PUBLISHER: ‘The Mandalorian,’ a Christmas gift from Disney
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …
“The Mandalorian” is a hit for Disney + and a hit with me.
I’m a Star Wars nerd and I say that with pride.
As a kid, I awoke on Christmas morning to find Star Wars action figures and playsets everywhere. I spent hours upon hours in my room, developing my imagination and creativity, playing with my toys.
I had a Death Star play set and an AT-AT Imperial Walker, which was as big as a dog.
I painted an extra Han Solo action figure in red to simulate his carbonite freeze.
My favorite character was Boba Fett, a bounty hunter, with cool Spartan-inspired armor.
That armor in the Star Wars Universe is Mandalorian armor, which brings us back to the streaming show.
Most people love The Child or “Baby Yoda” and I do also, but the Mandalorian character or “Mando” for short is my favorite.
The show is a Spaghetti Western set in space. Mando is a Clint Eastwood-type character.
Our hero makes his way through a tough world. So, you see, the show relates easily to life.
In seven shows, Mando has encountered few friends. He is a loner, but with a heart. His parents were killed during the Clone Wars and the Mandalorians took him in and raised him.
That’s probably why he took incredibly cute “Baby Yoda” in and is protecting him.
Mando bounces from job to job, just to pay the bills and survive. Most people in this Star Wars tale are out for themselves, not unlike real life, unfortunately. Mando survives on faith and by outsmarting his advisories, staying one-step ahead.
Mando’s faith is in Mandalorian culture, think Spartans. He is devout, never taking off his helmet to show his face to anyone.
My faith in Jesus Christ sustains me, as I walk through a dark world.
Mando uses his brain, more than he uses his high tech weapons — flame thrower, grappling line, blasters — or his protective armor — made of Beskar Steel, strong enough to hold up to a lightsaber strike.
My father always said, “Boy, use your brain and not your back.” I’ve been blessed that my jobs have been more taxing on my brain than my body.
By caring for “Baby Yoda,” Mando shows that unlike a typical bounty hunter, he cares about more than just himself.
A father and husband, I can relate.
So, I have a new favorite “television” show and a new favorite character in the Star Wars Universe — The Mandalorian.
One episode is left for the first season, but the show likely will run for several years.
At movie theaters, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is wrapping up the Skywalker saga.
The holiday season is exciting for Star Wars Fans this Christmas.
Merry Christmas and may the force be with you.
Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Chronicle. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. Whitmore can be reached at email@example.com