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(The Mandalorian+Boba) The Way of Mandalore | A Compilation Edit (Workprint Released)

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The Mandalorian gave life to The Book of Boba Fett, but these stories are part of a larger compilation of the lore of the Mandalorian people. What we are being presented here is essentially “The Mandalorian Bible”, with each book/chapter being a tale of the reformation of the clans. Though the show is formatted into telling the stories of Din Djarin and Boba Fett somewhat separately, I am unifying the story into a more chronological compilation and attempting to create the best story possible out of all of the content provided instead of being limited by having to publish different shows/seasons. Though fan-edits have been done to cut whole seasons into a single film, I am not going to limit myself to a trilogy format, as I am simply interested in creating the best narrative possible with all of the content combined. I currently estimate 5 movies worth of content.

Off the top of my head, the 3 main issues I need to fix are:

  1. Trim down the filler content. The Mandalorian has some incredible story moments, but at times it did struggle with the filler episodes hindering the pacing. I am not going to remove entire episodes altogether, but I will be presenting them in a different order than release and cutting major plotlines in these filler episodes. Since I have the added benefit of including Book of Boba content, I will still have plenty to work with to fill in these gaps.
  2. Maintain character consistency. Re-watching Season 1 of the Mandalorian, there are a handful of moments for Din where he appears to deliver lines out of character for the sake of levity. One moment he is a no nonsense, man of few words, hang you upside down to be devoured by bloodthirsty creatures Mandalorian and the next moment he is cracking a wise-guy comment in a 3 second Marvel-esque reaction shot. These moments are few and far between, but when they do occur it really feels off putting. I am not talking about removing his consistent and realistic emotions to make him an emotionless robot, but trimming down the very random sarcasm lines where his tone is obviously different than how his character is presented 99% of the time. When it comes to Boba, I will be attempting to keep him more in line with the Boba Fett of Legends. Decisive, deadly, less confused, less talkative, etc. I understand his experience with the Tuskens affected him deeply, but it is generally agreed that his new portrayal goes over the top in a way that harms his character as a whole. I want to recreate Legends comics Boba Fett. Din and Boba are the “Messiahs” of the Mandalorian people and I want to maintain that larger than life presentation rather than some of the goofy Disney things that sometimes occur.
  3. General story improvements. These are things like preserving Din’s face reveal for the end of Season 2 to keep the weight of the first time he removes his helmet. Reducing a lot of the… weirdness in BoBF regarding the mod gang. Reorganizing scenes to keep tension alive longer etc. I’ll write out the change log as I go through the movies, but there’s a lot of small improvements to make that add up. I have been greatly inspired by the smudger9 trilogy and some of his ideas will be included in my film as I find them to be incredible improvements.

I would love to hear some thoughts from those of you who have ideas. What are some general story improvements you’d like to see?

I am hard at work on this project and moving quickly, so stay tuned and keep checking for updates! I’ll keep my changelog below.


CHAPTER 1 (v3 Released, 2 hours 10 minutes, covers Mandalorian Episodes 1-4, 6)

  • Heavily trimmed the Mandalorian intro on the ice planet Pagodon. I love this cantina opening sequence as an intro to Din, but it drags on far too long with the ice lake monster and the goofiness of the bounty he collects. I have removed a few lines of dialogue that were overly joke-oriented, and now once Din confronts blue-fish-guy, we immediately cut to him being placed in carbonite on the Razorcrest and he flies off to collect his payment.
  • After Din collects his first Beskar square as the down payment, I removed the lines from Herzog’s character to use in the next bounty collection for Grogu.
  • Removed Din learning how to ride the Bluurg in favor of some re-cut shots utilizing the conversation in a different manner to show more proficiency from Din
  • Removed Din saying “Okay…!” after seeing the repeater gun during the battle at the compound (a moment of the out of character levity I mentioned)
  • Removed the entire subplot of the Jawas. Using the idea from Smudger, Din now runs into the Mudhorn accidentally during his travel back to his ship and the fight ensues there. After the battle we cut to him attempting to fix his armor and then he and Grogu continue their journey in the morning.
  • The whole plotline of repairing the scrapped Razorcrest is cut, and Kuiil’s compound scenes are edited accordingly. Also use smudger’s idea of showing Kuiil repairing IG-11 here as well once Din leaves for orbit.
  • Added the previously cut Herzog line into the scene of Din collecting the large Beskar payment
  • Cut talk about the rarity of Whistling Birds as it is strange when the Armorer tells Din how rare they are and to use them sparingly only for him to use them over and over throughout the show
  • Removed some Stormtrooper incompetence in the Imperial compound battle
  • Cut Din being captured and using his Whistling Birds, it’s much more impactful to see them used later on instead of a mere few minutes after installing them. This whole sequence also slows down the pacing too much during this rushed escape.
  • Reordered scenes in Din’s escape from Nevarro to preserve Grief’s survival reveal a bit longer
  • When Din lands on the farm world for refuge, cut his line to Grogu “Stay! Stay! I said stay! OK great!” because of the out of character delivery
  • Heavily trimmed the Din v Gina battle. She was full on faceplanting him into the ground after punching his Beskar armor with her fist… come on now. They absolutely brutalize each other with punches in armor to the face and no one has any visible damage after. It was bad. It now plays out much more quickly to the conclusion without the eye rolling moments.
  • Heavily trimmed the entire stay on this world and all conversations regarding the purpose of Din and Grogu being there. He no longer takes payment to defend the village, no raider battles, no training the villagers etc. He simply goes to the farm to lie low for a couple weeks to lose the heat on him and Grogu.
  • There’s a lot of good character development on this world for Din and Grogu, so I feel that cutting the whole thing is bad. This segment on the world lasts a bit under 20 minutes now and is fully focused on the character development without any focus on defending the the village against raiders. When the bounty hunter finally comes for Grogu here, Din knows he has to move on.
  • After leaving this world, we reorder the episodes and now move onto the episode 6 content instead of going to Tatooine from here. It makes more sense for Din to travel somewhere familiar for refuge and credits after he was exposed on the last world. The third act of this film is now the prison break episode which gives us a connection to the events on Nevarro and some great content with Mando and Grogu. The storyline here connects so much better to Episode 1-3 compared to the Tatooine arc.
  • Trimmed up a bit of the goofiness of the crew here, mostly to do with the Devaronian being an over the top stereotype.
  • I have recut the ending of this episode to conclude with Mando giving Grogu the ball on his ship. A wonderful arc of character development has now taken place in the span of this film.

