The second episode of The Book of Boba Fett is a stronger entry than the first.
After a slow first episode, Boba Fett is back again in episode 2 of Disney Plus‘ The Book of Boba Fett. Much like the first episode, “Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine” transitions between the present day and Fett’s time with the Tusken Raiders after he escaped from the sarlacc pit.
The episode also makes the conflict in the present day more evident, while also developing Fett’s time between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian more so than the opening entry.
The Twins want Jabba’s territory
The second episode begins shortly after the end of the first, with Fennec Shand bringing in the assassin we met in the previous installment. Fett manages to get the assassin to talk, and he claims that the mayor sent the assassins to kill Fett. It is also interesting that Fennec’s method of fear by dropping the assassin in the rancor pit to make him talk works, while Fett’s ruling by respect does not. This is sure to be a continued conflict moving forward.
After an altercation in the mayor’s office, it is soon revealed that the mayor may not have hired the assassins or that this is a part of a bigger plot. Fett is later greeted by the Hutt twins, who are cousins of Jabba the Hutt and the rightful daimyos of Mos Espa.
Fett is unwilling to give up his title as daimyo without a fight, which makes it likely that we will be treated to some action between him and some of the gladiators in the Hutt’s employ. As the Hutts are rightful rulers and have suddenly come out of the blue now that Fett has arrived, it seems like there is something more at play here.
Honorary Tusken Raider in The Book of Boba Fett
While half the episode focused on the present day, the second half focused on the past. This half of the episode saw Fett living amongst the Tuskens, who taught him how to use their sticks in combat. As a return, the former bounty hunter aided them with taking down a train that had been terrorising the Tuskens and passing through their land.
This results in a very Western-like scene, where Fett (after teaching the Tuskens to drive speeders) leads the group on a train heist. The sequence has a very Red Dead Redemption feel to it, as the Tuskens manage to successfully take down the spice shipment and Fett barters that all individuals transporting through Tusken land must now pay a toll.
As a result of his loyalty, Fett goes on a spiritual quest to become one with the Tusken culture, as he crafts his own stick which is seen during his first appearance in The Mandalorian. It was interesting to see this side of the character, as he was portrayed as quite cold-hearted in the original films. Seeing Fett develop throughout the flashbacks may prove to be a key part to his more respectable approach to leadership in the present day.
The first episode of The Book of Boba Fett may have been slow, but the second episode begins to make the conflict more clear. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here, as it is sure to continue to heat up as we learn more about Fett’s past and how it connects to his current status.
The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes released weekly on Wednesdays.
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