On October 30, 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for a staggering $4.05 billion with half in cash and half in shares of Disney stock. Nearly simultaneously, they announced their plan to release new Star Wars movies, television shows, and merchandise. The world rejoiced the revival of the ten-year-old franchise, and many, myself included, could not wait to watch the new trilogy and media. I can't help but think of the phrase "ignorance is bliss" when reflecting on those times. After a lackluster and rather disappointing trilogy of movies, the prequels have never looked so good. Despite direction from the legendary J.J. Abrams, the films felt like misguided, reskinned versions of the original movies. The story and characters felt one-dimensional, and the plot armor was so thick that even the Death Star couldn't make a scratch. Many have already given up on Disney, calling for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rise of the Skywalker to be removed from canon. The other movies that were released, Solo and Rogue One, were slightly better, but couldn't save Star Wars from the damage that the other three had done. When discussing the new movies and media, many of my friends and family described them as "good, but not great" and I completely agree. Thus, when a new show called The Mandalorian was released on Disney+, my expectations were lower than ever. Then, Baby Yoda took the world by storm.
The Mandalorian is about a lone Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin, five years after the Emperor's defeat in Return of the Jedi. Along the way, he meets an entity called "The Child" who is part of the same rare force-sensitive species as Master Yoda. It is refreshingly different than the original trilogy and prequels, while still paying homage to its predecessors. The characters are realistic, and Djarin feels like a normal human being. He's not exceptionally powerful and able to bully his way through problems, but is forced to find his own unique way of solving them through sacrifice, skill, and cunning tactics. The obstacles presented feel genuine, and their actions actually have consequences that affect their future. Of course, the show would not have reached its level of fame without everyone's favorite character, Baby Yoda. The adorable green munchkin is something that we didn't know we needed, and we can't seem to get enough of him. Due to the show's setting, we also get to meet some of our favorite characters from the original Star Wars movies, so there is plenty of breathtaking moments created by their presence alone.
Regardless of all this, I still do not believe that this show is amazing. In comparison to George Lucas' work on the series, it actually falls a little short. However, in a time where we desperately needed something to restore our faith in Disney, and the direction it was taking the Star Wars franchise, this show answered our prayers. The second season is out now on Disney+, and as always, I would highly recommend watching it if you have the time! Let me know what you think about the show in the comments below!