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The Mandalorian Chapter 2: The Child: Fantha Tracks thoughts

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Matt Neve
The Mandalorian continues to impress!

One key feature that really impresses me is the pacing. This shorter episode was timed to perfection with laughs, suspense and further great moments with “the asset”.

My favourite moment had to be the assault on the Jawa Sandcrawler. It was inventive television at its best and I laughed out loud and the Mandalorian in the cockpit.

What next? I cannot wait to see these elusive character that is Cara Dune – where does she belong in this adventure?

Paul Naylor
Kicking off where chapter one ended, the second of this eight-part series was a very different animal.

For the first 10 minutes of this 30 minute episode, not one word of dialogue is spoken.

Like Boba Fett before him, The Mandalorian prefers to let his actions speak for him, be it in combat or the simple slight nod of the head.

Not wishing to stray into spoiler territory, this installment should please fans of the original run of Marvel Comics from 1978 to the mid-80s. It also has nods to Attack of the Clones, Nintendo’s Super Star Wars video game and the Indiana Jones movies.

It took a couple of watches for me to fully appreciate it, but it really is a visual treat.

It doesn’t appear to have moved the narrative on, but in reality it is more of a conclusion to the previous episode. What it does so well is show how vulnerable our new anti-hero is.

Like the Fetts before him, this Mandalorian shows that no one is infallible.

Patty Hammond
I have finally been able to catch up on The Mandalorian and these two episodes are definitely setting up for great things to come. I really loved the surprise at the end of the first episode and I was really curious on what the second episode will bring us. I was not disappointed.

From the encounter with other hunters, to the encounter with Jawas and their demands to the Mandalorians interaction with the ‘asset’, it was one surprise after another. I do not want to spoil the episode for my friends who will not be able to see these yet, therefore, I am only going to mention two things.

First even though we do not know much about the main character yet, based on his actions I am really curious to see if he is going to turn over the ‘asset’ over to the those that requested the retrieval. Second, I am disappointed that we have not seen the two female characters announced in either of these episodes. One of these two characters would have made these episodes even more exciting to me.

Mark Newbold
I can imagine that when Jon Favreau tapped the final words on his keyboard, wrapping up the script for the first episode of The Mandalorian, he must have sat back, blown out a long breath and thought ‘Ok, what’s next?’ We spent a couple of days thinking very much the same, and I’m certain no one expected what they saw in the second episode of the show, The Child.

The episode is essentially 30 minute action sequence that takes us across the vast tracts of Arvala-7 as the Mandalorian takes his captured asset back to the Razor Crest. There are Trandoshans, Jawas and Ugnaughts, very little dialogue (the Mandalorian is a man of few words, as is Kuiil) and a sequence of events reminiscent of classic Marvel Comics, Super Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and even Batman ’66. In short, while it doesn’t appear to progress the story (in most other shows his journey back would be a brief montage) this fleshes out the reality of his job, and therein lies the huge value in this episode. Bounty hunting really is a complicated professions, and The Child proves just how on the nose the client really was.

Back in the day I wrote a lot of fan fic about a smugger who was so proficient, 9 out of 10 of his runs went without a hitch. Planet to planet, drop, get paid, leave. Who the heck wants to read stories about a job where everything goes right, so my stories focused on the days when he wasn’t on top of his game, when things went wrong both within and outside of his control and this episode is very much in that vein. There are rookie errors (leaving your ship in the middle of nowhere when you know there are jawas roaming about), moments where he is bashed about like Indy, stitched up like Rambo and triggered to humorous effect. Thank goodness Kuill has such a level head.

This one absolutely needs a second viewing, because after the first run through my initial thought was ‘a filler episode, already?’ My second viewing changed that feeling enormously. There’s a lot more to be mined in this episode than a single viewing will reveal. Great fun.

Andy Lyth
Two episodes in and I’ve completely fallen in love with this show.

We finally have a live action Star Wars TV show and it’s delivering on all fronts! The sandcrawler action set piece of this episode left me grinning from ear to ear and I’m intrigued to see what the Mandalorian decides to do with his bounty after this episodes revelation.

Roll on next week!

Greig Robertson
After only two episodes, I think The Mandalorian could very well take the crown off the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven, Monkey as my favourite TV show of all time.

The Jawas pilfering parts from the Razor Crest, the disintegrations lol, the chase with the sandcrawler and the developing story with “the child”, like something out of Lone Wolf and Cub – it’s all gold and I hope this show runs for years.

Loving the fact I can listen to the soundtrack for the first two episodes in the car now, as it’s a stunning piece of work!

I think I have died and gone to Star Wars heaven!

Darren Hayes
I’m really enjoying the sense of humor in the show, and episode two really continues with the dark humor.

The Mandalorian was having a very bad day, and what can make a bad day worse but a drive by Jawa looting. The introduction of the Jawas and the details of the plot in this episode had me smiling ear to ear.

Also – ‘the child’ is offensively cute.

Clair Henry
Another great episode! More nods to the Star Wars of old while introducing the new. As for the cliffhanger at the end of episode 1, learning more in episode 2 was intriguing for sure!

Where is it going who knows, but this a great series so far and here’s to the next!

Paul McQue
Okay, I’ll say it.

Filler.

That was a slow episode and apart from the fan service of seeing what disintegrations looks like, not a lot happened story wise. It was an episode built around the reveal that baby Yoda is Force sensitive, which didn’t come as any sort of surprise to me.

The outstanding music was my favourite thing.

I’m looking forward to more characters like Cara Dune joining the Mando adventures to give the story more substance than what we got in chapter 2.

Adam O’Brien
Episode 2 the Green Gremlin Menace! ‘Tis a tad bit shorter episode, like one of the new exciting characters we will see in this episode! But size matters not of course, when it comes to amazing characters and what they’re facing off against.

The Mandalorian takes a walk when he finds his ship dismantled by Jawas! Loved this. And seeing them with their iconic vehicle! (Had that one as a kid)

To get it back. He goes for a walk with his newfound quarry and with another friends help, and. Remember…

He. Has. Spoken!

I have too, and this is a short. Sweet. Episode!

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