For my money, the most recent episode of The Mandalorian — “Chapter 10: The Passenger” — was the series’ weakest hour yet.
When The Mandalorian is operating at the peak of its powers, it results in one of my favorite Star Wars projects of all-time. And The Mandalorian is at the peak of its powers when it’s advancing the story of Dij Djarin and Baby Yoda, not when they’re shipping them across the galaxy for a one-off “adventure of the week”.
The latest adventure of the week saw our favorite galactic odd couple transporting a doting mother and her unborn children across the galaxy to meet up with her husband. And while Mando, The Child, and Frog Lady encounter numerous dangers on their way, it turns out that the biggest threat to Frog Lady’s kin was Baby Yoda himself, who somewhat disturbingly could not refrain from popping her eggs like Buncha Crunch.
Naturally, fans across the globe were put off by the running joke of essentially eating children. Had the minds behind The Mandalorian done it once for quick comedic effect, that’d be one thing, but Baby Yoda seemed to be swallowing eggs every time Mando turned his back.
Lucasfilm’s creative art manager Phil Szostak responded to the widespread criticism in a tweet, saying that Frog Lady’s eggs were no different than the “chicken eggs many of us enjoy”… which would be true if chickens were going extinct! But they’re not! Frog Lady specifically detailed that the survival of these eggs will determine the existence of her species.
“For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady’s eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy. But obviously, chickens aren’t sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect.”
For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady’s eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy. But obviously, chickens aren’t sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect.#StarWars https://t.co/Js51fLpE3C
— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) November 9, 2020
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