The first season of “The Mandalorian” was an episodic exercise in delayed gratification. After the premiere introduced its cooler-than-cool lead action figure and strategically unveiled his sidekick — aka Baby Yoda, aka The Child, aka the biggest Etsy boon since handmade jewelry — the following seven episodes distracted audiences with visually spectacular loop-the-loops instead of answering the Disney+ series’ most basic question: What will the Mandalorian do with Baby Yoda?
Is he a papa now? Can fatherhood be assimilated into the Mandalorian creed? Does he even realize how cute Baby Yoda is?!
An answer eventually arrived in the finale — ol’ Mando is tasked with reuniting Baby Yoda with “its own kind” — thus setting up a second season of weekly, galaxy-spanning adventures where an inexpressive suit of armor totes a green blob with giant black eyes from planet to planet, getting in fights, making money, and