WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor,” streaming now on Disney+.
Following the critically acclaimed success of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett came into the Star Wars live-action streaming space with high expectations. Featuring the revival of the galaxy’s most beloved bounty hunter from the original trilogy, the series had everything going for it, as fans have long speculated the return of Boba Fett.
Unfortunately for Boba, the most compelling episodes according to audiences and critics alike were “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian” and “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger,” which opted to trade out the bounty hunter for the Mandalorian. While it’s disrespectful to Boba as a character to feature two whole episodes in his seven-episode season without him, the episodes did a fantastic job serving as teasers for upcoming releases to the Disney+ platform.
In its fifth episode, The Book of Boba Fett trades Boba Fett as its protagonist for the Mandalorian, where the episode explores the aftermath following The Mandalorian Season 2. Considering that the episode contained no scenes of Boba Fett at all, it was essentially another episode of The Mandalorian, serving as a teaser for the upcoming third season. The episode also brought back fellow Mandalorians the Armorer and Paz Viszla, expanding on Mandalorian lore and offering a glimpse of what the premiere of Season 3 could bring. With Din Djarin breaking his peoples’ Creed, he’s forced to resign to Mandalore in order to repent for what he’s done. While a welcome entry in terms of quality, the episode being hailed as one of the best highlights a critical flaw within The Book of Boba Fett‘s identity. As a consequence, viewers lost interest in the conflict of Tatooine, detracting from the series’ main plot driver while promoting The Mandalorian.
Featuring cameos from Luke Skywalker, Grogu, Ahsoka Tano, Cad Bane, and R2-D2, “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger” is full of surprises and appearances from some of the most loved characters in the Star Wars universe. Eagle-eyed viewers may even catch a quick glimpse of Boba Fett making a cameo in this episode, too. However, the main attraction of this episode lies in Luke’s training with Grogu. Debuting a fresh new face thanks to upgraded CGI, the episode demonstrated the promise of having an entire series dedicated to Luke and the start of his Jedi academy. In addition, Ahsoka’s brief on-screen appearance with Luke Skywalker is also notably the first time viewers have seen two duo together and offers up the possibility of them meeting again in her own Disney+ series.
Although detracting from Boba’s story, The Book of Boba Fett‘s best episodes function well as individual promotions for what’s to come in the world of Star Wars. Along with the aforementioned possibilities explored with The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano, and Luke Skywalker, fans additionally argue that a series exploring Black Krrsantan, or even Jango Fett, could be more compelling. Furthering this point, the finale of The Book of Boba Fett even ends with the Mandalorian and Grogu together in his newly remodeled N-1 Naboo Starfighter, serving as the final image of a series that did its best when it explored the potential of other characters.
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