I thought we were bonded: For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, in our love of one, small, green child.
Until this morning. You asked—no, forced—me to do something I thought I’d never have to do. I must defend Baby Yoda. Because the meanies have come for him too. In the last episode of The Mandalorian, “The Passenger,” we meet Frog Lady, who tasks Team Mando-Baby Yoda with delivering the last of her family’s eggs across the galaxy. Problem is, Baby Yoda is a curious, hungry, growing babe, so, of course, he helps himself to an egg (or five). No big deal! There’s a bunch of eggs in the egg vat. It’s like a baker’s dozen situation—you can always sneak one or two away for a snack.
Turns out? There’s a number of fans out there who think Baby Yoda is a sinister, no-good, fish-baby-eating demon child.
The Never-Baby-Yoda Movement achieved a level of clamor that managed to draw out Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak for a defense of the child. He wrote in a tweet Monday afternoon:
"For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady's eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy. But obviously, chickens aren't sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect."
I’m with ya, Phil. Baby Yoda is a baby! Babies are naughty. Babies don’t know here from there. Do you run around getting mad at human babies? Calling bullshit on wee baby Billiam every time he eats a goddamn sugar cookie? Because this is exactly the same thing. If you’re gonna get mad, get mad at Mando, the big hunk of tin who always maintains his forearm flamethrower at a full tank of jet fuel, but can’t be bothered to keep an expired jar of applesauce around for the poor infant who only asks snuggles of him? This is clearly a starving, malnourished Baby Yoda—no evil, no malcontent, and for that, you should be sad.
Plus: Frog Lady seems nice and all… but you just met her! She could be evil! For all you know, Frog Lady could be the most powerful Sith in the galaxy. Or Frog Lady could be an Imperial mole who’s leading Mando and Baby Yoda straight to Moff Gideon? If that happens, I want you to look at Baby Yoda’s sad, little, squishy face, as Frog Lady and Mr. Frog Lady hand-deliver Baby Yoda to Gus Fring and his hungry, hungry glare—nearly ready to eat the little guy himself!—and think about what you’ve done.
Oh, you’re sorry? That’s nice. Take your tears elsewhere. Baby Yoda doesn’t need them.
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