(Photo by Disney+/Lucasfilm Ltd.)Despite a seemingly huge cliffhanger in the season 2 premiere, The Mandalorian maneuvered into its tried-and-true episodic format thanks to series creator-writer Jon Favreau and director Peyton Reed, a new member of the show s growing stable of talent behind the camera. And even though its main story may have diverted from the course we expected, it still offers a few things to consider about Din Djarin s (Pedro Pascal) future. Let s take a look at where the Way took him this week.The following contains spoilers about The Mandalorian, season 2, episode 2, “Chapter 10: The Confrontation.” Stop here if you have not watched the episode.The Way Sent the Mandalorian and the Child to Tatooine(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)Tasked with reuniting the Child with his own people, Djarin began a search for other Mandalorian culverts in the galaxy. His assumption: someone in one of the other groups will know more about the mythical order of space wizards the Mandos clashed with thousands of years ago and who Djarin believes to be the Child s kin. On Tatooine, Djarin worked with Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) to end a Krayt Dragon threat, winning the Mandalorian armor Vanth was using to mete justice on the edge on the Dune Sea. As he rode back to Mos Eisley, a seemingly familiar bounty hunter watched him from a distance.Read more: The Mandalorian Kicks Off Its New Season With a Monster Star Wars Tale — But Questions Remain The Mandalorian Thwarts Criminals and Is Saddled with a New Quest(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)The Mandalorian s ride back to Mos Eisley is interrupted by raiders more interested in his jetpack than anything else; even if they want to abduct the Child at first. Djarin makes quick work of them, but his speeder bike is destroyed. After a slow march back to Mos Eisley, he finds Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) hustling credits out of aliens at the cantina. She hooks him up with someone who claims to have good intel on a nearby Mando culvert.The contact turns out to be a frog lady (at least, that s what the captions call her) in desperate need of transport to the moon of Trask. There, her husband awaits to fertilize the last eggs of her life cycle. She also claims Djarin will find a culvert there. The catch: because of her eggs fragility, the Razor Crest must travel at sublight speed.Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Trapper Wolf (Dave Filoni), two New Republic X-Wing pilots patrolling the Outer Rim, interrupt their progress. When Djarin sends his transponder signal, the pilots realize his ship is the same one that invaded a prisoner transport some months earlier. The ensuing chase leaves the Razor Crest stranded on an ice planet.(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)Oh, also, the Child has been surreptitiously eating the Frog Lady s eggs.Djarin and the Child must abandon repairs on the ship when their passenger wanders off to the comfort of a natural hot spring in a nearby cave, where the Child s appetite awakens some of the planet s native inhabitants: spider-like creatures reminiscent of the Krykna or, at least, Ralph McQuarrie s original painting that inspired them. Djarin, the Child, and the Frog Lady flee back to the ship, but a true rescue comes thanks to the New Republic pilots, who ultimately let Djarin go because of his actions during that prison break ( Chapter 6: The Prisoner ).Still in need of many repairs, the Razor Crest breaks atmosphere and limps its way to Trask.Latest Mandalorian Episode Introduces New Characters and Places(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)Since Favreau s applies his use of the Star Wars galaxy with great care, we re going to assume setting the first episode of the season on a desert planet and the second on an ice world is intentional. It mirrors the course of the Original Trilogy and would lead us to believe Trask is a forest world if not for Motto referring to it as an estuary moon. Star Wars planets typically feature one biome, so we imagine Trask will have one big landmass and an almost entirely enclosed ocean within it.Then again, there could be forests in that landmass Let s talk about Motto for a moment. There are a few corners of the online discourse that find her way too Earth-like to be accepted into the Star Wars reality. We disagree; she brings a delightful energy to Tatooine as one of its grubby citizens, but also as a roguish type happy to eek out as little advantage as she can. The way she got Djarin to back Dr. Mandible s losing hand (to say nothing of ferrying Frog Lady to Trask) is the sort of unscrupulous whimsy we like to see from time to time — and that s not just because a Scoundrel was our main on Star Wars: The Old Republic. We will admit Sedaris might be too much if Motto was featured weekly throughout the new season, but we think we re getting just the right amount of her at the moment.(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)Meanwhile, the glimpses we re getting of the New Republic remain fascinating. For one thing, it cares about the Outer Rim.As Shmi Skywalker (Pernilla August) observed in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, the Old Republic didn t exist on remote worlds like Tatooine. And though there may not be a presence on the ground — indeed, planets are charged with organizing their own defense and police forces — New Republic patrols of the space lanes around these distant planets is an upgrade from the leave it to the Hutts stance of the pre-Imperial government.Then again, even the Empire mostly left Tatooine to the Hutts.Also, you have to love a return appearance by Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni as Trapper Wolf. We last saw him in the prison break episode, so it is a nice bit of continuity to have him here (see also: Richard Ayoade’s cameo as Zero s vocoder). Also, we d like to welcome Lee to the small band of New Republic officials we ve seen so far; in fact, if the show ever completely abandons its Lone Wolf and Cub format, we d love to see a season in which Djarin works with the Republic in the core systems — not so much to see any old friends (we re just as happy to never see a Skywalker on the series), but to see what a functioning Republic looks like. Also, from what we ve read of former capital world Coruscant in this era, we d love to see Djarin stop there as well.