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#1428509
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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Even more moving now that I’ve watched it twice ; Her innocently thinking Tech accidentally made five counterfeit passes when she delivers them. I felt heartbroken that she had no idea they - a group with which she placed her entire future - were sending her off with strangers. Her leaving with the Batch was a giant leap of faith and here they were after one tough day already dumping her.

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#1428402
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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Likewise, I thought her calling them out with “just because I have a lot to learn, that doesn’t mean you have to rid of me” was very moving. It’s a window into her fear of being abandoned, particularly only a day or two after having been rescued. She was right to make a point of it.

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#1427556
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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I enjoyed it. I’m not deep invested in The Clone Wars series (but I do really like it). So for this, I’m just digging the ride, not sweating details.

They managed to give them an interesting reason to be on the move with unfinished business and some valuable cargo.

Given the amount of work that went into Clone Wars, the quality of this show wasn’t a surprise. Star Wars under Disney has really hit their stride on the various TV series.

Next one is Friday I think and then on to once a week. This will be a nice side adventure now that the MCU’s Wanda and Falcon are done for a while.

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#1409857
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I let the political discussion continue for a bit here because it was relative to a member of the cast. I also participated. Both were a mistake. Locked until it’s subsided or we have actual news about the third season.

  • Forum Rule #4:
    No politics; only light discussion of current events is permitted, and only in the Off Topic section. Your signature, which appears beneath all your posts, may not contain political content or social commentary.*

Edit;
I’ve also cleaned out a lot of the pure political arguing. A bit heavy-handed perhaps, but I am leaving the banning post for reference. I’ll clean that out later as well.

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#1409840
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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RicOlie_2 said:

I am too. It’ll be interesting to see what it will be like without Grogu being a focal point. I am looking forward to the resolution of the darksaber subplot, and seeing Mandalore in live action (outside of brief flashbacks).

I will admit to being a bit concerned with him not being on the show. I prefer the more solitary episodes early on when it was primarily about the Mando and Grogu. It seemed more remote in location, as well as removed from the known franchise. Something I’ve always wanted.

I like the second season a lot and particularly enjoyed Fett, someone to me who was well over-backstoried in the prequels. For that, I’m incredibly thankful to The Mandalorian for putting right again.

That said, it looks like Grogu and Fett are taking a a backseat for a while. I have all the faith in the world in Favreau & Co to make an awesome show, so I’m looking forward to where they take the story. They had some outstanding episodes this second season. No reason they can’t keep up the great work.

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#1398672
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Who are you, and what makes you happy offline?
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As has been the case since I was a child, motorcycles are my passion, my escape. It is a rare day when I’m not on one. I enjoy all types: day rides, short runs, bike nights, charity rides, etc. However, a favorite type of ride for me, possibly my most favorite, is long-range touring/camping. This was a particularly cold one not long ago. Hard to tell, but the ground still had frost.

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#1396206
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Mocata said:

Z6PO said:

Has The Mandalorian Succumbed to the Dark Side?

Very interesting and some very valid points. Maybe goes a bit off track and overboard in the second half of the analysis though.

Some of that may be valid (not that I agree), but to me the good in the series far far outweighs the shrinkage. I dropped out after what looked like the halfway point. Dude starts to drone on while trying to prove his bona fides as a fan. It becomes repetitive and somewhat anti-Disney.

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#1395523
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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As I mentioned earlier, there were a few scenes where I thought the score was odd. One spot where he knocked it out of the park is the Book Of Boba scene. As he’s walking up the steps and pulls the body onto the floor, it goes from awesome to even more awesome as he sits down. One of the best musical passages of the past two seasons, I think. Perfect music for Fett.

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#1394942
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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canofhumdingers said:

I really enjoyed it. Is it perfect? Nah. Are there nits to be picked? Sure.

But this show, like Rogue One before it, just hits all the right Star Wars notes for me and I’m just along for the ride at this point. I’m beyond caring about critiquing this on any kind of intellectual level. I’m ready to just let it wash over me like ocean waves and enjoy the experience.

Can’t wait to see where next season goes and I’m genuinely intrigued by the Book of Boba Fett.

That’s exactly how I feel. I’m watching and going along for the ride. I don’t analyze every line or character to see how they fit with other trilogies, or Canon A, B, C, D, E, F, etc, etc, or any EU. If I recognize a character, know their past, and it works each week - great. If it doesn’t or I don’t know the reference because I’m not familiar with the Prequels - that’s fine too.

I’m not someone who has ever spent much time trying to force a connection between characters and stories into some sort of mental or personal canon. I’m certainly not going to start now. Star Wars, as a franchise, is way too big of a mess for that.

