'The Mandalorian' keeps making major links to the past 'Star Wars' galaxy

The following contains spoilers about the second season ofThe Mandalorian.

“マンダロリアン” continues to draw upon all the tools in the “スターウォーズ” アーセナル, making major connections to earlier chapters in the greater galaxy. 過程の中で, it has deepened its appeal to hardcore fans, with the appearance of two significant figures in the latest episodes linking the show back to the original trilogy and the animated series.

Having already teased his return in the season premiere, Temuera Morrison formalized his role as the bounty hunter Boba Fettthe original wearer of that iconic armorin an action-packed episode that premiered Dec. 4.
That comes amid a season that has already seen the Disney+ series circle back to the animated series “スターウォーズ: The Clone Wars そして Star Wars Rebels,” reflecting savvy use of existing mythology as the show builds upon its own.
During the decade between the second and third “スターウォーズ” trilogiesthe gap from “シスの復讐” に “The Force Awakens” — animated TV shows carried the banner for Lucasfilm. With the movies again at a crossroads, the new live-action standard-bearer has exhibited an uncanny knack for tapping into the fan base’s passions.
    As the previous episode underscored, animation has long been an unsung hero of the “スターウォーズ” フランチャイズ, both in terms of keeping the brand alive and planting seeds to help cultivate its present and future.
    With the latest chapter, the show reached even deeper into “スターウォーズ” lore, offering the kind of dazzling action sequence involving Boba Fett that frankly eclipses anything the character (or his father, Jango) did in the previous movies.
    One key ingredient inThe Mandalorian’sevolution would be Dave Filoni, who executive produced the animated series and has joined Jon Favreau in shepherding along this first live-action TV show.
    Ahsoka Tano in the animated 'スターウォーズ: The Clone Wars.'

    Filoni, notably, wrote and directed the episode titled The Jedi,” which brought one of the most popularClone Wars” 文字, Ahsoka Tano, into the live-action realm, played by Rosario Dawson.
    Ahsoka’s appearancewhich prompted another rapturous wrinkle in the Forceis one of several ties to the animated shows.
    In addition to Ahsokawho had served as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan before his fall to the dark sidethe new season introduced Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, reprising a Mandalorian warrior she voiced on those animated programs. Ahsoka also referenced seeking Grand Admiral Thrawn, a blue-faced bad guy fromRebels.
    All this might sound arcane to those who never tuned into the series, which primarily played on children’s cable networks. “Clone Wars” 初演 2008 on Cartoon Network, later playing on Netflix, and recently finishing its run on Disney+. “反乱軍,” set five years before the originalA New Hope,” aired on Disney XD, an adjunct of Disney Channel.
    The live-action series has nevertheless highlighted how those smaller platforms can and have been used to sustain the “スターウォーズ” ブランド.
    With Ahsoka’s debut, and now Boba Fett, the notion of seeing such figures crop up elsewhereincluding live-action TV and even moviesseems especially ripe with possibilities, with wide gaps that could be filled in those timelines.
    Nor, it should be noted, has the commitment to animation ceased, とともに “Clone Wars” 振り落とす, “スターウォーズ: 悪いバッチ,” scheduled to hit Disney+ next year.
      Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio has made clear that the “スターウォーズ” galaxy is vast enough to explore across a variety of fronts. But when the prequel “ソロ: A Star Wars Storyyielded disappointing box-office results, Lucasfilm dialed back its theatrical ambitions.
      何 “マンダロリアン” has demonstratedby plunging intoClone Wars” そして “反乱軍,” and now the original trilogyis that the appetite for more “スターウォーズ” is out there. And if the goal is keep stoking those embers, これは, 確かに, the way.

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