Exploring The Mandalorian: Chapter 2

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Exploring The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 | Anakin and His Angel

- Target in-hand, the Mandalorian must now contend with scavengers -
Written by: Jon Favreau | Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa

The Mandalorian takes places about five years after The Return of the Jedi.

I was almost smiling throughout the entire second episode of The Mandalorian and felt much more engaged with what was taking place than in the previous episode. I still consistently struggled to believe that I was watching Star Wars because of the score but overall I enjoyed this episode very much and I was once again amazed at how beautiful this show is.

I didn't expect that our new little baby friend (whom I will now refer to as "Tiny" thanks to my friends over at The Resistance Broadcast) would get so much screen time but I loved every second of it! I think it made up for the fact that almost nothing happened in this episode besides the relationship development between the Mando and Tiny and the big reveal near the end, both of which I want to discuss.

We saw a relationship begin to unfold between the Mando and Tiny which was absolutely adorable! I wondered, as soon as we were introduced to Tiny, if he was Force-sensitive. It was then confirmed as soon as he attempted to heal a wound that the Mando received while protecting him in a fight against a group of Trandoshans. This was my absolute favorite scene! The way Tiny tried to help the Mando not once but twice really made my heart melt. His repetitive action perfectly captured the way young children behave and I loved it! He is so pure. The Mando wasn't aware that Tiny was trying to help him each time so he placed him back in the carrier. I was dying.

The Jawas shockingly had a lot of screen time in this episode and I was a fan! After the Mando realized the Jawas stole enough from the Razor Crest to make it immobile, he went to his new Ugnaught friend Kuiil (Nick Nolte) whom we met in Chapter 1. Kuiil suggested to make a trade with the Jawas to get his parts back. The Jawas explained that they are interested in an "egg". The Mando, of course, ends up acquiring the egg but not before he found himself going head-to-head with a giant beast. At one point the beast aimed for Tiny but the Mando, once again, protected him. After the Mando was almost completely knocked out from the fight, Tiny returned the favor and used the force on the giant beast to raise him from the dusty and muddy grounds of Arvala-7 so that he could no longer charge towards the Mando. This gave the Mando the advantage to stab the beast with his last weapon, a knife. I exclaimed "I KNEW IT!" as soon as Tiny used the Force. This immediately made the show all the more interesting for me. I especially wonder if Yoda's species might all be Force sensitive since we now know of the existence of Yoda, Yaddle and Tiny.

Near the end of the episode, after the Mandalorian brings the Jawas the egg in exchange for what they stole from him (that was pretty nasty, right?), Kuiil asks the Mando to tell him again about what Tiny did. Neither of them could believe it. I was very surprised they weren't aware about the Force and I actually think that this will make the Mando and Tiny's journey much more unique.

I can't believe we have to wait another week to find out what happens next! I feel that the Mando and Tiny will become inseparable. I also hope we'll be introduced to Gina Carano's character, Cara Dune.

If you're interested, I further discussed Chapter 2 on #TheMandoFanShow with my friends of The Resistance Broadcast. You can listen to it on Apple Podscast, Soundcloud, Spotify or you can watch the episode below!

What did you think of the second episode? Let know in a comment below or send me a DM on Twitter or Instagram! I am NOT openly discussing spoilers about The Mandalorian on social media.

Star Wars x COACH

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

What I Wore:

Star Wars Signature Animation Town Tote: c/o COACH
Turtleneck: TopShop (Similar)
Asymmetrical Skirt: Target (Similar)
High Block Heels: Target
Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar)

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

Today is a big day for COACH! The fashion-forward brand has released their very first collection in collaboration with my favorite franchise in the galaxy! You can shop the new Star Wars collection of totes, backpacks, wallets and more now at a COACH Outlet store near you and on their website. There are nearly 100 pieces in the collection and everything is so dreamy!

I'm truly honored to be able to say that COACH invited me to help them get the word out about this Star Wars collection which you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram. They also kindly gifted me the Star Wars Signature Animation Town Tote. I was teary-eyed upon opening the parcel when it first arrived as it is my favorite piece in the collection. I love how the glittery Star Wars logo stands out against the muted black and grey shades of the bag. It's quite a timeless piece that I can honestly say I'll be using year round!

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

I love that this is a larger sized tote. It's not fun being constricted as far as what you need to keep with you for the day and this bag offers a lot of room for everything you need plus more. I could easily throw a jacket in here if I wanted! There's also an inside zip pocket which I appreciate. Organization is always key in my book!

Star Wars x COACH | Anakin and His Angel

You can expect to find this tote for $250 and under at COACH Outlet stores. It is currently on sale for $171.20 on their website! I would highly recommend snatching it up before it's too late! Please let me know what you think of this tote and which piece is your favorite from the collection in a comment below or get in touch with me on Twitter or Instagram!

Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with COACH. All opinions are 100% my own.

Exploring The Mandalorian: Chapter 1

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Exploring The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 | Anakin and His Angel

- A Mandalorian bounty hunter tracks a target for a well-paying client -
Written by: Jon Favreau | Directed by: Dave Filoni

The Mandalorian takes places about five years after The Return of the Jedi.

After watching the first episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, I have to be honest and say I didn't love it. I was completely blown away by everything visually, I actually can't believe it's not a movie! But the story, though it intrigued me, did not grasp me the way Star Wars usually does. On top of that I found the score to be quite distracting. It felt too busy at times and like it didn't blend well with many of the scenes.

It was exciting noticing several familiarities like a Gatekeeper Droid and even the Kowakian Monkey-Lizards even though I probably won't ever recover from that scene (MY HEART!). Without elements like these I think that the show overall might not have felt like Star Wars at all to me even with the Mandalorian present in almost every single scene. The "feeling" is something that every fan is familiar with and one that is different for all of us. I realize we are only one episode in of an eight part series but this was my initial experience. Although I did not love the first episode, I did find it enjoyable and I'm actually anxious to watch the second episode this Friday! I also plan to do a re-watch of Chapter 1.

My favorite part about the show so far is the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal). I like the way he carries himself, his quiet nature and the careful words he chooses to speak. His combat style seems to be unique and I'm hoping that we get to see many more action-packed sequences that will show off his talents. It was a real treat to see him fighting alongside IG-11 (Taika Waititi) against the different alien species! My guess is that we haven't seen the last of the spunky bounty hunting droid. I was really shocked that the Mandalorian took him out the way he did. I think I might have actually gasped, "What!?" because I instantly loved the character. It was interesting to me that they were both given different instructions on what they were to do with the bounty they were after. Speaking of which...

A baby Yoda? Well, not Yoda specifically but one of his species anyways. Who even saw that coming? It makes sense the little one was fifty years old considering Yoda passed away at nine-hundred years old. I wonder for how long they are in the infant or youngling stage? I'm so curious about the mystery surrounding this bounty.

"I have spoken."

What did you think of the first episode? Let know in a comment below or send me a DM on Twitter or Instagram! I am NOT openly discussing spoilers about The Mandalorian on social media.