The Real Reason Only Some Mandalorians Have Jetpacks

The Mandalorian TV series and its titular character have earned their place in the Star Wars zeitgeist. Disney+ viewers are captivated by the characters and the story. However, there is no denying that some of the characteristics that accompany Din Djarin started decades ago with the character of Boba Fett. He was a very popular bounty hunter in the franchise. His armor was iconic, and aspects of it have made their way to Mandalorian characters like Din Djarin over the years. However, one thing that Din was missing for much of The Mandalorian season 1 was the jetpack. Boba Fett has been widely known for his jetpack, and his dad Jango Fett took it to another level with his use of it in Attack of the Clones. So it is interesting to note that Din does not have a jetpack for much of the show's first season. But why is that?

An easy answer that is evident in the story is that the jetpack is a rite of passage. However, it seems very possible, as this Screen Rant article explains, that jetpacks were somewhat rare for Mandalorians to have. It might seem like a strange idea, especially given how many jetpack-wearing Mandalorians we have seen in The Clone Wars and the third episode of The Mandalorian. However, Din Djarin does not have a jetpack right away, and it takes the massacre of the Mandalorian characters for one of their jetpacks to be repurposed for Din in the season finale. We know that Mandalorian armor alone is not easily obtainable. So it would stand to reason that the jetpacks would be difficult to acquire as well.

When you think about it, in canon, we have not seen many jetpack-wearing characters in live-action. In The Rise of Skywalker, C-3PO sounds surprised by the jetpack-wearing stormtroopers, saying, "They fly now!" Of course, the Resistance does encounter such troopers in the Poe Dameron comics that take place before this. But overall, it does not seem like jetpacks are given to a majority of the First Order;s troopers. Some clone troopers in The Clone Wars did have jetpacks, but much of the infantry did not. It seems that jetpacks are not manufactured as frequently as one might think.

Overall, it was a great move to have Din Djarin get his hands on a jetpack for the climax of the season 1 finale. He starts off not seeming too much like a Boba Fett clone (which is weird to say given that Boba himself is a clone), and he has to earn the modifications to his armor as the season progresses. He needs to faces some challenges, and perhaps some of those challenges would not have been as difficult with the jetpack in his possession. It will be interesting to see just how much jetpack action may come into play in the upcoming season. The Mandalorian season 2 premieres on Disney+ on October 30, and many viewers are excited to see what happens next in the adventures of Din Djarin.

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Source(s): Screen Rant