CHAPTER 2 (v2 Released, 1 hour 52 minutes, covers Book of Boba Episodes 1-4 FLASHBACKS ONLY, and Mandalorian Episode 5)

  • Opens with Book of Boba flashbacks, imagery of the prequels right into Boba waking up in the Sarlaac.
  • Cut Boba hesitating to strike the young Tusken. The reinforcements come in quick enough to interrupt his action instead of him pausing here
  • Cut some of the fight with the Tusken duelist where Boba gets destroyed. It’s understandable for Boba to lose here, but they make him get beat time too many times first. He should lose this battle, but he shouldn’t be absolutely humiliated in doing so.
  • Cut Boba intentionally risking his life to save the Tuskens during the first train attack. Yes, he is starting to vibe with this tribe but he still doesn’t seem to be at a point of willing to die for them yet. I think much of his transformation happens that night while burning the bodies.
  • Cut Boba asking the Chieftain for permission to hunt the raiders. They took Boba’s chains off and welcomed him as a warrior, so it doesn’t seem necessary to do all the weird hand gestures about this scenario. Boba just looks at the bodies and heads off to do it on his own.
  • Reduced some more hand gesture talk and a lot of the goofiness surrounding the speeder bike delivery and training. (No, it’s not “like a bantha” anymore)
  • Removed the crazy parade baton twirl takedown of Boba during the training session before the next train attack
  • Trimmed up some bloated dialogue during the Pyke prisoner scene, as well as the Tusken camp scene that night. Less talking from Boba.
  • Removed everything to do with the lizard going up Boba’s nose… The whole hallucination is caused by that sand now
  • Trimmed some dialogue when Boba presents his tree stick
  • After Boba dances around the fire pit with the Tuskens, we now cut into Din being attacked in space by the bounty hunter, leading to his time on Tatooine
  • Cut out a lot of the strangeness from the Tatooine mechanic lady throughout the entire episode
  • As Din leaves the hanger, I go back to Boba riding into the city to confront the Pykes. We go back and forth between Din and Boba here, as they pass the same landmark seemingly just missing each other.
  • Cut the entire scene of spaceship mechanic discovering Grogu, now it is a surprise when Din goes back and sees her with him
  • Trimmed a couple lines of mechanic weirdness when Din finds her with Grogu
  • We go back and forth through Din and Boba’s perspectives throughout the entire evening and subsequent battle with Fennec. This is presented in a way so the events happen concurrently
  • Moved the scene when Boba looks at Jabba’s palace and the gang for the first time. I can’t find any reasonable way to fit this into the timeline, and it is a random placement that doesn’t appear to have been thought through chronologically when filmed. It makes way more sense where I moved it later on.
  • Re-edited when Fennec shoots Din in the chest so it doesn’t seem like he stands there motionless for so long before she pulls the trigger. Tightened up the response time and put some new effects around it to help the transition
  • Rearranged some shots in the Fennec v Young Bounty Hunter fist fight, for some reason in the release version there are literally back to back action scenes that are in no way connected and it looks awful. Especially when she performs a “takedown” on him, the fight choreography was horrendous and doesn’t match the previous attack at all and I think they were banking on the fact that it is dark and the audience couldn’t tell what’s going on. Well, I noticed, and I fixed it.
  • Cut some cheesy lines about being a LEGEND when Din saves Grogu in the hangar. Also tightened up the kill shot so Din again doesn’t stand motionless for such a long time before pulling the trigger. This is the second scene where this happens, and I get that they want the viewer to fully see what’s going on, but real gun fights like this are quick, chaotic, and you usually can’t tell what actually happened until it’s over. I tried to keep these scenarios as realistic as possible.
  • As Din flies away from Tatooine with Grogu, we go back to Fennec waking up under the care of Boba at the campfire. Cut all of the scenes regarding Boba finding Fennec and the mod parlor due to continuity errors in the chronology of these events [Thanks RogueLeader for the idea]
  • Cut out some of Boba’s lines when he talks to Fennec at the campfire so he doesn’t seem like a moping loser on first impression
  • Added the scene where Boba first scouts Jabba’s palace here so it makes it appear as though they arrive during the day and scout the guard’s movements all day long. Added a transition into night. Cut some dialogue to help make sense of this.
  • Cut Boba’s romantic goodbye to his Bantha. He now dismisses it in a more professional manner.
  • Trimmed some more sad Boba campfire talk
  • Trimmed a good deal of the goofy ratcatcher chase and dialogue
  • Reframed Boba’s personality to be more authoritative in the final campfire talk about building his house.
  • As Boba delivers his final line “You can only get so far without a tribe” we then cut back to Grogu and Din, where Grief offers the job of returning to Nevarro. A perfectly symbolic transition between the two Mandalorians and sets up the next film as well.

CHAPTER 3 (Released, 2 hours 23 minutes, covers Mandalorian Episode 7-11)

