Now that I’ve finished watching the second season of The Mandalorian, I’ve been catching up with some of the news surrounding it. Whilst the show is on, I try and avoid articles because of spoilers, even if we were all watching at the same weekly pace. A story I read recently made me think about how great this second series has been for women - strong characters, great actors, and all those behind the scenes as well. Here are three things that have stood out to me:
Bring your kids to work
I read this great story about Bryce Dallas Howard’s kids having a huge impact on the show - which you wouldn’t have expected.
Her young daughter would always be worried about Baby Yoda when he wasn’t on set - as in ‘who’s looking after the little guy’? Apparently Jon Favreau noticed the concern and actually took that back to the script and added in notes for the whereabouts of Grogu when not on screen.
I love this because it’s a nice little story but also because it shows the benefit of a little bit of diversity. Jon and Dave probably would never have picked up on this, but having a woman and mother on board meant the information filtered through.
In the flesh
There’s a lot of love out there for Ahsoka and Bo-Katan and rightly so. I just love that they are two characters that were previously only seen in animated form but have been transformed to live action seamlessly. There are a lot of characters throughout The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels that could have made the transition but it’s these two that really hit the spot.
Dream team to the bridge
The dream team of four incredible women (heart Cara Dune so much) took control of this ship and there were so many iconic shots of them - piloting the craft to its destination, shooting their way through corridors, exiting the lift and kicking some serious Stormtrooper butt. They were just glorious.