To build hype for the arrival of Disney+, Lucasfilm released the first trailer for The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. The trailer didn’t reveal much about the story, but there was plenty of great looking footage on display to get Star Wars fans excited for the show. Created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal as the title character, the story takes place after Return of the Jedi.
There’s no question about it. The trailer for The Mandalorian looks kick-ass. If you haven’t’ seen the trailer, here it is:
But as we know, Disney Star Wars is woke, which of course means that Disney Star Wars Is Dumb. We’ve all seen kick-ass trailers before, only to be disappointed.
So I am very skeptical of anything being produced by Disney in the foreseeable future. Others are as well. General Friendliness from kiwifarms.net had this to say about The Mandalorian:
It would be interesting setting-wise and the first leaked trailer was mostly just showing off OT and EU stuff (per Filoni’s suggestion, as he did the same with Resistance) along with the Empire and classic aliens, specifically Devaronians, Twi’leks, Jawas and Dewbacks. But none of this is permanent or a sign of improvement. The show info I’ve posted before already revealed that it will initially start off as OT-based but will eventually move away from familiarity to focus solely on sequel lore and the trashy First Order, with it already being confirmed that TLJ aliens will be recycled for the show. Also of note is that this show was originally the Boba Fett movie project before being converted into a TV series and having Fett completely cut out and replaced with a donut steal. Which just raises the question as to why they didn’t just use Boba Fett, but then again it probably has to do with the George Lucas royalties things again. And even if normies finally get an explanation about the First Order, it doesn’t change their totally lame future and what a fucking worthless chode Snoke is. The future is still the same lame horse shit. At least with the prequels at their worst, you were confident in knowing that their future was an interesting one full of more beloved characters.
But hey, after 7 years and 4 movies, they finally release something that explains just what the hell is going on in their new trilogy which isn’t a book series that no one is going to watch.
Technically it is taken from the books due to that Jon Favreau is a supporter of Chuck Wendig (and his books) and will be using them as a basis for the Empire’s return as the FO. Even the main character is hinted to be (or be related to) the Mandalorian character that Chuck Wendig created who acquired what is thought to be Boba Fett’s helmet.
Now, readers will have to decide for themselves how reliable a source General Friendliness is. But I went ahead and did my own digging. What I found, wasn’t pretty.
First, this comes from Amanda Ward of MakingStarWars.net from October 2018:
The Mandalorian producer and writer Jon Favreau has taken to Instagram again to share a cool image from the live-action series which is now filming. The image Favreau shared looks a lot like the piece of equipment carried by none other than Willrow Hood, the man seen escaping Cloud City during The Empire Strikes Back with what turned out to be an ice cream maker.
What might also be likely is that the post by Favreau is a subtle way of showing solidarity with Star Wars writer Chuck Wendig who was fired today from Marvel Star Wars comics for his outspoken liberal views online. The character of Willrow Hood was set to appear in Wendig’s upcoming Marvel comic Star Wars: Shadow of Vader which Wendig is now no longer attached to. It’s difficult to say if the prop shared by Favreau will have any real significance to the series, but it definitely tells us that Favreau knows some very deep cut fan favorites.
Readers can think of the Wards any way they wish, but they have been known to be remarkably accurate with their inside info. So maybe Favreau is a supporter of Wendig and was posting in solidarity with him. Still, this seems like it could be conjecture.
But we know that the time period of The Mandalorian is set roughly 8 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. From Polygon in May of 2018:
The 30-year period between original and sequel trilogies is one that’s ripe for new material, especially after Lucasfilm decided to render the pre-Disney works non-canon back in 2014. Beginning in 1991 with Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, the Expanded Universe continued the post-Return of the Jedi era with an extensive series of novels and comics. That period has slowly been replaced with a new series of works, such as Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy (set a year after Return of the Jedi) and Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma (set 26 years after Return of the Jedi).
Reading Favreau’s description of The Mandalorian, I immediately thought of Cobb Vanth. Most of you will probably be inserting your “WHO?” meme gifs here, and I can’t blame you as you would only know that name if you’ve read Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath books. A trilogy of novels that was the first official material set to fill in the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Wendig’s novels are, simply put, not the best read. The most intriguing aspects of them actually happen in between the main story following a ragtag Rebel strike force, as Wendig introduced these random interludes that just touch briefly on some minor characters or situations throughout the galaxy.
That’s right. From Screenrant back in October 2018:
Cobb Vanth has already been introduced into the Star Wars canon in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, and it sounds a lot like he’s about to star in his own show.
So if you hear the name Cobb Vanth, you’ll know it’s a Wendig creation. ThatHashTag Show describes Cobb Vanth as:
You could describe Vanth as a frontier lawman, one who just happens to don Mandalorian armor. Cobb Vanth tries to bring law and order to Freetown, a town found on the sandy, Outer Rim planet of Tatooine. Tatooine just happens to be one of the rumored “outer reaches of the galaxy” locations for the new series. It makes one wonder if Cobb Vanth is the character’s true Mandalorian identity.
In Aftermath, a former slave named Cobb Vanth acquires a chest of Mandalorian armor — described as “pocked and pitted and streaked with scars” — from a group of Jawas on Tatooine. The armor sounds like it matches that worn by famed Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, last seen being digested by a Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, wouldn’t you say?
In the following two books, Vanth, wearing the Mandalorian armor and using a carbine rifle (the same weapon made famous by Boba Fett) helps defend a settlement on Tatooine called Freetown from a crime syndicate, styling himself a self-appointed lawman. Tatooine is located in the Outer Rim, which is definitely “in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” So as you can see, there’s a strong case to be made for Favreau telling Cobb Vanth’s story in his show.
And here’s some curious timing. Chuck Wendig was let go from Marvel in October 2018. The first Mandalorian image was released in October 2018.
Like a fecal phoenix, Chuck Wendig may rise from his intestinal bondage.
And if that’s not enough to dissuade you from watching this inevitably woke drek, be sure to head over to this post and this post to read about the star of The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal, and his insane Wendig-esque political rants.
Mecha Random comments:
Ethan Van Sciver comments:
Stay tuned! If the character is named “Cobb Vanth,” then lower those expectations all the way to “failure”.
Originally published here.