A new dawn in Star Wars, with a new mantra (and a thousand new memes). It’s a mantra that connects people, a code by which they live. Simply it’s: “This is the way.”
But The Mandalorian’s arrival marks not just a new dawn in the world that George Lucas began, but the one we now live in. This is much more than the start of a great new telly show, but a whole new world and a whole new way. With Disney+, we’re set to see the most ambitious small-screen/ big-screen/telly/movie cinematic storytelling crossover project ever. What does it mean for cinema? What does it mean for TV? Oh God, wherever will we get the time? As with all big changes we’re nervous, a bit scared and massively excited. So we did the only thing you can do in such a tumultuous state: send our Chris Hewitt to speak to Jon Favreau and Pedro Pascal to get under the skin of just how and why The Mandalorian happened. We’ll worry about the rest in due course.
This is the way. You know, it’s four words that I’ve been wondering about as I write this. About what connects us through great telly, great movies. What connects us as people. And what connects us, to you, our wonderful readers. You see, this is my last issue speaking to you for a bit: I’m off to bring a child into the world (if I’m lucky it will share some characteristics with The Child). And while I’ll miss this — miss, well, you — I also take consolation in a couple of things. That you’ll be left in the majestic hands of Nick de Semlyen, who’ll be Acting Editor, and that, well, this is the way. Isn’t it?
See you in a little while.