  • We open this film with the Razorcrest heading back to the farm world.
  • After landing, I have cut the Gina v Zabrak duel scene for two reasons. One, it felt odd to open the film with her starring in the show when the previous Chapters opened with Din and Boba. Two, the fight is… subpar. The Zabrak barely even tries to win and it appears as an overly “Hey look we have an actual UFC fighter here” demo of Gina’s real life skills rather than a realistic battle of an adult Human female vs an adult Zabrak male. We now cut from the Razorcrest landing to Din walking into the cantina.
  • During Din and Gina’s conversation, the previously unseen Zabrak walks by and drops credits off to Gina and she says “Come back soon,” and then looks to Din and says “I’ve been a lot of things since.” Oddly enough, this now presents to me as though she has been engaging in prostitution for credits in the meantime, which I don’t suppose is a negative thing for her character. Just interesting to note how removing some context has the power to change future scenes like this.
  • Cut Gina’s unfounded excuse about not wanting to work with Din because she would have to book passage on a New Republic ship. What…? Didn’t you spend weeks with Din before and know he has his own ship? Why would the two of you have to book passage?
  • Cut Kuiil’s rebuild IG-11 scene as the main segment of this was already used in Chapter 1
  • Cut Grief “He is trying to eat me!” Bad attempt at forced humor in the writing during an otherwise awe inspiring scene
  • Cut “On your wall?” “Go with it” exchange because it is painfully obvious and there’s no way that the scout troopers wouldn’t see what’s going on.
  • Cut some scenes of Kuiil riding his Bluurg back. They show this same sort of shot like 4 different times so it gets a bit old by the last one.
  • Cut Grief’s “You see? Four” line because they keep speaking like the surrounding imperials are completely deaf
  • Cut Herzog’s “We all will be quiet” as it doesn’t seem like a fitting dialogue consistent with his character
  • Cut a line off of Herzog’s exchange with Gideon and cut some of the sequence with him getting shot. For some reason they show him getting shot the same exact way twice but from different angles. When you watch frame by frame it is very strange as Herzog reacts to the blaster shot way out of sync with how the effects are coming onto him. Things happen much more suddenly and clearly in my edit.
  • Re-sequenced some of the scout trooper bikes chasing Kuiil shots for the overall cohesion of the two scenes going on. Cut Gideon’s “In a few moments… it will be mine” & “It means more to be than you will ever know” lines as they’re too typically villainous and it’s an unnecessary cut away from Kuiil where the tension is supposed to be focused at the moment. We get one shot of Gideon’s silent stare, which tells us that he knows exactly what is transpiring and is simply waiting for confirmation to proceed.
  • Cut the shot of Grogu being scooped up off the ground, we now reveal that the scout troopers have him when you see him peek out of the bag in the next scene. We hear the scout troopers talk about how they picked him up later on.
  • Moved the scout troopers’ return back to later on, so we stay on Din and crew for some time now.
  • Cut Din’s “I’m out of charges” when referring to blowing the vent. Not even sure what he is talking about here, explosive breaching charges? What do you mean you’re out? You never used one. Or indicated you ever had one.
  • Cut Gideon’s offer of waiting until sundown, none of that makes sense. In my edit he is giving them one single chance to walk out and then will “soon raze the whole building”.
  • Trimmed some of Din’s exposition about his past, they are in a very tense scenario and he goes on and on about being a foundling, not the time for that discussion and it’s not anything new that the audience didn’t just see in the flashback.
  • Cut the whole speculation the Gideon “needs” them to get to the kid. None of that is present here. Now they talk about how Gideon knows so much and we cut to the scout troopers returning with Grogu.
  • Cut the scout trooper can’t aim gag and the overreaction to getting bit, but I left in the rest of the discussion. I actually love this type of HBO-esque dialogue scene and is something I wish Star Wars would have a lot more of.
  • Re-cut the IG-11 attack sequence to reduce the amount of time the other scout trooper stands there doing nothing except watching his partner brutally get his arm broken
  • Trimmed a few shots out of IG’s rampage through the city. Some of them were intentionally filmed as gag scenes like the jawa one which I don’t think are fitting the tone here.
  • Cut out many shots in the battle that make you go “how are there so many blasters firing and no one is getting hit” as well as shots where they are clearly trying to handhold the viewer into noticing things. Such as when Din spots the open EWEB repeater, it’s such a slow process. Din’s face, then zoom in on the empty EWEB, then make Din react as if he just processed it after staring for multiple seconds, THEN he runs for it. I hate when the combat is drawn out in unrealistic ways like this. This whole battle sequence is meant to be absolute chaos and it hinders the pacing with the constant pauses. They do the exact same thing again when Gideon shoots the EWEB battery. Gideon face shot, camera zoom into battery, back to gideon, new angle as he looks down, and THEN he shoots it. So much downtime that is unnatural and forced. I hope you feel how much more smoothly these events feel without the random delays.
  • Cut a couple lines that Gina has already repeated, and cut every single shot of the flametrooper that was meant to induce a “broooo look how badass he looks” reaction.
  • Cut a line or two of irrational thinking from Din in regards to IG, I get that he hates droids but he comes off as a complete doofus about it sometimes in a way that harms his character.
  • Cut Din’s initial line of “no living thing” because it’s way too on the nose and everyone in the world immediately knows how IG will respond, because he’s “not a living thing” gasp. It’s more touching when IG volunteers this information.
  • Cut some lines from the armorer about Grogu that don’t make sense
  • Moved the armorer fight to after the crew reaches the lava river and starts to head down. It feels so much more natural for at least a few minutes to have passed before this battle starts instead of 5 seconds after they walk away.
  • Re-edited the armorer battle to be far more action packed and less looking like the stormtroopers are trying to commit suicide.
  • Cut the IG - Mando talk about how sad he is and the jargon about superseding manufacturer protocol
  • Cut Grief saying “He missed us!” about Gideon shooting them. Yeah, no kidding he missed haha… you are not vaporized so… duh.
  • Cut some of “the magic hand thing” gag
  • Cut some of the final discussion between the 3 that was clearly written to be the end of the season. As this scene ends Act 1 of my film, we need a smooth transition to continue the story into season 2.
  • To make this transition between seasons happen without a hitch, we now have Din leave Nevarro and fly straight back to Tatooine to ask for the mechanic’s assistance in continuing the quest that the armorer gave him.
  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for once thank god that Disney has an obsession with desert worlds. After mechanic tells Din that she doesn’t know where to look for more Mandalorians. I use a spare shot of Din looking dejected, and then transition into the actual Season 2 opener of him walking through a sandy city at night which I have repurposed to also be Tatooine.
  • Cut Din telling the Abyssian that he was told that he knew where mandalorians were. In my film it now appears as though Din simply went to the local crime lord for info.
  • Cut all dialogue that would confuse the way I have reframed the conversation when he’s hanging upside down. Din is now shocked to learn that another mandalorian is on tatooine because he is already there, and now we immediately cut to abyssian telling Din what city on tatooine the mandalorian is in.
  • Cut from crime lord getting eaten to immediately Din traveling to Mos Pelgo based on the info he was given, no need to go back to mechanic and find it as a “lost city”
  • Cut a line or two from Cobb that didn’t fit the tone of the scene
  • When Din and Cobb encounter the tuskens during the scouting, as soon as they say they want to kill the krayt too, Din and Cobb go back to the village. No more camp fire arguments with them or scouting the cave with the suicidal tuskens the next day.
  • Cut the krayt dragon trying to retreat back into its cave segment
  • Cut Din’s “Take care of the child” because he immediately jetpack Cobb into the air which is completely contradictory to what he just said. Re-ordered some other voicelines around here to make more sense of the events.
  • Completely reworked how the ambush scene happens on the way back to the city. We no longer see all of the goons setting up the whole trap, telegraphing the entire event to the viewer. Now we get some quick back and forth cuts with Din traveling and the upcoming location of the trap, which builds the tension as we can tell something is about to go wrong but have no idea until the last second. Had to edit a lot of scenes to make this happen but I’m liking it a lot.
  • As Din leaves on foot from the ambush, we NOW see that Boba is watching him walk back, insinuating that Boba was indeed the one who ordered the thugs to ambush him. This is accompanied by Boba’s theme song.
  • Cut Din having to place a bet on behalf of the bug
  • Cut mechanic begging for dragon meat
  • Cut all scenes of mechanic talking in gecko language and her other cringey lines
  • Re-edited a lot of weird talk from gecko scenes, now Mando asks “Is she sure?” instead in reference to the eggs dying in hyperspace and we cut to a scene of gecko nodding.
  • Used smudger9’s idea of the altered x-wing confrontation and cut the rest of episode 10 on the ice planet. There is really no valuable character building in that segment and so like my farm world decision I am truncating all of that content into the one main plotline of delivering the gecko.
  • Re-ordered some scenes to infer that all of the damage caused to the razorcrest was due to the manual reentry.
  • Cut out some gecko kisses and removed the hooded mando spying.
  • Re-edited the quarren brother ambush so there are no quarrens and the ambush doesn’t happen, now only the mandalorians fly back in and offer Din a drink. The original scenario was very cheesey and I don’t like Din having to be saved in back to back scenes
  • Cut the mando eating a squid, very bad cgi here
  • Cut the “gameplan” scene looking at the freighter, it is extremely unneeded and this plot plays out more entertaining to the viewer when we just watch in all unfold live
  • Cut “which doors?” gag
  • Cut “Put some tea on”

