13 November 2019 06:34

We finally know when UK Star Wars fans are getting The Mandalorian.

Star Wars fans rejoice! Disney Plus is live, which means the very first episode of The Mandalorian is live, and we have things to discuss. There's flashback, lore hints, armour upgrades, but most importantly: What the hell is the deal with that ending? In case you haven't watched, The Mandalorian takes a sketchy bounty job from the one and only Werner Herzog, then infiltrates a base full of bad dudes alongside a bounty hunting robot. After slaughtering everyone with what can only be described a blaster crossed with a WW1 vickers-style mini-gun, The Mandalorian finds the bounty and...

Wait, is that a baby Yoda? Yep, the bounty in question is baby Yoda looking thing. The Mandalorian is set after Return of the Jedi and Yoda died in Return of the Jedi, so look. This is completely normal in terms of the Star Wars universe (Yoda died at 900 years old) but that doesn't tie in with any possibility of a Yoda reincarnation. Most likely this is a brand-new character and that is a very cool thing indeed.

But we don't know anything about Yoda's species, not even what they're called. We've only ever seen one other member of the species in Star Wars--"Yaddle," a female who appeared in the prequel trilogy. That would suggest that creatures from Yoda's species are rare and, potentially, powerful users of the Force. Does ol' Werner Herzog want Yoda Jr. to conduct experiments or to train him up as some sort of super-Sith? Initially Beskar, the metal The Mandalorian was given as a downpayment for the "rescue Yoda Jr." mission, looked like your bog-standard bar of gold or silver.

Also, in perhaps the most video game moment in Star Wars canon, The Mandalorian literally took this "ore" and got himself a Dark Souls-esque armour upgrade from a Blacksmith. And in a Dark Soulsian twist, Beskar has its own lore that most likely will tie into how The Mandalorian plays out over this first season. We also know that Beskar is used to produce Mandalorian armor and that armor is of huge cultural significance to Mandalorians. It's interesting stuff, and kinda speaks to the depth of the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is doing a show-don't-tell thing with the Beskar and the armour. One of the strangest parts of The Force Awakens was how quickly the Empire came back from what looked like a crushing defeat in Return of the Jedi. The crew that The Mandalorian meets in the first episode look like a ragtag group of beat-up Stormtroopers. Just how powerful are they at this point, and what side will The Mandalorian take as the story progresses? In earlier marketing Pedro Pascal (who plays The Mandalorian) referred to this show as a place where the lines between good and evil are "blurrier." It'll be interesting to see that play out. Personally I'm hoping baby Yoda turns out to be like Jack-Jack from The Incredibles and we get to see some HILARIOUS slapstick action between The Mandalorian and an insanely force-sensitive 50-year-old baby. We finally know when UK Star Wars fans are getting The Mandalorian. The highly-anticipated television spin-off to the Star Wars franchise is finally on its way, and is the first live-action ongoing drama of its kind. The show isn't going to be be the only one either, as we will be getting a prequel series to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, focused on the characters of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K2-S0 (Alan Tudyk). But The Mandalorian will arrive first from Disney's television output. Here is everything you need to know about The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian UK release date As the series will be released in installments in the US, the delay likely means UK fans will receive the series in its entirety when the streaming service lands in the UK. The Mandalorian trailer The explosive full trailer was finally been released publicly after clips were previously shown at Star Wars Celebration 2019. The Mandalorian cast Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian The Game of Thrones and Narcos actor stars as the morally ambiguous gunslinger and bounty hunter, who is sent on a mission that will take him across the Galaxy. The Haywire star plays a former sharpshooter and loner who comes into The Mandalorian's crosshairs. Weathers plays the head of a guild of bounty hunters who helps deliver The Mandalorian's mission. The Thor: Ragnarok director plays a robotic bounty hunter of a similar model to The Empire Strikes Back character IG-88. The iconic actor portrays the apparent leader of the 51st legion of stormtroopers who gives The Mandalorian his mission and is keen to see the rise of the Empire once more. The Breaking Bad actor stars as a black-clad warrior and antagonist. The Mandalorian plot Set five years after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Galactic Empire but twenty-five years before The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian is in a period where remnants of the Empire remain but the First Order has not risen in its place. Following the titular Mandalorian, a mission across the Galaxy could prove a perilous job and sees him interact with a whole host of shady figures in this gritty story. The Mandalorian directors The series will have episodes directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow. The Mandalorian is released on Disney+ in the UK on March 31, 2020. Disney Plus is here, and episode 1 of The Mandalorian launched alongside it. Episode 1: Already available Episode 4: Friday, Nov. 29 Episode 8: Friday, Dec. 27 As for the specific time, episode 1 dropped alongside Disney Plus itself at 6 a.m. ET, so it's possible that other episodes will drop at the same time. We'll be able to confirm that on Friday, Nov. 15 when episode 2 drops. Another alternative for those of you on Twitter, if you "like" the tweet below, The Mandalorian Twitter account will notify you when the episode drops, if you want to watch as soon as it's ready. ❤️ this Tweet to receive a transmission when each new chapter of #TheMandalorian becomes available on Disney+. pic.twitter.com/Ulig28XGfS — The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) November 5, 2019 In the meantime, you can check out our major questions, and 10 things we learned, after watching episode 1.