The Mandalorian Season 2 (2020) Episode 2

Plenty of Cuteness to be had, a good few throwbacks to old style Star Wars and some creepy critters thrown in for a laugh. 

Certificate: PG

Director: Peyton Reed

Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Starring: Pedro Pascal, Amy Sedaris, Misty Rosas

Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Still on the hunt for more of his people, Mando agrees to help a passenger travel to a nearby planet to rendezvous with her husband, so that they can preserve what is left of their species.  With her she carries the last of the eggs of her family which they must protect until they get there.  On route they are stopped by a pair of X-Wings who demand identification, and a chase ensues, ending in a less then desirable landing in a cave.  And mending the ship and resuming their journey quickly becomes the least of their problems.

Did you ever that old creature feature Arachnophobia?  Did it give you nightmares?  If you answered yes to that second question, then go into this episode on your guard.  Creepy crawlies abound here, and it is a delightfully horrifying scene to watch.  Without the added threat of the critters this would have been a fairly average episode, but the desperation and creep factor added in the last act of the episode really saved it for me.

I don’t know if maybe it was wrapped up a little too neatly.  It is clear at the end of the episode that there is going to be more to this story as the passenger is still on board the Razorcrest, but the last-minute rescue was a little convenient and I would have liked to see Mando have to work his way out of it.  The X-Wings were a great little call back in this episode though.  Very few things are as identifiable in the Star Wars universe as an X-Wing (with the exception of the Millennium Falcon/Death Star) and even the shots of them flying in space seemed to have a little of that old fashioned Star Wars feel to them.  Or maybe it was just poorer quality CGI than usual, but I like to think it was done intentionally.

After not really showing his bald green head much in Episode one, we get to see much more of everyone’s favourite little green alien this time round.  The Child (Or ‘Baby Yoda’ as he is more affectionately known) has a lot more screen time this episode and almost all of it is just freeing adorable.  I do expect the creators of the show to use him a lot more this tome round, now they know how popular he is, but his crazy antics never fail to put a smile on my face.

Overall another solid addition to the series.  I expect we will see the concluding part of this story In the next episode.  The Mandalorian Season 1 and 2 are streaming on Disney+ Now.

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