WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian's baby Yoda is confirmed to be Force sensitive, and it's already using its capabilities the Jedi way. Disney+'s inaugural offering, which also happens to be Star Wars' first live-action TV series, introduces fans to Pedro Pascal's Dyn Jarren - a lone gunslinger whose current bounty is an adorable infant from the same species as Jedi Master Yoda. In the show's first two episodes, we follow the pair adventure, which included an unsavory run with the Jawas.
Just when Dyn's ready to leave the planet where he found baby Yoda in The Mandalorian's second episode titled "The Child", he discovered that the pesky sandcrawlers looted his ship. Not only did they take away his guns, they also rendered his ship non-functioning. With the help of Kuiil (Nick Nolte), they struck a deal with the Jawas - Mando gets them the mudhorn's egg in return for his parts. The quest to get past the beastly creature wasn't easy, as Dyn was knocked off a few times. At one point, the monster was ready to pounce him until baby Yoda came to the rescue.
Using its Force powers (while staying in the cot), baby Yoda tapped into the Force to hold off the mudhorn right before he reached a knocked-off Dyn. For a moment, it looked like baby Yoda was choking it as he lifted it from the ground, but it turns out that he was only keeping it from the Mandalorian. The move gave Dyn enough time to gather himself and be better prepared to attack the mudhorn himself, ultimately killing it with the use of his dagger once it fell back to the ground. The move appeared to exhaust the infant, who immediately fell unconscious after and stayed that way for the most part of the episode, giving fans the impression that it took a lot of energy for the fledgling Force-user to help his current caretaker.
This harkens back to Jedi Master Yoda's wise words of wisdom to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he continued his training in Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. The legendary mentor told to the then-budding Jedi: “a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” It's a particularly significant conduct from the Jedi code, as this essentially separates them from the Sith who are able to Force choke someone to death, as Darth Vader and Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine proved in several separate occasions.
There's not much known about baby Yoda at this point. There are rumors that it might be a clone of Jedi Master Yoda, which makes the child a significant asset for The Client (Werner Herzog), and the Kaminoan Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi). Lucasfilm claims that its name will remain a secret for now, but it does have one. It's clear, however, that The Mandalorian is putting a lot of importance on baby Yoda, and chances are that it has something to do with the ability to tap into the Force. Whether or not baby Yoda is actually trained to do that is also a big question. Star Wars: The Clone Wars established that babies can use the Force without training, but based on what we saw in episode 2, this practice lines up with the Jedi's way of using the Force to their advantage.
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