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‘The Mandalorian’s latest episode includes an accidental crew appearance

It's brief, but it's there.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 20, 2020

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

The Mandalorian is painstakingly crafted and designed within an inch of its life, which means that every week, fans are rewarded with a TV show with layers upon layers of detail. But in that regard, it’s also much easier to notice the goofs alongside the triumphs.

In the latest episode, “The Siege,” Din Djarin and Baby Yoda returned to Nevarro to get the Razor Crest repaired after the repairs made by the Mon Calamari dock worker in last week’s episode didn’t hold up for their entire trip to the Corvusian city of Calodan. If Nevarro sounds familiar, it should. It was not only home to Din’s old Mandalorian concave but it was also the planet that Greef Karga based his bounty hunting operations—and where the season 1 finale confrontation with Moff Gideon took place. And it’s where Din Djarin left his allies Greef Karga and Cara Dune at the end of the season, who’ve both stuck around to clean up Nevarro a bit.

In true Star Wars fashion, stopping in Nevarro to get his ship repaired is a bit more complicated than just waiting for the repairs to happen. Din is recruited by Greef Karga and Cara Dune to help empty out an old Imperial facility on the planet, which involves bringing the same Mythrol that Din brought in for a bounty in the series premiere.

Ultimately, our heroes are successful in their endeavors. They find out a bit more about what Dr. Pershing had planned for Baby Yoda, which involves transfusing Baby Yoda’s blood, which has a high “M-count”—presumably, a reference to the amount of midi-clorians Baby Yoda’s blood has— into test subjects, and we learn that Moff Gideon is now tracking the Razor Crest. But we also have one of the show’s first noticeable goofs.

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At 18:54, you can briefly see someone in jeans and a T-shirt standing off on the far left side of the doorway as Greef Karga, Cara Dune, and Din Djarin shoot their blasters at a couple of Imperial officers while the Mythrol cowers behind them. By the time we return to the doorway a few seconds later, the person is gone.

But that person—likely a member of the Mandalorian crew who was mistakenly in the frame when this scene was filmed—wasn’t just immortalized on video. You can also see them in one of the promotional photos that Disney+ made available to press for “The Siege.”

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It’s one of those things that occasionally happen, even in big-budget productions, but because we’re analyzing everything frame-by-frame in a highly detailed show, we notice it immediately. It famously brings to mind Game of Thrones’ coffee cup moment from last year, in which someone didn’t remove a coffee cup from a table that was visible in the finished episode. (The cup was digitally removed from the scene after it went viral but it still sparked months of playful late-night banter.) It happened again with a water bottle in the Game of Thrones series finale, and even a modern water bottle made its way into Little Women.

For now, the crew member remains and has yet to be edited out of the episode. And while some people might use it as an excuse to criticize The Mandalorian for its production value, there might be a couple of upsides to the accidental appearance, however silly they might be.

One, in the cheekiest of ways, the crew member’s appearance now brings jeans into Star Wars canon. (If the galaxy far, far away made cable-knit sweaters part of Star Wars canon, why not denim?) And two, whenever we’re able to go to conventions like Star Wars Celebration again, The Mandalorian just gave everyone the world’s easiest outfit to cosplay.

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*First Published: Nov 20, 2020, 2:41 pm CST