The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2 recap – “Chapter 10” feeling froggy

November 6, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
Disney+, TV Recaps
4.5

Summary

“Chapter 10” is another stellar episode of The Mandalorian, expertly blending humour, drama, worldbuilding, and one of the best small-screen action set-pieces of the year.

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4.5

Summary

“Chapter 10” is another stellar episode of The Mandalorian, expertly blending humour, drama, worldbuilding, and one of the best small-screen action set-pieces of the year.

This recap of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2, “Chapter 10”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


“Chapter 10” starts as it means to go on, with bounty hunters ambushing Mando in the hopes of snatching the Child. It doesn’t go well… for all but one of them. That guy manages to grab the Child and hold a blade to his neck, forcing Mando to trade his jetpack for the nipper’s safe return. Then again, the pack is remote-controlled, so things don’t go particularly well for the third bounty hunter, either. But full marks for effort.

Nevertheless, Mando’s speeder bike is wrecked in the ambush, so he’s forced to trudge across the dunes on foot, lugging all his belongings — including Baby Yoda (“The Child” just doesn’t sit right, does it?) and Boba Fett’s armor. He has also, by the way, exhausted his last lead on finding fellow Mandalorians, which apparently one Dr. Mandible can help him with. There’s a Mandalorian covert nearby, but Mando will have to escort the contact through the system — without using the hyperdrive. Mando isn’t happy about travelling at sub-light speed since rushing around is the only thing keeping him and Baby Yoda alive, but the contact, a frog creature, is carrying her spawn around, and jumping to lightspeed will kill them. They’re meeting her husband on the estuary moon of Trask, and she’s sure that there are Mandalorians there.

There’s a language barrier here. The frog lady only speaks… well, frog, and Mando doesn’t, so it’ll be “frog lady” for the rest of the recap until a name turns up. Baby Yoda, meanwhile, is fascinated with the spawn — Mando catches him eating one of the unfertilized eggs, which is a pretty grim comedic beat when you think about it.

Mando is awoken by someone named Carson hollering at the Razor Crest, informing him that the sector is under New Republic jurisdiction and all vessels are required to run a beacon — this is the space equivalent of having a broken taillight, I suppose. Carson also wants Mando to send him a ping, which he can’t do, so he’ll have to follow them to the outpost at Adelphi and prove he’s not Imperial there, but the X-Wings do the space equivalent of running the Razor Crest’s plates, figuring it might have been in the proximity of a New Republic prison ship, which of course it was, so we have a chase scene right down into the nearby planet’s frozen canyons. This whole sequence looks great, and the frog lady’s terrified reactions to the rapid descent had me laughing out loud.

It’s out of the frying pan into the fire in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2, though, since right after Mando sets the Razor Crest down, the ice beneath it breaks, plunging them into a cave. A hole has been cleaved into the ship’s hull and the eggs are missing, not to mention the snow and wind pouring into the craft. Luckily, Baby Yoda has found the eggs, though he has eaten several more in the meantime.

There’s a ticking clock introduced to “Chapter 10” here, since when night falls, the temperature is going to plummet, and the Razor Crest can’t move. Luckily, the frog lady isn’t as daft as she looks. She bypasses the security protocols of the bounty hunter droid whose remains Mando keeps in the Razor Crest and uses its vocabulator to translate. She’s adamant that Mando fulfills the mission and honors his word — including challenging his Mandalorian pride — and emphasizes the importance of her brood. It seems to be enough to get him moving.

While Mando is working on the ship, Baby Yoda alerts him to the frog lady having set off on her own, so they follow her footprints through the caves. They find her taking a bath in a natural hot spring, nursing her eggs in there too. Baby Yoda is still trying to eat them, in full view of everyone, but he’s distracted by a different set of eggs nearby. And there are a lot of them. Once he cracks one open and eats the spidery creature inside, it starts a chain reaction, and they all start hatching, spilling out an uncountable number of native spider creatures — including the giant mother, which aggressively pursues them out of the cave.

It’s another exciting chase sequence for “Chapter 10”, really well shot and visually impressive, loaded with fun details like the frog lady’s frantic all-fours run, Baby Yoda’s terror, and Mando’s deployment of various explosives and gadgets. Blimey, this show can construct a set-piece like almost no other. The spiders flood the Razor Crest, but Mando, the frog lady, and Baby Yoda are able to barricade themselves in the cockpit, eventually flying blind out of the cave on the barely-repaired ship… until the mother spider lands bodily on the roof, pushing it right back down. The monster is eventually killed by blaster fire coming from elsewhere. As Mando creeps back through the hold to investigate, it’s already covered in webs and guts. He finds Carson outside, firing from his X-Wing. He kindly informs Mando that he has an arrest warrant, but also that records indicate he’s not so much of a bad guy. They’re able to strike a deal, and the New Republic leave Mando be — for now, anyway.

Mando’s able to repair the Razor Crest enough to get it off the ground and limp to Trask. They all settle into the cockpit, the only part of the ship he can pressurize, and get cozy. Once everyone falls asleep, Baby Yoda eats another egg. Let’s hope he doesn’t eat the rest.


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