'The Mandalorian': A Recap of the First Season Before You Start Season 2

The Mandalorian's second season premiere is mere hours away. Disney+ recently announced the very unusual premiere times for each episode as every Friday at 12:00 a.m. Pacific, 3:00 a.m. Eastern. So, unless you're staying up late on the East Coast, you can wake up to it in the morning.

A lot of action and story was packed into the first season, with some episodes veering off into standalone adventures in their own right. So much happens, in fact, it's very easy to forget the show is part of the Star Wars universe as times. Not much information has come out about the new season. There will be some new faces, including Deadwood's Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson, and WWE star Sasha Banks, who has a rather prominent yet mysterious appearance in the first trailer. But before worrying about what you're about to see, here's a reminder of what's already happened.

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'The Mandalorian' Season 2 is coming to Disney+ on October 30. Disney+

If you want to take the easy route, you could just watch this minute-long recap of season one, courtesy of Disney. Really, though, it will just remind you of some familiar faces. Continue on after the video for a bigger breakdown.

The first episode opens with our anti-hero bounty hunter, Din Djarin, better known as the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) capturing someone on the run at a cantina. He soon collects the bounty from his more-or-less booking agent, Greef Karga (Carl Weathers). From him, he takes on the task of working for someone referred to as the Client (Werner Herzog), a former Empire official with his own force of stormtroopers. This nefarious character tasks Mando with tracking down a target identified as being 50 years old and with a tracking signal. (It's important to remember the events of the show take place after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and before the most recent trilogy that begins with The Force Awakens.) The Mandalorian, or Mando for short, arrives on a fairly empty planet, where he meets "I have spoken" Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte), who guides him to the target.

Mando eventually comes upon the reason the world fell in love with the show--the unlikely pop culture phenomenon known as Baby Yoda! Except that's not his name...at all. (Yoda was of the same green alien race as this "baby," who is really 50 years old, but ages slowly. But "Yoda" was Yoda's name. Disney has tried branding this younger creature as "The Child." Everyone calls him Baby Yoda, though.)

After a little side story with some Jawas--those annoying cloaked figures from the original Star Wars--the Child's powers are revealed when he saves Mando from a large beast, though it leaves him so drained that he immediately must nap (in the most adorable way possible).

Mando makes his way back to the Client and delivers the Child. He upgrades his armor with the bounty he collected, but he can't keep his mind off the little green one. In a very un-bounty-hunter-like-way, he returns to the Client's hideout and saves the Child and his floating egg/crib right before a doctor was about to perform some undoubtedly gruesome experiments. However, Greef and a team of other mercenaries are on his trail for breaking their deal, but other Mandalorians turn up to allow Mando to escape.

This sets Mando and the Child up for journeys on the run. The next following episodes then unfold as standalone stories. In a way, it's reminiscent of the original Star Trek show, where Kirk and his crew would arrive to a planet, deal with some aliens, then set off for another adventure the following week.

The duo briefly stop in on a planet with a quaint little village. Mando meets Cara Dune (Gina Carano), a tough former shocktrooper for the Rebels, and she helps him hide out. At the village, Mando seemingly hits it off with an attractive widow, while the Child becomes an object of fascination for kids there, but Mando realizes they're not safe staying put, and off they go.

A stopover in Tatooine is necessary for some ship repairs. Mando picks up some work tracking down a female mercenary but is betrayed by the person who hired him to help find her. The next episode is another side adventure, this time when Mando is hired by an old acquittance to break someone out of a jail. The shady crew accompanying him leads to another betrayal once they jailbreak is complete, but Mando returns to the ship of the old acquaintance and destroys it and all aboard.

Greef reaches out to Mando and offers a truce if the latter takes out the Client and his stormtroopers. Mando reluctantly agrees, but because Greef is less than trustworthy, brings along some help--Cara, Kuiil, and a reprogrammed bounty hunter robot (an IG-11, to be precise). The group gets into a big skirmish with the stormtroopers, during which time Greef is injured only to be healed by the Child. (If he had planned on double-crossing them, he wisely chooses not to do so at this point.) The Client is killed in the ensuing shootout, but not before receiving a call from one Moff Gideon (Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito), a former top officer in the Empire. Gideon soon arrives with a huge battalion of stormtroopers to surround the Client's hideout, where our heroes are stuck inside. Gideon sends in two troopers who manage to retrieve the Child and kill Kuiil.

This brings the action to Episode 8, the Season 1 finale entitled "Redemption." It opens with the troopers who took the Child, played by Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally, who are goofing around...and, um, punching baby Baby Yoda, er, the Child! Soon enough, though, the reprogrammed IG-11 shows up, kills the dimwitted stormtroopers and steals one of their speeders.

The scene cuts back to the Client's hideout, where Mando and friends are still stuck with stormtroopers surrounding the place. The IG-11 returns with the Child, and they all manage to escape through the sewers, but not before Mando is badly injured. The IG-11 treats Mando's wound, removing his helmet in the process. (Mandalorians, like Lucha libra wrestlers, aren't allowed to reveal their faces. But since IG-11 is a robot, it's okay.)

Underground, they encounter the Mando's armor-maker, who had been holed up the Mandalorian colony. (The colony was massacred by the Imperial forces.) She, the armor-maker, sees the Child, and tells Mando to reunite him with his people. Before they leave her company, she gives Mando a Mudhorn signet and a jetpack, not unlike Boba Fett's.

But stormtroopers are still in pursuit. Fortunately, the gang finds a boat to sail down a molten lava river. The IG-11 sacrifices himself at the end of the journey to save them all from stormtroopers in one of the saddest deaths of a robot in recent memory. Right when it seems like they're in the clear, Moff Gideon shows up in a fighter aircraft. The jetpack becomes crucial here, as Mando flies up to plant a bomb on Gideon's shop that blows it up.

Greef tries to tries to recruit Cara, while Mando sets off with the Child in search of the young (middle-aged?) one's family. The season doesn't end on a restful note, though, as it's revealed that Moff Gideon lived, and he has a super-cool darksaber, which viewers can be assured they'll see more of in the upcoming season.