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Can Fan Service Really Work? A Reflection on The Mandalorian Season 2

Star Wars, TV Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

A little over a year ago a small green creature took the entire world by storm as millions of memes flooded our social media feeds. His name was Baby Yoda.

Or at least that’s what we called him, those at Lucasfilm and others working on The Mandalorian called him “The Child.” He was this mysterious green creature who is clearly of the same species as Jedi Master Yoda, one of the most recognizable characters in all of Star Wars. And in a day, “The Child” somehow became just as popular.

Season 1 of The Mandalorian followed a mysterious bounty hunter who obeyed a specific set of rules while trying to keep a valuable child out the hands of many greedy and nefarious foes. Throughout the first season he becomes attached to the child, learning that there more in life than making a quick paycheck, and quite possibly, that there’s more to being a Mandalorian than he originally thought. The end of the season tasks the Mandalorian, whose name is revealed to be Din Djarin, to return this child to a group of enemy sorcerers known as “The Jedi.”

There was also one other reveal at the end of the season, a fan favorite lightsaber pulled straight from The Clone Wars. This saber is called the dark saber.

In eight short episodes The Mandalorian was able to reveal quite a few surprises that kept the fans wanting more and felt true to the story they were trying to tell. And now that the second season has concluded. The question is, did the latest season do likewise?

I believe the answer is yes. Somehow, season two managed to have triple the amount of surprises without changing the core of its story. As a Star Wars fan, and as a writer, I would like to take a look at why this approach seemed to work.

MAJOR SPOILERS INBOUND!

CLONE WARS BREAKDOWN – AHSOKA AND THE UNDERWORLD ARC

Disney, Star Wars, TV Reviews

The second to last episode arc of The Clone Wars, historically called “Ahsoka’s Walkabout” features four new episodes that deals with the aftermath of Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order. It includes episodes such as “Gone With A Trace,” “Deal No Deal,” “Dangerous Debt,” and “Together Again.”

These episodes followed Ahsoka, who after leaving the Jedi Order sought to hide from her Jedi past and learn how to live like a normal citizen in a galaxy far far away. Throughout this arc she faces many challenges and each of which forces her closer and closer to revealing the truth about who she is.

CLONE WARS BREAKDOWN – “THE BAD BATCH ARC”

Disney, Star Wars, TV Reviews, Uncategorized

The Clone Wars returns with a good, clone centered arc, that focuses on Captain Rex and what he has lost! I really enjoyed the first four episodes of season 7, so lets just jump right into it!

What’s it about?

The first four episodes of Season Seven of The Clone Wars features Captain Rex as he works with a unique group of Clones called “The Bad Batch.” The end of the Clone Wars is upon us, Anakin and Obi-Wan are based on Anaxes, a planet created for The Clone Wars but previously seen in Rebels, during the Outer Rim sieges. In these epsiodes, Captain Rex must lead a group of four genetically advanced troopers to find an old friend long gone.

The episodes are titled “The Bad Batch”, “A Distant Echo,” “On the Wings of Keeradaks,” and “Unfinished Buisness.” The four of them were released previously on StarWars.com, but there were some major changes made to the overall story.

Instead of breaking down every episode, I want to give you my general thoughts on them as a whole. THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS!

“This is where the fun begins!”

CLONE WARS BREAKDOWN! – A Three Part Series Where I Freak Out Over A Kids’ TV Show.

Disney, Star Wars, TV Reviews, Uncategorized

You might have heard: Star Wars The Clone Wars is back!

Thats right! The greatest animated show ever, has returned to TV (err, Disney+).

Words cannot express how important this series is to me. When I was nearing the end of elementry school, I heard of this new series called “The Clone Wars.” I wasn’t a Star Wars fan at that time but I loved cartoons. Never did I know that this little show would help transform my love for both Star Wars as well as storytelling.

This short blog post is a prelude to a three part series I plan on writing. Part one is already written and should be released later this week. I am very excited that the Clone Wars is back, and have been thoughly enjoying the final season. I hope to share a bit of that enjoyment with you! But perhaps I should explain why I, and so many other Star Wars fans, love The Clone Wars.