Here are all the Star Wars Easter eggs in the latest installment of The Mandalorian season 2. After last week’s reunion with Ahsoka Tano, the Star Wars faithful might’ve been expecting a more relaxed outing for Din Djarin and Baby Yoda this time around. Instead, The Mandalorian delivers a Boba Fett history lesson, advances Moff Gideon’s evil plans, and brings Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand back from Tatooine.
Episode 6 of The Mandalorian season 2 takes the Razor Crest to Tython – the planet Ahsoka mentioned last week. The former Jedi was reluctant to train Baby Yoda due to her previous experience with Anakin Skywalker, and sent Din Djarin to this faraway Jedi planet instead. There, Baby Yoda could use Tython’s seeing stone to decide for himself whether to train in the ways of the Jedi, reaching out to other Jedi in the galaxy. Unbeknownst to Mando, Moff Gideon has been tracking the Razor Crest ever since Nevarro, and the long-awaited rematch between them is finally set. Fortunately, Djarin has help from another of his kind – the mysterious Boba Fett.
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Ominously titled “The Tragedy,” the latest episode in The Mandalorian season 2 is a huge moment for Star Wars fans, redefining the perspective of long-standing characters and adding major chunks of mythology along the way. Din Djarin and Baby Yoda also find time to dig up the mandatory haul of Star Wars Easter eggs.
Of all the Star Wars spacecraft that fans were hoping to see in The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s Slave I would sit right at the top of the list. This iconic shoe-shaped ship made a welcome return in “The Tragedy,” with Boba and Fennec Shand arriving on Tython in the bounty hunter’s classic vessel. Slave I first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and became an iconic part of Boba Fett’s fearsome reputation both within the Star Wars universe, and among fans. Slave I was presumably parked on Tatooine when Boba Fett was swallowed by the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi. Boba was evidently able to reclaim his ship after escaping. The Mandalorian shows a little of Slave I in action – from the twisting descent onto Tython, to the pursuit of Gideon’s Dark Troopers.
Baby Yoda’s Jeditation
Since the Jedi are essentially a religious sect in Star Wars mythology, it’s not unusual for practitioners to meditate, bringing them closer to the Force. Yoda was the most liable to indulge in spiritual meditation during the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies, but in The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker is seen perched upon the rocks of Ahch-To in quiet contemplation. In The Mandalorian season 2, it’s Grogu’s turn for some quiet time. Mando places the young Jedi on Tython’s special seeing stone, and Baby Yoda enters a serene meditative state. Unfortunately, the kid is captured before he can reveal the results of his meditation.
Jango Fett’s Quote
When Boba Fett and Din Djarin first cross paths on Tython, Mando is suspicious of this mystery man’s claim to Cobb Vanth’s armor. Naturally, Djarin asks whether Boba has Mandalorian heritage, but the stranger only replies with “I’m a simple man making his way through the galaxy.” This line might sound familiar to those familiar with Attack Of The Clones. When Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on Kamino for the first time, he meets Jango Fett in his quarters. Ewan McGregor remarks on how proud Jango must be of the clone army being manufactured, to which the bounty hunter retorts “I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.” A young Boba Fett was present during this scene, and it seems he took his father’s words to heart, repeating them many years later in The Mandalorian.
“Like My Father Before Me”
As well as echoing his Dad’s dialogue, Boba Fett also adds “like my father before me.” This Easter egg delivers a double-dose of Star Wars references. On one hand, Boba is acknowledging how his career path and outlook on life is a continuation of Jango’s, paying off the famous scene where Boba cradles his father’s helmet on the battlefield of Geonosis. However, “like my father before me” has wider connotations in the world of Star Wars. The line is most famously uttered by Luke Skywalker when proclaiming himself a Jedi following in the path of Anakin.
In Slave I’s wake, two Imperial ships full of Stormtroopers land on Tython’s surface. After the Razor Crest was tagged on Nevarro, Moff Gideon’s forces finally catch up with Din Djarin, and they’re looking to take Baby Yoda away for more harrowing Force experiments. Most of the soldiers are regular hapless Stormtroopers, although “The Tragedy” does introduce a yellow-armored Mortar Stormtrooper. The forces on Tython also include a Stormtrooper Commander – the guy with the orange shoulder plate bossing everyone around. The Stormtrooper Commander was an early addition to Star Wars lore, appearing on Tatooine in the original 1977 movie, although the name was confirmed much later. The Mandalorian proves the Stormtrooper Commanders are still around after Return of the Jedi.
As well as the Stormtrooper Commander, the assault on Tython also unearths another Star Wars relic – the repeating blaster. The earliest version of this mounted futuristic minigun was first glimpsed in The Empire Strikes Back‘s Battle of Hoth, used to attack the frozen Rebels as they fled. Since then, different variations of the repeating blaster have been seen in the video games and novels of Legends, the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The weapon proves effective against Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian, right up until she decides to borrow a tactic from a certain fur-covered playbook…
The Rebel Alliance find keen allies in Return of the Jedi, recruiting the Ewoks of Endor’s moon to their desperate cause. The Ewoks rely on rudimentary, primitive weapons to fight the Empire but, surprisingly, these prove highly effective. The cuddly (but deadly) bears use logs and rocks to take down the Scout Troopers patrolling their forests. The fact that the Empire was quite literally toppled by sticks and stones has been a running Star Wars joke ever since, and Imperial forces fall foul of rocks yet again in The Mandalorian season 2’s “The Tragedy.” After a blaster bolt knocks a boulder loose, Fennec Shand pushes the rock down, crushing multiple Stormtroopers and the repeater rifle. To be fair, the rock was much bigger this time.
