The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 Review

This review contains spoilers for Episode 3 of Boba Fett’s book, “The Streets of Mos Espa”, now available on Disney +. To remind you where we left off, check out our review of episode 2 of Boba Fett’s book.

In 1995, a famous football expert once said “you can’t win anything with children” after the young Manchester United side lost to Aston Villa. But the comment came back to haunt him when Manchester United won the Premiership and the FA Cup in the same season. Will that be the case with The Boba Fett Book now that the show has created its own squad of young misfits in Episode 3? Hopefully, given the new odds the former bounty hunter is set to face as his past and present finally collide in “The Streets of Mos Espa”. But despite some new blood, this chapter functions as a somewhat shallow setup of storytelling elements for the remainder of the season at the expense of meaningful character development.

Boba’s growing benevolence may well be a sign of his downfall. On the bright side, he manages to acquire a group of angsty youngsters to boost his muscle power against the new Pyke Syndicate. Adding to the long list of brunette women in the Star Wars universe, Sophie Thatcher (of Yellowjackets fame) stars as the leader of a gang of bikers similar to Alita: Battle Angel-meets-Akira who upgraded his body with droid parts and wreaks havoc on the inhabitants with their theft. These young delinquents give it all away “we’re just misunderstood, man!” Atmosphere and could give the Outsiders a run for their money. Some scenes show what they are capable of; a chase sequence through Mos Espa on their Teletubbies moped speeders adds a touch of sparkle to the scorched landscape – with a cyberpunk theme to boot – but it feels a bit budget-friendly compared to the high-octane euphoria of the train stunt in the previous episode.

Earlier, the youths helped Boba survive a sneak attack from Black Krrsantan while he was indisposed in his Bacta tank, but it’s a far less satisfying fight than the cantina withdrawal he administered against the swoop-gang. It has to be wondered how a huge Wookie managed to break through their defenses, but the late arrival of Fennec Shand hints that she may not be as loyal to her savior as previously thought. That would certainly explain its frustrating lack of screen time, save for that opening fight scene and a few sarcastic comments here and there. But in an episode that spends so much time reporting future alliances – Boba befriends a grudge and sets Krrsantan free – and potential betrayal, the action and storyline feel pretty rambling. And with all these new characters tossed into the mix, there should never be time to let the viewer know the motivations of anyone except our eponymous anti-hero.

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Sure, that’s his name on the title card, but even in The Mandalorian with side characters like Cobb Vanth and Frog Lady, there was a real sense of who they are and what they stood for. So far there is none of that in The Book of Boba Fett except for our lead actor who continues to be haunted by his childhood, reminders of his clone legacy every time we do. he encounters a stormtrooper helmet stuck to a spike, and apparently his need to atone for his bounty hunter sins after getting a second chance at life. But the way his antihero’s journey is told seems somewhat mundane, and given this character’s legend, he arguably deserves better than he gets, as do the characters he associates with. .

The decision to decimate the Tusken tribe of which Boba had been made an honorary member is both obvious and lazy. Almost no time is spent on their deaths, but I guess they had achieved their goal of bringing the Bounty Hunter back from the brink and showing his heroic side. Now their murders simply add pathos to his journey and further his plot as their names are lost in the ether.

Without Temuera Morrison, Boba Fett’s book could have completely faltered at this point. He brings unpretentious warmth and depth to a character who could easily have gone down the path of outlaw arrogance. Even when the plot seems a bit painted by numbers like in this chapter, Morrison keeps you anchored in your seat. Fingers crossed, he will have the audience on the edge of them next week.

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