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How episode 2 of The Mandalorian S2 connects to Empire Strikes Back

Published: 8/Nov/2020 16:18

by Emma Soteriou


Fans have discovered that the creatures introduced in episode two of The Mandalorian’s second season first appeared in concept art for Empire Strikes Back.

After an explosive first episode of season two, the easter eggs just keep coming for Star Wars fans.

The season opener, The Marshal, saw the introduction of the Krayt Dragon – who Obi-Wan is seen mimicking in A New Hope – as well as part of Anakin’s podracer from the prequels, which we see in The Phantom Menace.

However, episode two, ‘The Passenger’, had a much more discrete link to the original Star Wars trilogy.

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda in episode 2
The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda in ‘The Passenger’

How episode 2 connects to Empire Strikes Back

There was plenty of Baby Yoda in this episode – enough to make most fans happy. However, some people were underwhelmed with the filler episode, especially following on from such a strong Chapter 9.

It saw Din Djarin visit an ice planet and come across some new creatures for the first time – the ice spiders. Though unused before, it’s apparent that the idea of these creatures has been around for quite some time in the Star Wars universe.

According to a Reddit thread, the ice spiders originally appeared in concept art for Empire Strikes Back.

Spoilers for Mando Season 2 Episode 2. Concept art work from Empire Strikes Back. from r/starwarsspeculation

People were quick to notice the connection, with one user (VIARPE) saying: “Not to show off but as soon as I saw The Child approaching the eggs I thought of this painting and started saying ‘nononononono’.”

Others saw a resemblance to the krykna spiders used in Star Wars: Rebels, however, they had a slightly different look to them, so it’s unclear whether they are related or not.

Rebels was known to draw from original concept art a lot during the show, with planets including Lothal shaped based on Ralph McQuarrie’s designs.

His design for the ‘knobby white spider’ was initially intended to make an appearance on the planet of Dagobah in Empire Strikes Back.

As the rest of The Mandalorian season two airs, it will be interesting to see how else it relates to the original trilogy and if that could be the key to its continued success.

New episodes of the show are available to stream on Disney Plus every Friday.


Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun


The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.