A new trailer for the upcoming Disney+ show The Mandalorian, which debuts on Nov. 12, features additional footage and an extended monologue delivered by none other than Werner Herzog. “Bounty hunting is a complicated profession,” he observes to Pedro Pascal’s behelmeted protagonist. “They said you were coming. They said you were the best in the parsec.”
Wait, they did? That’s kind of a weird thing for them to say. In the original movie, Han Solo claims that his ship “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs,” strongly implying that a parsec is a unit of time. Solo then went to great lengths to clarify that Han took a shortcut through an established route, confirming that a parsec is in fact a unit of distance, but it’s still jarring to hear someone refer to a region of space as the parsec. Why not “the best in the system” or “the best in the Outer Rim”?
Maybe the boast about Pascal’s character’s prowess was garbled in the translation from Huttese. Maybe there’s literally a better bounty hunter living exactly one parsec away and Herzog is a stickler for accuracy. Maybe we should just be grateful that we live in a time where we get to hear Werner Herzog say “parsec” at all. Your move, other streaming services.