Spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 comply with.
Episode 1 of The Mandalorian season 2 simply launched – and it is an actual deal with if you happen to’re a Star Wars fan, for quite a few causes. In addition to that includes a huge Tatooine set-piece that seemed costlier than something Lucasfilm pulled off in season 1 – with an enormous sandworm getting blown up after consuming a bantha laden with explosives – it additionally launched a Star Wars character from the books to dwell motion.
That was Cobb Vanth – the person carrying the Boba Fett armor on this episode, performed by Timothy Olyphant, who’s nearly at all times taking part in some model of a cowboy when he seems in TV reveals and films (Justified, Deadwood, Rango and Quentin Tarantino’s As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood, to call a number of examples).
And that wasn’t even the largest shock for Star Wars followers on this episode: what seemed to be Boba Fett himself turned up on the finish, too – performed by Temuera Morrison, who performed Boba Fett’s father, Jango, in Assault of the Clones – seemingly alive after escaping from Jabba’s Sarlacc Pit.
Now, on the very least, it looks as if Vanth is ready as much as be a recurring character in The Mandalorian’s future. Vanth and Mando inform one another that they hope their paths will cross once more on the finish of this primary episode – nothing forges a higher friendship than slaying an enormous sandworm, in any case.
However Olyphant is so huge a star that Cobb Vanth appears like a possible candidate for a spin-off from The Mandalorian – and we all know Disney desires to make a few of those.
Flash again to a Disney earnings name earlier this 12 months – and the corporate’s CEO Bob Iger mentioned the next: “The precedence within the subsequent few years is tv with The Mandalorian season 2 coming in October, after which extra coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, together with the potential for infusing it with extra characters and the potential for taking these characters in their very own course by way of collection.”
Certainly Cobb Vanth looks as if a very good candidate for that?
Sowing the seeds
A Cobb Vanth spin-off may work – and this primary look nearly capabilities as a backdoor pilot episode for what that present may seem like, because the sheriff and protector of this backwater Mos Eisley city (it is actually not on the map).
What actually works about Vanth’s introduction on this episode is that you do not want the bags of his appearances within the Star Wars: Aftermath novels to grasp who the character is. The present’s creators take the time to inform you the whole lot it is advisable learn about him instantly: how he got here to change into the protector of the city of Mos Pelgo, after acquiring Boba Fett’s armor from the Jawas, and utilizing it to defeat the miners who took over the city.
On this episode, he was carrying Boba Fett’s armor over what seems like a jumper knitted by his grandma – by the top, he handed the armor again to Mando in alternate for saving the city.
It is nice storytelling, as a result of this method to introducing the character would not depend on wordy exposition or Star Wars lore. To the viewer, he is only a cool man who forges an understanding with Mando in battle – you need not learn Wookieepedia to know any extra. This reveals how The Mandalorian can weave in wider components of Star Wars lore with out it seeming contrived.
This bodes effectively for later episodes in season 2 – that are rumored to introduce extra characters from the canon.
The thought of a spin-off that includes Vanth is smart for a number of causes. First, it is uncommon for The Mandalorian to present us an origin story this detailed for a one-off character – the flashbacks listed here are complete. Second, Olyphant is a giant title for this type of one-off function, even by this collection’ requirements – he would certainly be an ideal lead for a Disney Plus Star Wars TV present.
Third, the selection to deliver Vanth into live-action from different media feels important – right here you’ve gotten a personality who already has pre-existing tales to attract upon for inspiration. It’d simply be a pleasant Easter Egg for followers that he turns up right here – however what if there are greater plans in retailer at Lucasfilm?
Cobb Vanth, the spin-off TV present: make it occur. Let’s hope we see him once more earlier than the top of season 2.
The Mandalorian season 2 releases each Friday on Disney Plus.