TL;DR – Alas, this week’s episode felt like spinning wheels, holding back the exciting stuff for next week.
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this show.
The Book of Boba Fett Review –
I am not quite sure what has happened here. Chapter 1 held so much promise, and Chapter 2 showed that when it was good, this show could be excellent. However, since then, we have seen two back-to-back episodes that have left me wanting, and it is starting to get frustrating.
So to set the scene, we jump back in time to when Boba (Temuera Morrison) discovered that all of the Sand People had been murdered while he was away. Noticing the mark of the Kintan Striders, Boba decides to set the score. The only problem is that they work for Bib Fortuna (Matthew Wood). There is no way that Boba can do this by himself, which is lucky because right at that moment, he sees a couple of flashes in the distance and discovers the body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) bleeding out from a gut wound and where The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) left her. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Now, I will be a bit negative with this episode, but that is not to say that the episode was without charm. There were indeed moments I quite liked. For example, the who sequence in the kitchen was a delight, and I think the big crime boss meeting at the end was also a strong standout. It was good to see some excellent puppetry/stop-motion work in that kitchen scene. As well as this, I do like Temuera’s performance as Boba. Down south, we have gotten to see him in a couple of exciting roles like Occupation: Rainfall, and I am glad he is finally getting that success further abroad.
The rest of the episode is not bad, but it does feel like we have hit the treading water part of the narrative, which is frustrating in a 6-episode arc. I think the season’s narrative has struggled under the weight of them trying to tell two different stories in two different timelines. Neither timeline is given the focus it needs, making the whole weaker for the attempt. The show becomes a bunch of things that happen with a vague connection of the Pyke Syndicate rather than a strong narrative flow. To add to this, I think there was a lack of experience shown with the use of the Virtual Sets this week, with some noticeable lighting discrepancies.
In the end, do we recommend The Gathering Storm? Well, yes … just. There is enough in the solid performances and some of the vignettes they explore to still make it engaging in places. What story there was did set up the potential that we are going to war next week, which would be something. But the show needs to do more than just drop in the Mandalorian musical queue and hope that is all it needs to do.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Book of Boba Fett
Directed by – Kevin Tancharoen
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 Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, Matt Berry, Carey Jones & Jennifer Beals and Marlon Aquino, Andrea Dartlow, Robert Rodriquez, Phil Lamarr, Barry Lowin, Frank Trigg, Collin Hymes, Matthew Wood, Eyad Elbitar, Ming Qiu, Andres Saenz Hudson, Ardeshir Radpour & Leeanna Vamp.