The Book of Boba Fett began streaming on Disney plus 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 Third Episode begins with Boba, Fennec, and their droid 8D8 talking about the status of the city of Mos Espa. After the death of Jabba the Hutt, Bib Fortuna, and other crime families carved it up into a number of different territories and an unstable peace was brokered between them. This meeting is interrupted by a petition from Lortha Peel, a water monger from the Worker’s District. He urges Boba Fett to resolve an issue he is having with a street gang stealing his water.
The Modder Gang
That night, Boba, Fennic, and the two loyal Gamorreans from previous episodes locate the gang and confront them. The street gang, half man and half machine (Modders), explain that the monger has been massively price gouging them and that there isn’t any work in town so they simply stole the water. After a moment of pondering what to do, Boba takes off his helmet and offers an alternative: The gang work for him. Peel emerges from a nearby building and is furious that the gang isn’t going to be punished for what they did. He also demands the 1300 credits they owe be paid. Boba gives him 500 and demands he considers the matter resolved. Peel begrudgingly agrees and the gang goes with Boba back to the Palace.
Boba is back in the pod. Recalling yet again his upbringing on Kamino and watching Jango fly off. It then cuts to Boba leaving the Tuskin village, now a full member of the Tribe. He travels on the back of a Bantha to Mos Eisley to find the Pyke Syndicate regional office. When he arrives, he asks for the protection money owned by the Tuskins which was negotiated in the last episode. The representative denies this request. He goes on to explain that the Nikto Sand Riders Boba has already claimed the Dune Sea and the Pykes will not be made fools of by paying both groups at once. The message is clear: The Riders must be dealt with once and for all.
Boba returns to the Tuskin Village in shock. It would seem that the Nikto were told the same thing about the Tuskins. All of the tents in the Village are burnt and bodies are scattered all around. We also see the Chief among the dead. Boba builds a pyre in accordance with Tuskin tradition and places the bodies on top.
Boba’s Assassination Attempt
Boba is woken from the flashback quite suddenly as Black Krrsantan, the Wookie Bounty Hunter we saw protecting the Hutts in the previous episode, opens the Bacta Pod and rips Boba out. A fight breaks out between the two with Boba getting a good few hits in with his Gaffi Stick. As it looks like Krrsantan may win, the Modders rush in to help. They’re able to distract him long enough for the Gammorreans to walk in. Krrysantan tackles the both of them down a flight of stairs and begins to melee with the pair. The gang rushes down and surrounds the Wookie long enough for Fennec to open the trap door and send him into the Rancor Pit.
The next morning, Boba and Fennec discuss what to do over a breakfast spread. Fennec suggests waiting it out while Boba believes action must be taken. 8D8 however breaks the tie by informing the pair that the Twins have traveled to the Palace bearing a gift. Meeting them at the main gate, the Hutts apologize for sending the assassin and inform Boba they are leaving the Planet and will return to Hutta. Another Crime Syndicate has laid claim to Jabba’s territory and the Hutts aren’t interested in a War. They suggest that Boba should also leave, claiming that he’ll lose if he stands against them. When Boba rejects that idea, they offer him the gift of a Rancor as a means of truce.
Boba offers Krrsantan back in exchange, but the Hutts let Boba keep him as well. And with that, the Hutts leave. This leaves Boba having to decide what to do with the Wookie. In a surprise to everyone around, Boba releases him and offers some advice: “Don’t work for Scugholes.”
We cut to the Rancor Pit, now possessing its namesake. Its handler, played by no other than Danny Trejo, and Boba discuss the Beast. Its emotional state, its training, and that the Nightsisters used to ride Rancor into Battle. Boba then demands to be taught how to ride Rancor too. The Handler agrees to teach him, and the Rancor’s blinders are taken off for the first time. This allows the creature to bond to Boba, as the first person, he sees he’ll grow an attachment to. This is interrupted by 8D8, Boba’s request to see the Mayor is denied.
Boba, Fennec, and the Modders ride to the Mayor’s Office in force. After the Mayor’s assistant says he’ll see if the Mayor will see them, he locks the door behind him and takes off in a speeder. The Modders give chase on their hoverbikes. They chase the assistant and eventually force him to crash. Boba jetpacks to the site and demands to know where the Mayor is. The assistant, seeing no other choice, reveals that the Mayor has gone to the Pykes. It cuts to a transport touching down on the city’s outskirts and several Pyke Soldiers disembarking. It is clear that a war between the Pykes and House Fett is on the horizon.
Overall, this is another solid episode. Whilst the flashbacks are indeed very interesting and give us insight into how Boba got to where we first saw him in the Mandalorian, it’s also good to see more of what is going on in the present. This episode focuses on today more so than previous episodes really sets the scene on what’s coming in the near future. Additionally, the Modders seem to be a really cool group and are well played by their actors.
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