TL;DR – We get a step up from the first episode in most facets of the show
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this show.
The Book of Boba Fett Review –
When I opened up the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett, I wondered just what I was going to get. Indeed, I got an episode full of promise, but also, some potential issues raised their heads. I wondered which of these two directions would pull at the heart of the show, and I am glad to say in Chapter 2, it was the first, not the latter.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode Chapter 1, Boba’s (Temuera Morrison) control over Mos Espa looked to be more tenuous than he thought. The Mayor (Robert Rodriquez) showed no deference to the new daimyo and even disrespect. Worst still, someone out there thought that Boba could not take care of himself and set an assassin hit squad. This week, the question remains, who sent a hit squad, and unfortunately for Boba and Fennec (Ming-Na Wen), there may be more contenders than everyone thought. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
The first thing that this episode shows is the full range and depth of Temuera Morrison’s performance. As most of this episode is set in the past, he pretty much has to carry this episode on his own from the main cast perspective. Not only does he do this, but he does it in spades. Not that this was ever in doubt regarding Temuera Morrison’s abilities, I was just concerned that they would not give him the material that would let him shine. Here you see a return to form for both him, his character of Boba Fett, and also the Tusken Raiders. Last week it felt like they had lost some of their nuances, but thankfully this was all back this week. I also liked that the show understood how to present information to those who know the entire extended canon and those that don’t. For example, I had no idea that Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones) originated in the expanded literary universe of Star Wars. I didn’t need to. Because the show did a fantastic job of situating the character in the universe to stand on its own feet, the same could be said for the real deep cut in the bar a bit later.
One of my significant concerns last week was that we would languish in the past rather than explore the future, a problem that already runs deep in Star Wars. Given that this episode is primarily set in the past, it would be the litmus test as to if they could pull it off and oh wow, could they. I mean, it helps that most of this episode is a sci-fi train robbery, which is always entertaining, and doubly so because we get touchstone points back to one of the best moments in Solo. Every moment in this episode was engaging with you, waiting with bated breath as to what was going to happen next. I will say that the narrative got super close to landing into “white savour” territory, and I think it was only the strength of the acting from Temuera and the Tusken Raiders that stopped this from happening.
In the end, do we recommend The Tribes of Tatooine? Absolutely. This episode took everything that worked in the first episode and improved on it at every turn. I am not sure if they can keep this intensity up for the rest of the season, but if they are all as good as this, then The Mandalorian might have some real competition in the future.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Book of Boba Fett
Directed by – Steph Green
Written by – Jon Favreau
Created by – Jon Favreau
Based on – Star Wars created by George Lucas
Production/Distribution Companies – LucasFilm & Disney +
Starring – Temuera Morrison & Ming-Na Wen with Matt Berry, David Pasquesi, Jennifer Beals & Carey Jones and Paul Darnell, Frank Trigg, Collin Hymes, Galen Howard, Robert Rodriquez, Marlon Aquino, Andrea Dartlow, Murphy Patrick Martin, Joanna Bennett, Wesley Kimmel, Xavier Jimenez, Mandy Kowalski, Skyler Bible, Alfred Hsing & Daniel Logan