Quoted from HoakyPoaky:
I wouldn’t call it a temple. More like an exclusive market for the displaced Mandalorians. He seeks out the Master Smith, as they are the only ones with the skills to forge Beskar. The ingot has an Imperial symbol on it, and mentions it was gathered in The Great Purge, when Mandalor fell to the Empire. It’s revealed he doesn’t have a Signet, or symbol, yet. There are several different tribes on Mandalorian culture. Perhaps he’s still a loner & looking to be accepted. The extra beskar will go to help other young mandalorians. This race sticks together. I think the flashbacks were to his youth. Did anyone spot the vague Boba Fett looking character in the dark corner, with the same colored armor & same dent on his helmet? Perhaps he escaped the Sarlacc Pit after all.
The foundation for the show has been laid. The Easter eggs are too many to list, just from a single episode so far. Looking forward to more details being revealed about these characters as the season progresses. Wish I could stream it all right now. I thought it was the best material I’ve seen since TOS. Some of the tough crowd Debbie downer acts here is laughable, but doesn’t matter to me. My fellow 501st buds are thrilled so far, already mapping out how to build his costume for cosplay.
The shocking reveal is super cool. Don’t want to spoil, but the lore behind that was off limits for 40 years. It has never been explored, not even in the expanded universe. It appears that Filoni/Favreau consulted with Lucas while writing the script, and he gave his blessing & thoughts on it. It’s going to make an excellent plot device for the season IMO.
Show is fucking awesome. So was seeing a bounty droid like IG-11 moving around, targeting & kicking serious ass. 10/10
I think it's okay for people to feel differently on this episode. It's just one episode, and I think most people had tempered expectations, and their reactions were probably more hopeful than expected. I'll give the next few a chance, for sure, and that's far more interest than I have for most new media.
That said, frankly I was curious as to your reaction, but the Debbie Downer tude' is a bit offputting. I think all of us here want to be excited, entertained, and engaged, and if you're more excited than I am, I'm happy about that, not offput.
For me, if the franchise trappings and signatures were stripped away from this episode, or the last few films, would I be engaged or anticipate these things continuing? No. I don't feel most of the universe, since the Prequels creates, rather it builds, references or namedrops. Twenty years ago, a random familiar sound effect or callback visual stirred my nostalgic excitement, now....watching this show particularly, I cringed at how each sighting or cue felt muned nostalgia and felt abusive to the fanbase, more so than constructive.
And the big ole spoiler, felt the pinnacle of that. This franchise feels bereft of genuine creativity or new artistic merit.
I'm just glad Tolkien is having a bit of a rest. Oh wait, nevermind....
Damn, I'd love creators to actually create, rather than mine the same properties ad naseum, sans adding new lore or worthwhile characters to these properties.
Terminator. Aliens. Bill and Ted. Bond. M.I.B. Spiderman. Jurassic Park. Batman. Bladerunner. Ghostbusters. Star Trek. Star Wars. And on, and on, and on.
Milking franchises via familiarity is an easy quick buck, rebooting Batman for the umpteenth time isn't nearly enjoyable at some point, as trailblazing the scene with a new property.