Interlude: Okay fine, The Mandalorian rules

Just finished watching chapter 13, The Jedi, aaaannnd … yep. Okay. It rules. I’ve been watching since we got Disney+, but now I’m interested. How does the meme go? You had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.

Star Wars is back on my radar for the first time since Episode VII was announced. Which, just to make it clear, was ten years ago.

Keen readers of the blog, and/or viewers of the show, might be able to hazard a guess as to why I’m excited. It’s not because of Rosario Dawson, although that was fucking flawless casting and great to see.

Squeeeee is it Friday yet? Fuck, this won’t even go anywhere in this season will it? Shit, and I thought Moff Gideon was cool. What’s that about? Misdirection? Character in disguise?

Aaaaaaah! I’m going to plaid here.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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17 Responses to Interlude: Okay fine, The Mandalorian rules

  1. Rosario Dawson! I remember her from a lot of TYT activism videos!

  2. dreameling says:

    Chapter 13 is probably my favorite episode of the show thus far. And, for me, it’s very much because of Ahsoka Tano / Rosario Dawson. The former is one of my favorite SW characters, and the latter played her absolutely beautifully. Flawless casting indeed. Add to that a nice story and fine writing & directing by Dave Filoni and, yeah, you get an excellent episode. Also lightsabers.

    For you, though, it’s clearly T. (Introduced in Rebels and therefore already Disney canon. Sadly, Disney+ only has the first two seasons available in Finland, so I’ve yet to get to the those T episodes.)

    • stchucky says:

      You’re God damned right.

      Will have to watch Rebels and Clone Wars sometime. I started watching Rebels a while ago I think (it was on Netflix?) but stopped half a season in.

      Ahsoka has a very interesting story, I wonder if she’s going to be another throw-away character. Seems like they’re mostly that right now. A friend of mine has a theory that they’re working up to a Seven Samurai thing in keeping with the Western theme, and all these side characters will reunite for the final fight (with Gideon? Making way for the proper villain?) at the end.

      • dreameling says:

        The Seven Samurai thing would be cool. Beyond that, I don’t see the show having the bandwidth or inclination for an Ahsoka side story. It’s about the one Mandalorian, after all. However, I would absolutely welcome an Ahsoka series that continued her story and whatever was left unfinished in Rebels.

  3. I like Dawson quite a bit, but I’ve been really underwhelmed by this season. The fanservice is too much for me, and the incessant need to revisit old places and characters makes it feel so small. But then they go and do something awesome like bring in Amy Sedaris as a cranky mechanic or do the entire fishing village on Mon Calamari Planet and I’m all in again.

    • aaronthepatriot says:

      And now, the main character (sorry I don’t watch) was a Jedi??? Don’t tempt me Frodo!

      Or is that gossip? Hopefully not a spoiler, I’m assuming I can’t spoil anyone who’s actually watching the series, with my news channels’ reportage.

      • stchucky says:

        Haven’t seen the latest episode, but Dawson’s character is a Jedi and Grogu is a … padawan? … and there’s a few Force-sensitive things floating around.

    • stchucky says:

      Yeah, they do walk that line carefully but they go to Tattooine and they bring Boba Fett into it and ehhh, it’s okay. We were watching it and when Boba Fett was pew-pew-pew-ing Mrs. Hatboy goes, “this is why all the fanboys were splooging about this episode, isn’t it,” …but it was still on balance fine.

  4. Beer Rot says:

    i love Starbuck being back in a major scifi show, and I love Rosario Dawson.

    I’m fine with fan service, since I’m a big fat bittervet hater of all things Abrams/Disney canon.. fan service away!

    Really enjoyed that scene between Fett and Katan, hilarious shit.

    • stchucky says:

      For some reason I thought that really really looked like Sackhoff but had read the name somewhere and it wasn’t her. But it was indeed her. Good to see.

      Still haven’t seen the finale but have a good idea who turns up to give all the angry neckbeards a blowjob, yeah. I’m on Twitter.

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