A conversation between Darth Vader and Boba Fett from The Empire Strikes Back finally makes sense now. The Mandalorian takes place five years after Return of the Jedi and we've already seen plenty of nods to the original Star Wars trilogy. While some fans may be turned off by these nods to the past, others have been really into what Jon Favreau is trying to do with the new series and we've only seen two episodes thus far. There are SPOILERS for episodes one and two of The Mandalorian below, so read ahead at your own risk.
We've hard rumors that The Mandalorian movie could happen, but there is still so many fresh ideas to explore on the show itself. When Darth Vader hires some bounty hunters to go after the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back, he specifically shakes his finger at Boba Fett and sternly says, "no disintegrations." For 40 years now, Star Wars fans have wondered exactly what that meant. Now, thanks to The Mandalorian, we finally know what Vader was referring to. While we never saw some of Dyn Jarren's type of tech in the original trilogy, we are seeing it now in the new Disney+ series and he is able to disintegrate his enemies.
The Mandalorian features a rifle that is able to disintegrate whomever is shot with it. In episode 2, we see Dyn Jarren take down some Jawas who stripped his ship for parts. He later has to come and bargain with them to get the parts back after an awesome chase on a Sandcrawler, but the Jawas demand that he put his weapons away. They know fully well what kind of damage he can do with his nifty rifle.
It seems Darth Vader was well-aware of the power of Mandalorian weapons because that's the armor Boba Fett chose to wear, even though he is not one himself. While we didn't get to see the disintegration rifle used in the original trilogy, we have seen it before. The weapon was first seen when we were all introduced to Boba Fett, which was in the Star Wars Holiday Special. It shows up in the animated segment entitled The Story of the Faithful Wookiee. A lot of fans don't particularly enjoy the Holiday Special, but this is technically the second reference to it that we have seen in The Mandalorian so far.
Ever since the official Disney+ launch, The Mandalorian has been a hot topic of debate and discussion. The first reference to the Star Wars Holiday Special came during the first episode when The Mandalorian successfully acquires his first target and brings him aboard his ship. The Mythrol alien makes a reference to "Life Day," which was created for the special. Jon Favreau is going deep with his Easter Eggs and it seems that Star Wars fans are having a good time looking for them. We all look forward to seeing how the show progresses, especially with the "asset." Signup for Disney+ to get more information about how to watch The Mandalorian.