The Mandalorian gave us what is probably the most frivolous episode to date with Episode 2 of the second season entitled Chapter 10: The Passenger. The Star Wars series felt like it was already spinning its wheels. That’s not a good look to an episode into a new season. Sure, the Mandalorian has never been one to move fast on their conspiracy, but this is getting nowhere at this point. That joke from Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 1 “Chapter 9: The Marshal” with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison is essentially forgotten. And yes, one could argue that Episode 1 didn’t add much to the plot either, but it was exciting to see and a lot more to offer.
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Warning: spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 2.
Chapter 10: The Passenger – Directed by Peyton Reed (Ant man) and written by The Mandalorian Creator Jon Favreau – has only one new character and consisted of only about five scenes in total. The new character is a frog lady – that’s the only name we get – voiced by veteran animal voice Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and played by Misty Rosas, who also starred in ” I spoke to Alien Kuiil.
The mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) introduces the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) to the frog lady who, in the system of the gas giant Kol Iben, needs the passage to her husband on the estuary moon Trask. The frog woman carries a cylinder with eggs that will soon have to be fertilized in order to keep her family tree alive. Everyone’s favorite “the child” or baby Yoda as he is better known is instantly attracted to the transparent cylinder with a light blue liquid and eggs floating around, for all the wrong reasons we will learn.
There is one caveat for Mando: he cannot turn on the hyperdrive as it will kill all of their spawns. Determined to find other Mandalorians, our title protagonist agrees. Of course, traveling with “Sublight” will have its own problems. And it does. The Mando encounters a two-man New Republic patrol – one of the pilots is played by Star Wars veteran and executive producer of The Mandalorian, Dave Filoni – who ask it to “ping”. He hesitates, of course, as it gives you a glimpse into the past of the razor comb that is not rosy as you may remember. In Mandalorian season 1, episode 6, Mando boarded a New Republic prisoner transport to kill someone.
Cornered, the mando shifts into gear and tries to escape. He dives into the atmosphere of a nearby planet to avoid the New Republic patrol. Whilst racing through the clouds and performing some brave maneuvers isn’t enough to lose his tail, he can eventually find a hiding place after entering an ice canyon. The problem with an ice canyon is that it is impossible to tell whether there is earth under a patch or not. The razor comb crashes through the landing base, falls to the surface and is badly damaged. A frustrated Mando tells the frog lady that the deal didn’t go through and tells her to go to sleep as he’ll be inspecting his spaceship in the morning when the temperatures are better.
However, the frog lady is quite impatient and discovers the severed head of the droid Zero, which lies in the torso of the razor comb. The Mando is roughly awakened from his sleep by his familiar voice (Richard Ayoade) when the lady frog reveals that she has picked up his “vocabulary” – an instant language translator – because they could not communicate. Mando did not speak or understand Frog, while the Frog Lady only understood the common language but could not speak it. She then explains that he has to take her to Trask because these are the last eggs she will ever lay, and the planet her husband has found is the only one that is hospitable to her species. She then reminds him of the Mandalorian code that will eventually lead him to begin the repairs.
Can Baby Yoda convey that too? He is currently the greatest threat to the survival of the frog lady family line as he has slowly eaten her eggs when no one is looking. Baby Yoda, you monster! Since he is constantly tracking where the eggs are, Baby Yoda points to the mando that the frog lady took with her eggs. The two find them in a nearby hot water pool, where the eggs get the heat they need. The Mando realizes it’s unsafe and starts picking up the eggs, and blames Baby Yoda – again – when the green beast outrageously tries to grab an egg right in front of the lady frog.
Baby Yoda is pushed away by the eggs he loves and starts exploring the rest of the ice cave. He finds and breaks into another grave-shaped egg and devours the offspring as a whole – good God, doesn’t the Mando give Baby Yoda something to eat or something? – which somehow wakes up all the other eggs around him. Tiny white spiders of all sizes pour out of the eggs and are soon followed by their older brothers and sisters – and the giant mother spider. With hundreds of spiders on its tail, the Mando picks up Baby Yoda and asks the lady frog to run away.
As they run through the ice cave, the spiders begin to surround them on all sides, and the mando, which fires a few here and there, doesn’t deter them at all. He then uses a series of explosives to injure the mother spider, but her offspring continue to follow them into the razor crest. Somehow the three of them – Mando, Baby Yoda and Frog Lady – make it into the cockpit, which is then closed by Mando while he uses his arm flame thrower to fry off the immediate intruders. A few remaining climb over Baby Yoda, and episode 2 of the second season of The Mandalorian suggests that he vaporized her with his mental powers, only to reveal a tiny blaster in the hands of the frog lady.
Just as they are about to take off in the razor comb, the mother spider bursts in from above and pierces the glass hull of the cockpit. But then the giant spider falls flat on its face as red blasters light up the air outside of the Mando’s spaceship. Leaving the cockpit to find out who the miraculous rescue group is, he discovers, to his surprise, that they are the same New Republic X-Wing pilots he fled earlier. While a wondrous Mando looks at them, the older pilot explains that they worked through the whole story of what happened on the New Republic prisoner transport.
Though Mando had a prisoner (who was later blown up) out of the way, Mando also left behind three of his back-stabbing teammates who were themselves “priority targets on a wanted register”. He also risked his life to protect a New Republic lieutenant. Mando expects to be arrested, but the pilots let him go because these are “trial times”. This is a good reminder that The Mandalorian is set just five years after the Empire’s collapse in 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Mando tries to go one step ahead and ask for their help in repairing his broken ship, but the pilots reject him, reminding him to fix his transponder just so they don’t blow him up if they do discover next time.
Then he does the repairs himself before setting off for Trask with one of two engines that are barely working. Will the next episode be another nowhere chapter with the razor crest floating in space with no electricity? Hopefully not – Mandalorian Season 2 only has eight episodes and has to get started now – but when that happens, at least one character will be very happy: Baby Yoda, who somehow snuck another (precious) frog egg that made him happy, swallows .
Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 2 “Chapter 10: The Passenger” is now streamed on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar, where available. New episodes appear on Fridays around 1:30 p.m. IST.
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