In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The High Republic is Here
  • A New Era of Star Wars Gaming with Lucasfilm Games
  • Rosario Dawson on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Live-Action
  • Tribute to Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett
  • Star Wars Podcast & YouTube Round-Up
  • Exclusive Star Wars Collectible Replica Box Sets from Zavvi
  • And more!

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Mandalorian The Tragedy Review

The Mandalorian season 2 finale dropped a humdinger on fans with the appearance of a familiar (digitally de-aged) character, whose face sent everyone into a spiral of nostalgia. But how did Lucasfilm and Disney+ pull off that reveal without it leaking before the episode aired? By not including it in the script at all, to the point that cast and crew weren’t even aware of the surprise cameo.

Spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 follow.

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Look, you’re not going to find a human being on this planet who doesn’t want to close the book on 2020. But in that sea of darkness and abject misery, there are silver linings to be found. Silver linings like…well, the television was pretty damn good.

Join us, the /Film staff, as we run down the best TV we watched in 2020.

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Disco Star Wars Christmas Lights Display

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, we don’t care if Christmas is over, because it’s 2020 and we still need some holiday cheer in the form of an impressive disco-style Star Wars Christmas light display. Plus, listen to the Cobra Kai cast recap the first two seasons of the show before the third season arrives this weekend. And finally, find out how Star Trek: Discovery is using the latest in 3D-printed design for the shows costume design and accessories. Read More »

Robert Rodriguez Directing The Mandalorian

Robert Rodriguez has made a throwback to his Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl days. We Can Be Heroes is another Rodriguez kids’ movie full of rainbow colors, unrestrained giddiness, and childlike imagination. The original Netflix superhero movie is wish-fulfillment for children. It’s also another movie that feels hand-crafted by Rodriguez, a famously do-it-yourself filmmaker.

It’s a big month for the director, who reintroduced audiences to Boba Fett in a killer episode of The Mandalorian. Both the director’s entry in the Star Wars universe and addition to Netflix’s library bears his signature eye for playful escapism. With almost 30 years in the business, Rodriguez’s childlike wonder for filmmaking remains firmly intact.

That enthusiasm comes through on-screen and even over the phone when you interview the Austin-based director, who recently told us about the benefits of creating original properties, lessons from George Lucas and James Cameron, and his fond memories from making Alita: Battle Angel.

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The Mandalorian Playing Cards

Last year, following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fans were treated to two sleekly designed packs of collectible playing cards inspired by the light and dark side of the Force. One year later, Star Wars is stronger than ever thanks to The Mandalorian, and the stylish, high quality playing cards manufacturers at Theory 11 have delivered a pack of cards inspired by the Star Wars series on Disney+. And yes, The Child formerly known as Baby Yoda gets quite the prominent placement too. Read More »

The Mandalorian Luke Skywalker DeepFake

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the digitally de-aged Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker from the second season finale of The Mandalorian get a DeepFake makeover to improve on some of its shortcomings. Plus, take a look at the planning of the intense fight choreography and stunts from the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. Finally, if you’re looking for the perfect digital fire to give your 2020 holidays just the right ambiance, then Netflix‘s dumpster fire has you covered. Read More »

Mandalorian and The Last Jedi

This post contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For anyone with a passing familiarity with the timeline of The Mandalorian and its relationship to the rest of the Star Wars canon, it wasn’t a hard leap to guess that Luke Skywalker would be the Jedi to answer Grogu’s (or as you better know him, Baby Yoda) call from the temple on Tython. 

When he finally did appear on the season finale of The Mandalorian, he brought with him an action scene that is at once breathtaking and startling. Evoking equal parts of Darth Vader’s Rogue One hallway scene and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon at the beginning of The Phantom Menace, Luke Skywalker arrives and cuts down the Dark Troopers in style.

To boil it down to a word, that word would be “badass.”

This scene and depiction of Luke became a talking point between those who liked Luke’s depiction as a broken man in The Last Jedi and those who disliked or misunderstood it, finding this new scene to be a repudiation of Rian Johnson’s masterpiece. So let’s cut through the noise: the Luke on display in The Mandalorian is exactly the Luke that we’ll find years later in The Last Jedi.

Let me explain.

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As teased in an end-credit sequence following the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett, a new Disney+ Original Series produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez. Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian and starring Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter, along with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, The Book of Boba Fett is currently in production and will arrive December 2021 on Disney+.

As a massive Boba Fett fan, this is a total dream come true. While the official announcement states the series is set during the events of The Mandalorian, the title suggests the show may have some anthology elements, like Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales or those classic books of the Expanded Universe era like Tales From Jabba’s Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.

If the show utilizes a framing technique that has Boba reminiscing on his life and career as the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, we may get to see some fabled moments from the character’s past that will disintegrate (in a good way) the hearts and minds of diehard Fett fans everywhere. Here are some people, places, and things that really, really should appear in the upcoming series.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look back at over 150 Star Wars references and Easter eggs from the second season of The Mandalorian. Plus, learn about some of the filmmaking tricks and movie magic that went into creating the modern holiday classic Elf, and watch Stephen Colbert have all of The Late Show virtual guests warm up with a little sound sync slate. Read More »