This thread is a place for telling about my modified chapters of the Mando series. For now there is only one:
Mandalorian S2.5/Chapter 16.5
This edit is a chapter of The Mandalorian 16.5, set between Seasons 2 and 3. It reunites Mando and Grogu on the Luke’s training planet by combining the mandalorian parts of Book of Boba Fett episodes 5,6 and modified shots of 7 into one episode. With this edit, BoBF can be skipped for those who thought that show just didn’t work. It was a baffling choice to put the reunion into a different show since it’s such a big plot point. 13 modified shots were needed to reunite Mando and Grogu. They go by pretty fast in the final footage. 😅 Some of these were more difficult than I thought initially, so I didn’t get this out before season 3 start as I planned. But this can help with re-watch marathons.
ALSO: No spoilers for Season 3 please! I’m trying to set aside some time to binge me some SW
4K shots of episode 7 were used to make some of the reunion footage. It had to be stabilized in AE because the original reunion happened on the moving cart. The resulting HD image is “zoomed in”. Also the motion blur caused problems on those shots. I had to replicate and delete some frames and animate stills into footage to reduce it’s effects. The result is not 100% authentic but close enough for my taste. Also some AI tools used to help with the result.
In the edit chapter 5 plays out as original on the ring world but the edits begin when landing on Tatoiine to build a custom Naboo N1 starfighter. Jawas are gone and jokes about dating them plus some other silliness that was easy to cut without extensive audio editing work. The test drive and the run-in with the x-wing “cops” continues straight to episode 6 footage and to the Luke’s planet.
The training scenes have been moved around. In the original Luke and Grogu leave the hilltop to go for a walk. When Ashoka takes Mando near them, they are back on the hilltop. In this edit Luke & Grogu start with running/ walking scenes and end up on a hilltop for Mando to see them. In the hut Luke doesn’t give Grogu a strict ultimatum to choose between armor shirt and saber, it’s implied that he just wants Grogu to understand that the training will dominate the jedi’s life and he won’t be seeing Mando much. Ashoka is a more strict one in this edit with the old jedi code. Luke also doesn’t offer Yoda’s saber to Grogu because giving a lethal energy blade weapon to a toddler is not wise teaching. He just shows it to him to give more motivation for training.
There is off course the question of what Mando is still doing on the planet after sent away by Ashoka. This is up to the viewer. Maybe he was still a little upset and was using the lively environment to relax or maybe took a nap on the bench made for him by the builder droids. 😉
There are also a couple of smaller changes:
-I cut Ashoka’s two fan service lines that require knowledge from the animated shows.
-Lighsaber colors for Luke’s and Yoda’s sabers are switched more to pure green from tealish color. Also the effect of lightsaber prop’s dim core is fixed to look like the old school effect:
-Grogu gets his order 66 PTS incident during Luke’s lighsaber training. That way it’s more fresh on viewer’s mind and plays into his choice in the hut to reunite with Mando.
-I modified the training remote to fire smaller lasers and recolored it more to the orange which was the remote’s laser color in ANH I believe. Also the first blast near Grogu is smaller and not in his face so much. The thought here is that Luke sets the remote to smallest setting to compensate for Grogu’s size.
Runtime: 1 h, 9 mins
File: MKV, contains MP4 video and 5.1 EAC3 and AC3- tracks
Size: 4,7 G
My other edits:
The Phantom Menace - Improved Edition: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Phantom-Menace-Improved-Edition-10-years-on-the-forum-edit-Released/id/91544
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Improved Edition : https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Avengers-Age-of-Ultron-Improved-Edition/id/65907
Prometheus - Improved edition: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Prometheus-Improved-edition-Released/id/68622
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Improved-Edition: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Vol-2-Improved-Edition-Released/id/73451
Iron Man 3 - Cut and Chromed Edition: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Iron-Man-3-Cut-and-Chromed-Edition-Released/id/87734