It’s officially almost time for more Baby Yoda content!
A few weeks ago Disney announced that the second season “The Mandalorian” will be getting started on Disney+ on October 30, and then Entertainment Weekly followed that news up with exclusive interviews a week later.
Now, the first “Mandalorian” Season 2 trailer is here and we can dive back into the “Star Wars” universe and finally see Baby Yoda and Mando (Pedro Pascal) back in action!
The trailer opens with Mando’s ship floating in disrepair above two planets before the voice of Season 1’s Mandalorian armorer tells Mando he must reunite the child with his own species. When Mando asks where that could be, the camera cuts to a Tusken Raider, native to the planet Tatooine. Could Yoda’s species have just been hanging out in the Mos Eisley cantina all along? Doubt it.
The Armorer continues on, describing the history of the Mandalorians and their great battles against the Jedi, while the camera shows our iconic duo on a icy tundra, as well as in a bustling city being watched by woman (Sasha Banks) who could potentially be a Jedi. Another possible character could be Sabine Wren, a human female Mandalorian warrior from the “Star Wars Rebels” animated series. Wren was a revolutionary leader during the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, and she gained control of the Mandalorian Darksaber, which is currently in the possession of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
However, the cloaked figure, disappears into crowd before anyone notices, but we’re sure to be seeing more of her.
The city seems to be situated on some sort of port, and the locals appear to be Quarren, also known as Squid Heads. If that is in fact the case, then that means Mando and the child are taking a trip to the Outer Rim and Mon Cala, the home planet of the Quarren as well as the Mon Calamari and the iconic Admiral Ackbar.
The trailer then shows Mando and Baby Yo at sea on a barge, then flying in formation flanked by X-Wing fighters – and potentially chased by them – and ultimately reintroducing two familiar faces in Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano).
One of the most intriguing shots from this series of flashes comes as Mando and the child stand in front of an icy crevice. At first glance, this looks like it could be the Crystal Cave on the planet Ilum, which appeared in the 2019 video game, “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The planet Ilum has long been known as the home of the best kyber crystals used to create lightsabers. After the fall of the Empire – when “The Mandalorian” takes place – the planet was excavated and transformed into the First Order’s Starkiller Base, though, so maybe Season 2 will explore the early days of the regime.
Then, a new character named Gore Keresh tells the Mandalorian, “You know this is no place for a child,” to which Mando replies, “Wherever I go, he goes,” which seems to be somewhat of a tagline for the season.
Keresh issues a warning to Mando, weapons are drawn, Baby Yoda ducks out, and the screen cuts to black. Next thing we know, Mando is surrounded by dead bodies – sounds about right.
Speculation for the new season has led people to believe that Rosario Dawson will be joining the cast as the beloved “Clone Wars” character Ahsoka Tano, while Temeura Morrison is rumored to be returning to the “Star Wars” universe to play the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Neither was shown, teased, or even hinted at in the trailer, but then again, no one had any idea of Baby Yoda’s existence before last year’s premiere. While confirmation would have been nice, the show doesn’t need any help building anticipation, and some things are better left as surprises.
This is the way.
“The Mandalorian” Season 2 debuts exclusively on Disney+ on October 30, 2020.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.