Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian

The Lucasfilm logo glistens across the screen. A dark and hazy distant world appears. Familiar red lasers fire in the distance and two white lightsabers twirl in a fog-filled forest, revealing a new (and familiar) face to set the stage for “The Jedi”, Episode 5 of The Mandalorian. “Show yourself Jedi” the villain demands, echoing the thoughts of millions of Star Wars fans everywhere. For 47 minutes that is exactly what Disney’s hit streaming series did in spell-binding fashion. It introduced things new and old and reminded us of why Star Wars is so deeply entwined in popular culture. …

As I scroll through the endless (but also repetitive) fog of my favorite streaming platforms I can’t help but feel a small sense of dread. The same thoughts, every time. What should I watch? I don’t want to waste 2 hours. Should I check the other app? Paralysis by analysis some might say. And that dread can only be mitigated by a choice. Not any choice. The right choice. Something new? Can’t be last to a cultural trend. A classic film perhaps? One can never be too cultured. Maybe something foreign language? I need to be more worldly. A new…

Drew Vaughan

Bored history teacher writing on movies, television, and pop-culture.

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