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“The Book of Boba Fett” Finale Recap: ‘In the Name of Honor”

We’re quickly thrown into things with this season finale, as there’s quite a bit of ground to be covered given the past two episodes’ Mandalorian arc.

It looks like Garsa Fwip and our other beloved cantina pals didn’t survive the Pyke’s blast (the word’s still out on our guy, Max Rebo.) After Drash and Skad convince Boba Fett to stay at the cantina instead of hiding out at the Palace, Fett, Fennec Shand, and Mando agree to set up shop there and make it their war base.

We’re greeted by Cad Bane once again, who heads over to Mayor Mok Shaiz and the main Pyke in charge to announce that he has killed Cobb Vanth. After Shaiz asks if Fett has any more reinforcements, it’s revealed that the Pykes were responsible for killing the Tusken Raiders, not the biker gang. Apparently, Shaiz was also unaware of the cantina bombing and just wants all of the conflict to be over with. However, things are more complicated than that, Mr. Mayor.

A huge welcome back to Peli Motto, who’s gathering up her pit droids to greet whoever’s inside the X-Wing that’s currently landing outside of her shop. She immediately starts apologizing for the expiration of her New Republic certification seal assuming that it’s an officer, but who sticks his little head out instead? Grogu—and R2-D2, who had been piloting the ship. If I’m not mistaken, I believe that we even hear Grogu utter his first word, which sounds like “Ba-doo.”

Excited to see her little buddy, she picks him up and gets him ready to see Mando, but not before telling him that “Grogu” is a terrible name. She also spots a bit of a change to his wardrobe: a layer of beskar chain mail under his robe. Motto then decides to feed him some dungworms before seeing Mando.

As Fett and his crew wait for their reinforcements from Vanth, the Mods, Black Krrsantan, and the Gamorrean Guards are patrolling the different sectors of the city, covering the grounds held by the Aqualish, Trandoshans, and Klatooinians, respectively.

At the cantina, Fett is called upon to speak to a special visitor outside: Cad Bane, fit with a team of back-ups ready on top of nearby rooftops. Bane wants to negotiate for the Pykes, and he brings up how he killed Vanth and that it would be wise for Fett to allow the spice to be transported through Mos Espa. When Fett firmly turns him down and asks to speak to the head of the Pykes, Bane mentions how that very same Pyke is responsible for killing the Tusken Raiders.

Upon hearing this, Fett is about to make his move and shoot Bane, but Shand is able to convince him otherwise. With that, Fett tells him that their negotiations are now terminated and Bane heads out of Mos Espa for the moment. Right after Bane leaves, Fett gets a call from Drash, who informs him that things feel “off” around the area of the Aqualish. Almost immediately, the Aqualish begin to shoot at the Mods, who attempt to hold them off.

In the same way, this also happens separately to Black Krrsantan and the Gamorrean Guards, who are suddenly surrounded and attacked by the Trandoshans and Klatooinians. Shand takes off on her speeder bike, which she rides to the Mods, and is able to save them just in time, ordering them to get back to the cantina. The Gamorrean Guards are cornered by the Klatooinians and fall off a cliff while Krrsantan does his best to hold off the Trandoshans, though things aren’t looking great for him.

Back outside of the cantina, things are very quiet on the streets of Mos Espa. A group of Pykes start creeping up on the building and Fett and Mando have to decide how to handle things given that they’re the only two in the cantina. Well, except for the mayor’s annoying majordomo, who offers a suggestion instead of the two’s plan to die out on the streets in defense of the cantina, their ideals, and the city.

The majordomo invites Fett to write his demands for surrender on a writing device, which the majordomo will read out to the Pykes. Fett surprisingly agrees, writes his thoughts down, and hands it back over to the majordomo, who heads outside. He gives a long, drawn-out speech because he’s a total narcissist, but it works to the team’s advantage, as it gives Fett and Mando time to prepare. Once the majordomo is finished, Fett and Mando blast in from behind the cantina and fight from above using their jetpacks.

The two are able to hold off the Pykes for some time, but after a while, it’s clear that the two are really taking a beating as the Pykes just keep coming. Crouched on the ground being hit from all sides, things don’t look great for Fett and Mando, but just at the right moment, Vanth’s troops from Freetown come in on a massive vehicle and provide both support and cover.

Though we thought Black Krrsantan was a goner, he takes center stage and walks through the streets of Mos Espa to the cantina, fighting off Pykes all the way there. Though clearly injured, he was somehow able to survive.

The crew realizes that the Pykes are falling back, cheering as they feel as if they’ve won the battle. However, they truly didn’t know what was coming their way. Two massive Scorpenek annihilator droids come stomping down the street, equipped with hefty shields and massive cannons. Looking like massive droidekas, they immediately start firing at the crew, their weapons no match to break down their shields.

