TL;DR – We get a lot more action this episode, but it did feel like it lost some of last week’s substance.
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The Book of Boba Fett Review –
In Chapter 1, my big concern was that the show would keep navel-gazing too much into the past. While in Chapter 2, the show went almost full-past and was better for it. All of this has put my first thoughts in harsh contrast because this week, we get the reverse, with most of it being in the present, yet I think this was the weakest episode so far.
So to set the scene, last week we discovered that all was not as it seems in Mos Espa, as the Mayor (Robert Rodriquez) had let slip that others were looking to take over Boba Fett’s (Temuera Morrison) territory. Jabba had family, and just that moment, The Twins arrived with their Wookie bodyguard Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones). Boba is looking to try and stamp his authority on the city with everything in flux when vassal Lortha Peel (Carey Jones) arrives and explains that social order is collapsing and a new gang is in town. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
I’m not sure this episode landed for me and the others. However, that is not to say there was not much fun to be had. To begin with, I thought that Black Krrsantan would be a tease that would come back at the end in a big climactic battle, so to have them nearly rip everyone to shreds was a pleasant surprise. It might be one of the best hand-to-hand battles we have had so far in the series. As well as this, I loved everything about the Rancor and the Rancor Keeper (Danny Trejo). I know this will likely be part of a big betrayal; however, it was nice to see a bit of Star Wars lore expanded on. And not really silly details, like why Han’s last name is Solo. But it was building upon what we saw in The Return of the Jedi to explore a new relationship at a deeper level.
It didn’t work as much in the back half of the episode. Look, I get that they were going for a particular style for the Street Gang, but I am not sure they could pull that off with the budget. Or at least it was a style that wasn’t for me, which is fine. However, this is escalated at the end when we get a car/hover chase through Mos Espa. The individual components of the pursuit were fine, as were some of the insert sequences. However, as a whole, it felt off, and I think after talking to some friends, it is because it was just a touch too slow.
In the end, do we recommend The Streets of Mos Espa? Well, this was not my favourite episode of the season so far. However, there were still some fun parts, and even those that did were still engaging somewhat.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Book of Boba Fett
Directed by – Robert Rodriguez
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, Stephen Root, Sophie Thatcher, Jordan Bolger, Carey Jones, Danny Trejo & David Pasquesi and Frank Trigg, Collin Hymes, Daniel Logan, Xavier Jimenez, Joanna Bennett, Wesley Kimmel, Phil Lamarr, Murphy Patrick Martin, Galen Howard, Eyad Elbitar, Ming Qiu, Tim Trella, Callie Croughwell, Crystal Hooks, Ladell Preston, JJ Dashinaw, Finnegan Garay, Amy Sedaris, Jamie Alexander & Chris Nartlett.