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Describing the Mandalorian Footage Shown at Star Wars Celebration



The Mandalorian enters.
Photo: All images: Lucasfilm

Fans who watched The Mandalorian panel online during Star Wars Celebration Sunday missed one key thing: never -for-seen footage for the first ever live action Star Wars TV series. In the room, executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni showed behind the scenes featurette as well as full scene and trailer. We'll start with the trailer.

Things start in a Cantina. We know this by the crazy collection of weird aliens and all the noises you know and love. Cut to a table, and on one end is Greef, played by Carl Weathers, and the other, The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal. The Mandalorian does not take his mask off in any of these scenes.

Greef taks out a bunch of pucks, which are bounty markers and look like things you use to play shuffleboard. "Bail jumper, bail jumper, bail jumper" he says as he lays them on the table. Neither man is impressed as the bounties Greef has. “I will take them all,” the Mando says. Greef says that's all he has, implying he doesn't want to give them all to him. "What the highest bounty you have?" The Mando asks. "5000 credits," Greef replies. "That doesn't even cover fuel these days," says the Mando. Well, Greef says, there is this one job. It doesn't have a puck. It's more of a face-to-face, direct commission kind of thing. "Underworld?" The Mandalorian asks. He's interested. Hand painted a card and the Mandalorian walks out.

He played on Carl Weathers.

He's on the streets of some kind of city. It's the same street, in the same outfit, it's in the first press shot of the show. His walk is slow, like an actor wearing too much, but probably because this guy is not in a rush to get where he is going. Along the way, he walks at a stand that is grilling kowakian monkey lizard, with another one in a ready to be eaten. He arrives at a gatekeeper droid, just like Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi at a door, knocks, and out pops on TT-8L / Y7 gatekeeper. The droid scans the card Greef gave the Mando and let him in.

A steady dry greets him at the door, and the Mandalorian follows it slowly as it goes away. It's a dark hallway with those long Star Wars lights in a few places here and there. The hallway leads to a door. When it opens, it's filled with Stormtroopers. They look dirty and and rundown. At a table in the center of the room is his leader, or a man who appears to be their leader, at least a man played by Werner Herzog. Herzog's character says he was the best bounty hunter in this parsec, and very expensive. If they're talking to another man, played by American Gods "Omid Abtahi. Out of instinct and surprise, the Mando pulls his gun on the man, who has a duty is a scientist and not a threat. Even so, the Mando keeps his guns up, because all the Stormtroopers have also pulled on him and say he won't put his guns down until they do. "We have you four to one," says one of the troopers. "I like those odds," replies the Mando. Finally, everyone puts down their weapons, the scientist relaxes, and the Mandalorian seat down.

Mandalorian gun fight

Herzog's character puts an orange cloth on the table and reveals a piece of scissors, the metal alloy the Mandalorians typically craft their infamous armor out of — strong enough to absorb a blaster bolt, perhaps strong enough to take a glancing blow from a lightsaber. Everyone is very impressed. “Go ahead, it's real” says Herzog's character. He adds that it's just down payment and there is much more if the Mandalorian brings the market to life. However, Herzog's character adds, he understands bounty hunting, and would be acceptable proof of termination for a lower overall fee. "That's not what we agreed upon," says the scientist. “I'm just bringing pragmatic,” says Herzog's character.

The Mandalorian accepts the deal and asks what information he has. He does not have a puck on this, but has a tracking FOB and four digits of an eight digit ID number. Which, considering it's 50 years old, is apparently still impressive. It was unclear why, but Herzog's character can also provide the mark's last reported position which, he suggests, in tandem with the other information, should be more than enough for the Mandalorian's talents to complete the task.

good for cropping to be back in the hands of a Mandalorian, ”says Herzog's character. "It's nice to restore things after a period of disarray." The Mandalorian exits and the Lucasfilm logo appear.

Now the footage goes properly into trailer time. We see the Mandalorian's ship, the Razorcrest, flying across the sky. In a cantina (there are a lot of cantina's in this show, apparently!), The Mandalorian sees Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano, described at today's Celebration panel as an "Ex-Rebel shocktrooper". "What's her business here?" He asks, before the two fight in hand-to-hand combat outside – falling on the ground and both pulling guns on each other simultaneously.

Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano

About all of the next footage, and monologue plays. It's delivered by Werner Herzog's character. This is not 100% accurate, but it's close:

The Empire improves every system it touches. Judging by any metric: safety, prosperity, compare Imperial rule to what is going on now. Is the world more peaceful since the revolution? Look outside. I see nothing but death and chaos

While Herzog monologues, a character played by Giancarlo Esposito walks up. He's a bad guy, you can tell. He's with a bunch of different Stormtroopers. "Burn them out," he says, as a trooper with a flamethrower goes to town burning something with dozens of other troopers laying on the ground dead. Inside another cantina (like I said, lots of cantinas) there are a slew of different aliens: Twi'leks, Jawas, a Devaronian, etc. Outside, an IG assassin droid, presumably the one played by director Taika Waititi, is a the street spinning and killing a bunch of troopers. A new character played by comedian Bill Burr, holding two blasters, with a shaved head, fires in a green-lit space ship. Another character flies to TIE fighter, and then we see slow-motion footage of the Mandalorian hitting a Stormtrooper in the mask, and the mask crashing under the pressure. Finally, the Mandalorian raises his staff-like gun — a homage to the blaster rifle by Boba Fett in his animated debut during the Star Wars Holiday Special .