I’m not one to brag buuuuut I’m going to take this moment to brag a little. Just a smidge. Nothing major but I do want to acknowledge that I called my shot. That I stepped into the batter box, knocked the dirt off my cleats, and like Babe Ruth pointed my bat to the stands. And then I delivered! I told you all last week that I had a premonition that we were going to be getting that Mandalorian season two trailer soon, and I was only off by a week. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not too bad. In fact, I would say that it almost makes me a geeky witch doctor type with the foresight for trailers. No? Are you sure because I’d really like to print that out on a business card?
Before going to bed last night, the feeling of an impending trailer was strong and it helped cushion the blow of yet another New York Football Giants loss. I don’t understand how this team has been so bad for these last three years but I’m not ready to talk about it and I think I saw some promise from this group despite the loss. I’m afraid to have expectations. That offensive line though… my god. This is not the point. The point is The Mandalorian season two trailer has arrived and it has made yours and my Tuesday all the better.
So, what did this trailer reveal? Well, not a whole lot but also enough to make me super giddy. The music was ominous with a voice-over from the Armorer reminding us that Mando is going to be taking Little Baby Yods back to his people… whoever that may be. We still live in a world where Yoda’s species doesn’t have a name and maybe part of season two is exploring that unknown aspect of the Star Wars universe. What we do know is that last season’s reveal of The Child certainly makes marketing a whole lot easier. Season one drew us in because it was the first Star Wars live-action television show with a Mandalorian at the forefront. With season two, Disney can go alllll in on reminding of us that where Mando goes so does The Child. Hell, it’s basically the tag line for this season and it makes my heart full. The two are a ying and yang destined to roam the galaxy and get into adventures and we are destined to watch those adventures. On a streaming service. Starting on October 30th. Disney pay me my plug money!
Where will these adventures take our heroes? Tatooine is most certainly back in play with the shot of the bantha and Tusken Raider as Mando’s ship flies in the background. It’s hard not to think Hoth when you see the two walking in the snow further imploring that Mando needs to learn how to care for a child better because LBY needs a winter coat and some mittens stat! It would be cool if that snow planet is Hoth, a planet we haven’t revisited since Empire, but I’m willing to bet that this is a new location altogether. Part of the charm of The Mandalorian should be expanding the Star Wars universe and while it would be nostalgic to see Hoth again we’ve already got Tatooine for that.
Quick note, did anyone else get those earth vibes with the opening shot? Mando’s engines seem to be on the fritz and earth on the horizon?! Can someone get into his helmet and tell him to turn around? LBY is too pure for this planet!
We also have this water planet that sees Mando and The Child on a boat and a dock with a whole bunch of seedy-looking characters. The excitement of the costume design crew almost oozes out of the screen as you just know they had a field day here. Amongst the crowd though there was one standout that seemed to be perfectly timed with Mando’s description of the Jedi, “enemy sorceress”. Who is that hooded figure?! Immediate thoughts went to the rumored appearance of Ahsoka Tano but that wasn’t Rosario Dawson underneath that cloak that was WWE star, Sasha Banks. What?! I would certainly classify that under unexpected appearances and it has me wondering just who the hell she’s playing. Could it be some unknown Jedi who knows about The Child’s bloodline? Could rumors of her being Sabine Wren be true? I’m leaning toward new Jedi but am all ears for your opinions. This was my biggest eyebrow-raising moment. In fact, it might still be raised a little bit. Kind of like Attitude Era The Rock.
Other than that massive mystery, the trailer really delivered on our need for Little Baby Yoda content. I giggled with delight when he closed his little floating egg so Mando could beat up the cyclops and his hooligan buddies. One of which, the one with the knife in his chest, was from Dathomir. I almost forgot how adorable The Child is. I just get so absorbed in those big doe eyes or mesmerized by those ridiculous ears. Who am I kidding, I could never forget the adorable power of LBY. I just missed this little guy. I feel 2020 needs more of that positive Little Baby Yods energy out in the world.
And while the trailer certainly delivered a darker tone that will lead to some more cohesive storytelling, it was missing a few things. The Dark Saber and Moff Gideon were surprisingly absent from any of the footage. There was no Boba Fett although the return to Tatooine could play in his favor. And there was no Ahsoka, Sabine, or Bo-Katan. And I’m more than okay with that. When rumors circled about Ahsoka showing up in the trailer I thought it was a bit much. I hate when trailers give away the farm. I like the surprise of seeing the story unfold within the actual story. This trailer helped scratch the itch of more Mando but didn’t give away the farm. We are reminded of the quest and now have some new questions to ask along with a catchphrase. As far as first trailers are concerned, this is a complete success. Because where ever Mando and LBY go, so do I.
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What did you think Geeklings? Did the first trailer to season two of The Mandalorian live up to your expectations? Who do you think Sasha Banks is playing? What do you think is in store for Mando and The Child this season? Be sure to sound off in the comments or if you’d like to talk more Mando with yours truly you can find me on Twitter @iamgeek32. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another trailer viewing to work in. This is the way.