The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 recap: Easter eggs, Baby Yoda moments



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Child Yoda joins Mando on all his adventures in episode 1 of The Mandalorian season 2.


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After we spent practically a 12 months pining for our friends Mando and Child YodaThe Mandalorian is again with season 2, which kicked off on Disney Plus Friday with a fairly killer episode. Jon Favreau, the present’s creator (additionally the OG Marvel Cinematic Universe director) wrote and directed the primary episode. 

Chapter 9 is titled The Marshal, a reputation that is prone to make followers who’ve been following the Star Wars novels say “Oooooh, sure!” Please do not learn any additional till you’ve got reminded your self what occurred in season 1 and watched the episode on Disney’s streaming service. We good? Good, there’s a lot to debate. Let’s dive into SPOILERS.

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Badass lawman

In his quest to reunite Child Yoda along with his personal form, Mando (Pedro Pascal) seeks out different Mandalorians to information him. He learns of somebody on Tatooine, which weirds him out since he and his little buddy have been already there however heard nothing about it.

It seems the person in Mandalorian armor is not a Mandalorian in any respect — it is Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant, who beforehand performed gunslingers in Deadwood and Justified). He is decked out in Boba Fett’s iconic armor, and his story performed out in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy of novels, that are set between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian. This episode additionally presents it in an excellent cool flashback.

I am fairly jealous of Vanth’s beautiful Hollywood hair — in actual life, it might be a multitude after taking off that helmet. Maybe he makes use of product derived from Bantha juice to maintain it oh so shapely?

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Cobb Vanth has some pleasant Hollywood hair beneath that Boba Fett helmet. 


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When prison goons rolled into Mos Pelgo following the destruction of the second Loss of life Star (roughly 5 years previous to The Mandalorian), Vanth escaped and purchased Fett’s armor from some Jawas. Because the notorious bounty hunter fell into the sarlacc in Return of the Jedi and is busy being digested for 1,00zero years, he will not want any armor … proper?

“I assume each infrequently, each suns shine on a womp rat’s tail,” Vanth says of his luck, in reference to Tatooine’s twin suns. I’ll use this phrase in actual life usually.


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Along with his superior new armor — which appears prefer it was mildly broken by the sarlacc’s digestive system — Vanth returned to the city and drove the goons out. He then strutted about carrying it, to maintain the city secure within the lawless post-Empire Tatooine.

Nonetheless, Mando’s decided to take again the armor and completely prepared to gun Vanth down for it till a much bigger menace emerges.

Enter the Dragon

An enormous Krayt dragon rumbles by means of the city, touring beneath the sand just like the horrible beasties in Tremors (a film that terrified me as a child). Vanth guarantees to offer Mando the armor if he helps take out the Krayt.

We noticed a small Krayt dragon skeleton as C-3PO and R2-D2 traveled by means of the Tatooine desert in A New Hope, and Obi-Wan Kenobi mimicked its cry to scare off the Tusken Raiders in the identical film.

Right here, it seems that the Tuskens are having the identical issues with the Krayt, and so they workforce up with Mando, Vanth and the villagers to finish it. Except for Mando negotiating with them final time he was on Tatooine, Tuskens have beforehand solely been introduced as harmful savages — having overwhelmed up Luke Skywalker in A New Hope and killing Anakin’s mom in Assault of the Clones. This episode provides some refreshing nuance. 

In a pleasant, delicate occasion of character development, Vanth initially insults the Tuskens by refusing to drink their pungent drink, however later knocks one again after allying with them.

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Vanth and Mando (Vando?) face off towards the Krayt dragon.


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Ending the Dragon

The Krayt dragon apparently ate a sarlacc and took over its lair. It is unclear if it was the identical sarlacc we noticed in Return of the Jedi — that was the Nice Pit of Carkoon, however there are a number of sarlacc pits on Tatooine.

Because it slaughters Tuskens and villagers, Mando and Vanth blast round utilizing their candy jetpacks — seeing a pair of Mando lads battling a Krayt dragon is the stuff of Star Wars followers’ desires. Mando in the end slays the beast by letting it eat him (and an unlucky bantha), then detonating explosives in its stomach. Yum.


