The Mandalorian is the newest kid in Star Wars town. And it is making all the noise for all the right reasons. The Mandalorian is an outlaw living on the fringes of law in the Galaxy far, far away. Pedro Pascal has done a really good job at portraying a rugged and complicated character that actually is like by the audience. But no matter how deadly he is, he will never come close to the popularity of another Hit Man who is known for his lethality in combat. Yes, we are talking about John Wick. But Disney has managed to challenge John Wick’s popularity in monopoly by taking the Mandalorian through an extraordinary level of character development. Presenting – The Mandalorian has become the John Wick of Star Wars!!!
SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for the third episode of The Mandalorian – “The Sin”. If you still have not watched it yet, we suggest you look away….
As the Mandalorian turns out to be a mash of genres between sci fi and western action, the story is starting to take us places where we never though they could take us. Baby Yoda is all the rage amongst the Star Wars fans right now. The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter who is renowned in the criminal underworld that managed to kidnap Baby Yoda and deliver it to the Empire, who had set a King’s Ransom of a bounty on the young Yoda’s head. The Mandalorian suddenly grows a conscience and decides to run away with the Baby Yoda. Mando, lovingly called Greef Karga, escapes with Yoda after destroying an Imperial Compound!
The John Wick origin story aligns pretty well with the Mandalorian’s. The Mandalorian feels guilty for leaving Baby Yoda and decides to do something about it. In the wake of his escape, he leaves a trail of blood and chaos. The Kamino Cloner that works for the Empire and is tasked with experimenting on Baby Yoda called Doctor Pershing, will definitely have informed his masters regarding the betrayal. That is basically how John Wick’s story began.
As the Mandalorian starts taking a walk back to his ship after saving the Kid from the clutches of evil, the rest of the Bounty Hunters look at him in amazement. The Mandalorian may have developed a conscience but the other Bounty Hunters have not. If he backtracks on his promise, then it looks bad on the Bounty Hunters’ Guild. This means that business would go down since nobody will be able to trust the Bounty Hunters with any job anymore. Moreover, the bounty is technically still in effect since the Mandalorian took back Baby Yoda from the client.
In John Wick’s Case, the fact that he killed someone within the confines of the Continental –a sacred haloed ground for all Hit Men meant that he will never be able to back to his life before. Like John Wick was “ex-communicado” after he bloodied his hands in the Continental and broke the Hit Men’s code, the Mandalorian is now on the run because he too broke the Bounty Hunters’ Guild’s Code by taking back his bounty from the hands of his own client. The similarities are too many to count.
Like John Wick 3: Parabellum, the Mandalorian will now face the combined wrath of the rest of the Bounty Hunters hot on his tail. The stage is set for an epic showdown. John Wick survived everything his fellow hit men threw at him. But the question that we must ask ourselves right now is – Will the Mandalorian be skilled enough to weather the coming storm? We will have to wait and find out.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular character and is directed by Jon Favreau. The Series was released on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The official synopsis for the movie reads:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series depicts a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.