‘The Mandalorian’: Fans’ Most Frustrating Complaint About the Show

The new original live-action Star Wars series debuted on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. Though the show is still very new, it has already gained the attention of fans and critics.

Why are some fans frustrated with ‘The Mandalorian’?

Pedro Pascal on the red carpet
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Some casual fans have complained The Mandalorian contains in-depth lore from the expanded Star Wars universe.

There is a whole thread on Reddit where fans have been discussing The Mandalorian. Some fans have complained that the show relies heavily on Star Wars lore and has the potential to alienate the casual viewer.

Other fans believe the series should include references to other Star Wars canon.

How does ‘The Mandalorian’ incorporate references to ‘Star Wars’ lore?

The Star Wars universe is big. Each movie and show that is part of the official canon contains plenty of intricate details, connecting and expanding the Star Wars universe. Jon Favreau is the series creator of The Mandalorian. Favreau invests his time in reading the opinions and ideas of Star Wars fans and uses that information to craft engaging content that satisfies and surprises audiences.

Favreau masterfully crafted deep-cut references for the Marvel Universe, and he knows how to intrigue the interest of viewers.

Favreau poked fun at the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, and included props on set to provide a visual reference to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The Mandalorian features a pulse rifle, which was initially featured in the Holiday Special.

One of The Mandalorian’s bounties mentioned “Life Day,” which is a direct reference to the infamous holiday special which involved the celebration of Life Day.

It is also possible that Favreau may create key Star Wars details for The Mandalorian, which could influence the rest of the Star Wars universe. The series introduced a new character, dubbed “Baby Yoda” which could have the potential to defeat Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker.

Did Favreau make the right choice?

Though the show is enjoyable for some casual Star Wars fans, others find it confusing. Considering the size of the Star Wars fandom and the intensity of interest Star Wars fans have, it makes sense that The Mandalorian contains deep-cut references of Star Wars lore.

If the show didn’t incorporate references to other aspects of the Star Wars universe, it could cause the story to fall flat. Part of the reason Star Wars is so successful is that it tells a complex and multi-faceted story.

Favreau revealed that there are two crucial qualifications for The Mandalorian directors:  They must have a passion for Star Wars and they have to be willing to collaborate and share ideas. That means that Favreau and the directors want the show to be interesting for Star Wars fans and they want to incorporate unique and intriguing ideas.

The people working on the series are also Star Wars fans. By including details and Easter Eggs that reference other aspects of the Star Wars universe, the series provides a little extra information for serious fans. The deep-cut references are also an excellent way for the creator to increase interest in other parts of the Star Wars universe.

Incorporating a character that is the same species of Yoda was a quick, effective way to increase enthusiasm for a variety of fans.

Though Favreau is doing a fantastic job telling the story of the Mandalorian, it is impossible to please everyone. Though casual fans may not understand all of the nuanced references, the story is still enjoyable for most fans. The complexity is necessary to ensure that the show can seamlessly mesh with the rest of the Star Wars universe while taking the audience on a new adventure.