(Photo by Lucasfilm/Disney+)But the Lone Wolf and Cub format also allowed the show to maintain the tension regarding Boba Fett — and that s assuming the person Temuera Morrison played in last week s final moment is the famed bounty hunter. If you want to entertain an alternate theory to his identity, let s assume for a moment he is Captain Rex of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels fame. The character is still around — despite the clones accelerated aging process — and may have been on the hunt for the Child even before Djarin took up the contract; of course, that would leave us wondering why Rex hasn t made contact.The question mark around Boba Fett made this week s opening moments all the more thrilling, though. Which, again, is a credit to Favreau s writing. He set us up to believe the confrontation would be immediate. Even afterward, the close-ups to the helmet and the jetpack remind us that some answer is forthcoming.This Week s Unanswered Mandalorian Questions(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic; 20th Century Fox)The riddle of Boba Fett leads us to ask:Where is Boba Fett? Assuming that was Boba Fett last week, why didn t he catch up to Djarin on the long march back to Mos Eisley and reclaim the armor? He seemed to know its location all along, so why didn t he take it back from Vanth in the first place? Remember, it s only been four or five years since the bounty hunter fought the Skywalker clan, and he s not a follower of the Way. He would, presumably, be fit enough to fight and consider taking his identity back as a matter of pride. A similar story played out in the old Expanded Universe, in fact; albeit with his ship instead of the armor. But as we suggested last week, it is possible his encounter with the Sarlaac changed him in a fundamental way.Is the culvert on Trask? We re genuinely surprised the episode didn t end with the Razor Crest making it to Trask. That means the answer to this question could be more complicated than Djarin anticipates. For one thing, he asked Motto upfront if it is the same culvert from Navarro. That band of Mandos is still in play, even if the Imps cost them a good number of warriors. But considering our rumor-watch includes Katee Sackhoff reprising her Clones Wars and Star Wars Rebels role as Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze, she could, conceivably, be part of the culvert on Trask. Although we are presuming a culvert awaits Djarin, it s possible Frog Lady was lying through her gills.The Mandalorian season 2 is now streaming on Disney+. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
In a mirroring of the comic book status quo, a new Hellboy film starring David Harbour as the title character is slated for release on April 12th. Nestled between Shazam! a week earlier and Avengers: Endgame later in the month, the release schedule once again pits Mike Mignola s creation between the big-budget titans of the Big Two comic book publishing companies. And as Mignola told Rotten Tomatoes Thursday night, Hellboy fans are going to see Hellboy. It s the same attitude that kept the Hellboy comics alive and kicking against the forces of evil for 25 years.Nonetheless, Lionsgate released a new red band trailer full of new material to entice audiences with a mix of humor, dark visions, and blood-splatter. They also invited us to see the trailer and briefly talk with Mignola and star Milla Jovovich, who could not be more excited for the film. I thought it was amazing, she said, revealing she has seen the finished film. It s so sweet. I don t want to use the word cute, but David is so adorable. You come off very well, also, added Mignola.Their insights helped us take a good look at the trailer and glean some interesting things about the film and how it is differs from the comic book and the earlier Hellboy films. Here are five things we learned.Hellboy s Origin Is Teased Throughout(Photo by Lionsgate)The trailer opens with another telling of Hellboy s origin. Summoned by Rasputin and his Nazi allies near the end of World War II, Hellboy came to Earth as the intended destroyer of worlds. But when Trevor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane) and the US Army arrived on site, they found an adorable demon child. Bruttenholm decided to raise the lad himself, leading to the creation of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (or BPRD). Though covered in great detail in the first Hellboy film, it is an important detail referenced in just about every long-form Hellboy story.And if you re an avid watcher of Guillermo del Toro s Hellboy, you ll notice certain differences in the new film s telling of the character s arrival on Earth. [Director Neil Marshall] wanted to do his version [of the origin], said Mignola. He also mentioned scenes of Hellboy s early days will be sprinkled throughout the film, as opposed to the way del Toro opened his film with Hellboy s arrival. He did not, however, confirm the presence of pancakes a key moment in Hellboy s development fans definitely want to see on screen.The Film Introduces A New Set Of Characters(Photo by Summit Entertainment)One thing fans will notice immediately is the lack of certain key characters