“The Mandalorian” season 2: This is the way

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This is just some of the “The Mandalorian” merchandise manufactured by Funko that I could get my hands on. The center Funko POP is even bigger than my own head. Funko is sure to release more “The Mandalorian” themed merchandise based off of the new season. (Photo/Ella Gohari)

Disney’s viral Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” is premiering its second season, bringing back audience favorites the Mandalorian and the Child, as well as introducing new characters from the extended Star Wars franchise including Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze. With a new episode released every Friday from Oct. 30 to Dec. 18, the eight-episode season is primarily plot-driven and seeks to solve the mystery of where the Child, dubbed “Baby Yoda” by the Internet, comes from. Warning, there are some mild spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.

Arguably one of the primary reasons why “The Mandalorian” became popular last season, the Child took the Internet world by storm 2019, inspiring countless memes, edits and merchandise due to his adorable and child-like nature. Students and staff at Heritage even joined in the hype, with English teacher Mrs. Jennifer Estevez fashioning a Baby Yoda-inspired hat for her newborn daughter Eliana.  

Producers, seeing the character’s popularity, weren’t going to pass up on the chance to feature more of the Child. From the first episode of the second season, it was obvious that the showrunners were going to continue milking Baby Yoda for maximum cuteness, featuring his toddler-like wobble, inquisitive mind and unwavering hunger. Unfortunately for him, it was this hunger that got him ‘cancelled’ on Twitter for eating some of the last surviving eggs of a nearly-extinct species of frog right in front of the eggs’ mother. 

#BabyYodaIsOver was a popular hashtag used by angry fans.

Others disagreed. “Just discovered that people are actually truly trying to cancel Baby Yoda for eating the Frog Lady’s eggs. She had plenty left over, and he was hungry. Logging off now,” another user posted.

The backlash didn’t stop bobblehead company Funko from creating merchandise to commemorate the fictional genocide. However, it seems that Twitter users have now forgiven the Child for his past actions after he himself got eaten by a monster a few episodes later. Don’t worry, he’s okay.

The Child’s appetite will never be stopped, not even if it means he is eating the last viable eggs of a species of frog. The Child is very merchandisable, with entertainment insider source The Wrap predicting Disney could earn upwards of $2.7 million just by selling merchandise with the Child’s likeness. (Photo/Funko)

Baby Yoda is not the only important part of “The Mandalorian”’s complex and interconnected plot. At the end of the first season, the Mandalorian was tasked by the Armorer to find a fellow Mandalorian who could guide him to the Jedi. The second season picked up immediately where the show left off. 

The Mandalorian eventually made his way to Tatooine, the desert planet that was Luke Skywalker’s home at the beginning of the original franchise. There, Star Wars fans finally got to see what happened to deceased bounty hunter Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor: it was adopted by the self-appointed protector of a Tatooine village. The two later engaged in a large-scale, high-stakes battle against a cave monster, showing off the high-tech special effects and cinematography that have become synonymous with Star Wars.

This season also tied up plot holes presented in the series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” There, Bo-Katan Kryze was introduced as a Mandalorian coming from the origin planet Mandalore. She was fine with taking off her helmet and showing her face, something that the Mandalorian in this show notoriously refuses to do. When the two characters crossed paths in episode 4 this season, the inconsistency is finally explained: the sect of Mandalorians that the titular character descends from is more extremist and traditional than Bo-Katan’s. Overall, “The Mandalorian” continues to impress with its cinematography, special effects and plot. What started out as a simple quest to steal the Child has now become a high-stakes adventure to reunite him with his rightful owner, while at the same time trying to defeat the remnants of the Empire. This is (truly) the way to make a Star Wars show that stays faithful to the source material while still forging its own, separate identity.

A McDonald’s Happy Meal bag is photoshopped onto this Baby Yoda picture from “The Mandalorian” Season 1. He is often used in memes to represent a child, more specifically, a potentially relatable moment in the meme creator’s childhood. Since “The Mandalorian” is watched by all ages, many can relate to the childlike wonder they see represented in the show. (Photo/Saying Images)

As a sophomore, Ella Gohari is entering her second year on the Patriot Post staff as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the print newsmagazine. A lover of words, Ella spends much of her time writing, whether it be an article, poem, short story or science research paper. She often writes while listening (and singing her heart out) to music, and is particularly fond of rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Her ultimate favorite; however, is Queen. Juggling many interests at once, she has been a science researcher with Mrs. Joykutty since 6th grade, and is now a part of the Sigma Xi Science Society. On the weekends, she volunteers with Village Book Builders and OTTER to teach underprivileged children in Florida and around the world. She is excited to co-lead the newsmagazine and can’t wait to see where the year goes.

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