The Mandalorian


This contains spoilers for The Mandalorian.

I finished watching season 1 of The Mandalorian. Pretty good. The stories are rather shallow, but I don't think the show tries to be much more than a light-hearted adventure. Baby Yoda is just great. He's definitely the draw to the show.

But the Mandalorian himself is cool, too. I do find the Mandalorian code fascinating. All those types of knightly codes are fascinating. Though I wonder if I could truly follow them to the full extent. Sometimes the rules seem idiotic when faced with dire circumstances. But anyone who follows a code and pulls through is admirable.

I've always valued loyalty. Yet as I've gotten older, I've started to question whether it is sensible. My family has always taught loyalty. But what does that mean? Does that mean condoning bad behavior? And shouldn't loyalty go both ways? So if a family member does something harmful to the family, aren't they no longer loyal? So do they still deserve the loyalty from the rest of the family?

If they no longer deserve loyalty, than this is no different than regular reciprocity in relationships. If you give me what I want, then I'll give you what you want. We'll keep this relationship as long as both sides accept the current status and find value in it. But then, of course, the problem with those situations is when people reject the relationship at the first sign of trouble. That's no good.