Ed Hope is a doctor who works in emergency medicine in the United Kingdom, and also makes videos which apply a professional eye to some of the most gruesomely violent smackdown scenes in entertainment, from Captain America’s elevator fight in The Winter Soldier to Batman taking out a warehouse full of bad guys in Batman v. Superman.
The latest pop culture phenomenon to get Hope’s diagnosis? Disney’s hit Star Wars spinoff, The Mandalorian. And while there are plenty of high-stakes, bone-crunching fight scenes to choose from over the last two seasons, Hope’s newest video focuses on the hero’s ringside face-off against Gor Koresh and his goons which kickstarted Season 2.
Of course, Hope acknowledges that he has no way of knowing how hurt any of these fictional alien species would get in a fight, but here’s what would happen to their bodies if they were even close to human.
First, Mando’s whistling birds would pierce their heads, necks, abdomens, and thorax, “all areas which can be fatal from a high-velocity penetrating trauma”. Then the Gamorrean guard who jumps out of the ring, missing Mando and landing on the ground, would break his ribs.
There are plenty of broken noses and facial fractures to go around thanks to headbutts from that Mandalorian helmet, as well as blunt force trauma punches and elbows to the stomach and face. And things get serious when one of the human bad guys takes a battle-axe to the face and loses consciousness.
“This is a very worrying sign,” says Hope. “Even if he regains consciousness, he still needs urgent medical attention. Significant head injury can cause epidural hematoma… as this build-up of blood expands, it can compress the brain and be fatal.” The situation isn’t much brighter for the next guy, who takes two direct knife wounds to the chest, rupturing his heart and most likely killing him.
Finally, Mando strings up Gor Koresh and leaves him hanging upside down at the mercy of those red-eyed creatures in the shadows. But as Hope explains, just being left suspended in such a way could prove fatal on its own.
“After several hours, it would kill you from a combination of difficulty breathing, because all your organs end up squashing your lungs, and heart failure, because your heart isn’t used to having all the blood from the lower body constantly being returned to it from gravity.”
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