Warning: This post contains big spoilers for the premiere episode of The Mandalorian.
Star Wars creator George Lucas famously found inspiration for his far, far away galaxy in Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 classic, The Hidden Fortress. So it’s only appropriate that Jon Favreau would model his new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, after another famous entry in the Japanese samurai genre. In the closing moments of the series premiere, which just debuted on Walt Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, the titular gunslinger (played by Pedro Pascal) and robotic bounty hunter IG-11 (voiced by Taika Waititi) discover the identity of the target they’ve been sent to find and terminate… and it’s not who they — or we — expect. Inside a circular metal canister, they find a a green-skinned baby alien sporting two very familiar ears. You’ve heard of the classic Japanese manga series Lone Wolf and Cub? Well, get ready for Lone Wolf and Yoda Cub