The Book of Boba Fett returns to our screens with a seventh episode that tries to tie it all up. This is a spoiler review, so please check out our previous coverage of the series HERE. For our coverage on The Mandalorian, please click HERE.
We start off at Garza’s destroyed Sanctuary. Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and the Mods are inspecting the place when Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) comes in. Djarin tells the group the residents of Freetown will join them. Fett says they need to bide time till their arrival, which the Mods suggest they do by remaining in the city to prove their loyalty and protect the people of Mos Espa. Cad Bane (Corey Burton) meets with the Pykes and the mayor to talk about Freetown. Bane tells them the town will remain out of it. The Pyke leader tells Bane and mayor Mok Shaiz they are the ones who killed Fett’s Tusken Raider family. They then complain Fett has taken residence in the ruins of Garza’s Sanctuary, and Bane says he has an idea.
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An x-wing arrives at Peli Motto’s shop. It’s R2-D2 carrying Grogu! He picked the chain mail! The Mods and the Gamorreans are patrolling the streets, waiting to see where the Pykes attack first. Someone comes to see Fett, it’s Cad Bane! It’s a showdown, and Bane reveals he paid Freetown a visit. He also reveals the Pykes killed the Tusken Raiders. This enrages Fett, and Shand sees the emotion kick up. She tells him not to do the fight now, to do it on their terms.
There’s an interjection. Fett’s forces have been attacked by the locals on all fronts. The Aqualish versus the Mods. The Trandoshans versus Krrrsantan, and the Weequay versus the Gamorreans. The Gamorreans are taken down, and it looks like Krrrsantan gets knocked down as well. Shand manages to take out the Aqualish firing at the Mods before heading to Mos Eisley to see if she can take out the Pyke leadership.
Djarin and Fett talk, they agree the Gotra’s turning on Fett was the smart play. Fett offers Djarin an out, but Djarin says loyalty is the way and will stay. The Pykes show up, and the majordomo offers to go negotiate and grovel. Fett allows this, but it’s for a distraction! They head out on jet packs and take down the Pykes but the Pykes keep coming! Fett and Djarin are on their knees, saved only by the grace of their beskar when the people of Freetown arrive! Djarin and Fett get behind the ship, and the bartender of Freetown talks as if the marshal didn’t make it.
The Mods arrive and Krrrsantan while wounded is alive! They’ve got the Pykes on the run, when two new weapons arrive. They’re fancier droidekas, scorpeneks, with shields that are impenetrable. Djarin and Fett send the reinforcements off, saying they’ll distract the scorpeneks. They try several different methods, including Fett’s jetpack rocket and the darksaber. The energy weapons can’t get through, and the physical weapons have too much velocity. Finally, they decide to split up, because Fett has an idea for reinforcements. One scorpenek chases Djarin while the other heads after the reinforcements.
Djarin reunites with Peli and Grogu after he’s chased through the streets of Mos Espa. He jumps on their ride, and sees Grogu and it’s a full moment of shock for him. If only they weren’t being shot at. The reinforcements are pinned down, when the Mods state they need to fight, otherwise they will never escape. Peli, Djarin and Grogu crash as the droid overheats, and they hear a roar. It’s Boba Fett riding the rancor! The rancor lays into the scorpenek’s shields, and Djarin is able to get past the shields, he chops off an arm, and then manages to thrust the darksaber into the eye of the droid. The rancor finishes off the scorpenek, and then Fett leads him towards the reinforcements.
Fett and the rancor manage to take down the second scorpenek, and chaos ensues. Pykes are running all over the place, some getting eaten, some getting shot. Then, Bane arrives. He hits the rancor with several flame thrower bursts, knocking Fett from his seat. Bane throws several shots at Fett, and Fett tells him not to toy with him any longer, that he’s not a little boy anymore. Bane wins the shootout, but when he goes in for the killing blow, he fails to do it fast enough, and Fett manages to overcome him with the gaffi, killing Bane.
Now, the rest of Fett’s gotra have to take out the rancor in a big King Kong reference. Djarin manages to get his head shoved in the rancor’s mouth several times before making it angrier with another flame thrower to the mouth. The rancor tosses Djarin, knocking him out, and Grogu comes in to try and help. He manages to get the rancor to sleep, before cuddling up next to him to pass out from how much power he’s used so quickly. Shand manages to get to Mos Eisley to take out the Pyke leadership, and Mok Shaiz. I’m still trying to figure out how she got in the building.
We then transition to Fett and Shand walking through the streets of Mos Espa, where the people are acknowledging them. Fett states they are not suited for this, and Shand says if not them then who. We fade off into space seeing the Mods, Krrrsantan, Shand and Fett standing and laughing. The last thing we see in episode is Djarin and Grogu in space, with Grogu in the droid pod Peli left. Grogu is pounding on the window, and Djarin finally gives in, using the red lever to speed off while Grogu giggles. There is a mid credit scene, which shows the modifier outside of Fett’s Bacta tank, which has Cobb Vanth inside!
Ultimately, this is Robert Rodriguez’s best directed episode of the season. It’s also the longest episode Star Wars live action television has had, clocking in at a full hour. There’s a lot to close up, especially after the past two episodes haven’t featured Boba Fett. The good thing is is that all the storylines followed, Boba Fett and Mandalorian, all close up in this episode. The scorpenek droids were a nice addition from concept art in the prequel trilogy that never made it to film. There’s a lot of great action involved; especially the Djarin and Fett scene and the reinforcements versus the scorpenek scene. Grogu and Djarin reuniting I loved it, and it’s all part of the journey for the Mandoverse.
There’s one big component of the episode that will have people talking, and that’s the death of one Cad Bane. This death might feel wasted, after only having Bane in two episodes, but with Andor and Kenobi, there is still potential he could be used there. Star Wars is best when it’s small world. This show being about Boba Fett in all intents and purposes, Bane represented a core component of Fett, and that’s his past. There had to be a showdown between the two when it was revealed last episode, and I’m glad it came to a head. Fett feels every minute of the kill, and we needed to have that moment.
Overall, The Book of Boba Fett does a decent job at being the second live action show for Star Wars. It’s had some hits and misses for sure. But it gave Steph Green a voice into the franchise, and it absolutely has cemented Bryce Dallas Howard’s place in Star Wars. Rodriguez’s directed episodes don’t surpass the work he did in The Mandalorian, but overall, show running, he did a great job. The Book of Boba Fett has just made me more excited for the future of Star Wars television. The quality and selectivity for what is live action Star Wars is unreal, but at the sometime I want more out of it! One season per year of live action television for Star Wars has not been enough. But thankfully, Kenobi and Andor are coming, and maybe even The Mandalorian season 3! – Katie Rentschler
Overall Season Rating: 7.25/10
The Book of Boba Fett season 1 is now streaming on Disney+.