The Mandalorian Watson could use
The new star wars TV game Am Mandalorian following the adventures of a ruthless bounty hunter named Din Djarin. He has a strong Western baby, something that science fiction author Rajan Khanna immediately admired.
“One of the things I always wanted to see from the Star Wars universe is that they deal with other genres, so not just space opera, but Westerns, thrushes, spy stuff, whatever, ”Khanna says in Episode 395 of the Geek Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I think the universe is wide enough and deep enough to handle that, so that this Western feeling works very well for me. ”
Din Djarin is a man with very few words, and for almost the entire show his face is hidden behind a meaningless metal helmet. Geek Guide to the Galaxy Guest David Barr Kirtley says that's fitting, as it's clear that the character intends to take advantage of the size of fellow Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett.
“[Boba Fett’s] Appeal is basically that it's so mysterious, you don't know everything about it, and there's not a ton of character development, ”Kirtley says. “So I feel it might not be true for that whole character or that whole appeal if [Din Djarin] you had a lot of character development and a very detailed background knowledge. ”
But science-fiction author Matthew Kressel found that the lack of character was exacerbated, especially during an eight-episode TV show. "You get a little bit of who it is, but every time they look at you, it's a cliché," says Kressel. "Who is he? What are his values? What does he think? Does he have any great desire? I never got any of that."
Fantasy writer Erin Lindsey says the solution might be to pair Din Djarin with a more accessible side, similar to the twist between Sherlock Holmes and Watson. This allows Din Djarin to remain secretive and secretive while still providing opportunities for a richer character and emotional connection.
"We do not have to understand it, but we have to connect with it in some way, even if it is through a third party," she said.
Listen to the full interview with Rajan Khanna, Matthew Kressel, and Erin Lindsey in Episode 395 of Geek Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some of the highlights from the discussion below.
David Barr Kirtley on nostalgia:
“It really brought back memories of watching Events in Brisco County, Jr. with my father. I don’t remember the show as well. It's Western - I think kind of Weird Western or Steampunk Western or something - but I vividly remember the feeling of watching that show with my dad, and this brought back the memories that's back a lot, because he has this particular kind of Old West. de vibe dha. … What this show does is a conscious rejection of the advances that TV storytelling has made in the last 20 years. Especially in the middle, it's very episodic. It's simple and straightforward, and the characters are very simple, and it's just fun. I think a lot of your thoughts on whether you find returning to television is simpler than refreshing and nostalgic or just back. ”
Matthew Kressel on bad writing:
“I see this very much in a bad narrative, where the narrator wants something special to happen, so they manipulate the reality of the world to make that happen. And in [the episode called] 'Prisoner,' is this foolish torch. It's like, 'Oh, if you click on this hawk X - wings will come up and blow you up.' And I'm like, 'Okay? I guess?' So apparently you could just take that lantern and place it anywhere, and the X wings would come and be like, 'Well, that's the lantern, I think we should to explode. ' What is the truth of this? And why isn't this prison ship traveling through hyperspace? Why is it traveling through space at slow speeds? I do not get that. So it was just weird, silly plot choices. ”
Erin Lindsey on Giancarlo Esposito:
“Giancarlo Esposito is one of my favorite TV actors. He has played one of the coldest television criminals ever. So they have good raw clay to work with that. Clearly their intention with this season - at least I think so - was just to introduce it and tell us that it's there, and it looks like it's going to be pretty bad next season , and that's one of the reasons I'm excited. But one of the things that makes Giancarlo Esposito so amazing is that he's such a cunning actor, and how you can find the best of a cunning actor in a black cape and Darth Vader's-clad outfit -storming? That’s about as cunning as a sledgehammer. So it will be very interesting to see how they mix those two things. ”
Rajan Khanna on bounty hunters:
“I've always wanted to focus more on 'scum and villany' bounty hunter, so I think that's great. It's back to the 'Han shoots first' era of Star Wars. There is a time when the Mandalorian will break down a Jawas or two just off the bat, and nothing is done with it. It doesn't feel very guilty or anything. And I enjoyed that focus. … I really liked the bad thing [in episode 4]- the big thing that was so difficult and dangerous - it's only AT - ST Walker, which we've seen many times before, and Ewoks can kill them with two logs, but on this scale it's awful, and it's awful. making this great effort to bring it down, which I appreciated. I enjoyed seeing that smaller scale. ”
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