In the Expanded Universe Venku (Kad'ika) Skirata, Bardan Jusik, and Jaina Solo are all examples of the awesomeness that arises when you combine Jedi and Mandalorians in different ways. Kad'ika was the Force-sensitive son of a Jedi General and Clone Trooper who was raised as a Mandalorian. Bardan Jusik was a Jedi who left the Order and became a Mandalorian during the Clone Wars, and Jaina Solo was a Jedi who specifically sought out Mandalorians to train her in order to have those Mando skills to assassinate her brother.
IGN has the premier of the footage shown at the SDCC Clone Wars panel by Dave Filoni. Below is the video and screen captures from the video from IGN.
Prepare to have your geek mind blown as Obi-Wan dons Mandalorian armor and fights alongside Bo-Katan? What the Filoni is going on here?
More thoughts to come as I digest this trailer...
|Palpatine's shuttle approaching Mandalore|
|Red armored Mandalorians. A new faction of Deathwatch or something else?|
|Force Choke > Blasters|
|The Dark Side is fun.|
|Bo-Katan and Obi-Wan are flying without helmets, you would think there would be laws against that.|
|Obi-Wan wearing the red armor of the faction, same as Palpatine's two friends.|
|Wrist shields, an interesting choice as apposed to beskar shields.|
|That is an odd helmet on the lead of our quartet of Red Mandalorians.|
|Mando on Mando crime, rocket blows up Mandalorian.|
|Punching a Mando in the helmet seems like a poor life choice.|
|This could be interesting...|
|Full blown Mando-geddon?|
|Obi-Wan judges you, always judges you.|
|Obi-Wan and Bo rush into action.|
|Interesting chest symbol on on of Bo-Katan's men.|
In the only dialogue in the trailer we have Bo-Katan and Obi-Wan with the following exchange.
Bo-Katan: Maul must really want you dead.So the questions are, why would both Palpatine in the role of Sidious and Obi-Wan have enemies in red Mandalorian armor?
Obi-Wan: You have no idea.
And why would Bo-Katan who last we saw as a bad guy be siding with Obi-Wan?
Are the Red Mandos a faction within Death Watch? Or are they a group hired an organized by Maul?
What is the symbolism of the claw marks on their helmets?
I can see the argument that they are an even more violent and militant band of Death Watch, perhaps the claw marks are derived from the Shriek-hawk, the creature that is the basis of Death Watch's insignia. Perhaps they are Vizla's inner circle, maybe Vizla has an alliance with Maul and after retaking Mandalore with Bo-Katan and the rest of his Death Watch forces, he turns on Katan and others within Death Watch who are not as extreme enough and these elements who could be closer in view to the True Mandalorians are forced out, the new Death Watch adopting the new red armor.
In any event it seems like Sidious is on the war path, probably going after Maul. It also seems like Obi-Wan and Bo-Katan are heading towards a goal, are Obi-Wan and Sidious heading to the same location? That could be awkward.
Either way it is clear we have armored Mandalorians in combat with each other so it doesn't seem likely that it is the New Mandalorians and their pacifist ways involved.
If I had to guess, this episode comes after the coup on Duchess Satine that we saw previewed in the Sesaon 5 Trailer.
VIDEO SOURCE: IGN