Trying to return to Nevarro with his tiny green bounty, the Mandalorian returns to his ship to find it has been completely stripped by Jawas, who roll away in their tank-like traveling warehouse. He chases after them, engages them in a mighty struggle, but is repelled. Stuck on the planet, he returns to Kuiil, who helps him broker an arrangement with the Jawas: They'll give him back the parts to his ship in exchange for retrieving the Egg. Why do they want the Egg? That's their business — although when Mando finally finds out why, he can only (rightly) shake his head.
The egg belongs to a massive rhino-like creature that lives in a cave. The creature, justifiably, does not want to part with its egg without a fight. A fight between the massive beast and the Mandalorian, with his mostly ineffective weapons, ensues.
"The Child" reminds me of those episodes of Lost where a trivial problem that would normally be passed right over with an ellipses by a show not interested in biding its time — in this case, the trivialities of getting off the planet — becomes procedural fodder for an entire episode's run time documenting the details of the solution. Take, for example, the opening 10 minutes with Mando chasing the Jawas and trying to get into their rolling fortress. It's purely visual/action storytelling; there's not a single line of dialogue in the episode before we get to the 10-minute mark.
The battle with the animal is notable for its competence and impressive scale (although Mando's kill shot with such a small knife seems unlikely to bring down such a mammoth). But more notable from the story perspective is how it brings to light the abilities of Baby Yoda, who sees Mando in trouble and intervenes with the Force, levitating the massive beast in the air to stop it from trampling Mando to death. Mando — unaware what the Force actually does — gets a surprising lesson from the Child who unexpectedly saves his life. (And afterward, the toll this takes on Baby Yoda prompts him to take a very long nap.)
"The Child" is a lean, simple, brisk story that doesn't try to be anything more than a fun, well-executed adventure yarn. And that it is.
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