The Mandalorian is Star Wars' new hope. After the final trilogy of films somewhat of a flop with fans, the Disney+ series gave the franchise a rebirth with Mando and the Child, aka Baby Yoda. The first season launched the Disney+ streaming service with 10 million sign-ups on Day 1 and 15 Emmy nominations for the 2020 season. But the real question is whether the show can keep the momentum going past the first season. The brand new The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer suggests the series is doubling down on its best weapon: Baby Yoda.
The first season of The Mandalorian ended with a new signet and a new charge for Mando, both given to him by The Armorer. After declaring Mando and Child a "Clan of Two," she told him he must return Baby Yoda to his people — not that she named Baby Yoda's people, or where the planet is; those things are for Mando to discover. But, she did warn him Baby Yoda was one of the Jedi, who were once Mandalore's sworn enemies.
As Mando sets out once more, with the Child by his side, this discussion hangs heavily over them. Check out glimpses of their journey to come in The Mandalorian Season 2's trailer:
The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.
There's so much to take in with this trailer. There's the deliberate callback to the original Star Wars: A New Hope opening with the ship flying into the camera frame over a mysterious planet. There's a shot of a return to Tatooine as a Tusken Raider looks up at the sky to see Mando's ship arriving. Then an ice planet comes into view. There are several in the Star Wars canon, but the best known by far is Hoth. The cave Mando and Baby Yoda are standing in looks suspiciously like the tunnels Leia and Han fled in Empire Strikes Back. And of course, there are X-wings and TIE fighters and speeder bikes galore.
But the most interesting of the locations are the docks where Mando and Baby Yoda spot their first Jedi. So far, those seeking to take Baby Yoda for the bounty money offered by Moff Gideon have been lowlifes, bounty hunter scum of the galaxy. Now it seems a higher class of warrior is getting in on the act.
Better shut those cradle doors tight, Baby Yoda. They are coming. This is The Way.
The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.