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According to this article: Cinematographers Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS and Barry “Baz” Idoine and showrunner Jon Favreau employ new technologies to frame the Disney Plus Star Wars series. [...] Shot on Arri’s Alexa LF, The Mandalorian was the maiden voyage for Panavision’s full-frame Ultra Vista 1.65x anamorphic lenses. The 1.65x anamorphic squeeze allowed for ...


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A Mandalorian can take their helmet off when they are all by themselves.1 However, they cannot take their helmet off in front of someone else. If they do, they can't put it back. In episode 4 of the first season, the main character does take his helmet off. From Uproxx, and yes, the Mandalorian does remove his helmet to eat or when he’s by himself, but ...


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You shouldn't have any problem keeping up with the storyline of the show if you haven't watched a single movie in the Star Wars franchise. It has a new set of characters and plot elements. As the director, Jon Favreau, said, “It’s an invitation into [‘Star Wars’] in a very pure way,” said Favreau, whose Disney credentials include directing “The Lion King” ...


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It's shot in anamorphic widescreen - the same ratio as many movies (2.39:1). "Why" could be either… Because of the lenses they chose* or It's fashionable. Letterboxing is 'cool' They used to letterbox music videos in the 80's back when everyone still had square TVs, to make them 'look like movies'. Take your pick. Since many home TV screens ...


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They do, mostly in private, as seen with 'The Mandalorian' in episode 1.04 tiled, Sanctuary. But just to add: While these rules are important to Mandalorian culture and spiritual practices, they are rules that were not always followed. During the series Star Wars: Rebels, a young Mandalorian named Sabine Wren was often shown with her helmet off and in front ...


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I've not watched all of the Mandalorian yet, but I think you are misunderstanding two things: The Mandalorian is set shortly after the events of the original trilogy of movies, after the fall of The Empire, as shown in Return of the Jedi. Wikipedia states 5 years after the fall of the Empire. You see some Stormtroopers in battered armor, and statements ...


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The order the droids and helmets are or belong to: Darth Vader BB-8 C3PO Kylo Ren R2D2 A Rebel Pilot A stormtrooper The Mandalorian From CBR, The first image is of perhaps the single most iconic character from the entire series, the Sith Lord Darth Vader. The pictures change though, to snapshots of various other characters. Next, are a number of major ...


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There is a lot of homage to the previous two trilogies and even elements from Rogue One and The Ewok Adventures too, but that doesn't mean you can't understand or enjoy the story, as it features new characters, but rather you might just miss out on some of the easter eggs (allusions and references), which may help lay the foundation for some of series ...


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This is called Beskar. This metal is used to make Mandalorian armor and can withstand blaster fire. This Esquire article explains its importance for Mandalorians (emphasis mine). This substance is described as "an alloy used in Mandalorian armor, notable for its high tolerance to extreme forms of damage. The metal was durable enough to withstand a ...


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A little bit, but not really. TL;DR, while perhaps in some ways the character's aesthetics or Amy Sedaris' more candid comedy may seem a bit over the top and out of place, I would argue you can see where the choices are coming from. The whole episode is paying homage to Tatooine and it is trying to mix tones between the prequels' and the original trilogy's ...


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According to the Polygon article "Beskar, signets, and why armor is everything in The Mandalorian": Along with the passing reference to Beskar, the Armorer also asks the Mandalorian if his signet has been revealed. He says not yet, so she makes him a plain, pauldron. We don’t know exactly what this might mean; it seems possible that this refers to a ...


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One other reason they probably went with the anamorphic CinemaScope aspect-ratio is that it best-enables them to take advantage of this brand new technology they're using for the special-effects in lieu of a greenscreen, as can be seen in this YouTube video: Screenshot: In short, they now have a cylindrical chamber that is 1 ...


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Tracking fobs are not yet explained in-universe. But the guild uses them to track down the targets. Other targets from the first episode also were tracked with the same device. The Child was also tracked with it in the second episode, before the procedure. I don't think that they are based on an implant - if someone can find the target and implant them, they ...


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It’s Captain Teva’s own Alliance badge. He most likely gave it to her as a show of respect for her loss as well as subtle invitation to her that states, “I respect you… You are always welcome to reconsider the offer…” According to Slash film; bold emphasis is mine: “This episode brings back Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Captain Carson Teva and makes me wonder if ...


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My take on this is that this might be part of the scanning process Mayfeld mentioned when they were overlooking the transport route. "When you get scanned and your genetic signatur shows up on any new-republic register, you're gonna be detected and it's guns out." Since Mando is not part of these registers (I assume) he could scan his face ...


