Star Wars fans rejoice at the sight of battle droids, largely absent from recent Stars Wars projects, in the trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3.
Star Wars fan are praising The Mandalorian for bringing battle droids to its upcoming third season, reviving the Prequel Trilogy’s mechanical cannon fodder.
The new trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3 features a shot depicting several battle droids. Thus, fans are even more excited since the automaton troops are rarely shown in modern Star Wars projects. Battle droids made up the bulk of the Separatist Droid Army, as seen in the Prequels and offerings set in the same era such as the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Thus, with the series having previously delighted fans by the inclusion of The Phantom Menace‘s miniature pit droids, the iconic battle droids should further delight the generation raised on the prequel films.
The Mandalorian’s Battle Droids
However, after the climactic events of Revenge of the Sith, in which the newly self-crowned Emperor Palpatine tossed aside the defeated Separatist movement (which he secretly controlled) to create the Galactic Empire, battle droids became banned. Likewise, it was eventually revealed that the Republic’s clone troopers — who were created to combat the Separatists’ battle droids — were replaced by stormtroopers, who are human conscripts, thereby explaining their lack of aiming proficiency in the later-set Original Trilogy.
While largely set aside after the prequel trilogy ended, battle droids have stoked an interest in The Mandalorian‘s creators. In the Season 2 finale, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) uses the vastly more-formidable Dark Troopers against Din Djarin (Predro Pascal) and the rest of the crew. Dark Troopers are advanced battle droids. While they proved to be more dangerous than the droids to which fans have grown accustomed, a returning Luke Skywalker — at the height of his Jedi power — took down Gideon’s regiment of Dark Troopers with ease.
As is the norm with The Mandalorian, the Season 3 trailer promises that Mando and Grogu will continue traveling to new and unique places in the galaxy far, far away. The official synopsis for Season 3 reveals, “Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu. Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.”
A notable character who has yet to appear in any of the promotional material for The Mandalorian Season 3 is the aforementioned villain Moff Gideon. Despite his defeat at the hands of Djarin in the Season 2 finale, Esposito has promised his character will be back for revenge. “You always want to see the phoenix rise from the ashes. Or, you want to see a nefarious villain rise from the ashes,” the actor said. “And believe me, he will.”
The Mandalorian Season 3 premieres on Disney+ on March 1. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on the platform.