Review | The Book Of Boba Fett: Chapter 2 (The Tribes Of Tatooine)
Grab some spice and head back to Tatooine for The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 2. You’ll enjoy the rise of a more refined version of Boba Fett than we’ve ever seen before.
With last week’s debut episode fading into memory it’s time to reopen The Book Of Boba Fett for Chapter 2. Having left Boba with a tribe of Tusken Raiders, all eyes are on the legendary bounty hunter to see where his journey takes him next. But with the premiere dividing some fans, can Chapter 2 banish the doubts and give the series a shot of much-needed spice?
Of course, it can. It was inevitable. Chapter 2 expertly builds upon last week’s series launch and explores more of Boba’s time with the Sandpeople. And although this episode spends most of its running time in the past, what transpires in the present is all the more eventful.
The episode kicks off with Fennec and Boba learning the name of the instigator of last week’s assassination attempt. And course, all roads lead back to the mayor. Ready to confront his new enemy, Fett delivers the ultimate in veiled threats before the mayor bows to his seniority. But a revelation deepens the mystery and leads the legendary bounty hunter to meet the true villains behind the plot. And they come in pairs. But what’s more exciting is the company they keep.
Accompanying them is a character making his live-action debut after leaping from the pages of Marvel’s Star Wars comics. And his arrival is as spine-tingling as it gets. Needless to say, his debut will have far-reaching implications for the rest of the series. And may just precede the arrival of another firm fan-favorite comic character.
THE TRIBES OF TATOOINE
Chapter 2 follows a similar formula to Chapter 1 and spends the majority of its time in flashback mode. After a while, I can see this becoming a test of endurance; especially if the backstory doesn’t move along at pace. But this week’s extended flashback is an absolute joy to watch. The story expands upon Boba’s time with the Tusken Raider tribe that incarcerated him and regarded him as a prisoner. Of course, after last week’s heroics, Boba has earned their trust. And now, he is being acquainted in the way of the Tusken warrior. (I called it last week. Just saying!).
A BAD SPICE DREAM?
What follows is an action-packed spiritual journey that helps to mold Fett into the refined warrior we see in the second season of The Mandalorian. At times, the episode is deep and personal, in others, it is downright hilarious. But overall, the episode leaves us wanting more, as all good tv series’ should. And let’s face it, anything involving a floating hovertrain full of legendary Star Wars thugs can only be a good thing. And when the final curtain comes calling on Chapter 2, Fett becomes the refined warrior we have come to expect. His skills sharpened tenfold. And his spirit rejuvenated and ready to take on the galaxy once more!
As I said last week, the success of this series hinges on the strength of its cast. And I am delighted to see Temuera Morrison growing into the role of Boba Fett. It was always obvious that he was born to play this role, but he has grabbed the character by the helmet and added a whole new dimension to his persona. One that will delight long-term fans and attract a whole new generation to his fanbase. Sadly, Ming-Na Wen’s lethal Fennec Shand gets discarded to the background again this week, but I’m sure she’ll make up for it when the spice hits the fan in the coming weeks.
Overall, I loved this week’s episode. Not only does it give Temuera Morrison the chance to add layers to this legendary character; but he does it with sheer delight that will have every fan smiling from ear to ear. You can tell he’s having a blast playing Boba, and that translates into his performance. It’s infectious. And that will be the key to its longevity moving forward. But with the arrival of THAT character still fresh in the mind, we are beginning to see how the rest of the series will play out. And it is a tantalizing prospect. Especially with the company he is known for keeping.
Grab some spice and head back to Tatooine for Chapter 2. You’ll laugh and you’ll cheer. But more importantly, you’ll enjoy the rise of a more refined version of Boba Fett than we’ve ever seen before. And that alone makes this episode a must-see.
The Book Of Boba Fett is streaming on Disney Plus now.
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