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  The Mandalorian episode 2 reveals the true nature of this Star Wars bounty The Star Wars televisual extravaganza that is The Mandalorian continued Friday, with the second episode dropping on Disney Plus. The premiere taught us muchbut also left us with a bunch of questions (check out my recapif you need a refresher). Chapter 2 gave us a few answers.This episode, entitled The Child, was directed by Rick Famuyiwa of Dope fame. If youve seen the episode, join us as we dive into Spoiler Town.After taking out his fellow bounty hunter, the Mando (we might know his real name, but it hasnt been revealed in the show yet) travels back to his ship with his quarry: an adorable baby of the late Jedi Master Yodas species.The Mandos attacked by a group of Trandoshan bounty hunters (the dinosaur-looking race represented by Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back), but takes them down. He even disintegrates one with his Amban phase-pulse blaster (dont mess with the Mando), before spotting their tracker -- these lads were after the baby.Later, as he repairs his armor and tends to his wounds like a Grade A badass, the baby gets out of its pod and reaches toward one of the Mandos injuries. His gesture is almost... Forceful. We got ourselves a little Yoda-shaped Chekhovs Gun right here. The Mando is having none of it, and puts the baby back in its pod. Theres something very cute about this pairs near-silent interaction, too.Scavengers strikeAfter a gorgeous shot of the Mando stepping onto a hill with the rising sun behind him, we discover that his ship has been stripped by Jawas. These tiny junk traders are wearing dark robes, and theyre clearly a bit Gothier than their Tatooine counterparts seen in A New Hope.And they just rolled up in their Sandcrawler and stole his stuff, the cheeky Charlies. We wont be having that, will we Mando?He opens fire on the Jawas, then takes off after the Sandcrawler on foot. The babys pod hovers behind him, but maintains a safe distance -- it must be keyed to stay close, but this seems a bit unsafe for our little green friend.In a seriously cool sequence, the Mando slaughters Jawas (Utini indeed!) as he makes his way to the top of the Sandcrawler... where the little dudes electrify his armor and send him crashing back down. Oucheroo.He wakes up some time later, probably concussed (getting sick in that helmet wouldnt be pleasant), with the baby nearby. Realizing that his ship aint startin with most of its parts stripped, he sighs and the baby chirps. Even though they dont say a word, its pretty obvious these two are fond of each other (seems like that could be a problem when it comes time to turn in this bounty to the former Imperials).Negotiations beginWithout a way off the planet, the Mando returns to his only friend here, Kuiil (Nick Nolte)."I thought you were dead," says the Ugnaught, in the first dialogue weve heard in this episode (approximately a third of the way through). He agrees to take the Mando to the Jawas so he can trade for his ship parts. Nearby, the baby swallows a froglike creature whole, with a burp and a giggle. Nom nom.They travel to the Sandcrawler, where negotiations are punctuated by the Mando nearly frying some Jawas with his awesome flamethrower gauntlet. They ultimately agree to give back the ship parts in exchange for "the Egg." Thats "soo-ga" in Jawa speak, for all you would-be Star Wars linguists out there. It probably wont cause as much fuss as "maclunkey."A couple of "soo-ga" chants later, the Sandcrawler arrives at a cave. What Star Wars character ever found trouble in a dark cave? The Mando enters, only to be flung back out by the rhinolike creature living inside -- presumably the Eggs mom.Battle for the EggThe two dance a violent dance, with the Mando remotely moving the pod to keep the baby from getting trampled. Our heros gadgets prove ineffective and things are looking bad as the rhino bears down on him... only for the baby to raise its hand, suddenly stopping the beastie and levitating it. Exhausted from using the Force to protect its Mando pal, the baby falls unconscious and the Mando stabs the rhino in the neck, killing it.Looking a little the worse for wear, the Mando secures the rather hairy, muddy Egg and brings it back to the Jawas. With great reverence for their prize, the scavengers immediately crack it open and feast on the goo inside.With the parts in hand, the Mando and Kuiil return to the ship and repair it the only way they can -- through the Power of Montage. Kuiil refuses any kind of reward for his help and turns down an offer to join the Mandos crew (they wouldve been a fun duo)."Thank you for bringing peace to my valley," he says. "And good luck with the child. May it survive and bring you a handsome reward!"With one last "I have spoken," he waves goodbye. Composer Ludwig Goranssons score rises, the Mando takes off, and his baby pal awakens from his slumber (probably nursing a bit of a Force hangover).My takeawaysEven though its pretty short, at just over 30 minutes, this episode moves at a nice deliberate pace -- like the westerns its inspired by. Seeing the Mando having a rough time reminded me of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in particular. Goranssons soundtrack (which is being released online as each episode airs) supports this tone.Its not a huge surprise that the baby is Force sensitive; perhaps this is a common trait in Yodas unnamed race. We dont know why theres a bounty on it yet. Maybe future First Order Supreme Leader Snoke is pulling the strings on the Imperial remnant and looking for an apprentice? Ben Solo, our future Kylo Ren, is only 4 at this point in the timeline.Neither the Mando nor Kuiil understand that the baby used the Force. It seems the Empire did a pretty good job of wiping out all memory of the Jedi, especially since the Mandalorians history is closely tied to the fallen Order (as seen in The Clone Wars and Rebels).Check back next Friday for our recap of episode 3.



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