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#1388554
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Apparently there are already major spoilers for chapter 13 leaked, and they could start circulating round the internet before Friday. To anyone on social media, might be a good idea to start staying off it early (I am).

In my time on OT, I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone terrible enough to post a leaked plot point on here, but if you’re reading this and you’ve heard something… don’t post it before Friday, please. For the record I don’t know what the spoilers are, I’ve just seen a tweet passing on this advice.

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#1388274
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Also, @ScoutTheTrooper on twitter pointed out that the Arquitens class cruiser in Chapter 12 is bigger than the one from Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars. The bridge is a few times larger, and the Mando version seems to have its own hanger, judging from the episode and this Topps promotional card:

The Gozanti cruiser seems to be a different model too, or it’s at least modified.

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#1388273
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Just hopping on this thread to show some love for the Star Wars vehicles transferred from animation to live action…

(I know this one is based more on the original Imperial Troop Transporter Kenner toy than the version from SW Rebels, but still counts in my book)


This lovely shot of the Arquitens really gave me 2001: A Space Odyssey vibes. Reminds me of the long, ominous, low angle shot of Discovery 1 with the sad music.

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#1388271
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Ahsoka Tano - discussion
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NFBisms said:

I would honestly like if they cast her in an antagonistic role at some point. Not as a villain villain, but someone opposed to rebuilding the Jedi in the way it was. And that could tie into TLJ, where Luke is disillusioned himself.

This is a great idea! I don’t want to get my hopes up but it would be nice if they did this.

I was thinking about this issue the other day. Ahsoka was ‘no Jedi’ in the sense that although she was a force wielder, she wasn’t part of the Jedi Order. At this point in the timeline, that order and their dogma are long gone… so I wonder where she stands now. Having Din Djarin find her only for her to say, “well, TECHNICALLY I’m not a Jedi…” feels a little silly, because it is a bit of a technicality and an invalid one for the above reason. A new Jedi Order is starting, and she’ll either partake in forming it or she won’t.

Also I like Rebels Ahsoka because she really is mostly a guest appearance. She comes across as much more mature, and even more compassionate, than she was in The Clone Wars - and because of her limited appearance, guilt over leaving the Jedi Order and contributing to Anakin’s fall was all I feel they could have touched on. A lot of people were afraid that pre-existing characters like Ahsoka would take away the spotlight from the Mandalorian, and I feel that if the Rebels creative team had explored Ahsoka’s mindset any more than they did, season 2 would have turned into the Ahsoka Tano Show.

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#1387931
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Ahsoka Tano - discussion
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Z6PO said:

I don’t know, I’ve found this band of misfits pretty funny ! (Besides, this show is just a way to continue The Clone Wars)

Me too, and good point. I take back my harsh words. I suppose I meant more… unnecessary? Sure, arguably every project is unnecessary until it’s good - The Mandalorian, for example - but in comparison to other things the LFL animation dept. could be working on, like… oh, I don’t know… Star Wars Rebels sequel series?

Still looking forward to it a lot though. Only a few months away now, I think.

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#1387915
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Ahsoka Tano - discussion
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StarkillerAG said:

Rodney-2187 said:

SparkySywer said:

Dave Filoni sticking his OC absolutely everywhere is obnoxious, especially when it goes so far from where her character has any right to be.

She has the right to be wherever she wants to be.

Sorry to break it to you, but Ahsoka isn’t real. Dave Filoni is real, however, and he seems intent on shoehorning Ahsoka into every project he works on. I get that he feels proud of creating such a popular character, but putting her everywhere and making it so that she can never die causes her to overstay her welcome somewhat.

People make this argument about ‘narcissistic Dave Filoni sticking his cartoon characters in everything he does’ all the time, and I still find it unfair. Ahsoka was already a main character of The Clone Wars, she basically guest appeared in Rebels, and she’s the perfect choice for a Jedi for Din to meet in The Mandalorian. If you had created a character you liked, you knew interesting ways to expand their story, and there was great popular demand for the character to appear in more content… would you really resist doing it, in order to appear less obnoxious?

I know that she’ll probably appear in The Bad Batch series as well, and that’ll probably drive some dubious fans such as yourself over the edge, but I personally love Ahsoka and I’ve never seen a proper reason to not include her in something. Besides, The Bad Batch looks like it might end up a bit of a dull show if Ahsoka and Rex aren’t in it.

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#1387879
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Rodney-2187 said:

I’m thinking what we see in that tank is definitely meant to be a reference to Snoke. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more references to the sequels, but I feel like Gideon maybe has his own plan. I think he’d rather become the new Emperor than revive the old one so maybe he wants The Child to transfer Force abilities to himself with a transfusion somehow. He doesn’t seem like a Sith cultist and I don’t think he reports to Exegol. He may just be using whatever cloning tech the Empire left behind, but he seems to be making his own power play. Those troops on the wall look like his own project.

I’m so mixed on this. It looks like Snoke, it sounds like Snoke (i.e. - the track ‘Snoke’ from TFA) but I still feel like it isn’t Snoke. Someone, possibly SW Explained or Eckhartsladder, said that they don’t feel that Gideon is involved with the First Order at all and it feels like this whole operation was his idea. I’m inclined to agree, and it makes him a better villain, too.

Seriously, on that note, Giancarlo Esposito is on the fast track to playing one of the best villains in Star Wars, ever.

