The baby Yoda in “The Mandalorian” makes it worth the subscription fees for Disney+!
Of course we know he’s not Yoda, The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire so the Yoda we know has passed and is now one with the Force. But because we don’t know much about the Master Yoda’s race there is no better descriptor for this little guy.
Even referring to him as a “baby” is a bit of a misnomer, the Baby Yoda is 50 years old at the time of the Mandalorian, and he’s not as helpless as his cuteness would imply. The Force is strong with this one!
Disney is doing quite the many things with the Star Wars franchise since they bought it. They’ve produced several new films across different story lines: sequels, prequels, new stories with new characters, cartoons, etc And now a live action TV show, one of the first offerings from the Disney+ streaming service.
Spoilers ahead, and in the images, sorry, but I had to share the cuteness that is.
“The Mandalorian” as the show is titled is, from watching the first episode, an interesting jaunt into the world of Star Wars. While little is known of the time frame we are confronted with a visual part way through that would make the coldest of hearts melt, and it puts the storyline even more a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away… we have a baby Yoda and I’m filled with an abundance of joy and love for the little guy. He’s so darn cute. Though I guess calling him a baby is a little odd, because he’s apparently 50 years old at this point in the story.
Prodigal Son is a new TV show about chasing serial killers… we’ve seen these before and this one isn’t really new in its premise. But it does bring The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne back to our screens and that’s always a good thing.
From the little I’ve seen so far it’s a little bit Hannibal and little bit Sherlock. Tom Payne’s character is saddled with the fact his father is a famous serial killer, and he displays similarly psychopathy which allows him to get into the mind of the killers.
With a cast including Lou Diamond Phillips, Bellamy Young, Keiko Agena, and Michael Sheen, it has the ingredients to be a great show.
I think it starts showing on Foxtel on November 1; but it can be found elsewhere now with the first four episodes already having aired in the US. 🤭
Had a fun evening watching an awesome episode of Spicks and Specks being filmed. I want to go to TV filming all the time, it’s awesome seeing what goes on behind the scenes.
The guests on the show, which won’t air until mid-next year, were Nic Cester (from Jet), Ella Hooper (of Killing Heidi, and the short-lived revival of Spicks and Specks; which wasn’t at all mentioned), Joel Creasy, and Sarah Kendall.
Other guests were the two Kates from the Katering Show who helped out with one of the segments, and Thirsty Merc who were the outro band playing a version of “Hey ya!” by OutKast. We were sitting in the front row right next to the band, it was loud!
It was funny as, and it will be interesting to see how many of the stories and activities make it to air.
There was Joel’s running long in the Substitute round. The boy cannot sing and his team had a very hard time guessing his songs.
Then there was Nic’s story about being in a car with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich who got annoyed at their young driver who was told to pull over and was then left at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, thankfully Lars apparently felt bad a short time later and returned to pick the poor guy up and apologise.
On the way out we were given one of the question cards. A very cool souvenir of the night. Ours mentions the change of the millennium, that Adam. Allen, and Myf were actually wearing their original outfits they wore in one of the shows during the 2000s! And a note for them to recreate the pose in the photo.
It was great. Already ‘sold out’, it was free, the final special is being filmed later this week before Adam returns to the UK for his show “The Last Leg”.
A fair bit of TV is made here in Victoria, get out and see some being made! It’s a fun experience.
Hard Quiz is the only free-to-air TV shows we now watch. We have to watch it on ABC iView as we don’t have an aerial attached to our house. I was very excited to be going.
Before heading into the taping we went to dinner at Saporito Taquito, a great little Mexican restaurant near the ABC Studios that is an Italian restaurant during the day and a Mexican restaurant for dinner service.
The waitress we had was awesome, she explained each dish as it came out, explaining the region of Mexico where the meal originated. The food was delicious
No photos or video allowed in the Hard Quiz taping… it was quite fun. Apparently they are recording enough shows for Hard Quiz to be on every week in 2020 so still plenty of opportunities to go to a taping and see how the half-hour show takes almost 2 hours to make.
I really do love the show. There’s lots of jokes flying around on set. Many of which will likely not make it to air. Lots of awkward pauses, deliberate, for editing. A couple of times where the answer had to go to producers and question writers to see if it’s correct, while they deliberate the audience gets to ask questions.
During times when they were setting up shots, the audience wrangler would ask for questions from the audience. Lots of cool questions and answers. I can’t wait to see the show we went to on TV to see what made it to the show and what ended up on the cutting room floor.