The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5: 13 Things We Learned In "The Jedi"
Baby Yoda's backstory wasn't the only thing this episode revealed.
Say what you want about The Mandalorian, but no one can deny that it's full of fan service. With Season 2, Episode 5, "The Jedi," that got ramped up several notches: The Mandalorian introduced the first ever live-action incarnation of Ahsoka Tano, explained Baby Yoda's backstory and revealed his name, and name-dropped several other important things from Star Wars lore, including Grand Admiral Thrawn and the ancient Jedi planet Tython.
And that's not all--but don't worry if you can't keep it all straight. We're going to do our best to explain everything we caught in this episode, so keep reading if you want to know more.
1. Ahsoka Tano
After being , we finally got a live action version of Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson. Ahsoka was the former Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker who has been featured in The Clone Wars and Rebels. She's also armed with her trademark pair of white lightsabers--one single-bladed, and one scaled shoto lightsaber.
When Ahsoka first appears to the magistrate, you can hear the Anakin and Ahsoka theme playing in the background.
2. I'll be back
This character is played by Michael Biehn, who you most likely recognize as Kyle Reese (John Connor's father) from the original Terminator, or as Corporal Hicks from Aliens.
3. Jedi vs. Mandalore
The magistrate mentions to Mando that "The Jedi are the ancient enemy of Mandalore." This is a reference to the Mandalorian-Jedi war, a series of conflicts between the Jedi and Mandalore. The final war resulted in the devastation of Mandalore.
4. Beskar vs. lightsaber
In this episode we saw how true Beskar holds up against lightsabers. This also calls back to the Mandalorian-Jedi war. Beskar is an alloy that was used for armor in the war because it was durable enough to be resistant to lightsaber strikes. As the armorer mentioned in Season 1, beskar was stolen by the empire during the great purge, but the empire didn’t know how to craft it. Mando was paid by The Client with beskar when he was first hired to find The Child.
5. The Owl
While Mando is walking through the forest, you can see Morai, Ahsoka's companion in the top left. Morai is a female convor that appears in The Clone Wars and Rebels, who accompanied and watched over Ahsoka throughout her life.
7. Jedi Temple on Coruscant
While explaining Grogu's backstory, Ahsoka mentions that the baby was being trained at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, which anyone who's seen the prequel trilogy is familiar with. Coruscant was the capital of the galactic government.
8. Don't Forget Yaddle
Ahsoka mentions that she's known one other creature like Grogu. She was, of course, talking about Yoda, which is probably the closest this show will ever get to calling him Baby Yoda..There was another, though. Episode 1 fans will recall Yaddle, the other Jedi Master of the same species who was a member of the Jedi High Council. Ahsoka may not have met her though, as Yaddle left the High Council before the Clone Wars.
9. Remembering Anakin
Ahsoka makes a comment referring to her former master, Anakin Skywalker, telling Mando, "I've seen what such feelings can do to a fully trained Jedi knight," and that she "will not start this child down that path." Clearly, she still feels bad about the whole Darth Vader situation.
10. HK-series assassin droids
Mando mentions HK-series assassin droids, which are like deadly versions of C-3PO. They've appeared in Star Wars games including KOTOR and The Old Republic.
A wild screeching loth-cat appears! These small, temperamental cats native to planet Lothal first appeared in Star Wars Rebels. This marks the second appearance of a loth-cat on The Mandalorian, after first being seen in Chapter 4: Sanctuary.
Ahsoka is looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn, which ties directly to the ending of Rebels. Ahsoka picked up Sabine Wren to go find Ezra Bridger, who Thrawn was last seen with. Thrawn is a major antagonist in the Star Wars franchise who first appeared in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire.