Every time an episode of The Mandalorian lands, Fantha Tracks will be giving their responses, and here are our initial gut feelings, deep dives and thoughts on the tenth episode – Chapter 10: The Passenger. Beware of spoilerific elements in here.

Carl Bayliss

Having closed The Marshal with our titular hero having regained the armour of Boba Fett, we open this episode still on Tatooine enroute to the Razor Crest. One of the criticisms I’ve read of the previous episode is that there were too many lingering shots of the landscape etc, as if they were doing a ‘show and tell on The Volume’ and although this is dialled down this time, there are still a couple of points where I was starting to feel they should get on with what is obviously about to happen.

With his speeder bike having been wrecked in the ambush Mando walks back to Mos Eisley (why not use your jetpack?) to find Peli Motto, who is really growing on me as a wise-cracking, wheeler dealer with elements of Han Solo about her character.

She informs him that one of her contacts knows of more Mandalorians located in a nearby sector, and in return for a ‘taxi’ job, this contact will point him in the direction of the coven. Sounds easy enough, but due to the ‘cargo’ including some reptile eggs which would be rendered useless if he travelled via hyperspace, so it’s a slow sub-light journey.

Following an encounter with some X-Wings who are interested in the Razor Crest following the prison break from season 1, Mando attempts to hide on an ice planet, only for the Razor Crest to fall into a cavern and sustain heavy damage. Whilst trying to make repairs, the passenger takes her eggs to an underground pool to warm both her and the eggs up, but once Mando and the Child rock up they disturb the native residents, a LOT of spiders.

This for me felt like it had come from the ‘hand of Filoni’ as similar creatures (and indeed storylines) have featured in Rebels previously – and I know some people have said that there should be more familiarity of creatures and aliens as we move around the galaxy – but this felt a bit on the nose. It seems that despite originally saying all books, TV & film from the Disney era are cannon they are now selectively picking bits and dropping it into this series (Cobb Vanth in the last episode, spiders in this) with subtle changes to the backstory or direct plot lifts.

Maybe a harsh criticism, after all lots of people on earth get attacked by bears in different places so why shouldn’t people on different planets fall into caverns filled with angry, alien spiders? But you know what I mean.

Just as we think the ‘crest is safely back on its way one last spider attacks and forces it back down, and their salvation comes from an unlikely source, the two X-Wing pilots they encountered previously. Having established that Mando was responsible for the prison break but also the capture of his counterparts from that mission he is allowed to continue and manages to make enough repairs to get airborne again and continue the journey.

Another solid episode with plenty of action, but I feel that people who felt the last episode ‘didn’t really advance the story’ are going to be similarly disappointed, and although ‘Baby Yoda’ features more in this episode, I think the meme has grown larger than the character now; unless he’s front and centre for 90% of the episode it’s not going to be enough for some.

Chris Cooke

Good episode, slower pace but no issue with that.

There were lots of things I liked about it, the Jawa-esque Bounty hunter at the start that that took the jetpack, the interplay between the frog and Mando was well done and the spider like aliens genuinely had me squirming when they were over running the screen.

I know what Carl means about repeating Rebels, but this did it much better and felt like Aliens, another favourite franchise of mine (up to AVP anyway!)

I also loved that the New Republic were willing to not arrest him, but that doesn’t mean they’ll just roll over and give him anything for a few good deeds.

Ross Hollebon

I felt antsy during The Passenger, getting a Cavan Scott Vader’s Castle vibe, and as the episode unfolded it made perfect sense why Jon Favreau handed the directing reins to Peyton Reed of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After a rough start on Tatooine that set the wheels for this story in-motion, eventually the spiders, known as Krykna—and seen in numerous episodes of Rebels, made their appearance. The Child ate one of the spider eggs—and we learned he has quite a taste for eggs—and it was like a booby-trap from an Indiana Jones movie. But instead of snakes we get spider-like creatures hatching all over the place and ascending from a dark mouth in the ice cave. It turned into a frozen-world version of the spider scene nightmares from other books and films involving an endangered Frodo Baggins and Harry Potter, respectively.

Ludwig Göransson’s score was amazing yet again—especially during the false start of the Razor Crest’s triumphant escape.

That was okay as it built the fright-factor and also allowed X-wing pilots, Captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Trapper Wolf (Dave Filoni), to show their sharpshooting skills and flexibility in enforcing the laws of the New Republic. It was also great to see actor Misty Rosas, the performance actor for Kuiil in Season 1, involved in the new season as the Frog Lady—who provided some serious depth as a character with her technical skills, talent with a blaster, and willingness to stand up to Din Djarin to save her lineage. The world keeps expanding in positive ways.

This was another fun episode and it mirrored episode 2 of Season 1, in terms of being scripted for a video game re-enactment. Get on it EA.

Matt Neve

Albeit not as groundbreaking or shocking as last week’s episode, The Mandalorian delivered another fun escapade in which we got many fabulous moments with our favourite Child.

The opening scene was wonderful – I will always laugh whenever I see the word ‘jetpack’ now, and the chemistry between Mando and The Child is ever growing and so much fun to witness.

I didn’t find I had too much connection to Frog Lady (that’s what the subtitles said!) or her story but I’m sure that’ll come in the next couple of episodes, and as a hater of spiders I felt the final third to be slightly scarring! I also question the need for another massive beast fight…but what do I know?

Another pro? X-Wings. I found that whole exchange to be very entertaining and it was great to see Wolf back in the pilot’s seat!

All in all, a mostly fun, if not groundbreaking episode.

Sander De Lange

After the spectacular season opening it was a question what would be next. Would we be given a breather. or would we continue this whirlwind of action and reveals? In a way we got a bit of a calmer episode with Mando and the Child ferrying a passenger to another world because she has a lead to possibly the location of the Mandalorians who left Nevarro.

Thanks to Dave Filoni, in more ways than one, as he reprises his cameo as the New Republic pilot Trapper Wolf,  however the Razor Crests crash lands on a snow world. There, the character development for Frog Lady (why no proper name?!) and the egg eating jokes of the Child become a full blown action scene as the eggs he tries to eat turn out to be those of a lot of nasty spiders. They have to run for their lives.

This episode may not have been filled to the brim with the kind of references and reveals like the previous one, the calmer start before it picks up does make this still a very fun and nice episode that moves the main story along.

Paul Naylor

I would  sum this up in four words: FILLER BUT A THRILLER.

Okay, this episode didn’t drive the narrative on. It was more of an accomplished breather, following the feast we experienced last week. And feasting featured here too – in a manner of speaking.

There were some laugh out loud moments in this episode that existed largely on a snow and ice covered landscape. At the heart of the laughs, The Child, who was a right troublesome scamp.

It also featured some of the creepiest – and dare I say scariest (for younger viewers, of course) scenes aired in the galaxy.

It was good to see Mr Filoni back in a flight suit, making a return cameo as an X-Wing pilot, but perhaps the greatest revelation was its parallels to another sci-fi franchise.

Not only does The Mandalorian feature an Ellen Ripley lookalike in Peli Motto, but now the Aliens from that franchise have more than influenced Mando’s latest nemesis. Throw in some inappropriate snacking by a certain Child and you have a busy episode to digest.

Good fun all round.

James Woodcock

I think many are expecting Mando to be nothing but an arc related show, but it is split between arc and stand-alone episodes. They are seeing the standalone as filler or wasted episodes which is the wrong take away in my opinion.

I think Mando has had one weak episode so far – the prison ship chapter, ironically the one this relates to. However, this is not a weak episode.

The structure of the series as a whole reminds me a lot of The Clone Wars. That had arc heavy episodes but it also had stand alones, and people seem to struggle with that mix. I don’t. I like it, which means I can watch a stand alone and appreciate it as a story, which is a lot better than arc heavy series that have one idea and try to stretch it to death, but there actually isn’t any there there.

If The Mandalorian did nothing but arc episodes it risks collapsing under its own weight. I’d rather it touches the arc, but still do smaller character pieces as well.

Jonathan Hipkiss

The relationship between Mando and The Child continues to deepen. They now have a complete and unifying bond that will raise the stakes massively in my opinion in the future: they both need each other.

Like any good story of two characters who are dependable on each other. Emotions will run high. And we care about them and their relationship which helps. Mando needs the Child as much as the Child needs him. Do I dare say Din Djarin loves the Kid. Mark my word: eventually if and when they part company.  Expect heartstring to be pulled and tears to well.

The pacing was a little slow. This is to be expected after such a show stopping opener last week. I don’t have issue with it being classed as a filler or detour, as some are saying as the story did deepen and go further with that two.

The Razor Crest is quickly becoming a character in its own right much like the Falcon. Stunning FX with the X-Wings and Crest in action.

Took me a while to get used to the B-Movie Sci-fi vibe with attack of the giant monsters feel but I fell into it, so overall I thought it was good.

Adam O’Brien

Much better start, and wow actually some more Muppet-like nostalgic characters, as we see him again in Tatooine (come on, we have seen this planet how many times? New show, new worlds please). He gets the job with the new alien character, and I love the way the language was designed for the episode. Again, Star Wars making leaps and bounds in ways of world building. Love it.

Then as the Mandalorian takes on the job we get to see X-Wings of the New Republic with two very cool actors, including one we know very well (minus the familiar cowboy hat).

A nod to McQuarrie in this, and the film Arachnophobia.

– The moral of this one was completing a job, a professional integrity also. Honour – always.

Mark Mulcaster

If you’re story consists of a huge swarm of arachnoids chasing your heroes, then who better than the Ant Man’s Peyton Reed to make his Star Wars directing debut with a creepy crawly Aliens inspired next chapter.
The story picks up where Chapter 9 leaves off with Din and Child speeding through the dusty plains only to head right into a trap that Wile E. Coyote would have been proud of. The intercutting between the travelling Mando and his would-be assailants helps set-up the tension nicely and also serves as a reminder that while we are lulled into the false sense of security now Werner Herzog’s ‘The Client’ may have been dispatched,  Moff Gideon is still out there and we assume a bounty is still out for the Mando and the Child.
One thing that seemingly is becoming more apparent with the Season 2 is that there is a warmer sense of humour and moments of levity after action. Not only was Din’s use of his jetpack very clever it was also very funny too!
With Chapter 9s big reveal at the end of the episode I was left wondering if we would see some resolution to that and with the  chapter title being The Passenger i did start to get my hopes up that we could see a confrontation between Fett and Djarin and it would be Fett who would be taken on the space road trip.
If I don’t see Pelli Motto again till season 3 I think I would be all right, whilst she seemingly acts as the quest giver for the next part of Din’s adventure  I started to feel as if Amy Sedaris performance was becoming a bit self aware that she was in a Star Wars adventure.
This episode serves to introduce several new alien species which is awesome, and the Krykna Spiders did feel like a formidable foe for Din both in size and numbers. Were these the same species or a off-shoot of the ones  we saw in Star Wars Rebels?
If it wasn’t for the convenience of storytelling by the rescue of the X-Wing pilots I don’t actually know if they would have made it out alive, is this slightly lazy storytelling? And would we have preferred to have seen The Child do some gnarly force stuff, or would that have been equally too convenient?
I was totally captivated by the atmospheric chase around and through the clouds and how it ended with a classic “out of the frying pan in to the fire” (or maybe out of the fridge and in to the freezer?) moment where we think the Razor Crest as shaken it’s tail only to plunge through the ice; very Star Wars.
The whole episode seemingly seems to be in part about Din’s attempts to get some shuteye, again which reinforces that he hasn’t stopped since he first rode in Mos Pelgo. Whilst the Baby Yoda moments of continually on the hunt for the pickled eggs was quite funny at a deeper level I think it again shows how the Mandalorian isn’t fully equipped to look after the green womp rat. Children as we know tend to eat you out of house and home where as as adults can go longer without. This innocent behaviour is the catalyst for our heroes getting into really hot water in the Chapter and I felt it was played out naturally and was setup nicely. The Alien style eggs kinda telegraphed what was going to happen and in Star Wars there’s always a bigger fish…or in this case Spider.
The Passenger herself, I thought was cute and whilst appears innocent and slightly pointless is a good shot, which if you’re hanging around Mos Eisley is probably a good thing. The language barrier aspect was interesting and I suppose in a franchise without universal translators this sort of issue probably happens more often than not. I was hoping that there was a twist to the character to make her more worthwhile and having her save baby Yoda was a fair payoff.
This Episode did leave me worried for the New Republic though as it seems they only have 3 or 4 X-Wings to patrol that entire sector, although it was great to see Mr Filoni expand his role. I thought it was neat having the dialogue call backs to chapter 6 by the X-Wing Pilots hopefully that’s not the last we hear of that.
I’ve already seen comments online that the Episode was by far the worst of the 10 Episodes with a few comments including the term “filler”. I think that in such a short series it would be better to wait till the end of the run to start calling out what is considered filler episodes. The best analogy is that this is a book; a single story and chapter 5 needs to lead to chapter 6 and so on and so forth. Whilst each episode may not be a Krayt Dragon take down episode each chapter is propelling the story along and as long as it does that, it’s ok by me.

Sergio Lopes

Ok, We still don’t know if the stranger spotted in last week’s episode was Boba Fett, but we saw a bunch of scary spider aliens almost eating our heroes, a hilarious jetpack crash, an X-Wing flight chase and so many Baby Yoda moments that The Passenger was a winner.

Along with the previous episode, this one seems to have drunk something from The Mandalorian Armor trilogy. And we also saw how a child can bring a lot of problems, in this episode that should be Hallowen’s Mandalorian; seriously, I hate spiders.

May the next come with more answers.

Jonathan Hicks

A filler episode?’
That’s all I’ve heard over the last day or so – this is a filler episode. It adds nothing to the ongoing story, it’s a straightforward monster bash, and there’s some nostalgia involved, what with X-wings and the like, and, to a certain extent, I agree. It doesn’t add anything new other than a new location, a monster and maybe some Mando/Child interaction that shows their bond, but overall it’s a throwaway story with no real consequence, at least that we know of. And do you know what? If this is the quality of the season’s filler episodes then I say GIVE ME MORE FILLER EPISODES!
This was an exciting, visually enjoyable and overall satisfying adventure for the Mandalorian. It shows that he gets himself embroiled in all kinds of stuff other than the main story arc, it expands the universe and gives us a new planet to wonder about, it has an AWESOME new monster for me to get excited about and, hopefully, learn more about. Most of all, it gives me more of the Star Wars universe to explore. It also shows me that, no matter the side, the Mandalorian does not operate within or even respect any kind of law, be it ex-Imperial (which he was happy to work with) or New Republic (which he was happy to run from).
This was another great episode, and it’ll be one I revisit again and again. It’s not the best of the series but I found it incredibly watchable, and if this is an example of a filler or throwaway episode then bring them on, I’m happy to sit through them and enjoy the visual feast of adventure that is Star Wars.

