"Before now, it's tended to be the case that the deep catalog of Star Wars content other than the live-action movies and The Mandalorian — including books, video games, and animated series — has played second fiddle, rarely crossing over in a major way with what most viewers have seen," says Brendan Morrow. "The reason makes sense: Star Wars should remain accessible to all, and catering specifically to the most devoted fans might alienate everyone else. Yet the Disney+ series is drawing surprisingly heavily from Star Wars material outside the films. As the show delves deeper into the franchise's lore, are casual fans getting left behind? Or can Star Wars more meaningfully acknowledge its broader fictional world without becoming impenetrable? So far in its second season, The Mandalorian is striving to do just that, providing an experience that's deeply satisfying for diehards but, for the most part, still satisfying for casual Baby Yoda lovers everywhere. It is, however, a delicate balance, and the show hasn't <i>always gotten it right."