Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
Lately, I’ve revisited ‘Attack of the Clones’ on DVD. I’m also nine chapters into the ‘Heir to the Empire’ book! And I’ve recently seen the second episode of Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ – ‘Chapter 10: The Passenger’. I’m currently enjoying the new ‘Star Wars’ live-action show on Disney+.
‘Chapter 10: The Passenger’ is by Jon Favreau, but the directing duties for this episode are by Peyton Reed. Peyton Reed is well-known for directing ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. I can tell his style was in this ‘Mandalorian’ story, especially with spiders in it. 🙂
The episode begins with the Mandalorian being attacked by a number of bandits who attempt to capture Baby Yoda! His speeder bike gets destroyed, but ‘Mando’ manages to subdue the bandits and protect the Child. Unfortunately, he has to walk back to Mos Eisley in order to return to his ship.
There he reunites with Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto who is playing cards with a ‘Dr. Mandible’ who has information about the Mandalorians. Mando is still searching for them to find info about the Jedi, remember? Sadly, we don’t find out whether the guy at the end of the previous story was Boba Fett.
Disappointing I grant you. I hope we’ll get to meet Temuera Morrison’s character again soon. Mando is about to set off in his ship along with Baby Yoda, but has to transport a Frog Lady to a moon called Trask where her husband will fertilize her eggs and has information about the other Mandalorians. 😐
The Frog Lady is played by Misty Rosas and is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. The Frog Lady also uses the dissembled droid aboard Mando’s ship called Q9-0, voiced by Richard Aoyade, in order to communication with Mando. A lot of the time, Mando cannot understand a word the Frog Lady says.
Baby Yoda also gets naughty in the episode, since he seems to keep eating Frog Lady’s eggs when he’s supposed not to. Mando tells him off at times but Baby Yoda keeps getting a chance to eat an egg. Baby Yoda also tries eating a baby spider, causing other spiders to awake and attack our group.
In outer space, Mando’s ship – the Razor Crest – encounters two X-wing fighters as part of a New Republic patrol that try to interrogate him. It forces Mando and the others to flee to a nearby planet and hide in an ice canyon. The ship gets severely damaged once it has crashed through the ice itself.
Things don’t get much better when once the Frog Lady finds a hot water pool to bathe her eggs as well as herself; and after Baby Yoda eats one of the spider eggs, a variety of spiders, including giant spiders, attack Mando and the others. Mando and the others make an escape back to Razor Crest. 😐
It was intense to see all those ice spiders chasing after Mando, Baby Yoda and the Frog Lady. My Mum and I were watching this episode on Disney+ and she doesn’t like spiders. 😀 This tops on the fear factor of what happened with spiders in ‘The Return of the King’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.
The spiders surround our heroes on all sides even when they’re inside their ship. Thankfully, Mando and the others are saved when the two X-wing pilots from earlier kill the spiders. But they don’t help him to Mando’s ship whilst they overlook crimes he made. Pretty soon, Mando repairs his own ship.
Once the ship is repaired, they leave the icy planet behind. They continue their journey to the moon Trask in outer space. Mando and the Frog Lady take a nap whilst Baby Yoda manages to sneak another egg from Frog Lady’s container and gulps it down. (gasps) Naughty, naughty Baby Yoda, you!
‘The Passenger’ is a decent side-step episode in Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ series. I enjoyed the tension especially the giant ice spiders attacking. I’m looking forward to getting back to the main plot of this web series and what will occur when Mando and the others arrive on the moon of Trask.
Stay tuned for my review on ‘Chapter 11’ of ‘The Mandalorian’ next week!
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!
THE TIMELORD MANDALORIAN STORY
In the big chamber on the planet in deep space, Tim is still recovering, having woken up from being inside the huge cylindrical cubicle. The Mandalorian checks his lifesigns on a nearby terminal, pressing buttons and focusing hard on the task. Timelord007 is standing nearby, anxious and bemused by what’s happening, still cradling Baby Yoda in his arms.
Eventually, the Mandalorian finishes checking Tim’s lifesigns and addresses him whilst he’s still inside the cubicle.
Tim: “Well Mando? What’s the verdict?”
Mandalorian: “No tampering with the controls as far as I can tell. Your lifesigns are still normal. No suspicion that anyone is onto us. You’re in the clear so long as you can keep wired up in the cubicle.”
Tim: “I suppose a chance to stretch my legs is out of the question.”
Mandalorian: “I’m afraid so.”
Tim: (sighs) “Never mind. I’m glad you brought Timelord here. With his help, we might have a chance of stopping the person behind all this.”
Timelord007: “Would somebody explain to me what all this is about?!!!”
Tim ignores Timelord007 as he sees Baby Yoda in his arms.
Tim: “Aww! Hello Baby Yoda! How are you doing?”
Baby Yoda waves at Tim inside the cubicle whilst Timelord007’s holding him.
Tim: “You got a good kid there, Mando.”
Mandalorian: “Yes, he’s not bad. The time will come though when I will have to reunite him with his people.”
Tim: “Oh yeah, you’re still doing that, aren’t you? How many episodes are we in of Season 2?”
