Din and the Child’s adventures directly continue in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 2, which is titled, The Passenger.
Head on down below to check out our video breakdown for the episode, and don’t forget to tune into the Star Wars Time Show next Tuesday to listen to or watch our review of the episode!
We start with this punk, who is a Vodran, and alien species mentioned in SWOTOR, and one that likes to work with shady figures in the galaxy like the Hutts.
I’m pretty sure that the whole automated Jetpack scene that results in it tipping over after its solo flight is meant to mimic R2’s fall after the Jawa’s shock his ass in A New Hope.
When Mando walks into the old Challum’s Cantina, which is an egg itself, but one clearly marked in Season 1, we can see a Gigoran, an alien that first appears in Rogue One.
Sticking to the cantina, we get to meet Dr. Mandible, who looks like a big ass ant, which is ironic considering Ant Man director Peyton Reed helmed this episode, but the reference is to Mandible’s species, which I believe to be the Killik, another alien race mentioned in the SWOTOR game and comics.
I will note that Peli and the good doctor are playing Sabaac, an iconic game of chance in the Star Wars galaxies, just ask Han and Lando.
Up next we get a twofer in the form of a Treadwell droid serving as a grill chef, and the fact that the way its grilling the dragon meat is exactly how its done at Galaxy’s edge at one of the eating exhibits.
Peli is a part of another reference in this episode when she yells at the Treadwell droid about the cook on her steak and something about not being a Rodian, which is our buddy Greedo Maclunky’s race.
We meet the Frog lady who I’ve been talking about on the show and in my Mando trailer breakdowns, so yay me for another decent episode prediction, but the reason I’m stroking my ego over her in this breakdown is because she’s voiced by Dee Bradly Baker, aka, Mr. Voice when it comes to the Star Wars animated universe.
In an attempt to communicate with Frog lady mando asks if she knows Hutteese, a language we’ve all heard spoken many times before, oh shooda and a Day wanna wanga to you!
You gotta love Din trying to play to the New Republic’s appreciation of the Jedi and the force with his May the Force be with You line to try and get Wolf and Carson off of his ass. Oh and yes, those are X-Wings, I don’t want anyone to comment that I missed them even though they were seen in Season 1.
During this same exchange we learn that the prison ship from season 1 was called the Bothan 5, and we all know mania bothans died to bring the Rebels the Death Star 2 plans right?
Sticking with this scene, we learn that Dave Filoni wasn’t just happy with a cameo in Season 1, because his Trapper Wolf pilot character is one of the pilots questioning Din. We also meet Captain Carson Teva, who is played by Paul Sun Hyung-Lee.
While stranded and running out of time and options, Frog lady repurposes Zero the murder bot’s head as a translator so she can yell at Din. Zero, like many of the eggs and references from this episode, was introduced in S1E6.
Alright, thanks to the kid having a hollow leg, his appetite gets everyone in trouble when he awakens a giant Krynka, which is a spider like creature that appeared in Star Wars Rebels. I believe they called them crawlers, but you get the idea.
And finally, when Carson and Wolf are blasting crawlers off of the Crest they’re using what appears to be A280 blaster rifles, a favorite of the Rebels.
They also mention Quin the prisoner Din broke out and Lt. Davan, who was the New Republic officer played by matt lanter in The Prisoner episode that the other criminals killed.
Now for the best moments run down!
I have to say that the baby was overly entertaining and dare I say super cute in this episode, and his first memorable moment comes when he runs to his Daddy Mando after being held hostage by the short goon during the opening scene. Little guy loves his Dad Din.
While I’m on this scene I will say that I also found Mando’s jetpack trick to be quite entertaining and on point for the cunning warrior and former bounty hunter.
Again, I warned you the child would be popping up a lot in this breakdown because I also loved watching him drool over the dragon steak cooking. This guy must be going through a growth spurt because he can’t stop eating throughout this episode.
I also have to mention Peli during this scene because her exchanges with Mando are becoming priceless thanks to how she kind messes with him and talks smack while wheeling and dealing. She respects him and their friends, but she does’t fear him, which makes their relationship fun to watch.
Up next is yes, another Baby Yoda moment. This time I’m referring to his little mischievous snack on Frog Lady’s eggs. This kid needs a timeout, or a feedbag Din, get on it!
The X-Wing chase didn’t turn out to be the dogfight I was expecting, but it was awesome to watch, especially Din’s skills flying that old ass crest. I really enjoyed his dive maneuver and subsequent shake of his New Republic tails.
Alright, I know it’s probably getting ridiculous at this point, or maybe it’s the fact that I once had a tiny person to care for, but I have to highlight another Baby Yoda moment that relates to his eating habits. It was just hilarious to see him running towards the spider eggs after his Dad told him to quit murdering the frog babies.
The whole spider chase was pretty fun to watch, but I think my favorite aspect of it is that they decided to have Frog lady literally jump away like a frog to increase her movement speed. Just goes to show the level of detail this team goes through to make these ancillary characters a bit more memorable.
While I thought her frog jumping was cool, Frog Lady’s timely blaster fire was also impressive when she saved the kid from having his brain’s eaten. It’s even crazier to think that she saved him after he murdered many of her babies thanks to his insatiable hunger.
And my final best moment comes at the end when Wolf and Carson save the day. It’s just fun to watch Dave get to live out his dreams of being a Star Wars character, and the whole exchange was just chill. I have a feeling that it will also net Din some points with the New Republic, while also warranting future interactions with these characters and the faction in general.
Make sure to tune into the next episode of the Star Wars Time Show in which myself and my co-host Nick will fully breakdown The Passenger and give our thoughts on it as a whole.