A little disappointed with Chapter 10, and not because Boba Fett wasn’t in it as I was fully expecting. I felt it suffered from slow parts and, like the Razor Crest into a cave of angry ice spiders, the overall season story takes a bit of a nosedive. The relationship of Mando and Baby Yoda was developed, and I like the story of two parents doing whatever it takes to protect their children, but I don’t think you need a meandering episode to make character development happen. ‘Filler’ doesn’t have to be a bad thing, not even in an 8-episode season where every new chapter is precious, so I’m trying to figure out why this one didn’t quite hit it for me.
The extended sequence where Mando and frog lady are chased into the Razor Crest by the spider swarm was very good - or very good as in nervewracking, because of how they just keep coming. Me being an arachnophobe didn’t help. The scene where baby yoda walks among the eggs and the sweet music is playing, I was just thinking “oh god, I’ve seen Rebels and I’ve seen Alien… I know how this ends!”
‘The Passenger’ is just so different from Chapter 9 that I think I need to rewatch it in the context of the whole season. After all, chapter 2 could also be classified as ‘filler’ and I love that episode. I think I just hyped myself up for a planet like Ilum so much, or what I thought Mando entering the cave and the frog creature from the trailers was all about, that I ruined it for myself a bit. I just hope there are no more episodes like this which feel like they suddenly divert the story somewhere else.