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Sci-Fi Maven

Hello The Mustache and The Beard fans….

Let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Inez “Bengi” Figueroa Torres. I am the proud child of a Sci-Fi Geek. My Dad is “The Beard” as you all like to call him or he likes to call himself . . . lol.  The Beard has been into Sci-fi before Jammy, my sister Jeanette Figueroa, and I were ever a thought. As a child my Dad made sure we had a healthy education of all the important sci-fi basics. You know like reading comic books as bedtime stories, watching every Star Wars movie and attending my first comic convention with his friends, my uncles, at age 9. One of those friends was “The Mustache”.

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My first summer job was working in the comic book store that The Mustache, Luis Matos, owned with his brother Marc. It was seriously the best job ever – I read comic books all day for free! My sister and I like to describe our sci-fi education as if THE BIG BANG THEORY  – the show about sci-fi geeks – grew up and had kids.  With that being said my sister and I are not really sci-fi geeks. We don’t think of ourselves that way only because I feel that the title holds an expectation about a certain amount of knowledge and expertise that we don’t possess.  We are however fans of all things sci-fi.  Therefore we like to affectionately call ourselves Sci-Fi “Mavens” if you will – Children of a Sci-Fi Geek. 

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If you are anything like me then you were super excited to hear about Disney + and their new show THE MANDALORIAN. However, as a Sci-Fi Maven I didn’t have all the answers. Since the show initially left me with some questions I therefore had to do some research. Questions like:

  • Who exactly is the Mandalorian?
  • When does this all take place?
  • Is the baby related to Yoda?
  • And why is he soooo damn cute???
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Sorry about that last one. Also, Jon Favreau produced and is writing this? Really? Happy from IRON MAN? Really???

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 09: Actor/filmmaker Jon Favreau attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Now that the first season is over I can tackle the questions in the order I presented.

  • Who exactly is the Mandalorian?

I still don’t know! Okay, we know he was a foundling and his parents are probably dead. Other than that he is still a mystery.

  • When does this all take place?

Well they keep talking about the fall of the empire so we can guess its takes place after THE RETURN OF THE JEDI but that is still an educated guess.

  • Is the baby related to Yoda?

Haven’t got a clue!

  • And why is he soooo damn cute?

What is it about babies? Even green babies with pointed ears?

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Not exactly brimming with answers this first season. I am curious to find out what is next. Will we get to see even more baby Yodas? Will we learn more about Yoda and whatever planet he was from? Is there a backstory between the baby and Yoda and are they connected in some way? As you can see I am into asking questions.

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I guess we will just have to wait and see. Well, this Sci-Fi Maven is looking forward to the next season and I can’t wait to see what Happy . . . erm, Jon Favreau has up his sleeve. Lol. Maybe after the next season of THE MANDALORIAN I will write another article full of unanswered questions. Lol


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  1. Nice job, Sci. Fi. Maven. Amusing article with lots of questions. The Mandalorian is definitely designed to be a show that capitalizes on some of the most secret parts of the Star Wars mythos and expects you to ask the questions that EVERY person in the world is asking. I mean, come on, the ENTIRE WORLD is curious about “Baby Yoda.” We don’t even know his name. (Is it a he?) Excellent insight in highlighting the main questions and teasing them toward the following season. Your humor IS reminiscent and similar to someone I know, but it is WAY better than his. Also, when you say you are not a sci. fi. geek, I believe you’re mistaken. Your ability to pinpoint the seminal reason why next season there will be a greater viewership, and captivated audience is right on point. Color me impressed!

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  2. Only Bengi can successfully write an article that solely asks questions about her subject and still leave you entertained. Bravo Loca!

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  3. Wow! Sci-fi Maven, me thinks you’re a chip off the old block. Like The Beard you are driven by your inquisitive mind! The writer’s have certainly piqued your interests and the second season of The Mandalorian will be eagerly awaited.

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