Star Wars fans were instantly captivated when Baby Yoda appeared at the end of the first episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Despite being 50 years old, the target that Dinn Djarin (Pedro Pascal) was tasked to retrieve turned out to be a small child of the same species as Jedi Master Yoda. With his small crinkled face and doe eyes, Star Wars fans were instantly captivated.
Baby Yoda was an instant hit, pushing the success of Jon Favreau’s Star Wars live-action series. The Child’s place as a Star Wars legend was solidified when Baby Yoda uses the Force to save the Mandalorian in a fight with a massive Mudhorn. Though Mando tries his best to defeat the beast, Mando finds himself out of options. The bounty hunter seemingly resigns to his fate when the Mudhorn makes its final charge, but before the animal can make contact with Mando’s body, he sees the best lifted off the ground by Baby Yoda who uses the Force for the very first time in the series.
Speaking in an interview with Variety, the creative team behind this particular episode of The Mandalorian reflects on the Force-wielding sequence.
Episode director Rick Famuyiwa discusses the importance of the sequence, saying that he and his team wanted to make Baby Yoda’s big Force-sensitivity reveal as cinematic as possible.
“Going into it, [executive producers] Jon [Favreau], Dave [Filoni] and I talked about this scene being a pivotal narrative moment, both for Mando and the Child. Having this big reveal of the Child’s abilities and it saving him, it felt like the perfect culmination of this episode and a way to set up their relationship for the rest of the season,” Famuyiwa explained, “We wanted to make it cinematic — on the scale of a theatrical film — that was the expectation both from us and the fans. What was even more tense about that scene for me was that it was our first week of shooting.”
It was certainly a pivotal moment, one that fans cheered for while watching the series.
We hope we get to see Baby Yoda use the Force more in the second season of The Mandalorian.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian is available for streaming on Disney+.