I’m enjoying this new adventure and new characters. This makes me happy the way 1977 made me happy. I don’t need or want more than that.

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#1394471
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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adywan said:
And the change in the music style in this ep felt so wrong with some of it being more like a 90’s hallmark film

Yes. Of all the criticisms of this episode (some I agree with, some I don’t), the music struck me as being way off with respect to what was happening on screen. It was as if Göransson wasn’t involved. Very odd.

To the other points; I think it felt a bit rushed also. They could have left off last week with Mando discussing plans with Bo in the bar and them leaving as the last scene. Also, I don’t find the Cybermen terribly interesting or threatening.

The stuff with Luke being the one who answered the call, as well as his leaving with the baby - that all worked well for me.

I am LOVING Fett since his return. I’ve been waiting for this serious and three dimensional version of him since 1983.
“Power up those shields, princess. I’ll put on a good show.”

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#1384886
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

I also think its a nice little detail that both the “Frog-Lady” and “Dr. Mandible” (as Peli called him) both appeared in the season 1 Tatooine episode, implying that there’s not much happening on Tatooine anymore.

I felt like Peli calling him Dr Mandible was a fun nod to the same sort of less-than-respectful attitude of Solo when he refers to C3PO as the professor. Peli isn’t exactly cheating him outright, but she is getting one over on him to win the game. She’s similar to Solo that way. She’d have to be to survive in that same harsh environment.

Speaking of which: I’m extremely happy that the show has restored Tatooine to its original version. There isn’t much happening there, just as there wasn’t when we first discovered it in 1977.

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#1384092
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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sade1212 said:

Anchorhead said:
People seem to go back and forth on how (or if) Fett is alive and will be in the series. I’m not up on most EU or any Lucas SE whatever-the-fucks. Is there any real reason to assume he lived beyond ROTJ?

Yeah, the cameo character at the end of the episode was played by Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Episode 2. In case you’ve cleansed the prequels from your mind: Boba Fett is a clone of Jango Fett…

I only saw Phantom once (in ‘99). I never bothered with the other prequels. I’m unfamiliar with the story or the actor Morrison. I didn’t know who that was at the end of the episode.

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#1383863
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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People seem to go back and forth on how (or if) Fett is alive and will be in the series. I’m not up on most EU or any Lucas SE whatever-the-fucks. Is there any real reason to assume he lived beyond ROTJ?

I thought his armor making an appearance from scrap dealers and someone who purchased it was a nice send-off to the 80s and an equally interesting way to give us Fett closure. Something I’m very happy about. He went from cool in Empire to wildly over-exposed/explained by Lucas.

His cool factor was ruined by Lucas. To me, this episode restored a bit of that somehow.

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#1383454
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Z6PO said:

Did you catch the format change? It went from CinemaScope aspect ratio to full screen HDTV for the action sequences!

Thank God. I thought I was losing it. While I was watching, I was caught up in the story, but also had a moment where I thought I was either seeing a change or imagining it. Great episode and I agree with all the points made so far.

Likewise on appreciating that they’re letting the needs of the story decide the length of the episodes. This was a more complex story, so it got the time to tell it.

Cobb was a likeable character and well played by Olyphant. I like that he was a bit puffed up when they meet, as you would be if a known gunslinging killer shows up in town asking questions. It may not have been intentional, but I like how Cobb looked a little silly wearing the armor particularly since he didn’t have all of it.

It was nice to see Peli again and I really liked how they didn’t pad any of that portion with unnecessary retelling of their meeting from last year. They wouldn’t do that in real life, so it worked that they didn’t do it here. He goes to see someone who he knows is honest, she’s happy to see them again, helps him as much as she can, and he’s off to tend to business while leaving his ship somewhere safe. To me, that was a perfect way to handle a revisit like that.

I agree with the other points too about the cinematography. Really well done and more than holds its own with the films. As someone mentioned earlier, this was like a one-hour film. As it was last year, the franchise is in excellent hands.

I waited until after dinner to watch it so that the day’s stresses would be over and I could relax and raise a glass to the return of the show. It was even better than I expected. I’ll watch it again tomorrow.

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#1383106
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Apologies if this is in here already and I missed it. A short bit with Gina on how she was approached for the job.
https://www.espnfrontrow.com/2019/11/how-did-disneys-the-mandalorian-actress-gina-carano-learn-that-she-was-first-in-line-for-the-role-of-cara-dune/

She’s ended up being one of my favorite parts of the show. I love her humility.