Book of Boba Fett; Beskar
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I never would have guessed that I’d see a Mandalorian getting pulled over by an X-Wing while piloting a Naboo Starfighter. Oh, and we saw what flying Spirit Airlines looks like in the Star Wars universe. Thank you, Jon Favreau, for The Book of Boba Fett. In addition to all that, we got a duel for the Darksaber, B-D from Jedi Fallen Order, and some guesses as to what season three of The Mandalorian is all about. The title of this episode “Return of the Mandalorian” was apt in every way. We didn’t get a lick of bacta tanks, no sight of Boba Fett, just some classic Mandalorian. Does it work in the grand scheme of the season? We’ll have to see.

For the people out there complaining about the show, it was a warning last week that it needed to kick into high gear or risk losing out on any momentum. I’m going to guess those complaints were answered with this episode. The only question from here is who else does Boba need as muscle for his fight against the Syndicate? Do we see Dengar as we’ve theorized? What about any of the other bounty hunters that Boba has met through the years?

This episode was filled to the brim with fan service but in the best kind of way. Seeing B-D from Jedi Fallen Order might be a bit of a tease to the fate and whereabouts of Cal Kestis. Din Djarin’s mission is to regain his Mandalorian status, but also to find Grogu. What was the armor that the Armorer forged for him? These questions and more help build hype for the upcoming third season of The Mandalorian.

An Excellent Detour To The Main Story

At the end of things, this was a detour to get us to the main story of The Book of Boba Fett. We needed this as an audience because Din Djarin is now part of that upper pantheon of Star Wars characters. He’s helped revitalize Star Wars in a way that some thought would never be possible. So through the “Disney+” universe of shows, we’re getting a new kind of Star Wars. To be completely honest, the storyline of Boba gathering allies to take the fight to the Syndicate is awesome. It’s classic western/cowboy tropes and I’m all for it.

We’ve got three episodes left of The Book of Boba Fett and this is a step in the right direction. See, this show isn’t all just Tattooine and sand. We’ve got Mandalorian drama weaved in with plenty of other storylines. The whole exchange between the Armorer and Din showed that Mandalorian culture and creed runs deep. Adding to it that a Vizsla challenged Din Djarin to a duel, it makes for a powder keg that’ll only get more explosive when you add Bo Katan to it.

This was quite simply, an awesome episode of Star Wars television. It had everything and then some that you’d want out of this series and then some. It’s all topped off with a speed trap by the New Republic. Seeing someone get pulled over in the Star Wars universe is hilarious. The exchange between Mando and Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) just adds that bit of personality to Star Wars that it kind of needs.

There’s an Office-like workplace comedy in Star Wars future.

It Can Only Get More Awesome From Here

The Book of Boba Fett has done a great job building out the character of Boba Fett, giving us more moments between characters we know and love, and giving hardcore fans teases of things to come. This episode achieved that goal, except for Din Djarin instead of Boba Fett. These final three episodes should hopefully have some great moments. We’ll just have to see next week.

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