Okay, internet, we need to talk. Was no one going to tell me we have Star Wars back?
I mean, you were all going on and on and on about The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda (or baby whatever-it-is-that-Yoda-is) and so I thought that was the primary attraction to the show. But no. I mean, no shade to Baby Yoda, but there are so many good things going on that someone might have mentioned.
[insert “was anybody going to tell me that… or was I just supposed to find out for myself?” meme guy]
So today I started working at 9 am and didn’t budge from my computer (except for 2 toilet breaks) until 10:30 pm (God bless the husband who delivered food to me) and it wasn’t even for anything creative and fun, and so I finally just snapped and announced I was going to try Disney+ and the new Mandalorian show, which I had a few spoilers about, namely that most of the country is willing to die for Baby Yoda and also he drinks tea. (It’s actually broth, though.)
I guess just no one was going to say anything about:
- the brilliant piece of world-building in the first scene, where an unnamed bystander sets the Mandalorian’s place in this story universe?
- the western-in-space feel? Right down to the gloriously spaghetti soundtrack?
- and with all the jidaigeki borrows, like the original trilogy had? (Lone Wolf and Cub and Seven Samurai are the obvious firsts to mind.)
- the fun homages to Spielberg, like Lucas did?
- the gloriously gritty, used universe of the original trilogy?
- the old-fashioned wipes and transitions like the original trilogy had?
- the gorgeous credits art that would make Ralph McQuarrie proud?
- the brilliant effects, which look juuuuuust slightly retro?
- the absolute lack of Gungans or Midichlorians?
- the Easter eggs for the fans? And all done right, casually seeded for those who will appreciate them, not shoehorned awkwardly into a lampshade (I’m looking at you, Solo)?
No, seriously, the Easter eggs. I squealed with glee when the camtono was set on the desk. (Yes, I had to look up the noun, because I’m only so much a nerd — but I recognized it immediately.)
Anyway, internet, I can’t believe you all just didn’t say anything. I thought we were friends.
And now I guess I have to carve out time for a new fandom.