Adorable spoilers ahead for anyone that has yet to stream The Mandalorian, the first ever live action Star Wars series, available now on Disney+. You've been warned.
It's May 4th, which means its time to celebrate all things Star Wars. Most of all, it means celebrating Baby Yoda
Since 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi introduced Ewoks, a ferocious but cuddle-coaxing teddy bear type Pokémon, audiences have come to expect Star Wars media to deliver at least one good boy per film. Many fans considered that a negative turning point in the franchise, citing Lucasfilm's apparent desire to focus more on selling toys to young children than quality storytelling and world building. So when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, Ewok-haters fully expected the Star Wars franchise to plunge into Beanie Baby fan fiction set in space.
Enter The Mandalorian, an original live action series available exclusively on Disney+, which premiered earlier this year. Everything about the show's marketing portrayed the series as dark, gritty, and tailored to a more mature Star Wars fandom. And it delivers! From the opening sequence where a violent bar fight unfolds and a man's body get sliced in half, to the haunting performance of Werner Herzog portraying a member of the Imperial remnant, it's clear this show leans more towards Showtime than Nick Jr.
It's at the end of episode 1, however, where the "big twist" sets this show apart from all Star Wars media, managing to do the impossible: giving fans the most adorable creature imaginable, in the darkest, most violent Star Wars story to date. I'm not going to waste time here speculating on the implications of what a "baby" from Yoda's species appearing in this show has for this series, upcoming feature films, or the franchise as a whole. No. Today we simply behold the unparalleled cutie pie goodness of "Baby Yoda."
Who's got the force? Is it you? Yeeesssss it is! Lucasfilm
Can you say "Mando?" Lucasfilm
Baby Yoda in his floating smoochmobile Lucasfilm
Who me? Lucasfilm
"I want to go to there" Lucasfilm
Yeah, this show is about a Mandalorian, sure. ;)Lucasfilm
The Mandalorian from Disney Star Wars is a promising, welcome addition to the Star Wars franchise. The sequel trilogy has been extremely divisive for fans. However, if you binge YouTube commentary like I do, it's clear that most fans are pro-Mandolorian so far, even if they hated Rise of Skywalker. Sure, one can criticize the show for cashing in on nostalgia like much of Disney-era Star Wars, but when we get something like Baby Yoda (presumably the child of Yoda and Yaddle) it's hard to object.
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Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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Raymond's popularity sheds light on a bizarre underside of the Animal Crossing fandom.
Raymond is a smug cat who highlights his heterochromatic eyes with hipster glasses.
He is essentially the same exact character as every other Animal Crossing villager with a "Smug" personality type, but again, and this is very important, Raymond is a cat with heterochromatic eyes and hipster glasses. As such, he has completely broken the Animal Crossing community.
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