The Mandalorian Season One: Call Backs and References to Stars Wars

Callbacks, easter eggs, references – whatever you want to call them, The Mandalorian live-action Star Wars show has plenty on offer.

Season One, Episode One – The Mandalorian

  • 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.
  • Zapping the ice monster was an explicit reference to the same action Boba Fett does in the Holiday Special's cartoon segment.
  • Salacious Crumb from Return of the Jedi. Remember him? He took out C-3PO's eye. Known as a Kowakian monkey-lizard, two of the same species are featured for the first time since Return of the 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 palace entrance – it's the one C-3PO and R2-D2 interacted with in Return of the Jedi.
  • The Blurrg the Mando learns to ride was first seen in the Star Wars canon in the second Ewok adventure movie, The Battle for Endor.
  • IG-11 robot features heavily in this episode – an IG robot bounty hunter was briefly spied on in the lineup 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 that looks suspiciously like Fett – thus meaning he survived his supposed death in Return of the Jedi in the Sarlacc Pit:
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Season One, Episode Two – The Child

  • We see the Mandalorian attacked by Trandoshians – the bounty hunter Bosshk who was briefly seen in The Empire Strikes Back lineup is the same species.
  • Jawa with their sand crawlers and stun guns that immobilize things – a great call back to the Jawa of A New Hope. Was the Mando on Tatooine?
  • When Grogu used the Force, there's a shot of the three fingers – just like when Yoda did in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Utinni! The classic Jawa exclamation of surprise in A New Hope is repeated in this episode.

Season One, Episode Three – The Sin

  • The floating mechanical device that's about to administer “treatment” to Grogu 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 movie Attack of the Clones and the animated series 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, whose character was later given the name Willrow Hood, carried a real-world ice cream maker during the evacuation scene in Cloud City – it was intended to be viewed as 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.
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Season One, Episode Four – Sanctuary

This episode could be considered the Seven Samurai episode of the series. Seven Samurai was, of course, a massive influence on Star Wars.

  • The Battle of Endor is spoken of by Cara Dune.
  • The AT-ST walks into a trap, which is reminiscent of the antics the Ewoks got up to in Return of the Jedi.
  • Grogu meets a Loth Cat – one of which was first seen in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Mando called Grogu a “womp rat” which you might recall Luke mentioned he could shoot in A New Hope.
  • Skugworld…

Season One, Episode Five – The Gunslinger

This one is chock full of callbacks to A New Hope and The Phantom Menace. Plenty of other things familiar to the Star Wars universe are referenced too. That should come as 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 franchise legend.

  • The ship attacking the Razor Crest appears to be a Naboo Starfighter – 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 eponymous characters from The Three Stooges.
  • Did we just mention Mos Eisely confirmed!?
  • In the cantina, Toro Calican is sitting posed like Han Solo was in A New Hope 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 (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 Solo: A Star Wars Story opened.
  • Tusken Raiders feature in perhaps their longest scene ever! One of them makes the classic noise they made when Luke was attacked in A New Hope.
  • There were dewbacks in this episode.
  • “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's quote 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 A New Hope and it was first seen on screen in The Phantom Menace
  • Fennec mentions Mos Espa – which is where Qui-Gon Jinn went in The Phantom Menace.

Season One, Episode Six – The Prisoner

Calls back to the Star Wars movies came thick and fast in this episodem directed by Rick Famuyiwa.
  • 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 in this episode.
  • Berg – the muscle – is a Devaronian. Think back to the original Cantina scene in A New Hope – that was the first and only time such a Devaronian has been seen in Star Wars, making for a gap of 42 or so years between appearances.
  • The “little mouse” robot was of course first seen in A New Hope when Chewbacca growled at one on the Death Star.
  • There's 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.

Season One, Episode Seven – The Reckoning

  • A horned man reminiscent of Darth Maul fights Cara Dune.
  • Grogu can do a Force Choke like Darth Vader.
  • Grogu'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”, which calls back to when Princess Leia said it in The Empire Strikes Back 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 Return of the Jedi.
It's perhaps not a stunning piece of trivia, however, the show itself does not feature a Star Wars opening credits crawl.
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