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This is it.
The review of the final episode of the Book Of Boba Fett.
Or rather, Season 2.5 of The Mandalorian 😉
Given Fett was not in The Return of the Mandalorian and did not say a single word in From the Desert Come a Stranger, is Fett even in the final episode of his own show?
He sure did, with spit and… vinegar rancour.
The last episodes in their own weird way have been drip-fed to us as Djarin and Fett’s stories have become entwined into a grand arc of Star Wars story that only hints at greater things to come in the Star Wars realm (We mean Thrawn and more Luke Skywalker and Tano)
But it’s game day. Enough emotional arc and set up, time to pay up Jon Favreau and crew.
So if I said to you and you believed that the highlight of the show was Boba Fett riding his pet rancour down the streets of Mos Espa eating Pyke scum, then that’s all you need to know what happened.
Right? Cos it was awesome.
Or you could take a broader look and see how the Fett show has turned the almost mythical & iconic status of Fett and given him a true character arc – bloody killer and bounty hunter of the Empire into a man that just wants to rule with respect, with a bit of family on the side.
And that’s the rug that squares the living room aware nicely.
Fett is no longer a masked man, a lone Clint Eastward type of man with no name gunslinging crossing the desert of Tatooine, he’s grown.
Like his pet rancour.
That thing is a fucking beast.
Star Wars is no stranger to using Western film tropes. George Lucas put so many into ANH such as a burning homestead with two murdered family members’ bodies smoking away (refer John Wayne’s The Searchers).
And this show has slowly built its way into a Seven Samurai kind of situation where Fett has rounded up his Magnificent Seven to his budding empire (but really protect the people of Tattoine from the Pyke Syndicate).
Thrown in some High Noon and you’ve got yourself a Fred Zinnemann /Akira Kurosawa based stew.
And this, dear Force Fan, is where the fun begins, or perhaps even the rug pool…
The local syndicates betray Fett, and all hell breaks loose as his eyes and ears are compromised.
When they Pyke’s realise Mando and Fett ‘whill’ cannot be broken they send in two impressive droids that are taller than most houses – thing giant Droidekka droids from the prequels on steroids.
Which is just an excuse to let Boba ride the rancour into town and eat everyone.
On paper this sounds great, however, the script was actually quite light and Robert Rodriquez misses yet again with his directing. His tone of directing is just off, especially after the incredibly brilliant prior two episodes from Filoni and Dallas Howard. Let’s hope he doesn’t get a chance again and Filoni gets more air time with a film soon (actually, he’s got the Ashoka series).
Still, Fett does get to demonstrate that he’s still a badass at various points which should please the internet and his showdown with Cad Bane will go down as a Boba Fett legend moment.
Still Two – it was a fun episode but not as epic as it should have been.
“If that’s not the Quacta calling the Stifling slimy.”