Why hasn't baby Yoda been named yet
The Mandalorian: Baby Yoda's real name is finally out
There are already indications that The Mandalorian is setting some important course this week. The title of the 5th episode of the 2nd season alone causes a stir: The Jedi. We're talking about Ahsoka Tano, who appears in the form of Rosario Dawson for the first time in live-action guise. She not only brings exciting Baby Yoda information, but also prepares the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
The Mandalorian reveals Baby Yoda's Star Wars story
Din Djarin received the decisive tip from Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff). On the forest planet Corvus, he hopes to locate Ashoka Tano so that Baby Yoda can be placed in competent hands. The Jedi is supposed to take care of the little one, who is finally given a name. Baby Yoda is no longer the child. His name is Grogu and has had a gruesome past, Ahsoka finds out.
In his 50 years in the galaxy far, far away, Baby Yoda has seen many terrible things. He was once trained by various masters in the Jedi Temple. With the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, his sheltered childhood ended rapidly: Grogu became brought out of the temple and hidden. After that, his memory darkens - that never means anything good.
Seldom have Baby Yoda's eyes looked so sad. After all the cute (and nasty) moments of season 2, he is suddenly all alone on a tree trunk. Looks longingly he is one of the people who can save him from his loneliness. But they disagree about what should happen to him. Din hope that Ahsoka Grogu will take on Grogu's fate is fading by the minute.
The Mandalorian: Ahsoka Tano and Baby Yoda's Fear
Contrary to the agreement made in the course of the episode, Ahsoka hesitates, deep inside him determined by fear Adopting Grogu as a student. Your own experience with the Jedi Order and the abysses of power stands in the way of your decision. Ahsoka cannot take Baby Yoda to Jedi Paradise. Because she herself had to get to know the dark side of this paradise in a tragic way.
Just like Bo-Katan, Ahsoka has a Star Wars past in the animated series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. In contrast to Bo-Katan, who shone with her first Mando appearance above all through coolness and zest for action, Ahsoka's appearance becomes one deep sadness accompanied, which is expressed not only in the dialogues, but also in the staging of the episode.
Director and screenwriter Dave Filoni, who shaped Ahsoka's journey through his work on The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, embeds her live-action debut in the most atmospheric episode of The Mandalorian yet. The adventurous space western takes the place of it spooky samurai moviewho bows to one of the greatest Star Wars inspirations ever: Akira Kurosawa.
The Mandalorian swaps westerns for samurai films
George Lucas was already heavily influenced by the works of the Japanese grand master in the creation of Star Wars, especially The Hidden Fortress. Dave Filoni also uses iconic motifs from the samurai film several times. He takes on both the calm, large and symmetrical images as well as the furious action sequencesin which swordsmen meet.
In this powerful Mando chapter, two lightsaber blades break through the eerie fog at the gates of a closely guarded fortress before they disappear again into the darkness. What remains are the silhouettes of barren trees and the Uncertainty before the next attack. Seldom have we been able to delve so deeply into one of the worlds that The Mandalorian designs from week to week.
Be it the forest of Corvus, the Mando equivalent of the swamps of Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, or a look behind the city walls: Dave Filoni shows us many details, a feeling for the environment and the depressed mood create. Diana Lee Inosanto's merciless magistrate, who has a connection to a legendary Star Wars villain: Grand Admiral Thrawn, also contributes to this.
- Who was Thrawn again? Mitth'raw'nuruodo aka Grand Admiral Thrawn comes from the Star Wars Expanded Universe and was best known through the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn. In season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, the character was reintroduced into the official Star Wars canon.
Thrawn is the third big hype moment in the episode
After Ahsoka's arrival and Baby Yoda's past, the Thrawn mention is the one third big hype moment the episode. The name alone gives you goosebumps, similar to the unveiling of the dark sword at the end of season 1. The only frustrating thing is that series creator Jon Favreau mostly prances around the most exciting elements he introduces in The Mandalorian.
Once again, the weekly adventure ends with a guide that sends Din and Baby Yoda from A (Corvus) to B (Tython) instead of engaging in the big story. For a long time now, it has stopped simmering inconspicuously in the background, but rather is about to boil over. Hopefully The Mandalorian doesn't make too many detours to finally collect the teasers scattered across the galaxy.
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