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The Mandalorian Chapter 5 - Easter Eggs, Fan Nods and Callbacks

Jon Favreau and his team have done an amazing job engaging Star Wars fans of all generations by inserting a mind-blowing number of Easter eggs, fan nods and callbacks into each and every episode of The Mandalorian. As a service to Star Wars fans everywhere, we're attempting to identify and catalog all the references in each episode. If you think we've missed something, let us know in the comments or on social media. We'll be happy to add it to the list after verification and credit you for the submission.

When you're done with this list, check out our podcast review of The Mandalorian Chapter 5.


And don't forget to check out our Easter Eggs list for all the other episodes of The Mandalorian:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8


[*** This list may contain episode 5 spoilers ***]

Chapter 5 - "The Gunslinger"

This episode of The Mandalorian is so steeped in callbacks to Lucas' Star Wars films that it borders on being pure fan service. But in keeping with Favreau's apparent vision of making this series a dedication to George Lucas and the influences that inspired him to create the franchise, it feels completely appropriate. A fair chunk of the screen time in "Chapter 5" is given to these callbacks, which has the effect of curtailing advancement of the story arc a bit. However, Favreau uses the opportunity to paint a picture of a massive cultural shift on Tatooine after the fall of the Empire and the murder of Jabba the Hutt. Despite the heavy references to the iconic planet, this is definitely not the Tatooine we remember. And it's certainly no surprise that Favreau chose Dave Filoni to direct this particular episode.


[01:15] First Space Chase of the Series

In the opening scene, we find Mando and the Yodalorian being chased in the Razor Crest by a bounty hunter named Riot Mar. Space chases have been something of a staple in the Star Wars franchise, starting with the very first scene of A New Hope, where the Tantive IV Cruiser is being chased down by a Star Destroyer. It's nice to finally see one play out in this series.


[02:05] Targeting Computers

The targeting computers on both the bounty hunter's and Mando's ship are throwbacks to the targeting computers we see on Vader's experimental TIE fighter in A New Hope, as well as some other ships in the original trilogy. They're reflective of the computer display technology of the late 70s and early 80s, which was typically limited images to 640 x 480 pixels and only 16 colors.


[02:08] Hit the Brakes!

While many will remember this dogfighting tactic being used by Maverick in Top Gun, Star Wars fans may also remember its earlier use in Return of the Jedi. During the speeder bike chase on Endor, Luke slams on the brakes to get a jump on two scout troopers chasing him and Leia through the woods. Its use has become so popular in action films that the trope has been given a name: dodge by braking. Incidentally, Favreau also used this trope in the original Iron Man film, when Iron Man is being chased by two F-22 Raptors.


[03:27] Planet Tatooine

Similar to a plot element in The Phantom Menace, where Qui-gon and Obi-wan are forced to land on Tatooine for repairs after taking damage from a Trade Federation blockade, Mando must land on the same planet to have his Razorcrest repaired.


Tatooine is a sparsely inhabited desert planet in the Outer Rim. It was the birth place of Anakin Skywalker, and would later become the home of both Obi-wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker. While this planet made its debut in A New Hope, the setting has featured in six of the Star Wars theatrical films, several episodes of The Clone Wars, and a plethora of comics and games. Most of the Tatooine scenes in the theatrical films were shot in the North African nation of Tunisia. And Lucas adapted the planet's name from a real town in Tunisia named Tataouine.


[03:28] "This is Mos Eisley Tower... Head for Bay Three-Five, Over"

A three for one! Mos Eisley is probably one of the most famous spaceports in all of Star Wars canon. Located in the Great Mesra Plateau on Tatooine, this spaceport is described by Obi-Wan Kenobi as "a wretched hive of scum and villainy." Obi-wan and Luke make their way to this spaceport to find transport off of Tatooine in A New Hope, where they meet up with Han and Chewy for the first time.


Most will remember Docking Bay 94 as the location where the Millennium Falcon was parked. But Docking Bay 35 has appeared before, too, in a much more obscure reference. In the late 80's, Lucasfilm licensed its first ever roleplaying game titled Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (clever, we know). In 1992, there was a supplemental adventure for this game published in Challenge magazine #64, titled "Limping Lady." In that adventure, the "Limping Lady" was a modified YT-1300 freighter owned by a criminal boss and Hutt affiliate named Sithless Leethe, which was parked in Docking Bay 35 at the Mos Eisley Spaceport. While it's possible this is a coincidence,