Will "The Mandalorian" become Oversaturated with "Legacy Characters"?

I like many people have grown up a fan of "Star Wars". Despite calling myself a fan I am also a fan of film in general and I recognize the fact that if "Star Wars" wants to stick around change is needed. Many people and fans alike were upset by the "changes" or deviations brought about by Rian Johnson’s 2017 film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" this caused an uproar at Lucasfilm and the box office bomb that was "Solo: A Star Wars Story" didn’t help matters, causing the end of this new trilogy to feel unfocused compared to the films that preceded it. Because of the odd responses Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to lay off of the Film productions and turn their eyes to television. With the release of Disney+ last year, Disney was able to produce original straight to consumer content the big ticket item being "The Mandalorian". Created by Jon Favreau who has brought us many great films including "Iron Man", "Elf", and "The Jungle Book (2016)". Favreau was brought in to develop a new Live-Action show based in the Star Wars universe. The show proved to be quite the success and earned critical acclaim going on to win 7 Emmys and even garner a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020. With the shows second season on the rise and the rumors of many beloved Star Wars characters set to make an appearance on the show this begs the question–Will "The Mandalorian" become Oversaturated with "Legacy Characters"?

  • This is such a good topic. I have often thought about this with the rumors of all these different "legacy characters" entering this new beloved series of mine. I do have faith that the series will not fall under the oversaturation of "legacy characters". I say this because so far two episodes have released and of course the "legacy character", Boba Fett appeared at the end of the first episode, and hopefully, it stays like that. I think it hits fan service on a balanced note by just teasing the fact Boba serviced the saalac pit from the events of ROTJ. A note to think about is Dave Filloni's huge involvement within the creation of the Mandalorian and how he has dealt with Star Wars characters in the past like bringing back Darth Maul. As we know Rosario Dawson will be playing fan favorite, Ahsoka Tano. The character exists because of Filoni which means that out of any "legacy character" to steal the spotlight of the Mandalorian series would be Ahsoka. So to further add to your question is would this ruin the Mandalorian series because of the trend of Star Wars mediums all being interconnected. Also does "legacy planets" such as Tatooine also contribute to this issue? – X.Welker 2 years ago
  • This topic is even more ripe for exploring now that two seasons of the show have been released and numerous references and legacy characters have made appearances in it. At least two spin-off series ("Ashoka" and "The Book of Boba Fett") have had character introductions in "The Mandalorian," and other moments such as the cameo of Luke Skywalker in the season 2 finale almost stole focus from the emotional interaction of the main characters. Oversaturation and fan service is a valid concern in overshadowing the characters of this series. It might be good to address how these legacy characters are introduced and handled. Are they "name-dropped" as a reference only diehard fans will recognize and understand, or are they introduced organically as new characters to the show's story that just happen to have backstories fans will recognize? Is their use exclusive or inclusive to casual fans? Is this good or bad for the show overall? – CulturallyOpinionated 2 years ago

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