Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Jon Favreau
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, Matt Berry, Stephen Root, Sophie Thatcher, Jordan Bolger, Carey Jones, and Danny Trejo
We’re three episodes into The Book of Boba Fett and the shows not messing around anymore. The first two episodes did a great job of setting the show up and adding a lot of detail to the very basic understanding we had of Tatooine and the Tusken Raiders, but now the show is really letting loose and having some fun. This episode is an absolute blast, ramping up the pace and action, and leaving on an ending that shouts that next week’s episode is going to be even better.
While the second episode was mostly flashback, this one is all set in the present day, with Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) ruling from his newly acquired palace and the impending war between different clans that want Jabba’s throne. Almost all of the episode is set in the present, apart from one small flashback that kind of caps off last week’s story. While episode two felt inconsequential to the overall story, episode three kicks things into high gear.
The episode absolutely flies by, with the credits coming around in what feels like seconds. To be fair, it’s one of the shortest episodes of live-action Star Wars so far, but it’s still fast paced and exciting all the way through. The Hutt Twins send Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones), the Wookie bounty hunter from episode two, to kill Fett, and it’s one of the best sequences in recent Star Wars. The Wookie interrupts Fett from sleeping in his tank, breaking the flashback we’re watching, and letting us know that the show and Wookie mean business. The following fight scene is excellent. Black Krrsantan is brutal, throwing Fett around the room and then taking on the newcomers who come to Fett’s aid.
There’s still a lot of lore and world building happening when the episode does slow down. There’s a plot thread about the hiked up water prices and lack of jobs in Mos Espa, which is interesting and leads to Fett hiring a new gang, with their brightly coloured, moped looking, speeders. We also get to find out a lot more about Rancors, who are a lot more gentle than what we saw in Return of the Jedi. For long time Star Wars fans, it’s exciting to find all this new information.
The Streets of Mos Espa is the best episode of Boba Fett so far. It’s thrilling the whole way through and clearly leading to even better things. Temuera Morrison is absolutely excellent as Fett, and it’s going to be a long week until Chapter Four.
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