41 Thoughts I Had Watching The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 For the First Time (Yes, Two Years Late.)

Hello, my name is Molly and I have a confession to make.

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Despite my obvious friendship with Baby Yoda (see above), I have never seen an episode of the Mandalorian. In fact, I don’t even know what Baby Yoda’s deal actually is — Who is he?! Why does he exist? Why is he so small? Is it actually Yoda as a baby?

But back to the main point — my Mandalorian confession. Despite being a big Disney+ fan and a lukewarm (pun intended) Star Wars fan, I’ve never watched it! My friends rave about it and the entire world is obsessed with Baby Yoda, but for some reason, I’ve never turned it on. I think I’m intimidated? I have seen all of the Star Wars Episodes I – IX — the last two on opening night! I really enjoy Rey,  Princess Cinnabun, The Big Furry Bear, the Robots, and of course, Indiana Jones.  But, I am not a lifelong or diehard Star Wars fan — I grew up as a wizard, not a Jedi –so I assumed this show would be confusing or lost on me.

But, I also had never seen a Marvel movie until last year, and now I actively obsess over the Falcon and the Winter Soldier fan theories every week, so I guess there are no more excuses!

So here I go! I will be starting the Mandalorian and sharing my thoughts with each episode. May the force be with us.

41 Thoughts I Had During the Mandalorian Season 1, Chapter 1:

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1. Cool Star Wars logo, but Marvel’s is better.

2. Is that Bubble Fat from the Star Wars Christmas special? He’s got the same suit…

3. He is Mando? Is that his name or short for the Mandalorian?

4. What is a Mandalorian?

5. Whoever he is, he is v. awesome at space bar fights.


6. Oh this guy is looking out for #1 and I am here for it.

7. Also he’s clearly a bounty hunter. Bubble Fat is also a bounty hunter, right?! I am genuinely confused if this IS Bubble Fat or if all Bounty Hunters have the same outfit like storm troopers?

8. NO DROIDS?! Guess that wasn’t the droid he’s looking for. (Nailed it.)

9. I do think there’s something to worry about. *ice explosion and giant space fish attacks* Yep.

10. The space fish attacking the space helicopter reminds me of another classic cinematic masterpiece, Jaws 2.


11. This blue guy is obviously going to try and escape.

12. Life day!! That’s in the Christmas Special!

13. Is that Frozen Han?! Is this Bubble Fat for real?!

14. Ok, maybe not Frozen Han as I don’t remember him having a righteous beard.

15. WHOA. Bounty Hunter doesn’t mess around.


16. I hope the expensive risky mission to go get Baby Yoda. Where is he!?

17. Ooooh Storm Troopers! Also an ominous bad guy.

18. I realllllllly hope all this build-up is for Baby Yoda.


19. Eeeeew a grilled monkey. Imagine if they sold that instead of Ronto Wraps in Galaxy’s Edge.

20. That symbol is probably important.

21. This is like watching Thor’s ax be made in Infinity War, except I really wish Groot was helping.

22. Foundlings?!

23. Terrible flashbacks while banging on the armor:


24. Whoa he has some fancy tracking gear. He’s not messing around.

25. Unfortunately, neither are these giant space Lizards? Trolls? Monsters?

26. Feels like he’s legally required to go with this old man.


27. The female blergs (???)  eat all the males during mating. LOL.

28. Didn’t realize a space rodeo was going to be in the cards but ok. Also, the helmet removal has been brought up twice now which feels like it’s gonna be a thing.

29. This is like the horse whisperer if horses were nightmarish space monsters.

30. Ok he looks ridiculous on that thing.


31. I like this old man!! I want to start saying “I have spoken” and have that be that.

32. Well this robot is a trigger-happy nightmare.

33. Bubble Fatt and the Robot!! A buddy-cop show I could get into.


34. He has much better aim than storm troopers. Maybe he should consider a side hustle in shooting lessons.

35. That was a sweet jump onto the machine gun I must say.

36. There is a life form present…is it…BABY YODA?!


38. IT’S HIM!! I knew it!!

39. Whoa. I am paralyzed by its cuteness.

40. Bye robot.

41. Boop.



Alright, we did it! Chapter 1 down!

Overall, I enjoyed it and (generally) understood what was happening which is WAY more than I expected. I assume there were some small details that went way over my head and are cherished by the big Star Wars buffs, but I did follow the plot so that’s a win in my book.

I do have some questions though — the biggest being, who is the Mandalorian?! Before watching the show I assumed this was Bubble Fat’s life story but now I kinda think all Bounty Hunters share a stylist?! Not sure. Hoping for more details in the next chapter as to who this actually is. For now, I will keep thinking this is Bubble Fat’s E True Hollywood Story. Also, I hope there is more of that sassy “I have spoken” old man.

No need to hope for more Baby Yoda as I presume there’s a LOT more coming my way. There’s so much Baby Yoda merchandise that I can also only assume that he’s a major player and not just around for 15 seconds in one episode. Until this day, I found the amount of merchandise to be a tad ridiculous, but I’ve been told I, too, will be obsessed with Baby Yoda by the end of my journey, and frankly, we’re off to a good start.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is Jar Jar Binks and 10 is Baby Yoda, I award this episode a C-3P0, which is about a 7.

Next up: The Mandalorian Season 1, Chapter 2


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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7 Replies to “41 Thoughts I Had Watching The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 For the First Time (Yes, Two Years Late.)”

  1. I’m dying over “bubble fat”. Also, Mando is the handsomest himbo in the galaxy. That’s the key takeaway.

  2. Boba Fett is in this show but he doesn’t appear until season two. He is played by the same guy that played Jango Fett and the Clones in the prequels!!!

  3. I hope you really enjoy this. I got more and more into it with each episode. By the time I was part way through season 2 I realised that the Mandalorian was my ideal man. Strong, brave, practical, funny, loyal and great with kids. I love him!

  4. By the way Yoda was over 900 years old when he died in Return of the Jedi. So you would have to go back over 900 years before that to see the actual Yoda as a baby!

  5. The timeline of this show is many years after Return of the Jedi, but many years before the Force Awakens. It is a sequel to the original trilogy but a prequel to the new trilogy.

  6. Don’t feel bad Molly I only started watching the Mandalorian a couple of months ago. I finished watching season two three or four weeks ago. By the way I don’t want to ruin it for you. But a Mandalorian is not a bounty hunter. The baby is not really Yoda. Yoda died in Return of the Jedi. It is a creature who is the same species as Yoda. Being a Mandalorian is more of a religion. Just like the Jedi, but a lot different beliefs and traditions.