FYI – This post series will discuss many, many, oh so many spoilers of the shows The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. You have been warned.
I honestly don’t remember a time when I didn’t love Star Wars. I was almost 6 and a half years old (first grade!) when I saw the first one in the theater (probably at the long-gone NorthPark 1 and 2 with their delightful earworm of a Feature Presentation Trailer) and never got it out of my head. I wanted the toys, I wanted the comics, my brother and I had the Han Solo pistol from Kenner and the other would have the Storm Trooper blaster rifle and run around the house shooting at each other. I bought the movies on VHS, then DVD, then digital. I’ve seen them all multiple times at this point (I’ve probably seen the original at least 100 times), even the one’s I didn’t love.1I’m looking at you, Rise of Skywalker. I loved watching Clone Wars and Rebels . I even watched 2 episodes of Star Wars Resistance (not so great).
All of this is to say, my fan credentials are solid, bro.
So it was with great interest that the first slate of Star Wars shows were announced several years ago, starting with an original show called The Mandalorian. My interest was piqued: who would the Mandalorian be? What time period in the Star Wars timeline would it take place? Would anybody from the films show up in cameos, or possibly play major roles?2These are all very very important Star Wars questions. Sure, sure, all of the early love was for Baby Yoda, but having loved Boba Fett from a young age (my mom sent off for the action figure that promised, YOU FREAKING PROMISED KENNER, to shoot the rocket out of his backpack) I was stoked. I even subscribed to Disney+ to see it (which is honestly the real reason they’re making these shows, right?)
Long story shorter, I liked The Mandalorian. A lot. A very cool show made by very cool people who just wanted to make something very cool. It did just enough fan service to keep the old guard watching3The ice cream maker/safe, the Dark Saber, Scout Troopers (my favorites)… and built up new stories for new fans that joined in. It was fun and exciting and Din Djarin was a great anti-hero to start off the Star Wars TV Universe.
Fast forward 2 seasons of The Mandalorian. Din Djarin has reunited Grogu (Baby Yoda) with an actual Jedi master that can train him. As you know if you watched the show, that Jedi was the one and only Luke Skywalker, fresh off burning his father’s body on Endor and attempting to start up a new Jedi academy. There is a tearful departing from Din and Grogu, Luke walks away, and we’re left with Din trying to figure out what he’s going to do with the Dark Saber and probably try to not be killed by Bo-Katan. The show made it feel like Din Djarin’s story has come to an end.
But wait…there’s more!
Holy crap, what is this?! Are we now going to follow another Mandalorian? Will the show shift from Djarin to Boba Fett? Mysteries abound!
A year goes by, and The Book of Boba Fett premieres to…not stellar reviews. Maybe the anticipation was too sky high, but for me it all rests on the shoulders of once-cool-but-now-isn’t director, Robert Rodriguez. I loved his El Mariachi, but this was…not El Mariachi. I’m not going to go into too much depth on the show, as I’ll save all of those sins for later, but the video below sums it up well.
But wait, there’s more!
Granted, the Sand People culture and lore made this show for me, but it felt like so much potential that was wasted. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni should have tapped the brakes on this before it was too late. Sadly, they did not.
Which brings us to the latest, Obi-Wan Kenobi.4Serious side note – what is the deal with the very lame basic names for these shows? At least The Book of Boba Fett had an interesting, catchy name. But they’re only going to get worse as more shows are made. Andor. Ahsoka. Can’t anybody think of something more creative to call these? Coaxing Ewen McGregor back was a great idea and I felt that the show did it’s best to stand on its own, unlike TBOBF,5The Book of Boba Fett. which was just The Mandalorian, Part 2.
All of this leads me to thinking about these shows and I’ve been wondering where we’re going with them. Working with characters that we already know , possibly from their births all the way through to their deaths, has already been discussed and shown on film. Fans know this stuff. We know that Anakin Skywalker was born on Tatooine and died in the second Death Star. Ben Kenobi was tutored by Qui-Gon Jinn and died on the first Death Star. Boba Fett came from Camino and, well…died on Tatooine before he was reborn for TV. What else is there to know? Why keep squeezing more dollars out of these characters that I love? And what problems do these shows create by existing?
So I want to go through each of the shows and break them down up to where they currently are. From The Mandalorian, to Din Djarin appearing in TBOBF to Boba Fett and finally to Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’m probably going to go all longform here, but that’s the breaks.
So, coming soon…