Callbacks The Mandalorian makes to the Star Wars Universe
Callbacks, easter eggs, references – whatever you want to call them, the Mandalorian live-action Star Wars show has plenty on offer.
- In the original Holiday Special that introduced Boba Fett he rode a large creature. The Mandalorian learning to ride the Blerrg is a small nod to this.
- ‘Life Day' from the Holiday Special is also mentioned by the first bounty, thus bringing this celebratory event into Star Wars canon.
- Televisions Special blaster – zapping the ice monster was an explicit reference to the same action Boba Fett does in the Holiday Special Cartoon segment.
- Salacious Crumb from Return of the Jedi. Remember him? He took out C3PO's eye. Known as a Kowakian monkey-lizard, two are featured for the first time since Jedi – one is cooking on a spit and another caged one is looking on, not feeling too good about things.
- When Mando visits the unnamed Imperial Officer, the ID system that pokes out the door is the same that is fitted out on Jabba's Palance entrance – it's the one C3PO and R2D2 interacted with in Jedi.
- The Blurrg the Mando learns to ride was first seen in the Star Wars cannon in the second Ewok adventure film, The Battle for Endor.
- IG-11 robot features heavily in this episode – an IG robot bounty hunter was briefly spied in the line up of hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Boba Fett cameo – when the Mandalorian is meeting with the Armorer, there's a sneak background shot of a person wearing armor which looks suspiciously like Fett – thus meaning he survived his supposed death in Return of the Jedi in the Sarlacc Pit:
Season One, Episode 2 – The Child
- We see the Mandalorian attacked by Trandoshians – the bounty hunter Bosshk who was briefly spied in The Empire Strikes Back line up is the same species.
- Jawa – sand crawlers, stun guns that immobilise things – a great call back to the Jawa of A New Hope. Was the Mando on Tatooine?
- When Yoda Baby used the Force, there's a shot of the three fingers – just as Yoda did in TESB.
- Utinni! The classic Jawa exclamation of surprise in ANH is repeated in this episode.
- The floating mechanical device that's about to administer ‘treatment' to Baby Yoda is closely modeled on the same one that Darth Vader used on Prince Leia on the Death Star in A New Hope.
- The droid that discovers the newly orphaned Mando is a call back to the prequel film Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars.
- The bounty puck that Greif Karga offers to Mando features a Mon Calamari – the first of which was Admiral Ackbar, introduced in Return of the Jedi.
- The container used to carry the steel earned by the Mando is a direct call back to the infamous ‘ice cream' man in The Empire Strikes Back. An extra later given the named Willrow Hood, carried a real word ice cream maker during the evacuation scene in Cloud City – it was intended to be viewed and some kind of sci-fi – device but has since become the stuff of legend. The Mandalorian has officially named this ‘safe' a camtono. This really leans into the joke because camtono means ice cream according to the little girl who invented the word…
- The Battle of Endor is spoken of by Cara Dune
- The ATST walks into a trap, which is reminiscent of the antics the Ewoks got up to in Return of the Jedi.
- Baby Yoda meets a Loth Cat – which was first spied in Star Wars Rebels.
- Mando called Baby Yoda a ‘womp rat' which you might recall Luke mentioned he could shoot in A New Hope.
This one is chock full of call backs to A New Hope & The Phantom Menace. Plenty of other things familiar to the Star Wars universe are spied too. This should be no surprise when you learn that Star Wars alumni David Filoni directed and wrote the script – if you've never heard of Filoni, he's the ‘George Lucas' of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. He also directed the first episode of the season. He's a bloody legend!
- The ship attacking the Razor Crest appears to be a Naboo Star fighter – the same kind that Anakin Skywalker piloted in The Phantom Menace.
- The three pit droid units that the Mando gives grief to when he lands at Mos Eisely are the same kind as that featured in The Phantom Menace during the pod racing scenes. They are inspired by The Three Stooges.
- Did we just mention Mos Eisely confirmed!?
- In the cantina, Toro Calican is sitting posed like Han Solo was in ANH with his legs up on the table. And he does shoot Fennec first…
- The ship repairer, Peli Motto (played by Amy Sedaris), calls Mando a womp rat.
- Dune sea is mentioned. That's where the Sarlacc pit lives. (Incidentally the Dune sea was probably named for the Dune novel which Lucas took a lot of inspiration from.
- Mandalorian mentions the Hutts.
- Gonk droid spied!
- Calican refers to Corellia – which is where the Solo film started.
- Tusken Raiders feature in perhaps their longest scene ever! One of them makes the classic noise they made when Luke was attacked in ANH.
- “She's got the high ground” This line from the Mando can only be a reference to the famous line that Obi-Wan Kenobi delivers to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith.
- “She's no good to us dead” – Mando quoting to Calican about Fennec is a call back to a similar line Boba Fett made in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Motto refers to Beggar's Canyon. Luke spoke of this place in ANH and it was first seen on screen in The Phantom Menace.
- Fennec mentions Mos Espa – which is where Qui-Gon Jinn went in TPM.
- The casino slots of Canto Bight from The Last Jedi are recalled
- Gungans are referenced when Mayfeld (played by Bill Burr) makes a joke about what Mando looks like under his helmet.
- The robot of the crew looks similar to 4-Lom from The Empire Strikes Back.
- Twileks appear!
- Berg – the muscle is a Devaronian. Think back to the original Cantina scene in ANH – that was the first and only time such a Devaronian has been seen in Star Wars, a gap of 42 odd years between appearances.
- The ‘little mouse' robot was of course first seen in ANH when Chewie growled at one on the Death Star.
- The film makes a joke about how Stormtroopers cannot shoot, which is a classic Star Wars meme:
“He's a former imperial sharpshooter”
“That isn't saying much”
“I wasn't a Stormtrooper, wiseass”
- The Mando shutting the door down on the Devaronian was similar to how Luke killed the Rancor in Return of the Jedi.
- A horned man reminiscent of Darth Maul fights Cara Dune.
- The Child can do a Force Choke like Vader…
- The Child's first actual use of Force Healing powers is a direct connection to what happens in The Rise of Skywalker.
- Cara Dune says “It's a trap” – calling back to when Princess Leia said it Empire and more famously Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi.
- The Black Death Troopers are the same kind of team that featured in Rogue One.
- The Speeder bikes the Stormtroopers ride are the same style as that used in Endor in Jedi.
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