The Mandalorian Spaghetti-Space-Western
The Mandalorian Spaghetti-Space-Western. My wife and I signed up for one month of Disney+ to first watch the Star Wars Lego Christmas Special. It was for the younger crowd to say the least. We decided to see why The Mandalorian is so popular.
Jon Favreau writer and director
Jon Favreau directed the Iron Man films while also acting as tony Stark’s head of security Happy Hogan. He is the creator, writer and producer of The Mandalorian. If you find yourself laughing at the antics of baby yoda or the situations in the show Jon Favreau is the reason.
Channeling Clint Eastwood
Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian, is really Clint Eastwood’s character from his days in spaghetti westerns. Imagine Pedro Pascal wearing western clothes riding a horse instead of a speeder. In episode 10 when the mandalorian slows his speeder to slowly ride into the one horse town the parallels are not only striking but humorous. In some episodes including #10, Pascal not only sounds like Eastwood but has the same vocal cadence. All The Mandalorian needs is a cigar to complete the character.
The Child aka Baby Yoda
Okay. the Mandalorian needs a plot device to move the story along. The child is that device. It could have been anything from jewels, gold or even a dog but the genius is the child has a will of its own. Lets not forget that the child has telekinesis abilities. Now we have a reason for the Mandalorian to travel from planet to planet. He is now responsible for return the child to his own kind while looking for his brother mandalorians.
Let’s see where the show goes
Shows like the Mandalorian are not new. From the early days of television having the protagonist travel from place to place has been a signature element. This is especially true in science fiction. Think of Star Trek among many others. The Mandalorian will have to change to survive more than a few seasons. In the meantime watching baby yoda is worth the price of admission at least for now.