As everyone knows Baby Yoda is the adorable breakout star of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. But just like Elmo, or that annoying Baby that implores you must love him from Dinosaurs, Baby Yoda has officially crossed the line from Cute Puppet to DESTROY IT. The goodwill (and namesake cocktails) that Baby Yoda enjoyed back in 2019 has vanished in 2020, and it’s all because a cold-hearted, selfish Baby Yoda ate some poor unfertilized frog fetuses in a recent episode.
Bless Entertainment Weekly for being able to sum up this drama, as I don’t have a Disney+ subscription, and I also don’t watch The Mandalorian. I do, however, think Baby Yoda is adorable, regardless of whether he’s murdering frog babies. EW says that this began after last week’s second-season episode, “Chapter 10: The Passenger.” The titular passenger that would be ferried around by Din Djarin (aka The Mandalorian) was Frog Lady, who looks like Kermit after a dermabrasion session.
Damn, frog lady from The Mandalorian is pretty cute!
Star Wars aliens are usually rather ugly but there are some exceptions – and I guess we have another one! pic.twitter.com/ixlgrotdhW
— Angry Draconequus (@AngryDraconequ1) November 6, 2020
Frog Lady’s arc is that she’s got to get a jar containing her unfertilized eggs to her husband before the equinox. Her little froggy babies are her only hope to continue her ancestral line. Unfortunately for her, Baby Yoda loves to eat frogs. It’s kind of his thing, like Alf with cats, or Garfield with lasagna. Several times during the episode, Baby Yoda can be seen sneaking an egg or two and popping them in his mouth, like a little green amphibian-gobbling sociopath.
A bunch of people didn’t understand how BY’s egg-eating could be played for laughs. One Twitter user wrote that it’s not funny to have a mother character express how important her children are to her, and then to see those children get devoured by Baby Yoda. Another expressed that since Frog Lady mentioned that this was her last shot at having kids, seeing Baby Yoda eat the eggs is like someone messing up a human woman’s IVF treatments. Others pointed out how the Star Wars universe has a tendency to do mother characters dirty, and that this was just more of the same.
Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak hears those complaints, but he maintains it wasn’t as dark as it seemed because those frog eggs were basically like the dozen chicken eggs you buy at the store and eat with a side of bacon and toast.
Fans of horror know that disturbing things make some of us laugh and some of us squirm, or both. Your mileage may vary.
— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) November 9, 2020
In defense of Baby Yoda, I don’t think his intention was deliberate, ruthless frog genocide. I think he was just hungry. Plus, he’s a baby! If he wasn’t eating those frog eggs, he’d be eating The Mandalorian’s driver’s inter-space license, or the seatbelt, or whatever his little Yodic fingers can find in his nose. And to be fair, that jar of eggs kind of looks like an unopened bottle of Orbitz drink.