possibility of links to Snoke’s creation or Palpatine’s return to the flesh in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It certainly satisfies a wider tradition, although it would go against the old school and more self-contained styles. The Mandalorian was built. Indeed, taking the evidence at face value, the story is less about the sequel trilogy and more about a throwback to a centuries-old sci-fi trope previously seen in the expanded Star Wars universe.

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From the very beginning, The Mandalorian rejoiced in turning forgotten aspects of what is now known as Star Wars Legends into official Disney canon, starting from the fundamentals of Mandalorian culture (which defy the canon version of The clone wars) to hide special vacation details. But the latest twist goes further and suggests that what might be the overall plot of the series was first seen in the Star Wars video games released nearly two decades ago.

Dark Jedi Reborn & Shadowtroopers expliqués

Reborn et Shadowtroopers de Star Wars Jedi Knight 2 Jedi Outcast

Released between 1995 and 2003, the Force obscure/Jedi knight The games told the story of Kyle Katarn, a ferryman-turned-Jedi who scuttled the Empire / Imperial Remnant in the context of the original trilogy and in the New Republic. Kyle was the archetypal character of the Expanded Universe, a mixture of Luke-Han with unexpected lore ties that made him nearly impossible to work in the new canon; he stole the Death Star blueprints and trained at Luke’s Jedi Temple on Yavin IV, two plot points totally altered by Rogue One and Star Wars: The Last Jedi respectively.

A recurring threat to Kyle across the games was the Imperial Super Soldier programs. In Forces obscures, the main plot was about the Dark Troopers robots (a stormtrooper precursor to the Battle Droids of the prequel trilogy and later used as a playable character in the Battlefront series). In his suite, subtitled Jedi knight, he was to prevent the Dark Jedi Jerric from taking control of the Valley of the Jedi, the site of the Sith’s apparent destruction 1,000 years before A new hope. It all came together Jedi Chevalier II: Jedi Paria, who saw another Dark Jedi, Desaan, grant Force powers to his followers using the Valley, first creating the Masked Reborn, and then, with an enhanced Lightsaber Resistant Cortose armor, Shadowtroopers.

The idea of ​​the story is basically designed around being in a video game. Reborn features a basic enemy with lightsabers and Force powers, and Shadowtroopers serve as their evolution to higher health levels. This is clearly seen in the way their existence is almost tangential to Kyle’s personal mission against Desaan (although the final entry Jedi Academy would go into Reborn Morality in more detail). Nonetheless, the whole idea presented an interesting lens on how the rest of the Imperialists struggled with their loss of military might and returned to the Dark Force.

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While some aspects of this story have been made canon, primarily the conception of the Shadowtroopers in the New Era Battlefront‘s Shadow Troopers et Rogue OneDeathtroopers, the concept of a Force army is definitely absent.

Baby Yoda’s blood and Moff Gideon’s own Shadowtrooper project

Moff Gideon and new armor in The Mandalorian

Returning to the new Star Wars canon, there are a lot of parallels between Paria JediReborn and Moff Gideon’s plan in The Mandalorian. The host subjects of the Navarro Lab were injected with small amounts of Baby Yoda’s blood, with the inferred purpose of giving them some of his abilities: although this is only mentioned by the phrase ” M Account“It appears that The Child has a high midi-chlorian count, indicating greater Force power. Paired with Gideon’s racks from Dark Troopers which despite the name appear to be armor, the suggestion is strong that he forms an army of Force users. It looks, at least in broad outline, like the canonization of a Jedi knight story.

Of course, there are accolades that speak to both the style of the show and the big picture. On the one hand, the method is different; instead of a mystical Force energy ceremony in an ancient battlefield, this is a more scientific experiment. But it’s really up to The Mandalorianadvantage of. Although the Force is baked in the premise by Baby Yoda, the Disney + series is based on a Western / samurai riff, at least compared to the larger and mystical Skywalker saga, so keeping the magical side realistic (and straight on The Child) is a strong advantage.

There’s also the matter of armor, something that has been a repeated topic of conversation throughout. The Mandalorian. While the stormtrooper’s armor is fragile and barely effective (a tongue-in-cheek joke at the expense of the original trilogy), Din Djarin and his credo have blaster-proof Beskar. It’s likely that any Dark Trooper armor would come with the same potency. Cortosis is less essential given the reduced presence of lightsabers in The Mandalorian (pending Ahsoka Tano’s debut in future episodes), but an artificial Beskar certainly has its advantages.

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All these distinctions would establish a dark symbiosis of The MandalorianThe main conflicts in an adaptation of the Reborn idea. Din’s foster ancestors fought masked wizards in the Jedi, and were later almost wiped out by Gideon and the Empire in the Purge. Now he will fight Imperial soldiers who use Jedi powers and potentially have Mando level armor.

If Jon Favreau and The Mandalorian the team actively draws Jedi knight games or have landed on the story independently is not clear. The idea of ​​an artificially created Force army is surprisingly untapped in both Star Wars Legends and Disney’s new canon, despite the concept’s prevalence in other media (more recently in The boys, where Giancarlo Esposito supervised another insemination plot). It now appears to be simply the result of creative inevitability (akin to how Legends and Canon turn Han Solo’s child to the dark side), but it still pays homage to a classic piece of Star wars media. It’s just a shame that Kyle Katarn, once again, couldn’t come and take the tour.

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