The Mandalorian And Other Disney + Originals In The Middle East – Here’s What You Need To Know
It’s almost like Disney + saw the lockdown coming. Having launched in the US in November, 2019, it then dropped in Europe on March 24. And while there are no plans to fully launch the channel in the Middle East, from April 9 you can catch Disney + Originals on pay channel, OSN, across 17 markets, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
Although the full list of programmes you can cop from Thursday is yet to be released, we do know that super successful Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian will be one of the big hitters.
Created by Jon Favreau, the show was something Disney pinned its big hopes on for launch, and Bob Iger wasn’t wrong. Pretty quickly declared something of a classic – with a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and many claiming it to be better than the more recent Disney additions to the Star Wars cinematic universe.
For those who have heard all the Baby Yoda chat, but are yet to actually watch the show, here’s what you need to know ahead of its Middle Eastern debut.
Do I need to have watched Star Wars to watch The Mandalorian?
Technically, no. This is a standalone story that hasn’t been alluded to in any of the movies. Just as you can watch Better Call Saul without having watched Breaking Bad, you should be able to do the same here. However, you’ll undoubtedly miss certain references and the occasional cute Star Wars nostalgia point.
How does The Mandalorian fit into the Star Wars universe?
The setting is just five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 before The Force Awakens. With that in mind, it has more in common with the original set of movies – that’s episodes IV through to VI, to you.
Who’s in it?
Pedro Pascal stars – a man with Game of Thrones, Narcos, Kingsman and Wonder Woman on his CV, but the rest of the cast is pretty stellar, too. From Oscar winner Taika Waititi, to Werner Herzog, Golden globe winner Nick Nolte to Carl Weathers. Yep, you better believe that Apollo Creed is up in this thing.
Oh yeah, just remind me what a Mandalorian is, again?
We’re glad you asked. And while you could fully nerd out in an explanation on a site like Wookipedia, the simpler version is that the Mandalorians were legendary warriors, predominantly human, and fought against the Jedi.