like Abe Sapien (played by Doug Jones in the del Toro films), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), and Johann Krauss (voiced by Seth MacFarlane in Hellboy II: The Golden Army). It was a conscious decision from the moment it was decided to reboot the film series instead of soldiering on with a del Toro-less Hellboy III. And once the choice was made, Mignola felt it was important not to repeat too many ideas from the earlier cycle.Instead, the film introduces Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim), a stalwart BPRD character despite a certain affliction. As seen in the trailer, he can go from man to were-jaguar with just a hit or two from Hellboy s Red Right Hand an ability that will definitely come in handy when they fight that rhinoceros creature.We also get a few glimpses of Sasha Lane s Alice Monaghan in the trailer. Introduced in the classic Hellboy story The Corpse, she has mysterious connections to the fairy realm that ultimately allow her to become its queen. But for the purposes of the film, she is Hellboy s traveling companion and not his love interest, as Lane noted at New York Comic Con last year. And it is always possible she will fulfill her destiny by the film s conclusion.(Photo by Lionsgate)The Baba Yaga, glimpsed in her chicken-legged house, has a long history with Hellboy. Hopefully some of it will be touched upon as she was an early advocate of the wave of destruction Hellboy is supposed to bring upon the world.Another character introduced in the trailer is Lady Hatton (Sophie Okonedo). In the comics, she is a member of the Osiris Club and yet another person excited for Hellboy to embrace his destiny which includes him fulfilling the prophecy of King Arthur s return to England. It is, of course, unclear how closely the film s version of Lady Hatton will skew to the comics, but considering she is seen telling Hellboy about his origins, we re going to guess she is interested in his destiny.And while Thomas Haden Church is reportedly set to play 1940s adventurer Lobster Johnson, Mignola declined to confirm his presence, saying instead that more Hellboy films means more chances for the fan-favorite character to make his debut.It Follows The Wild Hunt Story From The Comics(Photo by Lionsgate)The film is primarily based on the 2008-2009 story The Wild Hunt. In it, an unemployed Hellboy answers an invitation to join a group of British nobleman known as The Wild Hunt glimpsed in the trailer as the people riding on horseback with Hellboy who immediately betray his trust because, as they put it, the devil shall never sit on the throne of England. Meanwhile, the death of the Irish Fairy king leaves the Fairy folk anxious about the resurrection of the Blood Queen Nimue. Once she rises, she will lead the folk into a war against Hellboy and the world. Also, that bit of business about Hellboy s connection to King Arthur? It could either save the world or lead Hellboy to embrace his destiny.Considering the prominent shot of Hellboy picking up a sword and it bursting into flames, we re going to assume that aspect of the storyline will be part of the film. In the comic book, he is faced with the choice to take hold of Excalibur. According to Mignola, There s an arc that mimics the comic. But as he explained, Marshall wanted to add aspects of other tales as well. Del Toro did the same thing incorporating much of The Corpse into the first Hellboy, but deleting Alice s role in it. This is why Bruttenholm, long dead by the time of The Wild Hunt in the comics, appears in the film. And as The Wild Hunt ends on something of a stalemate, elements from the subsequent tales, The Storm and The Fury, will no doubt help the film reach a more final conclusion. We also expect some of Daimio s backstory, explored in the BPRD comic books, will factor in as well.Nimue Is Not A Clear-Cut Villain (Maybe)(Photo by Lionsgate)If there is one thing Jovovich is sure of about Nimue, it is that she started from a good place. She was a witch in Arthur s day who became involved with the wizard Merlin. She eventually learned all of his secrets and imprisoned him. Fearing her power, the other witches of the day murdered her. At least, that s how it went down in the comics. Jovovich would not confirm anything about Nimue s past in the film except that she was betrayed, but she did offer this appraisal of her character: She s the only sane person in this movie. From the trailer, we get the sense that her grudge is with England itself Bruttenholm says as much which would suggest Arthur and his descendants would be prime targets. But it is also clear she adores Hellboy. Then again, who wouldn t? He s muscley, red, and fated to end the world.Not that Hellboy is interested in any of her ambitions, but at least it will lead to some cool, apocalyptic scenes.London Gets Trashed(Photo by Lionsgate)While neither Mignola nor Jovovich spoke to this point, we can t help but notice the damage London takes throughout the trailer. A hellacious storm brews above the city skies and a creature which may or may not be Nimue herself demolishes the Tower Bridge. Hellboy comics typically avoid that level of destruction Mignola leaves that to the BPRD spin0ff series but it is nice to see some big stakes realized, even if Hellboy quips that they are not relatable.Then there s that shot late in the trailer of Hellboy riding a dragon across a hellish landscape. The river of fire sure looks like the course of the Thames to us. But as Hellboy fans know, any shot of the character with his horns and crown is probably a prophetic vision and not reality. But it is always possible Nimue will tempt him into embracing his apocalyptic destiny. Or, alternatively, the capital of Hell looks just like London.Hellboy opens everywhere on April 12.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.