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This jogged my memory of the 2002 recreation Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, through which you play as Jango Fett (Boba’s dad). It is not canon anymore, however you battle a Krayt dragon on Tatooine. When you’re feeling nostalgic, it is accessible on PS4 (and needs to be playable on PS5 by way of backwards compatibility).

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Boba Fett in all probability needs his armor again.


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Boba Fett

Within the episode’s closing moments, we see a mysterious somebody watching Mando from a ridge. He seems to be carrying Tusken Raider gear, and turns round to disclose the face of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). He apparently escaped the sarlacc within the years since Return of the Jedi and it appears like he is been hiding. How he obtained out and what he is been as much as for the final 5 years is unknown, however he’ll in all probability be wanting his armor again. 

So Mando’s inadvertently painted a giant(ger) goal on his and Child Yoda’s backs — we’d see Boba searching him down solo, or he may workforce up with Moff Gideon and the Imperial Remnant. The Imps need Child Yoda and would pay Boba critical cash for his assist in searching Mando down.

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Boba Fett, moments earlier than his encounter with the sarlacc in Return of the Jedi.


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It is really the primary time we have seen Boba’s face as an grownup, nevertheless it’s a really acquainted one since he is a clone of the late bounty hunter Jango Fett in Assault of the Clones. Many years earlier than the occasions of The Mandalorian, Jango was recruited by Depend Dooku to function the genetic template for the clone military utilized by the Galactic Republic, as a part of Darth Sidious’ tremendous convoluted plot to wipe out the Jedi. A part of Jango’s fee was an unaltered clone that he may elevate as his son — Boba — however the elder Fett was killed by Mace Windu throughout the Battle of Geonosis. 

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We noticed younger Boba getting as much as (sometimes murderous) mischief in The Clone Wars, and his profession as a bounty hunter was in full swing by the point of the Unique Trilogy, till he obtained eaten like a sucker.

There are additionally a bunch of others sharing Boba’s face; the clone troopers. They will look a lot older at this level — they have been genetically engineered to age at an accelerated fee so they might go to battle faster (fairly darkish and bizarre, proper?). We all know of a minimum of one surviving clone: Commander Rex was current on the Battle of Endor, as seen within the final episode of Rebels

Child Yoda cuteness

The little man did not do a lot this episode — no sudden use of the Pressure or something — and principally hung again wanting lovable. He is aware of to shut his pod simply earlier than Mando wastes Gor Koresh’s guards with the whistling birds and hides in a pot because the Krayt dragon passes by means of Mos Pelgo.

 It was cool that Mando introduced him on this extremely harmful mission. Cool, and mad irresponsible.

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  • Gor Koresh (John Leguizamo), the one-eyed man from the beginning of the episode, is an Abyssin, and apparently hunted Mandalorians for his or her beskar. He will not be doing that anymore, since Mando left him to get eaten.
  • It is cool to see Mos Eisley mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) once more. She’s nonetheless wild about Child Yoda — very relatable.
  • Mando wasn’t OK with Peli’s pit droids the final time he noticed them, however IG-11 has since turned him round on droids.
  • Peli additionally owns R5-D4, the crimson astromech droid Luke’s Uncle Owen tried to purchase in A New Hope. He was seen within the cantina final season, and it is good that he discovered dwelling.
  • Vanth’s tricked out speeder bike is product of a bit of pod racer — it appears kinda like Anakin’s one from The Phantom Menace and Episode 1: Racer
  • When Vanth is briefing the townspeople, the lights on his armor are oddly hypnotic. Cannot wait to see a cosplayer create it.
  • Mando strikes Vanth’s jetpack to ship him flying to security. In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo blindly hit the identical jetpack and despatched Boba Fett into the sarlacc. Is perhaps time to get a brand new jetpack…
  • The shot as Mando blows up the Krayt is magnificent — the sand ripples and mud is kicked up. Main kudos to the ILM crew for this; I might love to observe this episode on a giant display. 
  • It appears seemingly that Boba was the mysterious one that inspected Fennec Shand’s physique in season 1.
  • Be part of us subsequent Friday for extra Easter eggs and observations after episode 2 of The Mandalorian season 2 hits Disney Plus.



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