Fett even attempts to use his rocket launcher to take down their shields, but they’re no match for the droids. As they inch closer to the team, Fett and Mando tell the others to run in a different direction while they hold off the droids. Mando gives his flamethrower a try, but it’s also no use. Instead, he takes out his Darksaber, which should be a cure-all, yet it’s also unable to break through their shields. All of their strikeouts give Fett an idea, and he takes off on his jetpack to get reinforcements while Mando stays to protect the others.

With amazing yet terrible timing, Peli Motto flies onto the scene in a rickshaw-type vehicle that’s being driven by a droid. Mando jumps onto the vehicle and it takes off a bit too slowly for his liking. Though relieved to take a quick breather from the action, Motto reveals a surprise under the blanket in the vehicle: Grogu. Their reunion is as adorable as you’d expect, and while he’s happy to be reunited with his little buddy, he now has to worry about his safety given the situation.

Back on the streets, the team takes shelter behind some walls but the droids and Pykes are closing in on them. Drash and another fighter decide to go on a rooftop and pick them off from above.

Grogu uses the Force to destroy the robot driving the vehicle, which sends everyone flying out of the rickshaw; Motto even ends up losing a tooth in the process. Just as it seems like Mando and Motto are about to be attacked, Fett comes out in all his glory sitting atop the raging rancor, both of them ready for battle. The rancor disables the droid’s shields long enough for Mando to jump on top of it and use his Darksaber to destroy it, though he’s knocked off afterward. The droid isn’t fully destroyed, and just as Mando is about to be killed, Grogu uses the Force to disable the machine enough to buy the rancor time to destroy it.

The rancor then moves onto the final droid, which proves to be a bit of a tougher battle. With Drash and her friend holding off things from above, the rancor takes on the droid while another ground fight ensues with the Pykes. Once the droid is defeated, Bane shows up and uses his flamethrower on the rancor, which slightly injures and scares it away, knocking off Fett in the process.

In a stand-off similar to that of Bane and Vanth’s, Bane beats Fett to the punch, shooting him and knocking him down. Though Fett uses his flamethrower in retaliation, Bane avoids the attack and shoots him once again. Unable to reach his gun, it seems like Fett is done for, but at the last moment, he reaches for his gaffi stick, knocks Bane to the ground, and stabs him right in the stomach. While it appears that Bane is dead, there’s a light blinking on his shirt that could potentially mean otherwise.

Having been spooked by Bane, the rancor is now on the loose, and without anyone controlling it, it wreaks havoc on Fett’s team. The crew starts firing at the rancor, which only makes things worse, as it starts to head for Mando, who’s telling everyone to stop firing.

The rancor begins attacking Mando, throwing him everywhere and almost eating him. Lying on the ground and about to be killed, Grogu casually waddles over and uses the Force to put the rancor to sleep. Afterward, Grogu goes over to pet the rancor and nestles up next to it for a very cute nap.

As the war has come to a conclusion for the moment, we cut over to the head Pyke in charge, who’s talking to the mayor and the other families about what to do next. While chatting, they hear blaster shots, and one by one, each person in the room is killed. And who’s the only person who could pull this off without anyone knowing who did it? Fennec Shand.

Fett and Shand take a nice leisurely stroll through Mos Espa, which is now bustling, having been brought back to order by the two and their team. They meet up with their crew—sans Mando, Grogu, and Peli Motto—and have a nice conversation: things seem to be going well for everyone now. Above in space, Mando takes off in his Naboo starfighter with Grogu in the space that normally holds an astromech droid. He keeps tapping on the glass, and after the tapping continues, Mando finally jumps into hyperspace, “but this is the last time.”

While the credits follow this scene, it wouldn’t be a true ending without a post-credits teaser. We’re brought back to Fett’s Palace, where Cobb Vanth is recharging himself in the bacta tank and the Mod Parlor artist is waiting to work his magic.

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“The Book of Boba Fett” Recap: ‘Return of the Mandalorian’

Who doesn’t love starting a new episode that throws you right smack dab in the middle of a slaughterhouse?

Let’s insert the “When Worlds Collide” song from SpongeBob SquarePants right here because we open up this episode by seeing our old friend, Mando, casually walking through a slaughterhouse. I knew I missed The Mandalorian, but until I saw him on the screen, I didn’t realize how much I actually did (let’s get Season 3 up ASAP, okay @ The Mandalorian writers?).

On a mission to secure a bounty out for Kaba Baiz, a Klatoonian, Mando finds himself in the middle of a slaughterhouse, heading to the back room to locate him. Though Kaba Baiz first denies even being the Klatoonian in question, Mando has a tracker on him and knows that he’s lying. Surrounded by other aliens, Mando quickly pulls out the Darksaber and makes his way through the crowd, ending on Baiz, who put up a bit of a better fight, leaving Mando with a leg injury before being killed.