Chapter 4 (Released, 2 hours 26 minutes, covers Mandalorian Episodes 12-16)

  • As we ended Chapter 3 with Grogu and Din on the path to finding Ahsoka in the beat up Razorcrest, we will now open up Chapter 4 with an introduction that indicates a slight passage of time as they are back on Nevarro getting repairs. We start with Grogu in the school and cut to Din mentioning how he is there only for repairs, but of course he gets dragged into some action with the Imperial base plot.
  • I have heavily truncated the opening on this episode in favor of not distracting from the overall plot of Act 1 which is the search for Ahsoka. This is going to be a quicker action sequence to bring entertainment and also give some interesting context of the state of the Empire and its cloning program which helps the viewer unravel the mystery of Moff Gideon’s interest in Grogu.
  • In terms of the actual edits to Episode 12, as we now start with Grogu in school with none of the other characters present, so we slowly put the pieces together as to what is happening. I have cut the long gameplanning session explaining what exactly Din and company will be doing, and the cut quickly gives us the necessary info that Din is there for repairs and Grief wants to take advantage of Din’s presence on Nevarro for a quick job. With everything I’ve cut, we still don’t know what exactly the plan or the base is and it helps this whole sequence feel more like a brief introduction to Act 1 instead of a whole Act in and of itself in my film.
  • Our reintroduction to Blue Fish Guy is on the speeder where Grief explains his lengthy debt in service to him which is all the context we need to understand why he is there.
  • Trimmed a good deal of goofy back and forth fish banter in order to keep the pacing consistent. I’m not going to go over every single line I’ve cut here as I am intentionally cutting a good deal of this episode, so just understand that I have reworked the entirety of Episode 12 to fit into a 15 minute opener.
  • As blue fish starts working on the door, Mando flies up and a few seconds later the Stormtrooper falls down. This is our first clue that, “Hey, this is an Imperial base” which is a fun surprise and builds anticipation for the rest of this introductory sequence.
  • Cut a couple scenes in the beginning of the base showing how many imperial forces are there, helps the pacing and is also more believable that this is a small hidden research lab instead of a fully patrolled military installation.
  • Re-edited some of the combat sequences to be more in line with my logic of combat as explained in my other Chapters.
  • Cut Gina telling Din that his jetpack is faster than the speeder, I think he knows that and the way I reedited the dialogue here gives Din more agency and urgency to get to Grogu on his own.
  • When Din is flying out of the reactor, cut all 3 stormtrooper kill scenes as his reactions to getting shot are not in line with VFX, and also his blaster mysteriously disappears and reappears in his hand throughout the sequence. He now takes off much quicker as the stormtroopers are right on his trail which helps the pacing of this escape.
  • Re-worked the stormtrooper Din shoots to not seemingly intentionally jump into the lava reactor… Again, not going to mention every single combat edit in the escape here, but it’s in line with my other chapters. Hope you guys notice and compare to release. I think you’ll never go back!
  • Cut as much of the childish screaming as possible from the transport jumping off the platform scene
  • Cut all of the scout trooper speeder bike content in favor of the TIE chase. Now Gina, using sound military experience, instinctively tells Grief to go to the guns before the TIEs even take off.
  • Re-edited the TIEs missing so many times, by reversing some shots and reorganizing others it now looks like Gina and Co are imminently doomed until the Razorcrest saves them out of nowhere.
  • Cut TIE “locking onto” the Razorcrest because it misses every single shot after that
  • Now we cut from Din leaving Nevarro to the Imperial tracker update scene with Gideon. This works better as a plot device because it wasn’t so telegraphed as we didn’t see it be placed in the beginning of Episode 12, and with the truncated focus on the Empire in this cold open segment, seeing the bigger picture Empire earlier helps drive us forward.
  • We now cut right out of Gideon’s theme song on his Cruiser straight to the X-wings on Nevarro scene for an awesome Episode 6.5 bridge, showing the current status of both factions.
  • With some new scoring, after Gina ponders her role in the New Republic, we cut to Din and Grogu repairing the wires scene with some ominous undertones as we now see these scenes in the order of understanding they are being tracked. I removed all of the dialogue that no longer fits here. It’s just good as a touching moment between the two, a calm before the storm segment.
  • Cut Ahsoka’s intro battle sequence in favor of keeping the overall mystery alive longer and focusing on Din and Grogu. The slow drip reveal that the Korvus city is corrupt is much more engaging than realizing it’s bad right away.
  • Reduced the amount of time Ahsoka and Din stand motionless when he shoots his rope attack around her. Another example of the “trying to let the audience process the moment” mid-combat that hinders the pacing. Did you see anything like this in the incredible fight choreography of something like the Bourne Identity productions?
  • As in my edit, as far as Din understands, Ahsoka is merely taking refuge on Korvus, so I have edited all necessary dialogue so her true intentions aren’t known.
  • Cut Ahsoka’s namedrop of Thrawn. It is very out of place in the Mandalorian plot like the audience should be able to tie this into the show, when the only possible way to understand this in canon is from also having watched Rebels. I highly expect that we will be given all of the context we need in the Ahsoka show so this reference shouldn’t matter. It is still very possible this moment happens off screen during my film, so even if it is referenced in another show in a way that is necessary I have multiple options on how to reconcile that. For right now in the present though, it is far less distracting how I have it edited.
  • Greatly re-edited the Ahsoka duel and the Din stand off, I have rearranged, trimmed, and reworked many shots to alter how long it takes Ahsoka to win and to hide her getting a lightsaber disarmed. Personally I love how this turned out, but let me know how you like the pacing of this sequence compared to release.
  • Changed up the Din and Grogu ball scene on the Razorcrest to become more of a touching, bonding moment instead of the misunderstanding.
  • Made some extreme edits to the Tython battle. Far too many to count or list, but you should notice much quicker action, less unlimited spawn point cannon fodder nonsense, less reaction shots and goofiness etc. It now seems much more like a calculated combat assessment test on Gideon’s behalf instead of a foolish blunder of incompetence.
  • Re-edited the scene where Din goes back to Gina for help for consistency to my previous adjustments.
  • Cut some Mayfield whining when he is released from the scrapyard
  • Cut Gina’s “Zeb from Rebels” head slam on the transport driver troopers attack
  • Re-edited the pacing of Mayfield/Din’s conversation about them being “the same” for some character consistency with Din.
  • Greatly re-edited all of the combat sequences with the primitive locals in line with my previous combat adjustments in this show. Lots of sequences needed tightening up to make sense, such as Din throwing his blaster, the spear, the grenade etc. Just like previous episodes, there are a good deal of cutaways where events happen so slowly. Combat is intense now!
  • Re-edited the entire sequence with the Imperial officer to hide Din’s face throughout the confrontation. We won’t see it for the first time until he takes it off for Grogu at the end, that way it’s like the viewer is as Grogu is, which helps bolster an already incredibly emotional scene.
  • Some combat adjustments and some Mayfield dialogue trims throughout the rest of the base escape.
  • Cut Din’s threatening holocall to Gideon. It is very offputting when he somehow has Gideon’s entire Season 1 monologue memorized word for word, and also I had already edited that dialogue so it wouldn’t work anyway. They now fly straight to the Mandalorians, as I have moved Dr Pershing’s capture scene to later.
  • Re-edited the Boba v mandalorian scuffle to be more realistic and have Boba perform a bit better
  • The Dr Persching capture is moved to after the recruitment of the Mandalorians. After he is captured we now cut straight to hyperspace.
  • Cut the gameplanning scene, this show sure does love laying out the plan beforehand whereas I find events to be much more intriguing when we are simply brought along with the plan in real time as it unfolds instead of spending 3 minutes spoiling all of the surprises before every raid.
  • Trimmed up some of the combat where no one is taking cover and 20+ blaster shots miss them
  • Cut the Dark Trooper’s dubstep intro and instead replaced it with the later shot of them already fully charged. Like the flametrooper in season 1, it’s too intentionally “broooo these are so badass”. So instead of seeing them charge up over and over, we are now waiting in anticipation for when Gideon deploys them onto our heroes as they are already activated. This helps Gideon seem more prepared for the attack.
  • Cut some killshots of stormtroopers where there aren’t blaster scores left on their armor (the deaths look so bad when they don’t CGI the blaster burn effect on the armor)
  • When Din hides in the hall, cut shot of him in a position where he easily should have been spotted.
  • Cut some bad action scenes with Fennic because of stormtroopers looking beyond incompetent, just standing there doing absolutely nothing and dying for Fennic’s highlight reel
  • Sped up some of the overly slow and dramatic attacks from the Darktroopers to help them feel like killing machines
  • Cut some more unaware stormtroopers and bad cgi killshots
  • Cut Gideon’s “This is where it’s going”. He is much more prepared and intentional in my edit instead of surprised and reactive. The way my combat plays out makes it seem much more like our crew has been out maneuvered.
  • Cut some dialogue and shots from Gideon’s talk with prisoner Grogu so his betrayal isn’t so telegraphed
  • Cut some more Darktrooper dubstep and Gideon shock. He is now presented as knowing that the Darktroopers would always come back to rescue him in a master stroke of tactics.
  • Tightened up a few more shots so there’s less standing around while something urgent is happening

