Let’s Talk About ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Let’s Talk About ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’


As expected, D23 brought footage from both ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘The Mandalorian.’ And am I crazy, or was the trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ actually the better of the two? Let’s dive in and discuss the new Star Wars goodness headed our way this year.


The Rise of Skywalker

The trailer for The Rise of Skywalker is a thing of beauty. It cuts together clips from the original trilogy, the prequels, and finally the new trilogy as the music slowly rises to a crescendo.

In case it wasn’t clear already, this movie isn’t just the final film in a trilogy. It’s the capstone on the greatest film franchise ever, the culmination of a saga more than four decades in the making. It promises to bring an end to the Skywalker saga… and that means, I believe, that there’s no way Rey isn’t somehow a Skywaker.

The most popular fan theory at the moment is that Rey is actually a clone of Anakin. I’d believe that before thinking that she’s Luke or Leia’s daughter. Clones are a major theme in the prequels, and I think it’s entirely possible that the series will end with an Anakin clone fighting a Palpatine clone. Maybe I’m wrong–but if not, you read it here first.

The biggest shocker was the vision of what appears to be Dark Rey, looking awfully Sith-like with her red, double-bladed lightsaber. Is she a Force vision? Wearing a disguise? Or has our sweet, beautiful Rey turned?

Or, and let me blow your mind for a moment, is this actually another Anakin clone that turned to the dark side? Whatever the truth turns out to be, we’ll find out on December 20th.

The Mandalorian

But what about that beautiful bounty hunter footage I promised you? As much as I love the original Star Wars trilogy–and I love it a lot–the truth is that there’s a lot more to that universe than the problems of one family.

The Mandalorian promises to explore some of that undiscovered country with a Boba Fett-style bounty hunter played by Game of Thrones actor Pablo Pascal.

At this point, I’m contractually obligated to mention that one of Pascal’s first roles was as a hapless college kid on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dead Eddie might not have survived that episode, but he’ll always have a place in my heart.

Anyway, the new series is created by Jon Favreau and begins airing November 12 on Disney+. It takes place 5 years after Return of the Jedi and seems like more of a “space western” instead of a space opera.

The trailer is visually stunning and features a glimpse of what I hope will be the first proper Twi’lek character we’ve seen onscreen. It also seems to be a darker, grittier, more violent corner of the universe. Tonally, it feels similar to Rogue One–which will also be getting a TV series treatment with a prequel focused on Cassian Andor.

Check out the trailer for The Mandalorian below and let us know what you think!