Upon exiting the back room, Mando is greeted by another slew of aliens who had been working in the main room and heard all the ruckus. Oh, and being that they’re in a slaughterhouse, they’re all wielding a nice variety of butcher knives. In exchange for the money that their boss owed them, Mando lets them pass and vice-versa.

He limps his way through an odd-looking planet that resembles the classic spiral from Sonic the Hedgehog and arrives at his boss’s office, where he presents her with the head of the Klatoonian in exchange for a bit of money and information. She tells Mando where his fellow Mandalorian the Armorer is, who he sets out to find immediately following the meeting.

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As most of the Mandalorians were killed, he’s only greeted by her and Paz Vizsla, who helps restore his wound. Mando shows the Armorer the Darksaber, and it seems as if Vizsla thinks he should be its owner instead.

After turning his beskar spear over to the Armorer to be formed into something for Grogu, he asks her about Bo-Katan Kryze, and she launches into a bit of a historical flashback about Kryze and her ancestors. Though she was once supposed to rule Mandalore, her and her family stopped following “the way,” which, according to The Armorer, led to chaos and the loss of their world. If it weren’t for those who survived who continued to follow “the way,” there would be no Mandalorian legacy.

After this, the Armorer teaches Mando how to use the Darksaber properly, but her advice isn’t very helpful, as the saber controls him rather than the other way around. The weapon gets heavier and heavier with every swing, leaving it practically useless against any enemy. Mando will have to change his mindset to get the weapon actually to work as it’s supposed to.

Seeing his failed efforts to wield the Darksaber, Vizsla challenges Mando to a combat fight, as the winner will be the holder of the saber. Though a close fight at first, Mando is about to kill Vizsla when the Armorer calls it a win. However, after admitting to her that he has taken his helmet off in the past, she claims that he is no longer a Mandalorian, and with that, he boards a flight to Tatooine.

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And where does Mando head first? But of course, to Peli Motto’s shop, where she had promised him a new ship. He is annoyed to learn that this ship is not, in fact, a new Razor Crest but rather an old Naboo Starfighter, something first seen in The Phantom Menace. Angered by this, Mando demands his money back, though Motto convinces him to let her fully repair it, as she promises that it’ll be an impressive ship. Though she promised to fix it herself, Mando helps out, as things will move faster with the two of them working on it.

After a ton of work, the ship is finally ready to go, comprised of vintage pieces and refurbished parts courtesy of some Jawas, one of whom Motto claims to have dated in the past (they were too furry). Looking much sleeker and matching the overall look of Mando’s armor, he takes a test run with the ship, which flies extremely fast and has great handling.

Wanting to take it off Tatooine and into space briefly, Mando heads up, though he’s stopped by two New Republic pilots (basically the traffic officers of space) for flying too close to a commercial ship. When they start to question him about his involvement with the Razor Crest, he denies them any more information and then takes off into hyperspace, heading back to Tatooine.

Back on land, Mando regroups with Motto, who tells him that someone stopped by and was looking for him. Though she claimed that she kept the visitor out, Fennec Shand jumps into the scene, having gotten past whatever “security” Motto put in place.

Fennec asks Mando if he’s looking for work and claims that the pay is good, though he turns down her money. Instead, he’ll do whatever she needs for free, which will be providing some extra muscle for her and Boba Fett in this upcoming war against the Pykes. But before he’s able to start working for them, Mando mentions that he has to “pay a visit to a little friend.” And we all know who that little friend is.

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“The Book of Boba Fett” Recap: ‘The Gathering Storm’

Ah, the last of the flashbacks.

We begin this episode once again in Boba Fett’s bacta tank, where he’s having another flashback that picks up right where we left off during his last one. On his bantha traveling from the scene of the Tusken Raiders’ destroyed camp, Fett locates Jabba’s (Fortuna’s) Palace and takes account of the situation from afar, realizing that some of Fortuna’s guards are patrolling the grounds.

As it’s starting to get late, Fett calls it a day and starts up a campfire that night. He enjoys some food with his bantha but is taken aback when he hears a few explosions popping off nearby. Traveling a bit to see what the fuss was about, he finds Fennec Shand lying on the ground, nearly dead.

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He straps her onto his bantha and they head off to the outskirts of Mos Eisley, where Fett finds a mod-parlor shop (which is responsible for creating the human-droid modifications like that of the teen gang from the last episode) to save her life. Running things much like a modern-day tattoo parlor, the owner of the shop finally agrees to work on Shand after Fett hands the artist a bag of coins.

