- Disney+ streaming exclusive series The Mandalorian has made a splash with fans and critics alike
- The first-ever live-action Star Wars television series has audiences hooked– and in love with cutesy character Baby Yoda
- With so much fanfare around the series, odds have been released surrounding various props in relation to The Mandalorian
Given the mixed reactions to Disney’s Star Wars related media since the company bought Lucasfilm, it’s nice to see they really did things right this time.
The all-new seriesThe Mandalorian, an exclusive to Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+, has hooked fans and critics alike. Both new fans and long term Star Wars fans seem to finally agree on something for once.
With a massive $15 million budget, this television show feels movie quality. Whether or not that’s going to impact the television world now is sort of irrelevant. The Mandalorian is changing television with its impressive production values.
Odds The Mandalorian Show His Face in Season One?
All odds taken Dec. 4
Part of what makes The Mandalorian such a draw is the air of mystery surrounding the titular title character. Pedro Pascal shines in the role of “Mando”, impressive considering you never even see his face. (That is, unless you count social media).
Like all Bounty Hunters in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian keeps his entire head covered by a metal helmet. Only four of the eight episodes of this season have aired, and so far the helmet has stayed on the entire time.
In episode four, Mando is asked by Omera, a potential love interest, if he’s ever removed his helmet or if anyone has ever forcibly removed it from him. He answers no.
There is definitely an air of intrigue surrounding Mando’s helmet. You have to hand it to Pascal for managing to be so impressive in a role where he can’t rely on facial expressions to help carry the performance. But that’s also what makes Mando so mysterious.
Given the success so far of The Mandalorian‘s first season, we’re likely to see a season two. There’s no way Disney is going to blow Mando’s cover this early in the game.
Pick: No (-300)
Odds Baby Yoda Will Use The Force Again in Season 1 of The Mandalorian?
Even with Pascal’s impressive performance, all eyes in the media are on a different character from the series. Without a doubt, The Mandalorian‘s breakout star is Baby Yoda.
Though Baby Yoda isn’t officially the character’s name (the original Yoda has died in the Star Wars universe films, which occur before The Mandalorian takes place). But the public doesn’t seem to care for that detail. Baby Yoda is a bona fide star, beloved in online memes and holiday merchandise.
In episode two, Baby Yoda helps The Mandalorian in a big way. As Mando is struggling to defeat the hideous Mudhorn beast, Baby Yoda casually steps in with an assist and humbly exerts The Force to help his companion secure a victory. No big deal, or whatever.
Two episodes later, both Mando and Baby Yoda have been in the line of fire and under dire circumstances. Baby Yoda hasn’t used The Force again since. Whether that’s because he’s too young to maximize the skill frequently or he’s just being calculated in his approach, it seems Baby Yoda is holding off on using The Force for the near future.
But half a season remains, and both characters are under a lot of risk. Baby Yoda’s likely to pull out The Force at least one more time before the season rolls to a close.
Pick: Yes (+150)
Odds There Be a Baby Chewbacca Appearance in the First Season of The Mandalorian?
The focus on The Mandalorian already has two lead characters, both of whom take up a lot of air time and have more than enough audience draw. Keep in mind The Mandalorian is a Disney production and at the end of the day, it’s all about the bottom line.
With a crazy expensive budget (which will likely increase in season two), Disney is going to pull out more cutesy babified characters to help merchandise from The Mandalorian to cover production costs. That said, they’ll let the Baby Yoda gravy train ride out in full form before going back to the drawing board for a Baby Chewie in Season 2.
Pick: No (-700)
Odds There Be a Mandalorian Movie Before 2022?
After this Christmas’ The Rise of Skywalker, it’s anyone’s guess as to where the big-screen Star Wars material will go next. Both Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige are slated to be working on unrelated trilogies next. But will either trilogy surround Mando?
Doubtful. Disney+ is leveraging subscriptions of their streaming platform with this enterprise (pun intended). If The Mandalorian sticks to Disney+, their subscribers will stick around for more. Likely, they’ll use Johnson and Feige’s Star Wars material to cover different characters than The Mandalorian.
Pick: No (-350)