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He wanted to avoid retribution from the population of the city and thought the Mandalorian might prevent his escape. Lang was the lead strongman in a regime that had oppressed, tortured, and murdered many people in the city. He saw quite clearly that this regime he had been a part of was collapsing. The foot soldiers and droids had been defeated, and the ...


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Keep in mind only a few episodes have been released so far, so any answers may need to be updated to suggest more necessary reading/viewing if any subsequent episodes make additional/substantial references. While I agree with AJ's answer that you can enjoy the series without having seen any of the movies, there are some rough references to events, plot ...


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Yes, there is! Watch the scenes featuring the two New Republic pilots: first in Chapter 9, when the two rescue Mando from ice spiders, then in Chapter 12, when Carson Teva gives Cara Dune with his medal. In both scenes, the score is a slowed-down, melodramatic cover of John Williams' 'March of the Resistance' from the sequel trilogy. Here it is on the ...


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Just to add on to iandotkelly's answer, While it appears that The Child is a separate character to Yoda, as The Mandalorian season 1 takes place 5 years after Return of the Jedi and Master Yoda's death, Star Wars: Rebels introduced time travel with The World Between Worlds, in which Ezra Bridger was able to enter through a portal on Lothal and where he ...


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Based on everything I've read and the artist names credited, the message I get from Disney and Star Wars feeds is that these are indeed pre-production concept artworks. https://d23.com/the-mandalorian-concept-art/ Given the documentaries on how they are shooting The Mandalorian, with digital imagery physically displayed behind live actors, it feels pretty ...


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I doubt it. It is only in the US, and Spanish-speaking countries, that flan means something similar to custard. In Spanish-speaking countries and often in the United States, flan is crème caramel. This was originally a Spanish language usage, but the dish is now best known in North America in a Latin American context. Elsewhere, including in ...


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To me the best part about The Mandalorian is exactly what you are experiencing: Something completely new, though I have watched all the movies. I hope this will make sense: Star Wars is successful for many reasons, but a core one would be it's wide universe which isn't explained. When people watched the original Star Wars (Episode IV), aside being amazed by ...


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No, you are correct. Most Mandalorians do have names... “The character is very much built on the iconic presence of the Man With No Name in the Sergio Leone movies, played by Clint Eastwood, [and] the lone samurai in Akira Kurosawa,” he said. “It’s aesthetically and very, very much narratively built in that kind of iconic lone gunslinger/sword-wielder.” -...


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Possibly, yes. In a recant interview with Executive Producer Jon Favreau per Deadline, Favreau explains how the introductory scene with the Child was in part influenced by Steven Spielberg's E.T. Long an influential figure in the world of Star Wars, Filoni played a major role in the creation of an instantly iconic, new character—The Child, otherwise known ...


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Having put my thoughts in writing, I now got something of an answer: Lang assumed that the Mandalorian entered a truce with some people, but not with others and that he himself would be a corner case. Further either he assumed that Mando would eventually decide against him or he did not want to take his chances. So by offering a truce, he tried to pre-occupy ...


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Beskar is newly introduced concept, it's not in the original series. It's able to resist light-Sabres but it can't effectively the Arc-Light Generator which heats up the armour until the person it is protecting is fried.


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While the idea that it's a medal makes a lot of sense, another possible explanation that also fits the show's "space western" vibes is that it's the Star Wars equivalent of a "sheriff's badge". Note that he is depicted as a sort of cop on the beat, or a detective, and Cara herself is the town's Marshal. Perhaps his gesture is a way of ...


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As I remember, C3PO translated something whch Jabba said as meaning that people fed to the sarlacc would be slowly digested over a thousand years. So Jabba claimed that victims of the sarlacc would take many centuries to be digested. And I think the implication was that they would somehow be alive and in pain for those many centuries. I don't know wheter ...


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They scan the face to monitor who used the terminal. The Empire is in ruins and there are many different factions, so they probably don't have records for every troop from offworld anymore. They might not even keep such a database for the same reasons that the Rebellion wouldn't have - OpSec. But... they'd probably be able to slice into official republic ...


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It was a calculated gamble Lang's actions are very much calculated to provide the biggest chance of his own survival. Let's take it step by step: Lang faces Mandalorian: At the very beginning of this standout, Lang has two choices: ether start shooting or stall. He knows, that he has low chances of outright killing armed Manalorian. What he doesn't know, is ...


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