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#1387635
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I know we’re only half-way through, but who else agrees that season 2 is already even better than the first one? I love season 1 to bits, and I don’t think it’s entirely comparable because season 1 works best as a smaller-scale and self-contained show, but this season already has so many great ingredients. We have great subplots with Bo-Katan hunting the darksaber, these two ‘police officer’-like New Republic pilots following the Razor Crest, Cara Dune possibly rejoining the New Republic, Boba Fett searching for his missing armour, Moff Gideon creating a new army of Dark Troopers, and of course the search for this mysterious Ahsoka Tano. Best part is none of this feels overcrowded to me. Jon Favreau and the Mandalorian creative team (as well as all the Disney overlords) could have said, “well this first season made us a lot of money, let’s review what people like most and try and replicate it”. Instead, they were confident that they could change the scale of the show and make it better, as well as making outlandish decisions, and so far they’ve been true to their word. I appreciate that a lot.

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#1387471
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Rodney-2187 said:

Maybe Gideon actually obtains The Child and gets away and we’re left wondering his fate as a season ending cliffhanger.

I remember something Giancarlo Esposito let on in the Entertainment Weekly article about Gideon ‘spending some one-on-one time with the Child’ so I think it’s certain that the child gets kidnapped at some point, possibly as early as next episode. I know it’s most likely that Ahsoka’s in only one episode and a lot of people, including myself, think it will or should be that way, but after meeting Ahsoka has been built up to this much I think it would be an interesting story decision if Ahsoka was to help Mando rescue the child from the Imperials, possibly in the season finale. This probably won’t happen but it’s still fun to speculate.

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#1387434
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I don’t reckon Ahsoka will die, because this isn’t ‘her’ show. She’s a popular enough character now that this should be more of a guest appearance for her. Seeing Ahsoka face off against Moff Gideon and the DARKTROOPERS (this still feels surreal) is something I really want to see, but I know this tracking device puts her and Mando in a lot of danger as well.

Another big question I have is why, when she’s presumably been searching for Ezra for all these years, has she taken up residence on a random forest planet? There’s no way that search is over, it would completely spoil the story set up at the end of Rebels. And unless Bo Katan has really up to date information on Ahsoka’s whereabouts, she must have been there for a while.

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#1387395
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Spuffure said:

I’m done with the media. I usually mindlessly scroll YouTube and reddit (I don’t have an account on either of those) just to find something to relate to. It barely works. I just go into a rabbit hole of filth, vile places of nothing but pure ugliness. Help me please. I can’t live. I’m depressed.

Help me, Lord.

I am broken.

✋😔🤚

Reddit tends to make people depressed. I don’t know, if the media/social media is getting you down, you could try out https://tanksgoodnews.com/ for some unrelenting positivity. Reading a book is also supposed to be quite healthy, or spare time permitting you could even take up a new hobby. I hope you start feeling better soon.

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#1387281
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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My weekly Mandalorian reviews are going to get shorter and shorter every week because this show is leaving me more and more speechless.

I started playing Dark Forces about two weeks ago (great game!) so the re-introduction of Dark Troopers couldn’t have come at a better time! By the way, I’m pretty certain those were dark troopers. This could be misleading, but watch the scene again with audio description on.

The episode felt like a live action Dark Forces mission and season 2 is beginning to give me Expanded Universe vibes, and I mean both those in a good way. Carl Weathers did a great job directing and I hope he’s able to return to the director’s chair in a future season.

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#1387067
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Sequel Opinions
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Actually I wouldn’t mind rambling about the sequels for a bit. Ed Slushie made really great points which I totally agree with. TLJ definitely has flaws, but I’ve always found them hard to pin down. I actually love Luke’s arc, and I think it fits with his character - I only wish we’d got Colin Trevorrow’s version of Luke haunting Ben in the next film. I think TLJ works fantastic in theory, devoting the film to character development, assigning a planet and a plot to each character. Unfortunately, Finn and Rose’s quest doesn’t actually result in anything plot-wise (although this is a film about failure, so you could argue that it’s deliberate) and to achieve the vacuum situation allowing tension between Poe and Holdo to become the focus, you have to make the First Order look like morons slowly chasing the Resistance across the galaxy for 18 hours. And of course at the end of it all, a single Resistance ship turns around and obliterates their entire fleet, and that’s funny to me (it shouldn’t be).

But I still love the film because it has magical moments and it’s thematically rich. The kind of stuff TROS lacked for me.

TROS was the movie that gave me new perspective on the sequel trilogy. Carried along by the revelations, I enjoyed it on a first watch, but later found it’s not a very rewatchable film. It has a forgettable, video-game like plot, it backtracks on some of the best creative decisions taken in TLJ, it has MAJOR missed opportunities such as a stormtrooper revolution led by Finn, and the climax is over-saturated and over-the-top and I like very little of this movie. Big let-down for me. But I follow a few TROS fans on social media, and they occasionally point out interesting parallels and meaningful interpretations that I never would have thought of, so I don’t entirely dismiss it.

TFA is well-paced, brilliantly edited, and very fun to watch. I had a blast watching it in cinemas in 2015, and living in the UK, it’s been my only experience of people clapping at the end of a film. JJ Abrams managed to honour original trilogy aesthetics and characters while bringing his own distinct style to the movie and making it work. Pretty much all I’ve got to say about it.

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#1386470
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<strong>Star Wars (1977)</strong> - a general <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> thread
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I watched Star Wars with my family the other night and was reminded of something: as Luke, Leia and Han are celebrating and are interrupted by the recovery of an extremely battle-scarred R2 as well as a distressed C-3PO, obviously they stop screaming but - pretty much - Luke just says “He’ll be alright” and they move on VERY quickly. I don’t see much room for doing it another way myself, but I feel like 3PO could have used a bit of emotional support there! It almost spoiled the ending for me this time round.

I suppose it’s the curse of happy endings that many inevitably feel contrived or forced. Still my favourite Star Wars film though.