This week on The Mandalorian ended an easy (albeit slow) “taxi ride” with Mando & Co.!
When Mando cycled through the desert after last week’s adventure, Mando and his ride were drawn to a trap set by three thieves. Mando knocked out two of the bandits, while the third kept Baby Yoda on the knife date. Mando warned the tiny thief that there would be no place in the galaxy to hide if it left traces on the child. Then he made a bargain and traded his jetpack for the child – just so they could then control the jetpack remotely and send his new “owner” for a wild ride while Baby Yoda seemed to giggle.
Mando dragged baby Yoda and his cargo on foot to Mos Eisley and found Peli Motto playing sabacc with an ant-like alien in the cantina. He explains how his trip to Mos Pelgo fell short in Mandalorian language. Peli says her opponent in the card game “Dr. Mandible ”, Mando could have information if Mando covers his 500 call. Mando reluctantly does so, only to see Peli end the alien’s alleged “hot streak” with a winning hand. Back in her repair bay (and over some engine roasted dragon meat), Peli announces that there is a Mandalorian hideout in this sector, a system that is lagging behind, although it is unclear if it is her buddy from Nevarro’s people. The thing is, Pelis Kontakt, a lady frog, needs the passage to this system, and the real prostitute in the Scud pie is that Mando can’t use a hyperdrive for the trip, or the lady frog’s capsule with unfertilized spawn – the those last represents their species – will die. Not thrilled to offer a taxi service (and slowly), Mando agrees to deliver the lady frog and her eggs to her husband on the Trask Estuary Moon in the system of the gas giant Kol Iben.
On board the razor comb, Mando finds that he cannot communicate with the frog lady, while Baby Yoda sneaks into the hold to be held in place by the egg capsule … and is later caught by Mando sticking one in his hungry mouth! The two take a nap, but are woken up by a pair of X-Wings that signal them. One of the rebel pilots, Carson (played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee of Kim’s Convenience), informs Mando that his ship is not sending a beacon. Mando is pretending that its hardware is not up to date. After a private conversation with the other pilot (Mandalorian EP / sometime director Dave Filoni) Carson asks if Mando was near the prison ship Bothan-Five (like in the episode “The Prisoner” last season). Mando pauses, and the X-Wings hunt and eventually descend onto an ice planet. With an ingenious piloting, Mando places the razor crest on the frozen tundra and supports it in a cave in order to evade its pursuers. Unfortunately, the ground is breaking and falling under him, dropping the razor comb into a damaged cave.
After Mando Frog has helped Lady back into her seat, he checks the eggs … and finds Baby Yoda snacking again! Mando wants to wait for dark to investigate their prospects (though I can’t imagine why?) And goes to catch more Zzzzs, but Frog Lady wakes him up by yapping at him through the Zero Android in whose voice box she hacked. She argues that her species fought too hard and suffered too much to be threatened with extinction from later fertilization of their eggs, and demands that the Mandalorian remain true to their word / business according to their “code”. Sufficiently guilty, Mando begins the repairs, but is later alerted by Baby Yoda that Frog Lady has snuck into a warm pool to bathe herself and her balls in. Mando says they have to go back to the ship and when he has Baby Yoda he helps her collect her floating eggs and expresses her curiosity in a nearby, very different kind of egg-like pod – she peelings open one and eats its contents. (Tending to Enfamil would save these guys so much trouble!) Sure enough, the dozen of other nearby pods will begin to hatch, and spider-like babies scurrying out of them. Worse still, just as Mando gets wind of what Baby Yoda has set in motion, a gigantic Momma Spider appears!
The spiders of various sizes chase Mando, the child and the lady frog through the caves, with Mando using his blaster and later (/ finally!) His flamethrower to fend them off. As for Momma Spider, Mando throws a handful of explosives to collapse the cave above. As they climb into the razor crest, the small and medium-sized spiders follow, and Mando flares away enough to secure him and the others in the cockpit. Unfortunately, a (different?) Adult spider falls on the razor comb when they go off. But then Mando hears laser beams and sees the outer spiders being picked up one by one. The rebel pilots who chased him earlier saved the day! When Mando steps outside after removing the spider threat, Carson discovers that there is indeed an arrest warrant for Mando for kidnapping a prisoner (the Twi’lek Qin). But they also learned that the Mandalorian arrested three “primary culprits” and risked his life to protect a member of the republic’s new correctional corps. So … over! (As long as Mando is running his transponder.)
After the X-Wings flew off, the mostly repaired razor crest does the same, with everyone huddled in the pressurized cockpit … and Baby Yoda saw how he only snuck one egg ….
What do you think of the episode “The Passenger”? While it was fun, did it feel a little easy in the scheme of things and didn’t really move the story forward?