The first episode of The Mandalorian it was excellent. But was also what we were waiting for: one Western science fiction focusing on a lone gunman hunting and capturing wanted criminals. But everything changed at the end of the episode. ANand now with the second episode we have an idea of what The Mandalorian really will be.
Episode Two of The Mandalorian season one is called "The Child," which is a bit odd considering the first episode had no title. Maybe they'll add one later, A new hope-style. But yes, things start exactly where they left off, with the Mandalorians walking around with what we still call "Baby Yoda" for lack of a better term. Any thoughts the program would leave that hang cliffhanger are killed instantly, and it is clear that this program, at least in the beginning, will be about tThe Mandalorian not only traverses the galaxy, but also deals with what is obviously a lovely and important child. It's going on The tried toand-the true western tradition of a loner forced to take care of something he initially dislikes.
After battling some fellow bounty hunters who wish to steal his prize, Mando sits down to heal himself, and Baby Yoda wants to help. He keeps coming out of his crib to heal the Mandalorian, but Mando keeps putting him back. we know it may be a tall baby, but it's smart and there's something else going on, also. Something Star Wars fans can probably guess but it's not 100% sure of. Still.
In fact, the Mandalorian just wants to go back to the Razor with Baby Yoda and go collect your beskar. Really is that so Difficult? In fact, it's because Mando returns to find out that Jawas completely plundered his ship for parts. He vaporizes some with his Amban Phase Pulse Blaster and quickly departs to prevent Sandcrawler from escaping with the bowels of his ship.
Quick aside here: Since the first shoot of The MandalorianI said the program looked like a lot of kids playing in a Star Wars sandbox. "Oh, let's have Boba Fett follow the droid gonk to the stormtroopers with a Salacious Crumb thing outside and find him a baby Yoda." Star Wars finally getting a moment in the sun. And here in episode two, this is dialed even further.
It is dialed when the Mandalorian pursues the Sandcrawler and we get a huge action piece in a moving sandcrawler. Like, come on! Isn't that the coolest thing ever? You've watched A new hope and think, "I wish we couldearn more on this Sandcrawler?Well now you can! Episode director Rick Famuyiwa also has a lot of fun bringing elements of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and more to create a very kinetic sequence. We are sure that the Mandalorian will win, but unfortunately, when a dozen Jawas stun him with his blasters, he is thrown to the ground and the Jawas escape. Looks like Razor Crest is almost lost.
But wait! The Mandalorian has a friend on this planet. No, not the IG droid he shot in the head, but Kuiil, the ugly voiced by Nick Nolte. Luckily, Kuiil is a friend of the Jawas and promises to broker some sort of arrangement so that Mando can retrieve parts of his ship. Eventually, after a very funny negotiation, the Jawas say they want "The Egg." And they start singing "The Egg, The Egg,Which is super weird. But also, very funny, as are some pictures of the Mandalorian in Sandcrawler's belly, beating his head because he is very tall.
As you may have guessed, this egg is not easily attainable. In fact, it is the egg of a very, very large creature that resembles the Reek of Clone Attack but it's not a reek of Clone Attack. It is actually called a mud horn. So the Mud Horn and the Mandalorian battle each other, and to put it bluntly, the Mandalorian gets fucked. Like, seriously fucked. He is toasted. Canceled after two episodes. That's when you remember that Baby Yoda was all over the episode, floating quietly beside our hero. And just as the Mud Horn is about to poke the Mandalorian as Star Wars shish kabob, he stops in his tracks … and it starts to float. Baby Yoda has USED FORCE TO STOP CREATURE.
While the Mud Horn is in the air, the Mandalorian kills him with his final usable weapon, his knife, and is able to retrieve The Egg. But onemany questions about Why this baby is so important has just been answered. Baby Yoda may be young, but he is already very strong with the Force. Strong, intelligent and capable. But also sleepy. Saving the Mandalorian takes a lot out of him, and he takes a nap.
As he's sleeping, Baby Yoda missed the Jawas eating delicious egg-looking yellow slime, a hilarious photo of Kuiil dragging all the pieces of Razor Crest, which is followed by a fun montage of the two putting the ship back. Interestingly, Kuiil refuses any payment for any of these aids, as well as a highly lucrative job as a first mate. He is grateful that the Mandalorian brought peace back to his home.
And then "The Child" ends with the titular son sleeping peacefully as the Mandalorian flies away on his newly repaired ship, for an uncertain future. Will he really deliver this boy for money? We'll find out next Friday.
Much like the first episode of the show, "The Child" was deceptively simple. It's about The Mandalorian trying to get off the planet. But in this story, Jon Favreau's screenplay and Famuyiwa's direction are so important Star Wars entertainment. The Sandcrawler, the Mando against the creature, tons of Jawas, a hint of the Force, building a starship. Also, relationships and characters are being formed at the back of this simple and straightforward story. We are here for all this and we are so excited that this show is building emotions with this fascinating little baby.
- Did you notice that there is like, not to mention for the first 10 minutes or so of this episode? I felt like watching the Star Wars version of There will be blood.
- Baby Yoda is—and I can't emphasize it enoughso fucking cute. I know it's technically a spoiler, but I am ready to buy a doll as soon as possible.
- In the second episode, Ludwig Göransson's musical themes are beginning to flourish. In particular, the ending credits music and adventure theme type, which has a distinct tone of John Williams, but more Indiana Jones than Star Wars. Repeated views only improve.
- It's interesting that neither Kuiil nor tThe Mandalorian understands well what Baby Yoda did. Almost as if they had never heard of the Force before. What seems possible in such a large universe, that had been run by the empire for so long. Bwould you think characters that seem to be Experienced and familiar with the paths of the galaxy would have some clue about an energy force that envelops everything. Most likely they have heard, just never seen it, and are confused by the revelation that it is true. All this.
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