It’s been two days and I still have not fully recuperated from the shock of that stunning finale. There were so many moments to digest, so much storytelling implications to explore, but I’m still trying to process most of what happened in the finale so I’m going to stick to talking about the basics; like the return of *that* character and what I think about the new spin-off coming next December.
So, let’s get down to business.
We knew it was going to happen. Ever since that Beskar spear made its debut in Chapter 13: The Jedi it was very obvious that Mando was going to need it in his fight against Gideon at some point in the season. Thankfully, the duel lived up to the hype.
I loved the fluidity to the fight, I loved the choreography designed for Mando’s spear wielding, I loved all of it. And can we just geek out over the kickback spear deflection. Yeesh, that was awesome.
But of course, I’m just going to get to the nitty-gritty of this finale’s greatest moments and go for the juggernaut, the return of Luke Skywalker.
It was very plausible that Luke Skywalker would be the Jedi to save Grogu but the thought felt impossible. How could they pull it off? Would Sebastian Stan really get a chance to play the character? When he arrived in his singular X-Wing my mind practically exploded. The confirmation thereafter as he appeared on the camera walking through the halls as this mysterious figure cloaked in darkness was even more shocking.
It was happening! It was actually happening and I couldn’t believe it.
When Luke Skywalker removed his hood and we got to see not Sebastian Stan but a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill staring right back at us I was elated. Yes, the CGI looked like the glow-up version of Battlefront II but I was excited nonetheless.
Disney had gone for it. Luke Skywalker was back and the Jedi master we always thought he could be. Now, I know there are a lot of people bashing Rian Johnson this past weekend since the episode dropped on Friday but I, for one, have no problem with how Skywalker was utilized in The Last Jedi but I’ll speak more on that topic in a later post.
In terms of Mando having to let Grogu go…the scene still makes me cry every time I watch it or even hear the music. It’s a very emotional scene that has torn my heart in two. I was not ready for that ending!
But of course, there’s that spinoff that’s coming next December.
The Book of Boba Fett. Ooh, that rolls off the tongue nicely. An artist for LucasFilm has announced that the spin-off is indeed a spin-off and is not the de facto third season of The Mandalorian but I’m honestly not quite sure about that.
Favreau and Filoni have not confirmed that The Book of Boba Fett is simply another surprise spin-off and that we’ll still be getting The Mandalorian‘s third season either next year or early 2022. If this is just a spin-off, it still means that we won’t be seeing Din Djarin and co. for a while, as his story needs to have a brief hiatus so that we can see his character grow in an efficient way, like the Marvel movies.
So what could this spin-off possibly be about? The criminal undertakings of Boba Fett and Fennec Shand? And yes, I’m already thinking about it. Will Han Solo be featured at any point in this show?
Think about it. We’ve gotten Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Tano, and freaking Luke Skywalker in a single season of The Mandalorian. What wouldn’t be more fascinating than Solo running across his old pal Boba Fett in an epic episode that allows us another chance to see the beloved smuggler again? The question is, would it be Alden Ehrenreich’s version of Han Solo or a digitally de-aged version? The thought is totally exciting.
In fact, for that matter, could we even see the likes of Qi’ra in this series? Last time we saw her she had taken over Crimson Dawn from Dryden Vos. If Boba Fett is now part of the Shadow Collective as the leader of Tatooine’s criminal ring, it’s very possible we can see her return as a crime boss queen in this series. Because for all we know, she isn’t dead during this time in the galaxy.
Oh snap, we need to see Qi’ra in The Book of Boba Fett! Oh, there’s a lot to be excited about with this show and I just know that Favreau and Filoni have a lot of surprises up their sleeves.
All in all, that finale was one of the best I’ve ever seen and a perfect conclusion to a show that has made the last two years some of the best years being a Star Wars fan.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.