During Giancarlo Esposito’s previous appearance in The Mandalorian season 2, Moff Gideon was inspecting rows of dangerous-looking droids just waiting to be deployed. At the time, these were speculated to be Dark Troopers, and Gideon confirms as much in “The Tragedy,” addressing the robotic creations by name. The Dark Trooper debuted in the Legends Star Wars: Dark Forces video game, and have since done the rounds in the Battlefront franchise and elsewhere. Dark Troopers have made canon appearances in Dawn of Rebellion and Star Wars: Commander, but The Mandalorian season 2 marks their most significant contribution to Star Wars mythology yet. Moff Gideon’s Dark Troopers look markedly different to previous versions. The armor is more rudimentary, and there are jetpacks in the boots, but the telltale glowing red eyes remain.
Boba Fett’s Chain Code
When the dust settles on Moff Gideon’s capture of Baby Yoda, Boba Fett explains his claim to Cobb Vanth’s armor in full. He shows Mando the chain code embedded in his armor, which projects a hologram of an alien script. This writing contains several references to Star Wars lore. Translated by Reddit user ZackGardner, the chain code mentions Concord Dawn, the alleged home planet of Jango Fett in the Mandalore sector, and Jaster Mareel, who saved and adopted Jango as a child, as far as Legends canon is concerned. The Mandalorian appears to be canonizing elements of the 2002 Jango Fett: Open Seasons comic, in which the Fett family is slaughtered by Tor Vizsla’s Death Watch, but Jango is rescued by the peacekeeper-turned-Mandalorian, Jaster Mareel.
Jango Fett Is Mandalorian
The big takeaway from Boba Fett’s chain code is that he and his father are both Mandalorians. Although Boba Fett was the original Star Wars blueprint for Mandalorian culture, it has long been suspected that he and Jango were merely bounty hunters who stole their Mandalorian armor. These sentiments were supported by figures within Lucasfilm, who have previously claimed that Boba and Jango couldn’t be true Mandalorians. The Mandalorian season 2 finally settles the debate. Boba reveals that his father was a Mandalorian foundling, just like Din Djarin, and as his son, the beskar armor is rightfully his, clone or otherwise.
The Mandalorian Civil War
A final Easter egg from Boba Fett’s chain code is the reference to civil war on Mandalore. Approximately 40 years prior to A New Hope, the planet of Mandalore was locked in a power struggle between extremists who believed Mandalorians should remain feared warriors bred on a culture of violence, and a more progressive, peaceful movement. The war all but destroyed Mandalore, and the Jedi were brought in, taking the side of the pacifists and recognizing them as legitimate rulers. Meanwhile, the defeated extremists were exiled, and eventually reformed into the Death Watch – the group that rescued Din Djarin. As demonstrated by the contrasting beliefs of Djarin and Bo-Katan Kryze, the divisive philosophies of Mandalore are still causing conflict.
The Mandalorian season 2’s “The Tragedy” reveals that Jango Fett fought in the Mandalorian Civil War, but Boba doesn’t disclose which side his dad was on. Given that the Death Watch were responsible for turning Jango into a foundling in the first place (according to Legends), he likely sided against the traditionalists.
After the capture of Baby Yoda (presumably the “tragedy” alluded to in the episode’s title), Din Djarin visits Nevarro and asks Cara Dune to flick through the New Republic’s prisoner registry. Mando wants to recruit Bill Burr’s Mayfeld to help him track down Moff Gideon, but before Dune happens across the desired file, she passes over an array of recognizable Star Wars aliens. These include a Nikto, a Mon Calamari, one of Scrapjaw Motto’s species, a Zabrak, an Aqualish, a Tusken Raider, a Quarren, a Hassk (?) and a Gamorrean.
The Force Choke
The Force choke is a common inclusion in the arsenal of Jedi who have taken the wrong path. Darth Vader infamously chokes Imperial colleagues when they question his authority or leave their smelly lunches in the Death Star refrigerator, and Kylo Ren carries on the tradition to intimidate General Hux in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Baby Yoda previously used the technique on Cara Dune when he mistook her arm wrestling match with Din Djarin for something more sinister, and young Grogu revisits the Force choke again in The Mandalorian season 2, ransacking the airways of the Stormtroopers assigned to guard him. Moff Gideon seems to approve of such brutality, and The Mandalorian continues to tease Baby Yoda’s affinity for the dark side.
Moff Gideon’s Eye Joke
After Baby Yoda tires out his little body, Moff Gideon bravely decides to approach. In typically sadistic fashion, the villain taunts his prisoner with the Darksaber, pulling the sword away when Baby Yoda reaches out. Gideon then chastises the youngster, saying he wouldn’t know how to handle such a blade, and might poke an eye out. This is a nod to the famous Luke Skywalker lightsaber meme. Although the image doesn’t actually derive from A New Hope, a behind the scenes photo of Mark Hamill examining a lightsaber prop has done the rounds online as an example of how not to hold a lightsaber as a padawan. Gideon’s insult in The Mandalorian season 2 seemingly alludes to this famous Star Wars joke.
Taken prisoner aboard Moff Gideon’s Imperial cruiser, Baby Yoda puts up a valiant fight against the Stormtroopers trying their best to guard him. Sadly, Grogu doesn’t have the strength to fend off Moff Gideon. The captured young Jedi exhausts himself throwing Stormtroopers against walls and Gideon decides to put him on the naughty step, ordering a nearby guard to hit Baby Yoda with a knock-out blast. Instead of a regular blaster bolt, this circular shot is intended to stun, rather than kill. A similar attack is seen at the very beginning of A New Hope, when Princess Leia is found by Stormtroopers after recording her message to Obi-Wan. The visual effects may more refined, but it’s the same round, blue blast in The Mandalorian season 2.
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