“The Mandalorian” covered plenty of ground and raised a handful of questions in its pilot episode. Also: Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda is good. Baby Yoda is the true star of this show.
The show’s second episode doesn’t lack for scenes focused on the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) bonding with his new little green friend, but outside those moments, there’s worryingly little in the show’s latest 30-odd minutes to help it stand out from its sci-fi adventure contemporaries. References to older aspects of “Star Wars” abound, but throwbacks to Wookiees and Sandcrawlers aren’t enough to mask stilted dialogue and a plot that mostly just impedes the larger narrative “The Mandalorian” seems to be building toward.
After a brief, albeit satisfyingly intense, ambush by two rival bounty hunters, the Mandalorian treks back to his ship with Baby Yoda.