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Daisy Ridley Speaks On Baby Yoda Egg Incident

by Culture Slate about a year ago in star wars
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Rey Has Spoken

When it comes to the Star Wars franchise and its fandom, it seems like a miracle these days when fans generally agree on one thing. The Mandalorian has been perceived as such. It has long been a crowd pleaser for the fandom, and even casual viewers. But the longer that a Star Wars story lasts, the more likely it is to introduce something that may be off-putting to some fans.

That happened with the egg episode of The Mandalorian. The one that was the second episode of the season. Season 2, that is. (Can you tell how I feel about the pattern here?) In "Chapter 10: The Passenger," Din Djarin is tasked with transporting a passenger, Frog Lady, so that she can get to her husband and have her eggs fertilized. The Child, simply being hungry and not caring about the fact that Frog Lady's eggs are described as the last of her kind, eats at least a couple of them. We saw The Child eat a frog in season 1, but for some, this episode hit differently given that Frog Lady is presented as a person and wants her eggs delivered safely.

The Child's actions sparked some social media backlash, with some calling The Child genocidal and saying that he increased the possibility of Frog Lady's species' extinction. Vanity Fair even published an article with the headline "Baby Yoda Canceled Amidst Accusations of Genocide." With this in mind, IGN decided to ask Rey actress Daisy Ridley what she thinks of all of this.

"Oh, cancel culture. [Chuckles] Look, Mando’s gotta eat, Yoda's got to get strong. That's just that. I think it's funny, because in a way, The Mandalorian, I feel, is slightly closer to [her upcoming film] Chaos Walking, in a way, because of the western feel of it."

Where Ridley stands on the whole discussion is clearly on the side of The Child:

"No, I'm like, 'Yoda, do your thing.' The creature [Frog Lady] got to be where she needed to be with the eggs. It's all good. It was beautiful."

It is interesting to hear that Daisy Ridley is still keeping up with Star Wars as a viewer. At the moment, she feels content with the way that The Rise of Skywalker ended her character's arc, so it could be a long while before the possibility of her return to the franchise becomes very likely. It is understandable if she wants to take a break from acting within the franchise, but that has not stopped her from enjoying it as a viewer. The Mandalorian is, after all, some easily accessible comfort food. Perhaps keeping up with what goes on with the franchise would make her feel ready for a possible return if it ever happens.

Of course, Ridley's opinion probably will not be enough to sway the opinions of some. At the end of the day, this is something that fans will debate to varying extents. Since the release of this episode, however, we have gotten a couple more episodes of The Mandalorian that seem to have generally pleased the viewers. So perhaps this debate will not have a long staying power as people become more focused on the further adventures of Din Djarin, The Child, and anyone else whom they may encounter along the way.

Right now, we are halfway through season 2, and things seem to be escalating when it comes to the stakes of the storyline. The most recent episode was the shakeup that the show needed, so hopefully the second half of the season can maintain the momentum. Catch The Mandalorian when new episodes drop on Fridays on Disney+.

Written By Steven Shinder

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