‘The Mandalorian: The Marshal’ History & Lore, Explained
Today we’re here to talk about The Mandalorian Chapter 9, “The Marshal,” which I truly believe is some of the best Star Wars we have ever gotten. But this isn’t a review of the episode. I’ll leave that to people more critical of Star Wars than I. Instead, I’m here to shed some light on some of the interesting ways Star Wars lore was incorporated into this episode. so let’s move along, shall we?
I feel the best place to start is with the character of Cobb Vanth, who makes his first on-screen appearance played by Timothy Olyphant. He first appeared in the Aftermath trilogy of books written by Chuck Wendig. The short stories within the books that involve Vanth take place over a period of time between the end of the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY (after the Battle of Yavin) and the Mandalorian arriving in Mos Pelgo around 9 ABY. These stories go into some more detail on his life. I won’t cover it all here and I do recommend you read the books yourself.
After the Death Star was destroyed and the Imperial occupation of Tatooine ended, a power vacuum was created which was then filled by mining companies as The Mandalorian showed. Eventually, Vanth got hold of Boba Fett’s old armour from Jawas, killed the mining enforcers, and took back control of Mos Pelgo, later renamed Freetown, as its Sheriff. He ends up rescuing Malakili, who you may recognize as the fat shirtless man that walks in crying after Luke Skywalker brutally murders his dear Rancor. After this, we get no information on him until we see Vanth as the Marshal of Mos Pelgo in The Mandalorian.
Having gone into this episode not knowing anything, this was the most surprised I have ever been at a Star Wars property. I jokingly called out “Krayt dragon!” as the sand shifted and the ground shook under Mos Pelgo. Imagine my surprise when my half-joke, half-sincere hope came true. Krayt dragons appear in a couple of different ways in the original Star Wars film but this is the first time we have seen a live one as far as I’m aware. The first appearance is as a skeleton that can be seen behind C-3PO and R2-D2 when they come out of the escape pod on Tatooine. And second, in one of mine and Kieron‘s favourite Star Wars moments, when Ben Kenobi scares off the Tusken Raiders looting Luke’s speeder with the wail of a Krayt Dragon. Some added lore was brought in from Star Wars Legends for this episode as well, including the fact that they create pearls and can live inside Sarlacc pits after having consumed the Sarlacc itself. Also, this episode showed their ability to spit acid in order to defend themselves. Some huge additions to the lore of an animal that was just a background prop in the original film.
The final shot of this episode was genuinely the most surprised I think I have ever been. Seeing Temuera Morrison back in live-action Star Wars nearly made me shit my pants. If it weren’t for the election I don’t think I would have thought about anything else until thenext episode released. Thankfully I somehow missed the news that Morrison had been involved in the show and was ecstatic when I saw him again. Obviously, this means that Boba Fett survived his time in the Sarlacc, but we don’t know when he escaped. If we base the timeline of his escape on when his armour was found it could have been that same day for all we know. But we do know it must have been soon after he was left there considering Cobb Vanth found his armour probably less than a week later. No matter when he escaped, it’s exciting to finally know for sure that he did, and I cannot wait to see more of Boba Fett in live-action.
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