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Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley defends Baby Yoda’s egg-eating in Mandalorian

Published: 19/Nov/2020 10:55

by Daniel Megarry


Daisy Ridley has defended Baby Yoda after the beloved character was ‘canceled’ on social media for eating the unfertilized eggs of another creature.

Now there’s a sentence we never thought we’d write.

Baby Yoda has without a doubt become the star of Disney’s Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian. Aside from all the viral gifs and cute merchandise, the character’s appearance in the show provides a welcome sense of innocence and plenty of comic relief.

But his character took a surprisingly dark turn in Chapter 11 episode ‘The Passenger’, where Din Djarin was tasked with accompanying Frog Lady to her husband so her eggs could be fertilized. The eggs were her only hope to continue her family line. So what did Baby Yoda do? He started eating them.

Baby Yoda eating eggs in The Mandalorian
Baby Yoda faced backlash after eating another creature’s eggs

While most viewers took the scene at face value as a bit of dark comedy, not everyone was so quick to forgive the controversial moment. One fan compared it to “f***ing up someone’s IVF” and another argued that “genocide for [the] sake of ‘cute humor’ is never very funny”.

Daisy Ridley defends Baby Yoda’s egg-eating scenes

But one person who’s rushed to the defense of Baby Yoda is Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in the Star Wars franchise. As well as revealing that she’s an “avid viewer” of the new series, Ridley said she supports the adorable character’s egg-eating antics.

“Oh, cancel culture. Look, Mando’s gotta eat, Yoda’s got to get strong. That’s just that,” she told IGN. “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.”

Frog Lady in The Mandalorian
Daisy Ridley says Yoda has “got to get strong” so it’s okay to eat the eggs

With the runaway success of The Mandalorian, and plans already in motion for several Star Wars spin-offs including a Rogue One prequel series and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, some fans have wondered what a spin-off for Ridley’s character Rey could look like.

But those hopes appear to have been dashed, with Ridley arguing there’s nowhere left for her character to go, story-wise. In fact, she’d rather see other characters get more screentime in the galaxy far, far away.

“I feel totally, totally satisfied with how that story finished. I just don’t know what else she could do that I didn’t have to do,” she said.

“Also, there are so many amazing characters in Star Wars, that it’s sort of an amazing thing. I was watching the new episode of Mandalorian, and it’s just like the places it can go beyond even where it is now is so exciting.”

You can catch new episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+ every Friday. Hopefully, there’ll be no more attempts at ‘genocide’ from Baby Yoda.


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.