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 in “The Mandalorian’s” evolution would be Dave Filoni, who executive produced the animated series and has joined Jon Favreau in shepherding along this first live-action TV show.
, wrote and directed the episode titled “The Jedi,” which brought one of the most popular
” 文字, Ahsoka Tano
, into the live-action realm
, played by Rosario Dawson
Ahsoka’s appearance — which prompted another rapturous wrinkle in the Force — is one of several ties to the animated shows.
In addition to Ahsoka — who had served as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan before his fall to the dark side — the 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 from “Rebels.”
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 original “A 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 elsewhere — including live-action TV and even movies — seems especially ripe with possibilities, with wide gaps that could be filled in those timelines.
, 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 Story
” yielded disappointing box-office results
, Lucasfilm dialed back its theatrical ambitions
何 “マンダロリアン” has demonstrated — by plunging into “Clone Wars” そして “反乱軍,” and now the original trilogy — is 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.