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Gina Carano Is No Longer a Part of ‘The Mandalorian’

One thing that we know about Disney is it is a company that thrives on diversity and inclusiveness. Since last September, Gina Carano has been on the naughty list after changing her Twitter bio pronouns to beep/bop/boop as a joke against those who use different pronouns to identify themselves.

This was just before the second season of The Mandalorian came out and after these comments Star Wars fans began to request her removal from the series. But that wasn’t enough to get rid of her and I was glad of that. I personally loved Gina’s role as Cara Dune and her undeniable toughness. She was one of the coolest heroines I’ve seen in any television show or movie and I loved her inclusion in the series. But unfortunately, she just wouldn’t stop rambling on Twitter and Instagram as she shared anti-semitic, anti-COVID, transphobic, pro-conspiracy-theorists rhetoric on her social media platforms.

And yesterday, the call for her removal from The Mandalorian boiled over after she posted on Instagram that being a Trump-supporting Republican was the same as being a Jew during the Holocaust. That was it. That was the final straw that forced Disney’s hand, hence she will no longer be a part of Star Wars or any other Disney project.

I’m kind of bummed, actually, because I really liked her as Cara Dune. She was quickly ascending the ranks of my favorite Star Wars characters and I couldn’t wait to see her shine in what was most likely her spinoff series, Rangers of the New Republic. But I am confident that whoever will be recast in the role will be an exceptional choice and could become an even better Cara Dune in the same vein that Don Cheadle was far greater as James Rhodes in the MCU.

So…now we just have to wait and see who will be our new Cara Dune. That’s an exciting thought.

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Boba Fett or Cara Dune: Which Disney+ Series Would Be Better?

As with all acclaimed series spinoffs are imminent and there have already been some rumors that we may end up seeing several spinoffs spawn by The Mandalorian. Two of which focus on fan favorites: Boba Fett and Cara Dune.

Boba Fett has been an obscure character in the grand scheme of this series so far. He’s only been seen twice and fleetingly but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to play a large role moving forward.

These next four episodes of The Mandalorian are bound to hold plenty of surprises and what does that mean for Fett’s inclusion in this series? And is his story in this show destined to spring his very own Disney+ series featuring the retired bounty hunter and his adventures on Tatooine? Or could this series give Boba the chance to get offworld and continue his story in a way that feels both original and vastly rewarding?

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‘The Mandalorian’ Finally Has a Trailer

I’m excited on a random Wednesday morning. Why am I excited? Because the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian came out yesterday and it was delightfully mysterious, as it should be. Here’s the trailer.

It’s safe to say, I love it. Mando is back with Baby Yoda on a brand new adventure. We see a brief glimpse of Season One alums, Green Karga and Cara Dune. A new ultra-mysterious lady in a hooded cloak is shown in the trailer in a way that’s supposed to make us believe that she may be a Jedi. Do I believe that she’s a Jedi? Gosh, I hope she’s a Jedi but I’m more apt to believe that she may be a character who can potentially help him find Baby Yoda’s people.

All in all, this trailer made me happy because it, like the first trailer, refrained from revealing a bunch of spoilers which is a relief. I mean, we’re going to be able to see the show in a month and a half.

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Wow! What a Finale!

Heck yeah! That’s my review of this week’s episode. I’m just kidding. I have more to say than that, of course, but those two words are the underlying current of my feeling about this finale for The Mandalorian.

Last Friday at this time I was sitting at home trying to figure out what I had just witnessed. The Rise of Skywalker was a snowball effect of indecision and fan-service, culminating into a supposedly lovable but ultimately horrendous mess.

This Friday, after watching the finale of The Mandalorian, my faith in Star Wars has been restored. You know, the thought of taking a break from the movies for a little while sounds like a good idea because this show has been fantastic, from beginning to end. Packed full of surprises and debuting one of the greatest fictional characters ever in Baby Yoda, The Mandalorian had every chance to turn south and become a boring mess but guess what? It didn’t!

This finale had everything to offer in a concise way that left me just that much more disappointed with The Rise of Skywalker. But off of the more depressing side of Star Wars, live-action Star Wars shows are awesome!

Next up, in two months we get The Clone Wars. Let’s do this!

I’m giving this episode a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100. A great finale for a great show.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

Let’s Talk: ‘The Mandalorian: Chapter Four’

(This post contains spoilers.)

The Mandalorian: Chapter Four has arrived and yes, it was fantastic yet again. Like I said in my spoiler-free review, the storytelling was allowed a lot more time to grow, dialing down the intensity to put the series on pause. Gone is the nail-biting suspense and peril replaced with character growth for The Mandalorian as he finds himself faced with a life he could have. One that sees him shedding his armor to settle down with a beautiful woman named Omera on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

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(The Mandalorian’s got a girlfriend. Ha-ha!) This was the best element of the episode as we got to have a lot of questions answered, mainly the helmet-removal conundrum that permeated our thoughts with each passing episode.

However, learning that he doesn’t take his helmet off in front of others (“This is the way” he says to Omera) did have me scratching my head a bit. In The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels we are introduced to many Mandalorians, Mandalorians who actually walk around with their helmets off, even in front of others who aren’t a part of their people. So when did this idea that The Mandalorians have to stay covered up in presence of others originate? During the “Purge” that was spoken about in the last episode of The Mandalorian? Is this a defense mechanism for these people because of what the Empire did to them in the time since Star Wars: Rebels? Or is this a rule designated by a certain clan that our title hero, The Mandalorian, is a part of? I hope this question is answered in the coming episodes.

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Cara Dune’s introduction could’ve been better but I’m not complaining. She was brought into the series in a fascinating way as we were immediately given a crash course on her toughness. Watching her knock The Mandalorian flat to the ground with one punch was definitely jaw-dropping!

This is a bit of spoiler but I know she will be in the final two episodes of the series, meaning we’ll get to see her being awesome again in a few more weeks. I mainly appreciated that the relationship between The Mandalorian and Cara Dune wasn’t sexual but rather featured mutual respect between two powerful characters who can take care of themselves very well. What a duo!

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But one of the aspects to the episode that was very entertaining was the fascinating action sequence where the villagers had to take on the raiders and the AT-ST walker. It was thrilling, action-packed, and we were once again allowed to see how awesome newcomer ex-rebel shock trooper Cara Dune is.

While this isn’t my favorite episode–that honor still rests with the second episode which feels me with immense joy every time I watch it due to the directing, cinematography, music, and the several situations presented throughout the episode, the fourth episode manages to tell a great story and help move the series forward.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.

‘The Mandalorian’ Drops Its New Trailer

The Mandalorian is officially dropping in two weeks and just to be nice Disney dropped yet another stunning trailer for the live-action series tonight and I am more than thrilled with the trailer’s results.

Delivering some new visuals to whet any avid Star Wars fans’ appetites, this trailer is the show I’ve always dreamed of but thought I’d never get a chance to see. Of course, these are just trailers and I’m trying desperately not to let my excitement get to my head but one thing’s for certain, I am loving these characters already.

The fact that we’re getting this series just a little over a month ahead of The Rise of Skywalker is all the more thrilling. I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on the first episode in a couple of weeks.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.