On Nov. 12, 2019, pop culture was forever changed when Disney+ launched The Mandalorian. Although the Star Wars saga had already established a presence on TV thanks to cartoons like The Clone Wars and Rebels, there had never been a well, good, live-action attempt to bring a galaxy far, far away to the small screen.. The Mandalorian changed all this.
The series is packed with motion picture-level production values, A-List talent on screen and behind the scenes, and, in general, pure entertainment. Before its premiere, The Mandalorian was shrouded in secrecy for reasons that have now become obvious—it was protecting its biggest, er, asset, The Child. A member of the same species as a certain wrinkled green Jedi master, the character is a breakout sensation that transcends the show and Star Wars itself due to its inherent cuteness. And so, Baby Yoda mania and a million “chickie nug nugs” memes were born.