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Note: So important that it's italics: Episode 1 of Disney's new Star Wars streaming show has a lot on it Spoiler "The Mandalorian."
If the Darth Vader spatula is an indication in my kitchen, I have a thing for Star Wars.
If the Han Solo bobblehead on my desk is an indication, I may be more than a variety of have a thing for Star Wars.
This episode traces the first episode of "The Mandalorian" – a series that follows five years after "Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi" and follows a Mandalorian is not 100% Boba Fett – maybe one a little unfair.
It was probably great for the occasional Star Wars fan.
From the original trilogy (from the Swipe Transitions to the Familiar Weapons, to the carbonit hulls on The Hunter Ship Strike), there were some solid new characters (the Ugnaught named Kuiil, who teaches the Mandalorian, the Great Lizard Riding a thing that almost bites off one of your arms) and a bounty hunt droid that is absolutely ruling.  But for less casual owners of Han Solo Bobbleheads, Star Wars' first live-action TV venture since the unlucky "Star Wars Holiday Special" has been a minor dilemma. This is clearly destined for a Star Wars world before and after Mandalor, in which a whole generation of new Star Wars fans will have infinitely more background knowledge of characters who have developed a cult following that almost exclusively based on their darkness.
] Boba Fett dies fastest in the "Star Wars Dead" in "Return of the Jedi", has four lines in "Empire Strikes Back" and zero lines in "Return of the Jedi", but still has a complete Jawa Sandcrawler worth Merch online. People love Boba Fett. They tattoo him on their arms, dress up for Halloween as him, and play him in virtually every good Star Wars video game.
But here we are in "The Mandalorian" and learn EVERYTHING about Boba Fett's race: There's a bounty hunter guild this guy is in. Our Mandalorian hero used to be a foundling (which is clearly just a normal human person). apparently, Mandalorians should know how to ride the big lizard things (obviously, you guys); and the skull seal we see on Boba Fett's shoulder plate appears on one of Blacksmith's wall, which means there's probably more background story on the way.
And because Lucasfilm knew it was going to break Twitter, they ended the last episode with a revelation of the "Bounty" the Mandalorian is supposed to collect: Baby Yoda.
No, it's not really Baby Yoda (although we learn that Yoda was a baby, he was at least 50 years old), but it's the third time we met someone from Yodas Species have seen. This is one of the most mysterious galaxies (it does not even have a name outside of "Yoda's Species"). , GIFs and screenshots flooded the social media platform all Tuesday, a spoiler that the studio is likely to rely on to convert subscribers to the $ 7 per month streaming service.
This brings us to the most rhetorical question: will Disney win the stream? Wars? Almost definitely, but will they do it at the expense of the canon and cult fandom? Episode 2 runs on Disney on Friday.
Grant Marek is the Editorial Director of SFGATE. E-mail: [email protected] | Twitter: @grant_marek