“In The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 4, we are rewarded with a pulse-pounding episode packed with more tropes and iconography than you can shake a Gaffi stick at!”
With last week’s polarizing third episode fading into memory it’s time to reopen The Book Of Boba Fett for Chapter 4. After releasing Krrsantan and learning that the Pyke Syndicate are the real villains of the series; all eyes are on where Boba Fett will turn next. But with the inclusion of the biker gang dividing the fanbase, can Chapter 4 titled “The Gathering Storm” fulfill fan expectations?
Of course, it can. At an enjoyable 48 minutes, the fourth chapter of the new series turns back the clock and explores Boba’s quest to reclaim his armor. In the aftermath of the Tusken tribes’ massacre, Fett is on a mission to reclaim Slave 1 from the belly of Jabba’s Palace. But to do so, he’ll need help. And Tattoine has a history of rescuing the wretched. The result is an episode packed full of great moments and spectacular visuals which is sure to delight Fett fans everywhere. So, strap yourself in and dig into this action-packed chapter.
THE GATHERING STORM
After last week’s divisive episode, chapter 4 kicks off with another now traditional flashback sequence. But this week’s trip back in time is significant. After enduring the massacre of the tribe of Tusken’s that welcomed him into their ranks; Fett wanders the Dune Sea. Until he stumbles upon a mortally injured Fennec Shand. What follows is the reveal of how Fett rescued Fennec from certain death.
The flashback sequence is spectacular and adds some significant meat to the bones of their relationship. We learn why Boba is determined to leave his days as a hunter behind, and why Fennec pledges her allegiance to him although her debt is paid in full.
With Fennec now restored and her allegiance to Boba cemented in place, the duo plot to reclaim his newly renamed “Firespray Gunship” (or Slave 1 to the fans. Sorry Disney!). Together they hatch a cunning plan to infiltrate Jabba’s Palace and liberate the iconic craft from the hangar beneath. The sequence is as enjoyable as they come and both Shand and Fett are allowed to show off their guile and cunning as they make their way through the palace. A notable cameo will bring a smile to the face of fans of the Original Trilogy here, and the addition of a droid from The Clone Wars adds some familiar flavor. But what follows will send fans of Return Of The Jedi and Attack Of The Clones into delirium. And rightly so.
What transpires brings us bang up to date with where we came in during the second season of The Mandalorian. With Fett reclaiming his armor from Din Djarin on Tython. And as the latest flashback sequence brings the events of the past to a close, Boba returns to the present fully restored by the Bacta Tank and ready to unite the warring families of Mos Espa. The episode brings the events of the past full circle and ties the loose plots threads from the last few weeks together. What’s more, the episode reconciles many of the criticisms aimed at the character of late and teases a new lease on life moving forward.
Whether or not this will appease fans, in the long run, remains to be seen. But as we reach the midway point of the season, we find Boba building allegiances with significant allies that will play a major part in what occurs in the weeks ahead. And as the curtain comes down on an exciting fourth Chapter, Boba’s newfound benevolence is still the big talking point of the series. Let’s hope the remaining episodes allow Boba to cut loose and regain his reputation as the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.
Keeping the fourth chapter in line with previous installments, Temuera Morrison has done it again and adds new levels of characterization to Boba Fett. No longer a two-dimensional man of mystery, Morrison has given Fett more layers than I had ever thought possible. And though I’m still on the fence as to whether this is good for the character; it’s wonderful to see Tem grow into the character each week.
But the standout character this week is, at long last Fennec Shand. I have been very vocal in my criticism of Fennec’s lack of screentime in recent weeks, and I’m delighted to report that Ming-Na Wen has been compensated in full. Shand is back in a big way, and it is a joy to behold. Wen returns to the fore with renewed zeal and reminds us of why we all fell in love with her lethal assassin in the first place. Her deadly prowess is there for all to see and by the end of the episode, we are reunited with her cold and calculated persona from her time on The Mandalorian. And that alone makes this chapter a must-see.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Although we are yet to see Boba really cut loose and unleash the skills he is renowned for; the series is finally starting to take shape. The plot threads of the past are unifying with those of the present. And with alliances being formed and the tease of a major appearance next week; chapter 5 has instantly become unmissable.
In the end, we are rewarded with a pulse-pounding episode packed with more tropes; iconography, and familiar faces than you can shake a Gaffi stick at. And with the plots threads finally coming together and bringing Boba Fett full circle; the next few episodes are going to be something special. Whether you’re a prequel kid, or like me, an original trilogy legacy fan, there’s something for everyone in this episode. The end result is an unmissable 48 minutes for fans of the saga!
The Book Of Boba Fett is streaming on Disney Plus now.
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