The Mandalorian season 2 is finally here and the premiere finally makes a proper reference to the Force thanks to Tatooine mechanic, Peli Motto.
The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, titled “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” makes a proper reference to the Force. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the Disney+ series introduced lone-gunslinger Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) who becomes the unexpected caretaker of a Force-sensitive creature from the same species as Jedi Grandmaster Yoda. Not much is known about the Child at this point, but his current mission is to reunite him with his people.
It wasn’t long after Baby Yoda debuted in The Mandalorian season 1 premiere that the show made it clear that he has the ability to tap into the Force. During Mando’s bout against the Mudhorn, the infant used this skill to hold off the beastly creature, giving Din the chance to attack and eventually kill it. Through their adventures, it’s also revealed that Baby Yoda can also Force Heal — something that was featured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after The Mandalorian did it on the small screen. Yet, Mando and all the other characters he has encountered thus far seem to be unaware of the concept of the Force.
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In The Mandalorian season 1 finale, Din described Baby Yoda’s special skills to the Armorer (Emily Swallow) as having the ability to move things with his mind. She related this to the Jedi, but instead of calling them that, she referred to them as an “order of sorcerers,” further highlighting that the Order and Force aren’t a well-established concept, at least in the circles that Mando operates in. It was only in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1 that the Force was properly referenced, surprisingly by Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris). Din and Baby Yoda’s hunt for other Mandalorians led them back to Tatooine where they were reunited with the spaceport mechanic who became a trusted ally last season. Peli quickly thanked the Force upon realizing that the Child is alive and well.
This brief mention can be interpreted as an indication that Din and The Mandalorian will finally start to delve into the Jedi and the Force. Up until this point, both ideas seem foreign to Mando as he hasn’t encountered anyone who has first-hand knowledge of them. That will change, however, as Din goes further in his attempt to reunite Baby Yoda with his people. Several characters slated to appear in The Mandalorian and encounter the pair could teach him what the Jedi is, how they’re able to tap into the Force, and just how precious the infant currently under his care is. The Mandalorian season 2 premiere already confirmed the survival of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), who knows a thing or two about the matter. More importantly, season 2 will later introduce Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) who was once a member of the Jedi Order but also had personal interactions with Jedi Grandmaster Yoda will be instrumental in this aspect.
With seven more episodes to go for season 2, The Mandalorian has plenty of time to gradually set-up Din and Baby Yoda’s face-to-face encounter with Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano. But as in the premiere, it’s possible that the show will drop hints here and there about those future entanglements to keep everyone hooked week after week. Regardless of how they’re going to do this, what’s clear is by the time this year is done, Mando will have a better understanding of the Child and how it connects to the Jedi and the Force.
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