Life Day is Star Wars canon, thanks to The Mandalorian (sorta)
November 17, 2019 3:07 PM   Subscribe

Star Geek celebrates Life Day (Wookieepedia; Star Wars canonical databank) with a comparison of The Mandalorian VS. The Holiday Special, the ORIGINAL Mandalorian (including some spoilers for The Mandalorian episode 1), from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (previously tagged). If that's not enough Life Day musings, Star Geek has celebrated Life Day in past years: 2018 (40 greatest moments for the 40th anniversary), 2016 (Holiday Special spotlight), 2015 (history of Life Day), 2014 (comedic review)

Bonus: Jon Favreau wants to re-make the Holiday Special (Variety interview with video clip), and The Mandalorian on FanFare.
posted by filthy light thief (18 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
I watched the Mandalorian at my neighbor's house, it's not bad. I really like the fantasy-style drawings in the end credits, I think it would be cool to see an animated version using that style.
posted by chaz at 3:22 PM on November 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


The first episode of The Mandalorian was good. I was less impressed by the second one. Hope it can keep up the quality.
posted by haiku warrior at 3:38 PM on November 17, 2019


I don't have plans to get Disney+ right now, but the Mandalorian is a pretty strong argument.

What I do have plans to do, every Christmas, is to go home and visit my parents and make Christmas cookies; and every year, I put on the Rifftrax of the Star Wars Holiday Special while I bake.

I actually rather liked the Boba Fett cartoon in that, at least compared to everything else that was going on. (Bea Arthur was a trouper, though. She would have made a good Mon Mothma.)
posted by Countess Elena at 3:57 PM on November 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


AWWGGGGHHH WRRHWRWWHW AAAAAHNR WUUH UUGGGH
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:07 PM on November 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Hey, everyone, let's sing the Life Day Carol!
posted by WCityMike at 4:25 PM on November 17, 2019 [3 favorites]


The Mandalorian.
posted by curious nu at 5:18 PM on November 17, 2019 [7 favorites]


You will believe a Nolte can Ughnaut.
posted by mobunited at 5:19 PM on November 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


So far, the Mandalorian is surprisingly middling; the lack of originality in characters and concepts, the totally random stakes and solutions for each battle, and the sheer amount of screen time given to humanoids who barely move their faces, mean that each episode so far has been like watching a lonely nine-year-old play with his Star Wars action figures.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:24 PM on November 17, 2019 [5 favorites]


AWWGGGGHHH WRRHWRWWHW AAAAAHNR WUUH UUGGGH


Well that's a terrible thing to say about the Archbishop!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:28 PM on November 17, 2019 [11 favorites]


Hang on now DoT, I totally agree with you, but Life Day is an important holiday, and Greg Nog is just exercising his right to free speech!
posted by mwhybark at 6:06 PM on November 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Look, whether Life Day is cannon is not important. What matters is the that the spirit of Life Day is canon. This is and always has been a settled issue.

What isn't settled is the canonicity of whether Boba Fett was best man at Dengar's wedding. The resolution of this question is the sole determining factor in whether I will subscribe to Disney+.
posted by compartment at 6:12 PM on November 17, 2019


Forget that, where's my Star Wars Detours?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:17 PM on November 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Probably because I screened them together so many times, but I can't hear about the SWHS without thinking of Hardware Wars.
"Basketball is a peaceful planet! We have no weapons!"
posted by bartleby at 9:26 PM on November 17, 2019 [4 favorites]


So far I've kinda liked the Mandalorian. It's not the best thing ever, but it's kind of fun and I like that despite the mythos of Mandalorians being the supreme badasses of everything the titular Mandalorian is actually more like Batman than Superman in that his main power is tenacity and sheer bloodyminded refusal to quit.

I have spoken.
posted by sotonohito at 7:24 AM on November 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


So far, the Mandalorian is surprisingly middling; the lack of originality in characters and concepts, the totally random stakes and solutions for each battle, and the sheer amount of screen time given to humanoids who barely move their faces, mean that each episode so far has been like watching a lonely nine-year-old play with his Star Wars action figures.

A fan-service spinoff of the Boba Fett character lacks depth? The hell you say.
posted by thelonius at 7:58 AM on November 18, 2019 [10 favorites]


thelonius, I LOL'd.

That said, I'm disappointed too. I only saw the first episode, but it seemed like all the wrong stereotypes.
posted by Ahniya at 9:55 AM on November 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


I want the Mandalorian to head into Mos Eisley and walk by an incredibly cheerful woman twirling a parasol, trying to acquire passengers.
posted by WCityMike at 1:44 PM on November 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


Just reminding everyone that we watch the Rifftrax of the Star Wars Holiday Special every Dec 25th evening as part of MST Club's Christmas Marathon, of which this will be our sixth year. (It was a pretty good investment to have bought that back in the day!)
posted by JHarris at 11:36 PM on November 19, 2019


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