Chapter 5 (Released, 2 hours 25 minutes, covers Book of Boba Fett Episodes 1-7, “current” scenes only)

  • We open with Boba in the bacta tank, but his flashbacks are of him taking Jabba’s throne from Bib.
  • Cut Boba’s line to Fennec, “The dreams are coming back again” as we won’t be using the bacta tank or dream storytelling device again at all
  • After Boba suits up, we now go to the ending scene of the regular show. This is where Boba walks around the streets with Fennec, having earned everyone’s respect. This works to show how Boba’s control of the region has already been established and that he is a respected ruler from the very start.
  • When Fennec says, “If not us, then who?” in reference to ruling and keeping order, we now cut to Din’s entrance in the BoBF.
  • Trimmed some slow combat/reaction times in Din’s bounty capture attack
  • After Din limps out of the Klatoonian base, we cut back to Boba.
  • Boba walks into Garza’s Sanctuary for the first time and we now see how he is making the rounds to Jabba’s vassals, ensuring everyone remains loyal to him.
  • Cut Fennec teaching Boba about the power of fear
  • Cut the parkour ninja jump attack and Boba’s slow reactions. He now fires his wrist rocket much quicker.
  • Cut 90% of the slow pokey proddy electric attack, Boba gets jumped and blocks some attacks as his guards immediately rush in.
  • Cut the entire rooftop ninja parkour chase. From start to finish this action sequence is completely ridiculous. This is probably the worst fight choreography I have ever seen in a Star Wars production.
  • The fight starts and ends right here in the street. It is heavily cut down to the bare minimum and as Boba single handedly fends off one of the attackers and knocks him unconscious, we then immediately fade into Boba’s interrogation of this assassin.
  • Cut Boba talking about how nice he is in the interrogation.
  • Cut some Fennec and Droid back and forth.
  • The gag about no rancor is removed. Boba pulls a fakeout beheading on the assassin before dropping him into the pit where it is now assumed he actually is about to get eaten by a real rancor until he confesses.
  • Trimmed some of the secretary guys delaying Boba. Boba now acts more forcefully so this plays out quicker.
  • Sped up Boba’s blaster draw when the assassin gets assassinated.
  • After Boba goes back to Garza and says, “Have I heard what?” we now cut to the Pykes landing on Tatooine. This is now all presented as if the Mayor was trying to divert heat off of himself and get the space needed to defect to them. Garza now tells Boba about the Pykes and he goes back to his castle to make preparations. This is the first time we see a member of the mod gang, and it is now presented as if they are already in Boba’s employ as they have a greatly reduced role in my film.
  • As Boba says “Then we will be ready” and the music swells, we now fade back into Din’s collecting the bounty and meeting with his fellow Mandos.
  • At the conclusion of this segment as the Armorer says, “What shall I forge for the foundling Grogu?” we now fade into Grogu’s first training scene with Luke. As we near the conclusion of Act 1, we now have been brought up to speed on the 3 main characters, bridging the gap of time between Mando S2 and now.
  • After Grogu’s first scenes of content, we go back to Boba’s feast as he gameplans with Fennec about how to prepare for the Pykes. In the original show, they are talking about the Twins and Krrsanstans attack here, but in mine it is edited to be about the Pykes. The droid comes in and cuts Boba off as he asks “What is it?” This is now when we cut to Boba meeting and recruiting the black Wookie for the very first time at Garza’s.
  • Boba hosts the meeting with the crime lords to lay the terms of a treaty to deal with the Pykes, and I have made edits to the dialogue here to keep up with the new consistent narrative and order of events I have presented.
  • As Fennec and Boba confer afterwards, I have removed the lines about how weak their forces are, instead keeping the focus on this being a good time to reunite with Din.
  • We cut from this hint at Din straight into him completing his gift for Grogu.
  • If Din’s Darksaber training sequence, I have trimmed or sped up a number of sots that were overly labored to the point of looking obviously fake.
  • In the Darksaber duel with the tank Mando, I make my usual combat adjustments removing overly prolonged reaction shots etc.
  • As Din flies to Tatooine, we now cut to the scene of the Pykes bombing Garza’s, officially igniting the war against Boba. He and Fennec check out the wreckage and then head straight to the Mayor’s office to question him about the ongoing events.
  • This is now the scene where the Mayor has defected to the Pykes as the Twi’lek tries to flee. I have edited many, many aspects of this whole confrontation. Keeping Boba menacing, the action up to par, and a darker tone all around.
  • After Boba learns of the Mayor’s defection, we cut back to Din who has just landed on Tatooine to retrieve his new ship. I’m not going to list out every line of cut dialogue, but safe to say if it was something to do with with sex and jawas, or any of the other skin crawling statements from our mechanic lady then it is safely secured in the editing dumpster. She is presented consistently with my other films, still a goofball weirdo but not an absolute clownlike characterization.
  • Tons of small changes to tighten up the pacing of the N1 Starfighter reconstruction, mostly to do with removing some random bits of gag-related dialogue.
  • As Din completes his test drive and evades the X-wings, I have now repurposed footage of him returning to Tatooine from Episode 7 as though he has just finished his evasion/test drive and is going back to land in the hangar. Fennec awaits Din there as she recruits them for the Pyke battle. Din says, “Tell him it’s on the house” as we cut to Din going to recruit the Freetown folk and assume Fennec brought Din up to speed off camera.
