The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 Easter eggs, observations and Baby Yoda moments
After thisLonging for our friends Mando and – official name Das Kind – Season 2 started on on Friday with a pretty killer episode. Episode 1 was directed by Jon Favreau, the show’s creator (also Marvel Cinematic Universe Director).
Chapter 9 is titled The Marshal, a name that will likely make fans who have followed the Star Wars novels, “Oooooh, yeah!” Accept. You’re welcome Don’t read any further until you remember itin season 1 and watched the episode on . We good? Well, there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s dive in SPOILER.
In his quest to reunite Baby Yoda with his own kind, Mando (Pedro Pascal) seeks out other Mandolorians to guide him. He finds out from someone on Tatooine what has been driving him crazy since he and his little buddybut heard nothing of it.
It turns out that the man in Mandalorian armor isn’t a Mandalorian at all – it’s Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant, who previously played Gunslingers in Deadwood and Justified). He is decked out in Boba Fett’s legendary armor, and his story takes place in Chuck WendigsTrilogy of novels set between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian. This episode also presents it in a super cool flashback.
I’m pretty jealous of Vanth’s pretty Hollywood hair – in real life it would be a mess if I took my helmet off. Maybe he’s using a product made from bantha juice to keep it so shapely?
When criminal thugs invaded Mos Pelgo after the destruction of the Second Death Star (about five years before The Mandalorian), Vanth escaped and bought Fett’s armor from some Jawas. Since the infamous bounty hunter in Return of the Jedi fell into the Sarlacc and has been busy being digested for 1,000 years, he doesn’t need armor.
With his fantastic new armor, Vanth returns to town and drives away the thugs. Then he struts about wearing it to protect the city in lawless Tatooine after the Empire.
In the final moments of the episode, we see a mysterious human watching Mando from a comb. He appears to be wearing Tusken Raider gear and turns to reveal the face of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). He has apparently escaped the Sarlacc in the years since the Jedi returned and it looks like he’s been hiding. How he got off and what he did over the past five years is unknown, but he will likely want his armor back.
So Mando accidentally painted a big target on his and baby Yoda’s backs – we could see Boba chasing him alone, or he could team up with himand the imperial remnant. The Imps want Baby Yoda and would pay Boba some serious money to help him hunt Mando.
It’s actually the first time we’ve seen Boba’s face as an adult, but it’s very familiar as he’s a clone of the late bounty hunter Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Jango was recruited by Count Dooku as the genetic template for the clone army used by the Galactic Republic, as part of Darth Sidious’ super-tangled plot to wipe out the Jedi. Part of Jango’s payment was an unchanged clone that he was able to raise as his son – Boba – but the older Fett was killed by Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis.
We saw young Boba stand up to (occasionally grueling) mischiefand his career as a bounty hunter was at the time of the until he was eaten like a fool.
Baby Yoda cuteness
The little guy didn’t do much this episode – no sudden use of the Force or anything – and mostly stayed behind looking cute. It was cool that Mando put him on this incredibly dangerous mission. Cool and insanely irresponsible.
This article will be updated shortly with more Easter eggs and observations.