Mandalorian: S2 Ep 2 Review: The Passenger

Nov 6, 2020

Can episode 2 of The Mandalorian capture the magic of Jon Favreau's episode one?

This episode starts with a now customary scene that's nonrelated to the main story wherein our hero shows he's a bad add and also that you cannot trust a Mandalorian jet pack ever....

This was a box episode that does not expand the story of The Child and Mando, you could think of it as a 'Tales from Jabb's Palace' kind of episode.

Frankly it goes no where, but the ride is kind of fun though it's ultimately a filler episode which will not make many fans of story progression happy. 

Except I would actually say it was the weakest episode of the Mandalorian we've seen. Which is not to say it's bad, just that it's not amazing. 

Mando agrees to transport the Passenger to a new planet on the chance of finding some Mandalorians. Our Passenger has her spawn in a tank which she needs to get fertilised. 

Baby Yoda sees the spawn as food for a good comedic turn.

So what happens? 

Our hero tries to escape two X-Wing pilots who are defending a territory. Long story short, the Razor Crest crashes in an ice cave which turns about to be a spiders nest. 

Chaos ensues.

And that's about it. 

The episode does show how the Mandalorian is not some invincible Jedi like Rey, instead, he relies on the kindness of strangers to get by and his innate fighting qualities

Trivia and highlights:

  • One of the X-Wing pilots was again Dave Filoni, a director of episodes last season and a Lucasfilm fulcrum...
  • The Mandalorian says to the X-Wing Pilots "May the Force Be With You" but he appears to have no idea what it actually means or was simply being awkward with its use.
  • A quick visit to the Mos Eisley Cantina was had by Mando.
  • The alien that held a knife at the Child is the same species as that which that bothered Rey on Jakku in The Force Awakens
  • This episode was directed by Peyton Reed of Ant Man fame.
  • Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Rex from Clone Wars, voiced 'Frog Lady'.
  • Those ice spiders? You may have encountered them in Star Wars Rebels before.... and perhaps in Fallen Order. They are called Krykna and appear similar but have a different number of legs. 
  • They may have also been inspired by this Ralph McQuarrie concept art from the Empire era:

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