Star Wars Mania
Star Wars is having another Moment. With the Skywalker Saga ending with the highly anticipated Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and the first Star Wars TV show which debuted on Disney+, The Mandalorian, there is plenty of new content to go around right now. And that isn’t including the new game Jedi: Fallen Order or the new comics and books that have been released.
But The Mandalorian has really taken the internet by storm for a few reasons. First, it is a quality show with grittiness that shows us a very different side of Star Wars, focused on bounty hunting and the crime syndicate rather than Jedi, the Rebellion, and the Empire or First Order. It isn’t about someone trying to save the galaxy, it’s about someone trying to survive and achieve a better life for his people, his future.
However, this all kind of pales in comparison to the sensation that is Baby Yoda.
In the first episode, the Mandalorian takes a bounty with a substantial reward for a fifty year old being. This individual is heavily protected, and it turns out to be the same species as the Jedi Grand Master himself, Yoda.
In this story so far, there has been no mention of the Jedi or the Force. As this takes place post-Return of the Jedi, it is likely that the Mandalorian knows very little about the Jedi who used to protect the galaxy in the thousands.
Surprisingly, the Mandalorian finds himself very protective of the little creature, who is absolutely adorable. However, I don’t think it is the Child’s cuteness that softened the Mandalorian’s heart.
So far during the series, we’ve seen a handful of flashbacks from the Mandalorian’s childhood. It appears to take place during the Clone Wars, as there are battle droids present. This would make the Mandalorian most likely in his thirties (For reference, the Clone Wars lasted three years, and there are 19 years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope). The Mandalorian appears to be a child, running with his parents to escape the carnage caused by the battle droids. Eventually, his parents place him in a hideout and close it up and are seemingly killed by battle droids in the process. The door to his sanctuary is opened, and we see a Super Battle Droid pointing its blaster at him and – nothing.
Obviously, we know the Mandalorian survived and ended up a Foundling with the Mandalorians, a culture of warrior people. So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think that a Mandalorian rescued our Mandalorian as a child and protected him from the droid.
Rescued by a Jedi?
There have also been rumors that perhaps it will be Obi-Wan Kenobi who rescues the Mandalorian as a child. In the Clone Wars cartoon, Obi-Wan has ties to the planet Mandalore and was romantically interested in their ruler, Duchess Satine. Bringing Ewan McGregor in for a scene or two as Obi-Wan rescuing our main character would be amazing, without a doubt, and a great way to hype up the Obi-Wan series.
Fan favorite Ahsoka has also been theorized to be the rescuer as she also spent time on Mandalore during the Clone Wars. This would be the first time Ahsoka would appear as live-action.
However, I think that it was Master Yoda who rescued the Mandalorian, and that the Child is the only other time he has seen someone of that species (there’s only a third one that we’ve seen, the Jedi Master Yaddle).
I can totally see the Mandalorian feeling a need to save the Child as Yoda once saved him – both from certain deaths. He feels a debt to his rescuer, and this is how he will repay it. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the Child also appears to be Force-sensitive, as we see when the Mandalorian is fighting the Mud Horn and the Child intervenes. Yes, the fans know what it means, but it doesn’t connect (so far) to the plot much other than the Mud Horn and the exhaustion it caused the Child. The Mandalorian tells his Ugnaught companion, Kuill, that he doesn’t understand what the Child did, but I don’t see the Mandalorian opening up about his traumatic childhood to anyone, let alone this individual he’s known only for a few days. It is possible that the Mandalorian witnessed Yoda using the Force.
Yoda fought throughout the Clone Wars – and we don’t even have confirmation of what planet the Mandalorian’s childhood took place on. Being 900 years old, Yoda had many connections throughout the galaxy (“Good relations with the Wookies, I have.”), so there isn’t anything saying he couldn’t have known traditional Mandalorians who were willing to take the child in as a foundling.
There is something pulling the Mandalorian to the Child, and I think that it is more than the innocence of being a child. The Mandalorian has his own people, with foundlings, to worry about. There’s a connection between the Mandalorian and Child, and I believe that it goes back to his own childhood. As I said, this is only the third character we’ve seen of Yoda’s species across ten movies and now a TV show, and all three were Force-sensitive. I don’t think it was just a fan callback to make the Child one of Yoda’s species; I think Yoda himself has a role in the Mandalorian’s story. Yoda also had a slight role in The Last Jedi, so Disney obviously still wants to use the character. With only eight episodes, we’ll have to wait and see. But I expect that we’ll find out who rescued the Mandalorian this season.
The Child/Baby Yoda
Meanwhile, the Child/Baby Yoda is currently taking over the Internet with no end in sight. He’s everywhere. He already made South Park. You can’t go on any form of social media without seeing Baby Yoda everywhere. And can we please give this poor kid a name so we stop calling him Baby Yoda? The dude deserves a name. It’s been established that the Mandalorian has had the Child for weeks, do you mean to tell me he hasn’t called the Child by a name once? Step up your parenting game, bro.