The Mandalorian is a TV series, now in its second season, that’s available on the Disney Plus streaming service. It carries on the legacy of the Star Wars universe, offering new characters and tantalizing connections with old ones. The hero is from Mandalore. He’s a bounty hunter who comes across “The Child” (an infant) and decides to protect him as he hunts down the bad guys. The Mandalorian lives in a Wild West land, except that land covers the vastness of space.
There are a lot of action adventures on offer in living rooms and movie theatres. They present an escape from dreariness and fear, well represented these days by Covid. But is there more? Can media give us healing and transcendence and love? Surely our personal relationships are where these values reside. But only there?
I love going on the What’s New on Disney Plus website to see what folks are writing about this or that show. A few days ago, a fellow posted this:
“I’ve been trying to get my mom into The Mandalorian because she loves Star Wars. For some reason, she couldn’t get into it. When I asked why, she said it’s because she’s a woman. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there are a lot of women that love this show, and not just for Baby Yoda.”
I started reading the replies. Here’s a sample from the six hundred. Please enjoy them.
Strong, mysterious man with a soft spot for babies and kids
What’s not to love?
One of the things my wife and I share is our love of Star Wars
Gender is meaningless. The Mandalorian is awesome
Has she heard Pedro’s voice? [the actor playing The Mandalorian]
That alone should be good reason enough
My mom really enjoys watching The Mandalorian. She gets excited every Friday. Even my grandma got into it
Love it! I think the strong characters and the non-wussy women
I love the sense of humor
Honestly, I think that if it wasn’t for the way Mando protects the child
I wouldn’t be waiting impatiently for the next episode
I love the “space western” feel it has
Far too many men try to gatekeep us out of geeky things
We mustn’t do it to ourselves
It illustrates that a manly man can be a father
Love watching it with my 13-year-old grandson every week
Tell your mom in the Mandalorian way of life, women are equal warriors
and some of the most fierce and famous Mandalorians are female
It doesn’t make you less of a woman to like something
I count the minutes until the next episode
My mom loves anything and everything Star Wars. And she’s 89-years-old!
I look forward to Friday nights when my husband and I get to watch
Sweetly said, everyone