  • A major change I have made to this recruitment sequence is that the Marshall does NOT accept Din’s offer, instead leaving the conversation at “We’re square, you and me.” He refuses to assist as this battle doesn’t yet concern him, as Din flies back to Boba empty handed.
  • As Fennec explains the situation, we cut back and forth between a couple episodes for a time lapse of Boba setting up his forces. At the conclusion of the voiceover, we now see Boba and Co in the city, ready to make their stand.
  • As Boba’s chances are looking increasingly dim, we now cut to the Marshall’s scene with the Pykes, suddenly giving him a reason to get involved in this battle instead of forcing his poor citizens into yet another suicide mission.
  • Right as the Marshall finishes up the Pykes and tells his Weequay to gather their troops, Cad comes and does his thing. I cut a good deal of scenes after the standoff battle, as I now try to leave the fates of characters much more ambiguous.
  • We cut from here right into Cad telling the Pykes and Mayor what’s going on. Cad says he will smoke Boba out and we cut back to Boba hunkered down in the city.
  • As Fennec concludes her SITREP, Cad sneaks up and starts his negotiation with Boba. Boba is presented as much more decisive here, with Fennec not having to explain everything that is going on. She talks Boba down, but doesn’t have to lay out every single reason why. Boba now processes everything on his own.
  • As the trap against Boba’s forces plays out, I have re-edited nearly every single scene to help speed things up and make it all seem more deadly. The regular release has sooo much slow motion and strange directing decisions. This sped up attack continues all the way through Fennec’s rescue of the mods.
  • Boba and Din’s pinned down conversation has been remade to focus more on their relationship as Mandalorians instead of dreading about how they are going to die. Every viewer knows 100% that neither of them are going to die here, so it’s more dramatic for the focus to be about their growing bond as brothers instead.
  • Made massive combat adjustments to the entire battle. Keeping this sped up and realistic, the chaos looks so much better than the constant slow motion reaction shots. I’m not going to list every change here, as if you’ve seen my other Chapters you will know have I have attempted to re-edit every combat sequence already. This editing style has been applied to the entire battle in Act 3.
  • As Grogu does not appear on Tatooine in my film, I utilized VFX from AG-83 to put an explosive in Din’s arms instead of Grogu for a few scenes.
  • Though I made 50+ edits to the combat sequence, one I do want to highlight is the final duel with Cad. No more Boba laying around getting lectured with the blaster to his head forever, no more seeing him look so depressed about losing etc. The combat plays out smoothly and quickly. Cad rips his helmet off only for Boba to immediately take advantage and get the upper hand.
  • As Fennec kills the rest of the Pyke traitors, we then fade to Din heading to visit Grogu. I have combined his initial landing on this planet with the second half of Grogu’s lesson so this epilogue plays out with all of the scenes combined.
  • Ahsoka takes the gift right to Luke, who then gives it straight to Grogu to decide. As Grogu ponders his fate, we cut into the final time lapse showing Boba’s established rule as Daimyo, the Marshall’s survival, and then ultimately to Grogu having decided to stay with Din.

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Sounds really good so far, love your Sequel edits, I can’t wait for this and your Bad Batch edit, by the way can I get the latest version of your Episode 9 edit when that’s available.

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Looking forward to seeing these when finished mate, knowing what an awesome job you did of the sequels these should be amazing too👍.

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Thanks for the feedback. I could use some help on something from my changelog. Can anyone make sense of this?

  • As Din flies away from Tatooine with Grogu, we go back to Boba finding Fennec’s body in the desert. [QUERY: I could use some help understanding the timeline on this one… So Din fights Fennec right after sunset, we’ll call this Day 1. The nighttime fight lasts ~5 minutes before Fennec is captured. Din goes out looking for a Dewback. He’s out there ALL night long, until past sunrise on Day 2. So let’s approximate that Din leaves to find a Dewback at 2100 on Day 1. Fennec takes a gut shot around 0600 Day 2. Din FINALLY returns with a Dewback seemingly early morning, but after sunrise so let’s say Day 2 ~0800. So he spent ~11 hours walking to the Dewback and riding it back? Then Din rides all the way back to the city, and it is pitch black nightfall again by the time he gets there, so that’s another ~12 hours gone by. Boba finds Fennec’s body ~2100 Day 2, even though he saw the flares in the night sky 24 hours prior? He easily would have reached Fennec long before then, but let’s say that he waited the 24 hours to ensure no one spotted him. Now you’re telling me that Fennec took a point blank gut shot, bled out in the desert getting absolutely cooked by the twin suns for ~15 hours before Boba finds her, AND THEN by the time he transport her to the mod gang, the sun is just beginning to come up so it’s around 0530 Day 3. Fennec’s wound was so severe that her intestines had to be replaced with mechanics but she just laid unconscious for nearly 24 hours before receiving medical attention and didn’t die? Does anyone else understand this timeline? I’ve tried to make sense of it with the edits, but the time of day is constantly changing and that’s the only day/night cycle I’ve been able to make sense of but it doesn’t seem possible for her to survive this.

