Chapter 2: The Child
The Mandalorian Season 1

92%

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Critic Ratings: 37
Critics Consensus

Short, but effective, "The Child" answers few questions, but moves the story along with a beautiful simplicity that is at once satisfying and intriguing.

Episode Info

A Mandalorian bounty hunter tracks a target for a well-paying client.

Cast

Pedro Pascal
as The Mandalorian
Gina Carano
as Cara Dune
Giancarlo Esposito
as Moff Gideon
Emily Swallow
as the Armorer
Carl Weathers
as Greef Karga
Omid Abtahi
as Dr. Pershing
Werner Herzog
as the Client
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Critic Reviews for Chapter 2: The Child

"The Mandalorian" has the potential to deliver on the gritty, morally grey action its prerelease publicity machine promised. It's just a shame to see the flagship Disney+ series kill much of its momentum so early in the season.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The second episode hit Disney+... and, being a little removed from the hype of the service's launch, it functioned rather beautifully.

Nov 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode is short, clocking it at under 30 minutes once you factor out credits and the previously-on segment. That's fine, really. It gets the job done and tells the story it needs to tell.

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You can already sense that the mercenary bounty hunter's heart will be made of something softer than Beskar steel when it comes to this choice. It's impossible to tell from his facial expressions, however, because he never takes off his helmet.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

This series may be The Mandalorian but as far as I'm concerned, Kuiil is the real M.V.P. of episode two, coming through in every way while the titular bounty hunter worked on his helmeted brood.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Like its Japanese equivalent, "The Child" is committed to its guardian-a commitment that introduces the Force to this corner of the galaxy.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This fairy tale of an episode brought some great storytelling together with a series of mysteries that are so compelling that I'm starting to bristle at the week-long wait for the next episode.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Much like the first episode of the show, "The Child" was deceptively simple. It's just about The Mandalorian trying to get off the planet. But in that story, Jon Favreau's script and Famuyiwa's direction pack in so much Star Wars entertainment.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's at this point that I'll say that The Mandalorian really does feel like a live-action version of a cartoon; the silliness, the pacing, the camera shots and angles, even opting for limited dialogue to let the picture tell the story.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, while the episode definitely has its strengths, I would prefer Star Wars err on the side of creativity. While well-crafted, "The Craft" is a bit unexciting.

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While episode 2 is obviously part of a larger serialized story, it's also a neat demonstration of how the show could work just as well with self-contained storylines, showing Mando rolling into a new territory and solving a new problem every week.

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

'The Child' was another (mostly) impressive instalment of The Mandalorian. Rick Famuyiwa directed quite an episode that had a nice balance between its humour and seriousness.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…