2020 has been a year many of us would like to put in the rearview mirror and forget about it as quickly as possible, but just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, The MandalorianBaby Yoda was the target of gunfire. Incredibly, there has been a wave of backlash online against the show’s little green star as a result of her behavior on last week’s episode, “The Passenger.”
The ant ManPeyton Reed directed the standalone story which saw Mando and Baby Yoda attempt to transport a character known as the Frog Lady across the galaxy with her unborn offspring so that she can reunite with her husband. However, The Child got more than a little hungry on the trip and had to be repeatedly prevented from eating the dynamic duo’s cargo.
Although they are played almost entirely for laughs, with sound effects and whimsical music, some fans did not appreciate Baby Yoda’s actions too much. It sounds amazing to write, but The Mandalorian now faces criticism for having an alien puppet in an egg snack sci-fi TV show that belongs to someone called the Frog Lady, a fictional character played by actress Misty Rosas in a large rubber costume .
Lucasfilm Creative Art Director Phil Szostak took to social media recently to defend the scenes in question, and you can check out his response along with some of the startling fan reactions below.
Horror fans know that disturbing things make some of us laugh and others squirm, or both. Your mileage may vary.
– Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) November 9, 2020
I spoke with a lot of people about this episode and it didn’t end up as comedic because we identify with Frog Mom. His fate, his need
I think there is a level of body horror and tragedy for people, and “boys will be boys” for The Child which is an unfortunate result of this episode.
– Marie-Claire waits for the subtitles (@MarieCGould) November 9, 2020
It’s the mother who loses something dear to her She wants her children Pregnant women in the Bounty Hunter comics murdered for being pregnant over.
– Thestrals and Dragonheart Strings (@ReasonblyPliant) November 9, 2020
I realize now that it doesn’t have a specific genre and I sometimes expect cynicism, horror and nihilism. I can’t be disappointed when you know it doesn’t have a specific gender anymore and you expect mothers to lose their children over and over again.
-? T.? (@ouatinagalaxie) November 9, 2020
normally I think that would be overlooked, but I think the main reason there is a little more shock and horror is that in the last few comics two (or three) specifically pregnant women were killed or tortured in SW comics that brought people back bitter memories
– I like 1? Tico ???? Missing Ben Hours (@LalalaIb) November 9, 2020
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for the record, the frog lady was very adamant that her eggs were important to her and that this was her last and only chance to have children, so it’s actually closer to fucking someone’s IVF. one, which would be incredibly upsetting for a mom-to-be. It’s not funny.
– selene (fans only) (@oceanselene) November 9, 2020
All of her species are threatened with extinction but it’s supposed to be cute? I’ll be honest, I found it completely disturbing and not at all cute
– Just me (@ azulgris27) November 9, 2020
Paul, with all due respect, this is not what was passed on or what the general public (especially people with wombs, including women, non-binary and trans people) saw . Many were genuinely disturbed by what they saw and the criticism is justified, needing no explanation.
– Swara Ahmed (@swarzseawalker) November 9, 2020
Just when you thought the internet couldn’t get crazier, the team behind The Mandalorian Now must defend themselves from critics who accuse them of painting the adorable Baby Yoda as a child-eating murderer, which sums up 2020 in one word.