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Short, but effective, "The Child" answers few questions, but moves the story along with a beautiful simplicity that is at once satisfying and intriguing.
The second episode hit Disney+... and, being a little removed from the hype of the service's launch, it functioned rather beautifully.
Like its Japanese equivalent, "The Child" is committed to its guardian-a commitment that introduces the Force to this corner of the galaxy.
"The Mandalorian" has the potential to deliver on the gritty, morally grey action its prerelease publicity machine promised. It's just a shame to see the flagship Disney+ series kill much of its momentum so early in the season.
Two episodes in, it turns out a mask-less Mandalorian would have made little difference to the plot. It would, however, have done a world of good to make the show feel mildly conflicting or exciting.
My favorite thing about the Mandalorian so far is, sure, he looks cool-but he's not cool in any actionable fashion whatsoever. He's a dumpster baby, as we term it.
Again, however, the episode is able to function really nicely in spite of that, even if it does feel like it could have been cut down severely and added onto the next episode.
With this second episode, The Mandalorian becomes a true work of fan love
The Mandalorian on Friday followed up its premiere with an episode that was even shorter - exactly 27 minutes of actual content - but also sweeter.
The Mandalorian shakes off its chilly veneer to bare a sweet and hopeful heart thumping beneath all that armor.
In the grand scheme of things, it's nothing more than a slight diversion, really. Yet it also allowed the series a bit of breathing room, and a chance to better know our heroes by witnessing them in action.
'The Child' was another (mostly) impressive instalment of The Mandalorian. Rick Famuyiwa directed quite an episode that had a nice balance between its humour and seriousness.
The Mandalorian may collapse in on itself yet. But regardless of what happens next we'll always have this delightful day in the life, this perfect little Star Wars tone poem.