Tim: “Just two? Gosh! So we’ve barely just started your second season.”
Timelord007: (to Mandalorian) “Yes, but you need to start building up the main story arc, Mando, instead of these defeat the monster of the week episodes. I want you and Boba Fett teaming up. I want to see Ashoka’s arc brought to the fore.” (trails off; realises) “Oh hang on! I’ve gone off the beaten track here.” (to Tim) “Tim, I want an explanation as to why you brought me here.”
Tim: “Yes, sorry, sorry. Explanations!” (breathes deep) “You must find this all very unusual. Me here trapped inside a cubicle on another planet far away from Earth.”
Timelord007: “A Steven Moffat script which makes sense is unusual. This is just bizarre.”
Tim: (becomes serious) “Timelord. Answer me this question. When was the last time we did a review together? I mean, like, actually properly did a review together?”
Timelord007: “We did ‘The Avengers’ double bill during the spring lockdown, didn’t we?” (sighs) “Oh this is going to get very timey wimey.” (to audience) “Stand back, folks. This ride’s going to get bumpy and confusing.”
Tim: “Oh I remember doing the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ reviews with you, Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer. There’s no doubt about that.” (Pause) “But I’m afraid the person you were interacting with wasn’t actually me.”
Timelord007: (baffled) “Tim you’re an excellent writer. You’ve written several amazing ‘Doctor Who’ stories, but this time my friend, you’ve lost the plot! You don’t even have a plot or a synopsis to begin with!!!”
Tim: “Timelord, I’ve been trapped inside this cubicle all the time you, Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer were doing the ‘Avengers’ reviews with me. Or at least what you thought was me. The person you’ve been interacting with was actually an imposter.”
Timelord007: (sighs) “Here we go! A plot twist that’ll probably be a red herring which will make no sense whatsoever in the long run. A bit like a Steven Moffat script in fact.”
Tim: “I’ve been mind-linked to the imposter since I’ve been trapped inside this cubicle. I don’t know what this person’s motivations are, but he clearly wants to steal my identity. He’s been doing all the reviews I’ve wanted to do, stealing all the idea and inspiration I had.”
Timelord007: “Okay! I’ll play along. But why does this person want to steal your identity? Is it to meet the lovely Sarah Sutton? Or perhaps to kidnap Cuddles?”
Tim: “I’m not sure yet.” (Pause) “Whilst inside my cubicle, I’ve been calling out for help. It’s just as well as Mando came and found me. He moved me out of the spaceship I was trapped in to this alien planet we’re on. Mando’s been helpful trying to locate the answers to what’s going on. Sometimes, Baby Yoda has been keeping me company whilst I’ve been lonely and need to have my cubicle opened at times. The air is stale after a while you’ve been inside this thing. I can’t get out as it would damage my brainwaves being connected to this thing.”
Mandalorian: “My investigations led to you being the key as to what’s going on with Tim’s imprisonment in the cubicle. Tim told me to bring you here so that you can help solve our mystery further.”
Timelord007: “So basically, Tim got himself into a pickle and he needs this gaming legend, wisecracking, egotistical genius to save the day.” (Pause) “Why didn’t you just say that in the first place, Mando?”
Mandalorian: “Simon! Your friend Tim is in trouble. Can you help?”
A moment of silence ensues.
Timelord007: (gradually) “Yes, of course.” (Pause) “See? Quicker, easier and to the point.”
Tim: “Timelord, this may get a little dangerous from now on. I know it’s asking a lot of you, but I need your help to find out who this imposter is that’s trying to steal my identity.”
Timelord007: “Danger’s my middle name! Well, after ‘narcissistic eccentric rogue’. But of course, Tim. I will help you, old friend.”
Tim: (pleased) “Thank you. I really appreciate that, Timelord.” (Pause) “So far, the clues we’ve got led us to you being wanted for execution by someone. A person going by the codename ‘Francis’! I believe Mando’s told you this already.”
Timelord007: “Francis as in the Deadpool “I hate you!” Francis? Or is this another Francis? Bit of a coincidence he going by that name.”
Tim: “Yeah, I know that might seem a bit of a coincidence, especially since Deadpool’s after him. But at present, he’s only going by that codename. We don’t whether it’s his real name or if he has another identity altogether.”
Mandalorian: “Further investigations led us in connection to another person who may know the whereabouts of this Francis. There’s another reason why we summoned you here. Not only to protect you, but also to gain access to someone we need to make contact with.”
Timelord007: “Is it Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina?” (excited) “Oh please can it be her in a very tight catsuit?”
Tim: “Timelord, you may not like it who it we wish you to make contact with.”
Timelord007: “Is it a ex-girlfriend? It’s not Kathleen Kennedy, is it? Or worse…Rian “I ruined Timelord007’s childhood with that abomination ‘Last Jedi’ Johnson.”
Tim: (breathes deep) “Brace yourself, Timelord. This is the person we need you to make contact with.”
Timelord007 listens eagerly as Tim and the Mandalorian are about to tell him who this other person is.
TO BE CONTINUED…