December 14, 2019

Is 'The Mandalorian' a Western or a Samurai Show?

The Mandalorian is all the rage on Disney+, but there’s a growing debate over whether or not it’s a western or samurai show. So which is it?

If you thought the battles in The Mandalorian stayed only in space, you are wrong.

Right now a debate wages across the Internet on whether or not The Mandalorian is an homage to samurai or western TV series and films.

Today, let’s look at both arguments and dissect where our bounty hunter takes most of his cues from. So strap on your spurs and gas up your wrist-mounted flamethrower. We’re about to earn some Imperial credits.

This Show Is a Western!

Star Wars came out in 1977, and you can see John Ford’s influence all over the screen. From the sweeping landscapes of Tattooine to Han Solo’s thigh holster, we can see westerns all over the screen.

The Mandalorian is an extension of the Star Wars universe, set during the years after Return of the Jedi.

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Source: NoFilmSchool