The Mandalorian appears to be the cornerstone of the original programming available at launch on Disney+. Its enticing mix of spaghetti western, epic samurai, and space wizard movies has an undeniable appeal.
The series is the epitome of visual storytelling and almost eschews dialogue. The tight word economy seems to reflect the tough times we find in the galaxy since the fall of the Empire. It feels like the effort to speak more than the bare minimum exacts a real and untenable cost. The amount of screen time devoted to an image of the blank expression on the Mandalorian’s helmet leaves the viewer to divine what he’s thinking from the slightest head tilt rather than a line of dialogue. This quiet feels both brave and patient.
With that said, there still might be a need every now and then – even in a laconic production like The Mandalorian – to offer an explanation of some terms and phrases, so here’s the second in a series of looks at what you should know (you can check out the first edition here):
● Vacc Tube: Toilet. It’s likely that “vacc” is a shortening of “evacuation.”
● Grey Hold: Two possible glosses exist for this. The first reflects the real-world terminology used in recreational vehicles, which would make a grey hold a tank used to store all waste water used on the ship aside from that coming from the vacc tube. The second, and more likely given that the words “stink pit” is used to describe the way the captains who empty their grey holds onto the ice are treating the planet, is that it’s either all waste water from a ship or that which comes specifically from the vacc tube.
● Blurrg: A bipedal beast of burden with short forelegs and a wide mouth with jagged teeth. Male blurrgs are eaten by the female during mating. Blurrgs have a long history in Star Wars. They first appeared in the made-for-TV movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor in 1985 and also appeared in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the preferred mounts of the Ryloth resistance fighters.
● Mudhorn: A large, furry quadripedal creature with a huge horn on its nose. Mudhorns live in large muddy holes in the ground and reproduce by laying eggs. The combination of the large horn and great mass makes them very dangerous.
● Sookah: Jawa Trade Language word for “egg.”
● Amban sniper rifle: A versatile, solid weapon intended mostly for long-range combat, the Amban sniper rifle is actually two weapons in one. The forked tines on the tip of the weapon can be used to deliver a powerful shock to an opponent, enough to incapacitate smaller bipeds but cause damage to larger creatures as well. The primary use of the weapon, however, is the ability to disintegrate creatures at range.
Each firing of the rifle uses a shell. The rifle holds two shells, so when the user is using this part of the weapon, frequent reloading is necessary. This weapon has a rich history in the Star Wars galaxy which begins when we got our first glimpse of the most famous person to wear Mandalorian armor, Boba Fett, in an animated sequence in the 1978 made-for-TV The Star Wars Holiday Special.