The latest episode of Star Warsologies is one of our panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2022!

Presenting “The Mandalorian: Under the Helmet”

We recorded this panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, 2022. Moderated by host Melissa Miller, we brought out a group of experts to talk about where real-life jobs collide with our favorite Mandalorian’s story.

Panel description: The Mandalorian is a complicated character—a loner who becomes a loving caretaker, a bounty hunter who learns compassion. Host Melissa Miller (Nerdist, Star Warsologies) talks with experts about the man behind the mask. Psychologist Dr. Drea Letamendi (Arkham Sessions, Mindfulness-Based Therapy Using Star Wars) shares insight into Mando’s changing loyalties. Real-life bounty hunter Matt Laird shares stories from on the job. Blacksmith and materials scientist Waltteri Vakki provides insight on the creation and significance of beskar arms and armor. Aerospace engineer and former Navy jet pilot Paul Wynns talks about piloting and maintenance of the Razor Crest and Naboo starfighter. And actor Chris Bartlett (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett) ties it all together with his experience playing mercenaries, teachers, and bartenders in Star Wars.

In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It’s a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!

Or listen on YouTube with the slides from “The Mandalorian: Under the Helmet” panel PowerPoint presentation so you can see what we are talking about!

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Paul Wynns on Instagram @goflexair and @wynnterfel

Dr. Drea Letamendi on Twitter (@arkhamasylumdoc) and Instagram (@arkhamasylumdoc)

Chris Bartlett (@ChrisFBartlett) on Twitter and Instagram

Matt Laird on Facebook

Walterri Vakki at Escondido Blacksmith or via email

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