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Maybe you could show Boba seeing the flare, but don’t show Boba finding her body and him taking her to mod parlor. Boba seeing the flare could be the set up, and then later in the episode it is paid off when we fade in from black and reveal that Fennic is alive, and that Boba saved her life. For all we know, Boba could have found Fennic’s body not long after Din left.

I know showing is typically better than telling, but since Boba explains how he saved her, you could just skip all of that, and it would help truncate the “movie” a little more too. Also, I think the mod shop looks a little low budget, so cutting it is a plus in my opinion.

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RogueLeader said:

Maybe you could show Boba seeing the flare, but don’t show Boba finding her body and him taking her to mod parlor. Boba seeing the flare could be the set up, and then later in the episode it is paid off when we fade in from black and reveal that Fennic is alive, and that Boba saved her life. For all we know, Boba could have found Fennic’s body not long after Din left.

I know showing is typically better than telling, but since Boba explains how he saved her, you could just skip all of that, and it would help truncate the “movie” a little more too. Also, I think the mod shop looks a little low budget, so cutting it is a plus in my opinion.

Hey, that’s actually a pretty good idea. I just tested in out in my cut and it seems to work well. Now when we have that Day 2 to Day 3 time jump it seems that Fennec has been under Boba’s care for 24 hours instead of bleeding out under twin suns all that time. Yes, we do miss the context of how exactly she was saved, but like you said the mod parlor looks odd anyways.

The main downside is cutting out all of this reduces the film length by ~5 minutes and it was already beginning to run on the short side. We now clock in at 1 hour 50 minutes with the entire movie taking place on Tatooine. But in the interest of telling the most cohesive story possible out of the content provided I think this does the best job of it, thanks for the suggestion friend.

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No prob! Maybe once you drop a work print people may have some suggestions for things that could be added back in. Sometimes less is more, and I think it works for this situation. If anything, you could quick flashes of Fennic going in and out of consciousness if you wanted to show glimpses of her being rescued by Boba (but maybe use daytime shots with Boba’s spur sound effect), and quick shots inside the mod parlor, but I don’t think that is totally necessary.

Also wanted to say that I like how you are reframing the stories as well. Like you mentioned, it seems like the main Mandalorian story is moving toward the reformation of the Mandalorian culture. And someone, whether it be Din, Boba, or someone else, will become the new Mandalore. It definitely feels like Boba will play a role in that in some shape or form, so it makes sense to also include his story within this series. I like The Book of Mandalore as a title.

Something that could benefit from this idea is the weird decision to reunite Grogu and Din within the Book of Boba Fett. I know others are basically trying to take the Mando stuff from the Book of Boba Fett and turn it into basically The Mandalorian Season 3, Episode 0. I think that works too, but with how the stories are intertwined, this series might make that story choice work in the best possible way. A part of me is tempted to suggest putting a title card somewhere that says “Six months later” or “One year later” to imply that Mando and Grogu have been apart for some time before being reunited.

Also wanted to say I love how you trimmed the prologue! Good job with that.

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There’s one word I’d use to describe this edit, seamless. This edit is almost completely seamless, I had to check the cut list a few times to see what you did, which in my book means you succeeded! As much as I love Smudger’s compressed version of Mando’s story, I feel like yours will be more of a deep dive while still removing the fluff. I like that you used Chapter 6, it reinforces that Mando has a moral code that other Bounty hunters don’t and it sets up the future with Miggs Mayfield. Chapter 6 also expands upon Star Wars lore, giving us a better look at the New Republic, their uniforms, and that X-Wings are still in play. However, I do have a question about the credits, are you going to add the text later? Overall great work as always and I’m looking foward to Chapter 2!

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No prob! Maybe once you drop a work print people may have some suggestions for things that could be added back in. Sometimes less is more, and I think it works for this situation. If anything, you could quick flashes of Fennic going in and out of consciousness if you wanted to show glimpses of her being rescued by Boba (but maybe use daytime shots with Boba’s spur sound effect), and quick shots inside the mod parlor, but I don’t think that is totally necessary.

I actually think it turned out quite well with the surprise reveal. It was a good idea and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t appear that any other context is necessary to beef it up.

Also wanted to say that I like how you are reframing the stories as well. Like you mentioned, it seems like the main Mandalorian story is moving toward the reformation of the Mandalorian culture. And someone, whether it be Din, Boba, or someone else, will become the new Mandalore. It definitely feels like Boba will play a role in that in some shape or form, so it makes sense to also include his story within this series. I like The Book of Mandalore as a title.

Thank you, I’m going to try to create a The Book of Mandalore title graphic akin to The Mandalorian one at some point to swap out during the logo cuts.

Something that could benefit from this idea is the weird decision to reunite Grogu and Din within the Book of Boba Fett. I know others are basically trying to take the Mando stuff from the Book of Boba Fett and turn it into basically The Mandalorian Season 3, Episode 0. I think that works too, but with how the stories are intertwined, this series might make that story choice work in the best possible way. A part of me is tempted to suggest putting a title card somewhere that says “Six months later” or “One year later” to imply that Mando and Grogu have been apart for some time before being reunited.

I am also hoping that is the case once I reach that point in the story, but I suppose I won’t find out until I get there! Seeing the Din/Boba stories intertwined should help them feel more like co-protagonists so we don’t get that awkward “Wait why is the Mandalorian suddenly the star of Boba’s show?” feeling.

Also wanted to say I love how you trimmed the prologue! Good job with that.

Thank you, I thought it was a good balance of my overall goal for this project, keep enough content in to nail every key character arc but also cut out the fluff scenes that are only in there for the sake of “simple entertainment” ie the lake monster.

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There’s one word I’d use to describe this edit, seamless. This edit is almost completely seamless, I had to check the cut list a few times to see what you did, which in my book means you succeeded! As much as I love Smudger’s compressed version of Mando’s story, I feel like yours will be more of a deep dive while still removing the fluff. I like that you used Chapter 6, it reinforces that Mando has a moral code that other Bounty hunters don’t and it sets up the future with Miggs Mayfield. Chapter 6 also expands upon Star Wars lore, giving us a better look at the New Republic, their uniforms, and that X-Wings are still in play. However, I do have a question about the credits, are you going to add the text later? Overall great work as always and I’m looking foward to Chapter 2!

Wow, thanks for the review! I honestly wasn’t expecting it to turn out that well to start as I haven’t even sat down and watched it start to finish myself yet, but that sounds like a solid platform to build upon. Yes, I’m going to go back through all of the intro cards & credits at some point to unify how that is presented. Just wanted to tackle the story aspects first and then I’ll loop back around for any other technical edits.

