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New Podcast! The Mondaylorians – “The Mandolorian: Chapter 17: Abe Lincoln’s Secret Skeleton”

This week, I had the pleasure of stopping by the podcast The Mondaylorians, hosted by Niall Glynn. I was thrilled to get to talk about the third season premiere of The Mandalorian, The Apostate.

It’s a lovely chat, full of tangents and asides, covering everything from the place of The Mandalorian in the Star Wars canon to the question of whether Jon Favreau is the nicest auteur working in Hollywood. We do also talk about the third season premiere of the show, and the various competing forces that seem to pulling it in various directions, and the question of how the show grapples with the pull of nostalgia and even if it has something to say about the current political moment. Also, we talk about the ethics of using dead bodies in statues.

You can listen below, click the screenshot, listen directly at this link or even listen to back-episodes of The Mondaylorians here.

New Escapist Column! On the Third Season of “The Mandalorian”…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. With the premiere of the third season of The Mandalorian this week, it seemed as good a time as any to consider the long-delayed return of Disney+’s flagship streaming show.

After nearly three years off the screen, The Mandalorian returns with three very different objectives: to reassure viewers that it is still the same show, to fill in viewers on how much has changed since The Book of Boba Fett and to set up a new status quo and a new over-arching plot. It’s a fairly ambitious piece of television, just in terms of logistics, both rebooting the show and also attempting to maintain a strong sense of internal continuity. It doesn’t entirely work, but it also works better than it should.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.