Why Are People So Furious with Baby Yoda for Eating Some Eggs?

'The Mandalorian'
'The Mandalorian'Credit: Lucasfilm
Apparently, Baby Yoda can do wrong...

It's no argument that one of the best things to come out of the Disney realm recently is The Mandalorian. It's given an amazing look at a different aspect of the Star Wars realm and it gave us The Child, AKA Baby Yoda—who is not actually Yoda as a baby. 

Everything was going well for Baby Yoda. He was selling toys, becoming a plushie you could hug, and he was saving the galaxy using his tiny force powers. 

And then... he found a jar of eggs. 

Basically, in Season 2 Episode 10, "The Passenger," Mando agrees to take a frog lady and her jar of unfertilized eggs on a road trip to a new planet where her husband is making them a homestead. All good, right?

Wrong. Baby Yoda takes a liking to the eggs and throughout the episode snacks on them. 

We know this frog woman is the last of her kind in the universe and she has a finite amount of eggs left, so every time he eats one, we are worried about what could happen next.

And it kind of made Baby Yoda into a villain for the episode. 

Though it was very funny. 

Well, people online didn't love the shift in the episode. Here are some examples from Entertainment Weekly.

"I'm a mom. It's not funny at all to hear mama frog lady go into great detail about how important & beloved her eggs are to her & have to watch them get eaten on 3 separate occasions for shits & giggles. Can't just *one* mom get to survive AND keep her kids?" one user tweeted. 

Another wrote [sic], "for the record, the frog lady was very adamant about the fact that her eggs were important to her, and that it was her last and only chance to have kids, so it's actually closer to fucking up someone's [in vitro fertilization] which would be incredibly upsetting for a wannabe mom. it's not funny."

'The Mandalorian'
Credit: Lucasfilm

There was a definite moral dilemma here, like when people eat talking animals in Narnia. No one was sure where to draw the line. 

This caused such a stir that Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak tweeted some reasoning behind the move on Monday.

"For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady's eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy," Szostak wrote. "But obviously, chickens aren't sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect."

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They say if you have to explain a joke, it's probably not funny, but I think people took this one a little too far. The Child is a complex character, and it seems like it has no idea that eating those eggs is the wrong thing to do. 

Everything we've seen him do so far has been instinctual, from saving Mando's life to healing characters, to moving eggs closer to him. I don't think he's old enough to reason what he's doing yet. 

I found this storyline to be a really interesting risk. Seeing Baby Yoda exterminate a species on the brink through naivete is a really dark idea. I love how it stirred the pot in an episode that was pretty cut and dry otherwise. 

Giving the frog woman a personality and a sad backstory was a really risky bet. It's interesting seeing people react this way. When Star Wars anthropomorphizes animals or creates aliens, it's always tricky to see how humans react to them. We tend to like the ones who display some humanity, like Wookiees and Yoda. This was really a litmus test for the audience, seeing how far the writers can go with the story. 

Did we really care about a frog woman? I would posit we didn't until she used the translator to speak to us. Which, again, great storytelling idea. 

Did the eating of her eggs piss you off, or did you laugh about it? 

Could this be a hint to Baby Yoda actually being a bad guy in the series? 

Or is this more of an educational thing? 

Those are all debates for the comments. Have at it.     

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13 Comments

He's eating them to save them in the end. You'll see.

November 12, 2020 at 8:30AM

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Baby yoda knows the eggs won't survive without his help. All the eggs in the jar will get destroyed one by one, and in the end Baby yoda will have saved the species.

November 12, 2020 at 8:33AM

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People are SO DAMN SENSITIVE. But that has always been the case and that will never change. One piece of advice - HAVE TO WATCH IT, YOU DO NOT.

November 12, 2020 at 9:31AM

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Taylor Morgan
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These are not the eggs you are looking for.

November 12, 2020 at 9:32AM, Edited November 12, 9:32AM

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Taylor Morgan
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Snowflakes. They can't even handle virtual eggs being eaten? Those must be ProLifers.... wait...

November 12, 2020 at 12:54PM

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I thought it was funny.

With a lady whose babies were supposedly very important to her, she sure didn't seem to notice that some of them were missing.

Also, the kid is not a villain. Like what you said, everything he's done has been instinctual...he has been protecting Mando. Or, in this case, he was just hungry.

He's also an alien baby. Obviously his diet differs from ours. How does that turn him into a villain?

November 12, 2020 at 6:04PM, Edited November 12, 6:23PM

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"We know this frog woman is the last of her kind in the universe"
I must have missed something, all I heard is that they are the last one in her lineage. Not her kind.

The egg thing was funny and endearing, the last one burst me out laughing. People take things too seriously.

Star Wars and especially The mandalorian is set in a ruthless and savage world, it never shied away from the "strong eating the weak" and nature part of life.

Stop with the "saving the eggs" theory. He digested them and loved it. Take your "one dimentional boring" theories to the garbage, where it belongs, and enjoy the show.

November 13, 2020 at 2:59AM

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People should pay more attention to dialogue before they start their cancel mobs. Absolutely NOWHERE is it stated she is the last of her species. (If she was they’d be doomed already unless inbreeding doesn’t apply to Frogs).

What she did say is that they are the last eggs SHE will ever lay. She’s basically going into menopause. That’s it. No mass extinction. Baby Yoda, while being a little jerk, is not committing “genocide” like some of the overly-distraught cancelers on twitter were yammering about.

Was he being bad? Yes. Is it the end of the fake species on the fake planet in the fake universe? NO.

November 13, 2020 at 3:10AM

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It's kind of crazy that we are trying to apply these kind of thinking to something that is so far into fiction.
People are getting weirder and weirder.

November 13, 2020 at 5:42AM

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Are we in FEM? Frog Eggs Matters.

November 13, 2020 at 9:08AM

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Regis.U
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Really!! Dude!!

November 16, 2020 at 5:42PM

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Remember in S1 Baby yoda was eating alive alien frog.
And eating those "important"egg is just funny BECAUSE they are important.

November 13, 2020 at 2:05PM

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OniBaba
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A non existing creature eats eggs of a non existing species. That's all there is to it.
I hope the people complaining never watch a movie with dark British humor, since they probably have to grab their heart medication, because there are bad things done to human beings just for fun. And even then, it's just a movie.

Those people are not too sensitive, they are addicted to complaining about everything.
They need a shrink or we have to reconsider movie ratings, so that adults who can't differentiate fiction from reality shouldn't watch certain movies or shows.

November 19, 2020 at 6:07PM, Edited November 19, 6:07PM

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