CAUTION: Spoilers for The Mandalorian season one finale below.
The eighth and final episode of The Mandalorian‘s first season finally revealed the name (and face) of the title character, debuted an iconic weapon from the animated shows, and laid the groundwork for the recently confirmed second season of the hit Disney+ series. Aside from these big moments, however, the episode — titled “Redemption” — featured one of the hallmarks of director Taika Waititi’s comedic stylings: seemingly inane banter between a bunch of supposed nobodies.
Specifically, the two scout troopers who had killed Kuiil and taken the child, otherwise known as “Baby Yoda” on the Internet, for the villainous Moff Gideon. While acting legends like Nick Nolte and Giancarlo Esposito were on hand to fill in for these named roles, The Mandalorian also employed some pretty well-known talents to take on a few smaller parts — like comedians Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally, who played said scout troopers.
They practically dominate the opening of “Redemption,” which chooses to focus on their banter instead of immediately revisiting the dire situation the Mandalorian and his allies find themselves in. They repeated try and fail to shoot an object that’s not too far away, fret over Gideon’s dictatorial style of management, and ponder the child’s nature. Sudeikis’s trooper is the one carrying it. Pally’s, meanwhile, seems jealous of this and repeatedly asks to see it. All the while, “Baby Yoda” cries repeatedly, which causes Sudeikis to smack and punch it.
Needless to say, the Internet did not like this, and as soon as they recognized Sudeikis and Pally’s names in the scene (and later in the credits), they turned on them.
Jason Sudeikis: This will be great for my career.
Two Seconds after the credits rolled.
— Sith138/HyperDermik/Frost_Cat (@sith138) December 27, 2019
Jason Sudeikis playing a storm trooper:
*punches Baby Yoda
— Heather Strong Moore (@StrongHeather) December 27, 2019
Not to be dramatic but Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally should be jailed indefinitely pic.twitter.com/scUIqEN4no
— katelynn (@idk8lynn) December 27, 2019
— Bad Luck Blake (@edamamhey) December 28, 2019
— The Snarkalorian (@secretary_snark) December 28, 2019
So someone edited Jason Sudeikis’ Wiki bio 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/OpxRmumYaR
— princess consuela bananahammock ✨ (@kris0nthego) December 28, 2019
Finding out Adam Pally and Jason Sudeikis were the stormtroopers who hurt my baby Yoda: pic.twitter.com/JCnEGDnLhA
— ivy marie ☃️❄️ (@ivysaysrawr) December 29, 2019
Even Sudeikis’s The Second City — the Chicago-based improv comedy troupe that has produced fellow Saturday Night Live alums like Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Tina Fey — jokingly disavowed his character’s actions in the show.
The Second City does not condone the punching of Baby Yoda by alumnus Jason Sudeikis. Please respect our privacy during this difficult time. #TheMandalorian
— The Second City (@TheSecondCity) December 27, 2019
Of course, some folks just so happened to like it.
Give Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally their own Star Wars spin off!!!
— Eric Fine (@eric_fine) December 27, 2019
Jason Sudeikis playing a stormtrooper in #TheMandalorian finale who keeps punching Baby Yoda after stuffing him in a bag is funnier than anything that's been on SNL in years pic.twitter.com/QNKX9pr3xX
— James (@pizzaratisdead) December 27, 2019
One of new favorite moments in #StarWars is when the doofus scout trooper played by Jason Sudeikis in #TheMandalorian Chapter 8 shakes his blaster pistol up by his ear and we hear the distinct sound of a spray paint rattle can. Makes me laugh every time. pic.twitter.com/KlRgtkcAUY
— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) December 28, 2019