The Book of Boba Fett: In the Name of Honor

Writer: Jon Favreau

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Summary: Boba Fett, Din, Krrsantan Shand, and the Mods hold off the Pyke Syndicate in Freetown.

Review: I wanted to enjoy this one, I really did. The writers seemed like they were done with the detour, but…yeah this wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad either. I’m going to say this was mediocre.

This show really does feel like Favreau was playing with new toys, and then got bored and went back to his old ones. The last two episodes were not a good idea, and then this one really annoyed me.

It wasn’t the big seige, that was fine up until the end. It was Grogu. Having Grogu show up at the end ruins the second season of the Mandalorian and steals the spotlight from the true star. Having Grogu restore the status quo for Din annoyed me.

I’m not saying this has ruined Star Wars forever because that’s not true. But it was a disappointment. We’ll see if things improve when Kenobi on May 25.

The Book of Boba Fett: From the Desert Comes a Stranger

Writer: Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni

Director: Dave Filoni

Summary: Lots of pandering to fans who were only here for Din Djarin and Grogu. Oh, and Cad Bane showed up.

Review: I’m sorry, but is this supposed to be The Mandalorian? Because it feels more like that than Book of Boba Fett.

Apparently, Favreau and Filoni have forgotten how spin-offs work. Let me explain. When Russell T. Davies entered Series 3 of Doctor Who, two spin-offs debuted, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Although the 10th and 11th Doctors did appear on Sarah Jane’s show, they were clearly treated like guest stars. They didn’t take over the show for two whole episodes and make us wonder when we’d see Sarah Jane and her kids.

And yet, here we are, 5 episodes in, and suddenly we’re in The Mandalorian Season 2.5? Boba Fett barely shows up? I’m sorry, but this isn’t a good episode, and no amount of fan service will change my opinion.

Yes, I watched Clone Wars. I’m currently on the final season, in fact. Yes, I watched The Bad Batch last year. I know who Cad Bane is!

Favreau and Filoni don’t need to pander to the impatient “fans”. They were the same fans who chased Daisy Ridley off social media because how dare Star Wars have a female lead. They were the same fans who whined because Luke Skywalker was old and cynical, like he’s not supposed to be upset because a new fascist empire is oppressing the galaxy and his star pupil went to the Dark Side. They hate change. You were already telling a good story!

If Cad Bane had actually fought Boba Fett and Fett jobbed to him, I would have been more excited. But this is frustrating. I wasn’t excited. I was impatient. I don’t want fan service and no substance!

So sorry, I have to be honest. This is getting a low grade. I expected better from you, Jon Favreau.

Grade: C-

Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 5: The Return of the Mandalorian

Writer: Jon Favreau

Director: Bryce Dallas Howard

Summary: Our story takes a slight detour to show us what Din Djarin has been up to lately. He shows the Darksaber to the Armorer, only to be challenged by Paz Vizsla, who believes that because he is a descendant of the Darksaber’s creator, Tarre Vizsla, he should be the one to weild it. Although he defeats Vizsla, he is rejected by the tribe for removing his helmet. Upon returning to Mos Eisley, Djarin once again meets Peli Motto, who gives him a new N-1 Starfighter to replace the Razor Crest. Shand appears and asks for his help.

Review: I have a major problem with this episode: Boba Fett was nowhere to be seen! This is supposed to be his series, right? I wanted to enjoy the episode, as it was actually good to see Djarin, but I was bored. With the exception of the duel, there wasn’t much action. Couldn’t they have just made this an extra episode of The Mandalorian? Why sideline the main star? Shand is the only character we see, and she doesn’t even show until towards the end! I’m sorry, but this wasn’t good.

Grade: D

Book of Boba Fett Episode 4 : The Gathering Storm

Writer: Jon Favreau

Director: Kevin Tancharoen

Summary: The story starts with the flashback this time to when Fett met Shand, saving her from a gut wound. She agrees to help retrieve Slave I.

In the present day, Fett recruits Krrsantan after seeing him fight Trandoshans. Fett tries to get the crime bosses to unite against the Pykes, but to no avail.

Review: I’d been waiting to see how Fett and Shand met. I thought their first battle together was cool.

I like that Fett is not able to convince the bosses to fully unite with him. This is a great way to raise the stakes.

We’re at the halfway mark, and I’m still enjoying the season. I won’t say this was the best episode of the season so far, but I did enjoy it.

Grade: A.

Book of Boba Fett ep. 3: The Streets of Mos Espa

Writer: Jon Favreau

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Summary: Fett is tasked by water-monger Lortha Peel to punish cyborgs stealing his wares. Instead of punishing them, Fett employs them.

In the flashbacks, we learn that the Nikto gang massacred the Tuskens. The flashbacks are interrupted by Krrsantan, who makes short work of Fett’s security until Shand and the cyborgs gain an upper hand. The Twins return, saying they will leave Tatooine, and leave a Rancor behind. Fett wants to train the beast.

Fett and his new employees go to Shaiz and discover he is working for the Pykes. Fett realizes he must now prepare for war.

Review: I’m beginning to like that the more Fett tries to rule his way, the more complicated the situation gets. The fight with Krrsantan was excellent.

I loved seeing Danny Trejo and the Rancor. Trejo just looks like someone who could tame something that huge. I can’t wait to see Fett actually ride it.

Keep up the great work, everyone!

Book of Boba Fett ep. 2: The Tribes of Tatooine

Writer: Jon Favreau

Director: Steph Green

Summary: Fett and Shand interrogate their would-be assassin, who claims that he was sent by Mok Shaiz, the Mayor of Mos Espa. Shaiz of course denies this. Fett then meets two of Jabba’s cousins, the Twins, who want to reclaim his throne.

In the flashback plot, Fett steals some speeders and teaches the Tuskens to ride them. After a successful train raid, Fett performs the Tuskens’ initiation ritual and is admitted into the tribe.

Review: I liked this better than the premiere, and I liked the premiere. The Twins had a great introduction. I doubt we’ve seen the last of them.

I’d heard somewhere that Favreau doesn’t like to have flashbacks. The flashbacks are still entertaining, though. I like all this attention to the Tusken culture, and I’m glad we’re getting both of these plots. I’m liking this show a lot.