The Book of Boba Fett began streaming on Disney+ on December 29th and will run weekly into February. The Book of Boba Fett follows the notorious bounty hunter after his return to the franchise in The Mandalorian.
The Second Episode starts with Fennec bringing in her captured Assassin to the Palace and interrogation begins. After getting nothing out of the Assassin, Boba sends him into the Rancor Pit. Fearing the possibility of being eaten, the Assassin reveals that he was hired by the Mayor of Mos Espa. The Pit is empty thanks to Luke Skywalker back in Return of the Jedi.
Boba, Fennec, and his Gamorrean guards march straight to the Mayor’s Office. After a pointless argument over appointments, Boba and the gang storm in and confront the Mayor directly. The Mayor feigns ignorance and instead offers Boba a bounty for the Assassin. He belongs to a group known as the Nightwind. The Nightwind are not allowed to operate outside of Hutt Space. One of the Mayor’s Guards subsequently shoots the Assassin. Since the Mayor offered no tribute to Boba in the last episode, he now offers some advice as tribute. He asks Boba to ponder who sent the Assassin as he has no motive. Finally, he is pointed to the cantina he visited in the last episode to find out the truth.
Upon arrival, the Owner tells Boba that a pair of Hutts known as The Twins have laid claim to all of Jabba’s former territory. Meaning they do not recognize Boba’s rule in the slightest. The conversation is interrupted by drumming coming from outside. It is revealed that it is the Twins themselves who come to muscle Boba out of “their” territory. A standoff takes place and we are introduced to a Wookiee bounty hunter under their employ. It is heavily implied that something will happen to Boba soon when Boba refuses to leave and threatens that they’ll have to kill him to get what they want.
From here, the rest of the episode is a flashback. Boba is training with the Tribe’s Shaman in the ways of Gaffi stick combat. Once Boba shows some proficiency, one of the Spotters lets out a warning call to the rest and they take positions along a dune. Boba has no idea what they’re preparing for. But he soon finds out that it is a train and that the operators are hostile. The train opens fire on the Tuskins and a brief firefight breaks out as the train passes their position. The train speeds off leaving many dead.
Boba watches that night as the Tribe burns their dead on a pyre. He then volunteers to take out the train and the Chief approves. Boba sets out with a stick and a rifle and sees the speeder gang from the previous episode in the distance speeding by. He follows them to a cantina and proceeds to wipe the floor with them. He brings back their speeder bikes to the Tuskins and begins to teach them to ride. A montage of the tribe learning how to operate the bikes follows.
Stopping The Train
The big day is here. Boba and a Warband of Tuskins set out on the bikes and seek out the train. They find it and begin to jump on, taking losses as speeders are either blown up or crash. Boba and his squad progress towards the front of the train as Pyke Syndicate muscle attempts to ward them off. The Shaman jumps on and can save the rest as they get pinned down by blaster fire. After more fighting, Boba makes it to the front of the train and attempts to get the train to stop. The droid that was piloting had brought it to full speed and subsequently jumped out the window. Boba can hit the brakes and the train halts to a stop.
The Tribe loots the train whilst Boba negotiates with the survivors. The Pykes will have to pay for passage through the territory and any death of a Tuskin will be paid back tenfold. Once the terms are given, he sends the Pykes off into the sunset. That night, Boba is given a gift by the Chief. A lizard. Before Boba knows what to do with it, it climbs up his nose. This makes Boba begin to go into a trance. He dreams of his time as a child on Kamino and him caught in the Sarlacc. When he awakens, he’s walking back to the camp with a tree branch.
One With The Tribe
He presents it to the Chief and Shaman and he is brought into the tent. The Tuskins remove his tattered white jumpsuit and wrap him in a black Tuskin robe. The very same robe we first see him in when he makes his debut in The Mandalorian. Once he emerges from the tent he is brought to forge his branch into his Gaffi stick. He sands it down and carves the grooves himself with guidance from one of the Tuskins. Once he’s done, he’s brought to a bonfire. The shaman begins a ritualistic dance and the whole tribe becomes involved. And that’s the final shot of the episode.
Overall, I believed that this was a fantastic episode. A mix of action and watching Boba becoming a member of the Tribe was a thrilling experience. The portrayal of Tuskins has changed quite substantially from their debut back in New Hope.
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