'The Mandalorian' Episode 2 Is Fun, But Falls a Little Short

Space.com | 3/31/2020 | Scott Snowden
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The second installment of this brand-new "Star Wars"-inspired sci-fi show had a lot to live up to, considering the widespread critical acclaim received by the premiere episode. The thing is … it really didn't. Titled "The Child," referring to the jaw-dropping surprise reveal we saw just a few days ago, the episode picks up where we left off, with our antihero looking after a baby (a 50-year-old one) of the same species as Yoda.

Unfortunately, the biggest shock this week had nothing to do with the plot. It was that this episode was even shorter than the first of this already brief show. Last week's debut clocked in at 39 minutes, which is about what you'd expect from a network program in a 1-hour slot, once you've factored in all of the commercials. "The Child" runs for just 31 minutes. And don't forget that there are only eight episodes in the first season, so we're already a quarter of the way through Season 1.

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It's a little hard to see where the $12.5 million was spent for this particular episode, the primary purpose of which was purely to give us one important piece of plot-related information, which we'll come to later. The show's creator, Jon Favreau, is going to have to work considerably harder at evenly distributing the story over the length of an entire season.

Related: 'The Mandalorian' Episode 1 Perfects the Small-Screen 'Sci-Fi Western'

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We rejoin the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) right after the assault on the encampment to capture his target. Presumably, he's lost his Burrg ride and is having to make his way back to his ship on foot. The Child remains in its orb-crib and floats alongside the bounty hunter as he walks. It certainly looks like a practical special-effects prop, rather than computer-generated...
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