 

Mark Newbold
Now on our 10th chapter of The Mandalorian, it seems clear; the show works best when the plot is direct, giving the characters time and space to shine and develop as the A story, the backdrop of their predicaments the B story. Here, in The Passenger, the plot couldn’t be more straightforward, a run from Tatooine in sublight to the next sector sees them ditch onto Maldo Kreis (the icy planet we saw at the beginning of the very first chapter) while evading a duo of New Republic X-Wings, triggering a sequence of events that left us waiting for a week in classic cliffhanger style.
The episode, while being reasonably linear and straightforward, reveals plenty about the characters. We know Djarin is a hard-worker, a grafter and someone who will relentlessly dust himself down and get on with the work, but in the face of a stampede of McQuarrie inspired knobbly spiders he just doesn’t give up. Trusting the clearly credit-fuelled gut of Peili Motto, frog lady is looked after and taken care of, her precious cargo the ‘child’ of this particular episode.
Well, until The Child gets involved, his voracious appetite seemingly uncaring that these spawn are the last of their line. He understands, he knows, and perhaps we’re starting to see the start of a mischievous streak that could be increasingly problematic for Mando. Compare the change between Groot, Baby Groot and the surly teenage Groot we saw in later Guardians films. Perhaps Baby Yoda is about to hit a growth spurt, drop an octave and sprout acne. That could be a problem.
The music is once again engaging, a change up from season one with even more overt (and very welcome) western tropes, and I’d argue the pre-title opening of this episode was the best yet. The visuals were frankly incredible, giving us a spider chase far superior to that of the multi-million dollar Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets almost two decades ago and a gorgeous, early morning aerial chase between the Razor Crest and the two T-65’s that was a feast for the eyes, but all that being said there is a potential issue on the horizon.
Just as the sequel trilogy fell into the trap of superweapon of the week, an issue started way back in 1983 with Return of the Jedi, here we’re two for two this season seeing huge beasts taken down, the krayt last week by Mando’s hand and the knobbly white spider by the New Republic this week. Thrilling, incredible television, but too much of this and it could start to get old. Other than that observation, this was a hugely satisfying snack as the feasts of mid to late season await.

Andrew Walker

Last week The Mandalorian took us to Arrakis. This week we go to the Nostromo by way of Hogwarts. I get that each episode needs, as George Lucas called it, a MacGuffin but I’d like to see a bit more imagination. I mean the camera angle for the entry of this week’s monster of choice was an almost direct copy of Aragog’s arrival in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

And right from the beginning we have characters who happen to be in just the right place at just the right time. The bandits at the start could have chosen anywhere in the desert to set a trap but, just as it is set, here comes Mando to fall into it! And when he has no more leads on the other Mandalorians, here comes a character whose husband just happens to have seen a few. When Mando chooses to run from the New Republic rather than turning on his transponder, it feels more like that was what had to happen for the rest of the story to take place rather than an actual thought through response. It’s all just a bit too convenient for my taste.

The ship crashes. Again! A big monster attacks them. Again! And the end of the episode feels more like they had run out of ideas of how to move forward than an actual chosen end point for the episode. For me, this whole episode just felt a bit shoddy and was not nearly as good as any of the others.

It’s not all negative though. Dave Filoni turns up again and Baby Yoda’s eating habits continue to be one of the funniest parts of the whole series.

Clair Henry

Let me sum up this episode for me…Amusing!

The relationship ship between the Mandalorian and the child makes me laugh out loud, and I feel a smug parent. Din Djarin has yet to learn, do not under any circumstances leave the child alone! It’s this development of a new parent making mistakes that makes me laugh! This comedy element to their relationship makes me believe it even more as we have all been there done that and not learnt the lesson.

As for the X-Wings, well they were fab, the sound of the just gives me goosebumps! Again, another element to the episode that nods to the old but  definitely feels new.

As I say in this months episode of Planet Leia, The Mandalorian for me is a journey story like The Little Hobo trying to find his destination but on the way encounters some tricky situations which you know the troublesome duo will get themselves out of eventually!

A very enjoyable and highly amusing episode to watch.

BE SURE TO LISTEN IN TO EPISODE 62 OF MAKING TRACKS WHERE WE WILL DELVE INTO THE EPISODE AND WATCH THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF GOOD MORNING TATOOINE.

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