We live in very crazy times right now. VERY crazy times.
And yesterday, I received a teensy tiny bit of normalcy in my crazy life.
Somewhere along the line, the Emmy Award nominations were announced.
And among all the usual nominations (Jeez, can you give the award for Best Supporting Actress Comedy to D’Arcy Carden for The Good Place, already?), the announcement for Best Drama Series had seven expected nominations (yeah, I know, Stranger Things, Ozark, Better Call Saul, Handmaid’s Tale, yada yada yada)…
And then they said this show.
Sweet mother of God, the Emmy Awards acknowledged The Mandalorian as a nominee for Best TV Drama?
If you are someone one of the seven people out there who didn’t get the Disney+ subscription service when it came out, let me bring you up to speed. The Mandalorian takes place after the events of the movie Return of the Jedi. It features a lone bounty hunter who, over the span of eight first-season episodes, must challenge his own belief in the code of the bounty hunter when he rescues and protects an important treasure.
And to be totally honest, for the entire time leading up to The Mandalorian‘s November debut, all we knew about this guy was that he wore armor like Boba Fett, and everything looked like the Star Wars equivalent of a Sergio Leone 1960’s spaghetti Western.
And then … we discovered the “asset” that the Mandalorian was sent to execute – which, instead, he later saved.
Officially, the character is known as “The Child,” but we all know he’s Baby Yoda.
The show is full of action (eight episodes of edge-of-the-seat excitement), big-name guest stars (Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Taika Waititi, Werner Herzog), and instant catchphrases (“It is the Way,” for example).
And the integration through all Star Wars media … references to Jawas from A New Hope, all the way to pulling out the Dark Saber from The Clone Wars. This program never ceases to surprise and entertain.
But shows like this don’t get Emmy nominations. Heck, if that were the case, there would have been an entire rack of statuettes for the entire Star Trek collection. But this show – FIFTEEN NOMINATIONS, for crying out loud. FIFTEEN of them.
The Mandalorian received three nominations alone in Best Editing, Single-Camera, Drama – three of the eight nominations in that category. It’ll definitely pick up several of the technical awards in which it’s nominated – special effects, makeup, costumes – but, seriously, Best Drama? That’s like the kind of award that’s usually reserved for “prestige” genre series like The Handmaid’s Tale.
But a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised when Mad Max; Fury Road got nominated for several Oscars – and took home six victories at that ceremony, and ALMOST claimed a seventh trophy for Best Picture (some film called Spotlight took it, a complete robbery, boo).
So if there truly is some balance in the Force … let’s see if it can claim that Best Drama trophy and show those who think that Star Wars only exists for fanboys who criticize everything in each upcoming movie, and really show them that when Star Wars media is done correctly, it is an absolutely incredible result.
This is the way.
This is the way.