Baby Yoda has a few moments that stood out in The Mandalorian Chapter 7 that show the range of his abilities and the depth of his being.
There were a lot of cute and important Baby Yoda moments in The Mandalorian Chapter 7, but I need to discuss what Baby Yoda did in this episode.
Warning: This post is filled with spoilers for The Mandalorian Chapter 7. Turn back now if you want to avoid them.
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Mando, Cara Dune, IG-11, Kuill, Baby Yoda and a few Blurgs have made their way to Nevarro. They intend to kill The Client with the help of Greef. While part of their plan kind of works and mostly doesn’t, Kuill is in charge of keeping Baby Yoda alive and safe.
While Mando, Cara Dune and Greef head to meet The Client, Kuill races back to the Razor Crest on top of a Blurg. But its speed is no match for stormtroopers on speeders. Just before Kuill makes it back, he’s presumedly killed and Baby Yoda has been tossed the ground where he’s scooped up by one of the stormtroopers
Of all the things Baby Yoda has done to this point, this one was the toughest and most gut-wrenching scene.
The child’s lifeless body lays face down on the dusty, rocky ground. The stormtrooper scoops him up like a football and we are left with looking at the empty space Baby Yoda once occupied.
That’s good storytelling and good visuals (Thanks Deborah Chow) but it was hard to watch, which makes it fantastic. It pulls this emotion out of me and, while I already knew it, I’m fully invested into what happens to these characters.
The stakes have always been a little high as the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda have tried to hide from the former Imperials. Yet now they have the child while Manda, Cara and Greef are pinned down by a group of elite and regular stormtroopers.
Nevermind that Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) has shown up in his own TIE Fighter.
Though the ending stuck with me, it was important to note three other Baby Yoda moments in the episode. First, when Baby Yoda thinks they’re in trouble by heading back to Nevarro, he jumps into the captain’s seat and twists and turns the stick thinking he’s piloting the ship someplace else.
He doesn’t know what he’s doing, but that doesn’t stop him from trying.
Then, when he thinks Mando is in trouble from Cara while they’re arm wrestling, Baby Yoda force chokes her because he thinks he’s saving Mando’s life. There is a strong bond there that goes both ways. As cute and cuddly the little green guy is, he will keep Mando safe if he can.
The third moment is when he saves Greef’s life. Greef would have died from a poisonous gash on his arm. Even though Greef had bad intentions, Baby Yoda still saved his life.
The impressive Force user can take and give life. It will probably come into play in the final episode.
There’s just one episode left – in 10 days! – and the Mandalorian has never seemed so helpless than he does right now. Even when he was trapped in a cell with seemingly no way out, it took him a matter of minutes before his ingenuity kicked in.
Seemingly the Mandalorian enclave has left Nevarro since they were exposed earlier in the season and the town they were in is now overrun by former Imperials. While we don’t know that to be sure, I also don’t see an easy path for Mando and his crew to escape without his former friends.
There are dozens of stormtroopers surrounding their location and Baby Yoda has been taken.
And we still have to wait 10 days to find out what happens.
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