MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE MANDALORIAN
Tuesday was the launch day of the Disney+ streaming service and we got our first glimpse at The Mandalorian series with the premiere episode titled Chapter 1.
Well, there is something that folks online quickly noticed about a character’s uniform from a promo image and that was a symbol used on the planet Kamino, known for their cloning services.
Specifically, Dr. Pershing’s (played by Omid Abtahi) arm has a Kamino patch on it which might mean he either is a clone or worked at or escaped one of the facilities. The good doctor is seemingly aligned with Imperial forces so their intentions are a little murky at the moment.
In Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, many of the uniforms worn by the clones in various stages of development had that exact symbol (if not a similar one) as well.
Dave Filoni (who directed the episode) and Jon Favreau (writer/producer) would be well aware of this.
It’s interesting that The Client (played by Werner Herzog) tasked The Mandalorian to track down a 50-year-old alien baby (the same species as Yoda which doesn’t have a name). I think many are kinda starting to think that this could be a clone of Yoda due to one of the folks in the room is from Kamino, but that has yet to be determined if that really is Yoda or just another alien from his home planet.
It’s certainly really really weird they went with a Yoda baby unless it has some major significance to the rest of the series.
The Kamino patch isn’t the only symbol that has us asking questions.
Oddly enough, there is also a Boba Fett link as The Mandalorian aka Dyn Jarren’s tribe/clan is seemingly revealed to be the same one as the one that Fett belongs to as we see a similar skull to Boba Fett’s symbol above the entrance to The Armorer (played by Emily Swallow), who happens to be the tribe/clan leader.
Boba’s father Jango Fett was cloned on Kamino for the clone army and Boba happens to be a clone himself.
Why go out of their way to make Pedro Pascal’s character named Dyn Jarren (not Boba Fett) and then still connect him to the Boba Fett clan, when they didn’t have to?
It’s bizarre they’re even using this call-back to Boba Fett, mainly, because the creative team behind the show has been using the talking-points about being original and not reliant on the existing source material with this new series.
However, in the first episode, we now have links to Kamino, IG-88, Yoda, Storm Troopers, and even a nod to Boba Fett, so much for not relying on existing stuff in the universe. The call-backs sort of reminds me of Solo and Rogue One, which is odd since Favreau and Filoni have been vocal about this being new.
They’ve also talked-up how the series explores the origins of The First Order.
Some are interesting and others feel like convenience.
They’re also clearly recycling existing imagery which has been a problem with a lot of the Star Wars projects.
I guess we’ll have to see how the rest of the series plays out.
Chapter 2 will be released on Disney+ this Friday.