Will send out links to the others. Going to start on Chapter 3 today, this is a strange one as I’ll be making the jump from Season 1 to Season 2 within the same movie. I have some ideas for how to make this happen but we will see how it pans out.

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i’m really really liking your approach to this.

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This edit sounds really ambitious, love the look of the changes! Would love a link

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Sent out links to those who asked.

Got some time to continue on Chapter 3 a bit more and wanted to share a couple scenes I’m working on:

  • Completely reworked how the ambush scene happens on the way back to the city. We no longer see all of the goons setting up the whole trap, telegraphing the entire event to the viewer. Now we get some quick back and forth cuts with Din traveling and the upcoming location of the trap, which builds the tension as we can tell something is about to go wrong but have no idea what it is until the last second. Had to edit a lot of scenes to make this happen but I’m liking it a lot.

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  • As Din leaves on foot from the ambush, we NOW see that Boba is watching him walk back, insinuating that Boba was indeed the one who ordered the thugs to ambush him. This is accompanied by Boba’s theme song.

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Looks great, the Book of Boba Fett theme always gives me chills, so the more of it, the better.

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90% complete on Chapter 3, need to do one final review and then I’ll release. Looking at Tuesday/Wednesday. This is a fun one and by far the most work I’ve put into a Chapter so far!

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This looks really interesting! I’d love a link when you get a chance!

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Would love a link to all chapters please!

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I’d love a link to Chapter 3!

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Reading the changelog for Chapter 4 and wanted to give some input. This is only my opinion obviously as it’s your edit, but in my opinion it’s mistake in the grand scheme of these “Mando verse” shows to remove Episode 12 from Chapter 4.

As it establishes that something odd is going on with the empire, as we see what seems to be some sort of Snoke business and cloning going on in the Imperial Facility. I already view that as an important scene with what is currently in cannon, and believe it will only become more and more important as more gets revealed in the coming seasons of Mando.

For the same reason I personally think leaving in the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue is very important as well. (Maybe not currently with what we have in Mando, but almost definitely will be important in the coming seasons/ Ahsoka.)

I understand cutting it for the Mandalorian plot, but I expect it will be important to the plot of the Mandalorian quite soon. Perhaps even a potential future “Chapter X” in your edits.

Despite the criticisms, I wanted to say that so far, from just skimming through the Chapters as I haven’t had time to watch through them fully, Im very much enjoying your changes. And loved your approach specifically with having Mando’s and Boba’s plots intertwine in Chapter 2.

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I agree, I think you should leave the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue in this edit as I believe it will play an important role in the Mandoverse later. Also, we the see the origin of the Beskar spear that Mando gets later which is also referred to in later episodes. Smudger also excluded the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue and the origin of the Beskar spear scene from his edit which I always thought was odd as it’s setting up the future series. When Smudger was online (it appears he’s gone into hiding) he has admitted it was mistake and has plan to put it back in his edit in the future.

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Reading the changelog for Chapter 4 and wanted to give some input. This is only my opinion obviously as it’s your edit, but in my opinion it’s mistake in the grand scheme of these “Mando verse” shows to remove Episode 12 from Chapter 4.

As it establishes that something odd is going on with the empire, as we see what seems to be some sort of Snoke business and cloning going on in the Imperial Facility. I already view that as an important scene with what is currently in cannon, and believe it will only become more and more important as more gets revealed in the coming seasons of Mando.

For the same reason I personally think leaving in the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue is very important as well. (Maybe not currently with what we have in Mando, but almost definitely will be important in the coming seasons/ Ahsoka.)

I understand cutting it for the Mandalorian plot, but I expect it will be important to the plot of the Mandalorian quite soon. Perhaps even a potential future “Chapter X” in your edits.

Despite the criticisms, I wanted to say that so far, from just skimming through the Chapters as I haven’t had time to watch through them fully, Im very much enjoying your changes. And loved your approach specifically with having Mando’s and Boba’s plots intertwine in Chapter 2.

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I agree, I think you should leave the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue in this edit as I believe it will play an important role in the Mandoverse later. Also, we the see the origin of the Beskar spear that Mando gets later which is also referred to in later episodes. Smudger also excluded the Ahsoka Thrawn dialogue and the origin of the Beskar spear scene from his edit which I always thought was odd as it’s setting up the future series. When Smudger was online (it appears he’s gone into hiding) he has admitted it was mistake and has plan to put it back in his edit in the future.

Thanks for the feedback guys! That’s some good stuff and definitely helping me think it through again.

  1. Regarding Episode 12, I had initially thought to cut it as it wasn’t directly related to the current Mandalorian arc and it made this edit into an unnatural ~3 hour long 4-Act plot. However, as I have been going forward and editing even more (the changelog isn’t up to date), I have cut out a good chunk of time and may be able to shove back in some of Episode 12 as a Cold Open to the movie. There is a ton of mindless fighting and weird blue fish guy in that episode which I can heavily reduce and maybe keep that whole sequence to ~15-20 minutes total, which would allow us to keep the important bits of dialogue regarding the Empire’s cloning program that you mentioned. I will take another crack at it once I have a better handle of the full run time and see if this can be preserved and integrated into the natural flow of Act 1.

  2. Regarding Ahsoka’s dialogue, I actually did not cut out nearly as much as what you’re thinking of with Smudger. He chose not to include any of the city raid or content about the Beskar spear whereas my edit literally only cuts Ahsoka’s two lines namedropping Thrawn out of nowhere. So mine does still maintain the origin of the spear, the presence of the Magistrate as a whole etc. I found it incredibly distracting to mention a character that has absolutely nothing to do with this show and was clearly intended to act as only a teaser for Ahsoka’s own upcoming show. When framing my project as “The Book of Mandalore” it really doesn’t make sense for Ahsoka to come in out of nowhere teasing her own show. That’s the main reason I cut the namedrop, so now in my edit it seems like Ahsoka is taking refuge on Korvus when the Magistrate begins to hunt her. However, if in the future we get some additional information about Bo-katan’s involvement in this scheme and it suddenly seems important to The Book of Mandalore or is somehow necessary to understand the content in the Ahsoka show, then it’s a very easy fix to add these 2 lines back in. As of now, I don’t think these lines will have any importance aside from a throw away teaser. I believe the Ahsoka show will provide more than enough context to understand its own plot without the context in Mandalorian Season 2 episode 5.

I do have some personal business coming up, so my Chapter 4 here is looking to be 1-2 weeks away from completion due to lack of access to my editing pc and wanting to spend some extra time to do this film right when I do return. I’ll still be active on the forums but won’t be able to work much on the edit for a bit.

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