Waking up at the campfire later that night, Shand glances down and sees her droid-abdomen for the first time and Fett explains what happened. He reveals that he knows who she is and agrees that she’s worth more alive than dead. Because she owes Fett for saving her life, she agrees to help him break into Jabba’s Palace and retrieve his ship, Slave 1.

The next day, the two set off for Jabba’s Palace on a reconnaissance mission, using Shand’s mini spy droid to take a look at the situation on the inside. Upon its return, the droid creates a hologram-like map of the inside of the palace, including where the guards are stationed. With this information revealing that tons of guards are patrolling inside, Fett decides that they’ll need to time it with the guards’ shifts in order to get to Slave 1.

Taking off on their mission, they enter Jabba’s Palace after Shand cuts open the metal bars of a tiny, open-air window on the side of the building at ground level. Once inside, they first encounter the kitchen, with two droids cutting up various vegetables and cooking food. Fett quickly takes out the smaller of the two droids, moving on to the larger one, who’s wielding six different knives, spinning them in an aggressive fashion very similar to that of General Grievous. Before Fett is able to get to him, Shand takes him out from behind.

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However, they’re not quite done in the kitchen just yet. They hear someone coming, so they hide on either side of the kitchen’s entryway while an extremely cute, little LEP Droid walks in and is wondering what’s going on. A quick droid, it runs around the kitchen and through smaller spaces to avoid Fett and Shand, who eventually corner him. They don’t kill him; instead, he turns himself off to avoid the situation altogether.

The two move on to the hangar holding Slave 1, which looks incredibly rusty, though a few Gamorrean Guards enter in behind them, forcing Fett and Shand to hide once again. They quickly take the guards out, but a horde of guards storm into the hangar, greatly outnumbering the two. They try to pick off the Pykes while moving closer to the ship; Fett is able to get into the cockpit while Shand stays behind and continues to take out the enemies.

Slave 1 turns on, though Fett is having a tough time maneuvering the ship out of the hangar and can’t get the door to the outside of the palace open. Shand hops onto the back ramp of the ship and fights from up there, with some of Fortuna’s men jumping up and onto the ramp to take her out. She’s able to fend them off while figuring out how to open the outside door, which she does by firing at a weight holding the door up. With that, the two are finally able to fly out of the hangar.

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After escaping Jabba’s Palace, they head over to the site of the Sarlacc pit, which Fett believes is holding his armor, obviously forgetting the fact that a bunch of Jawas stripped him of his gear. He flies the ship right on top of the pit in order to shine a light in and see better, but out of nowhere, the Sarlacc comes to life and tries to pull down the ship. The Sarlacc only lets go when Shand pushes a button to release a seismic charge into the pit—and what a throwback the sound of that charge was.

Now that the Sarlacc has been killed, Fett lands Slave 1 and heads into the pit in a deep search for his armor, though the only thing he comes up with is a thick layer of mucus from the inside of the Sarlacc. And with that, they head back to set up camp and end the night sitting by the fire. Shand asks Fett if he’s serious about starting his own “house” (collective) in Mos Espa, and he is, explaining how avoidable most of the jobs he took as a Bounty Hunter were. He invites her to join him in his new journey, and though she’s skeptical, Fett offers her loyalty (and money) to be his partner.

Back in the present day, Fett exits the bacta tank and is told that he is fully recharged, which means that we—as the audience—are now caught up on his backstory. Fresh out the tank, Fett takes on Mos Espa, making the rounds and stopping at Garsa Fwip’s cantina to show his face.

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While there, he watches on as a fight breaks out between Black Krrsantan and a few Trandoshans, simply because Krrsantan was annoyed by their rowdy behavior. Flinging them all across the room, he’s about to kill one of the Trandoshans when Fwip comes in and gives him a good talking to. However, it’s not completely good enough, as Krrsantan decides to bite one of their arms off before exiting the building. Things go back to normal almost immediately in the cantina, as Fwip says, “Hit it, Max,” which signals the band to resume playing, loose arm on the floor and all.

Fett follows Krrsantan outside and simply says, “Looks like you could use a job,” and judging by the timbre of his growl, it seems (I hope) that he’ll be joining the squad.

Fett and Shand meet with the three families who control Mos Espa: the Trandoshans, the Aqualish, and the Klatoonians, the latter of whom I didn’t realize resembled the Whos from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Fett discusses how they all need to join together as one force as the Pykes are clearly gearing up for some sort of war against him and the control of Mos Espa. Though they’re not sure if they want to create negative tension with the Pykes, they finally agree to remain neutral in the event that the Pykes want them to turn against Fett.

Afterward, Fett and Shand return to the palace and reflect on the meeting, agreeing that a war with the Pykes is definitely imminent and that they need to prepare. When Fett says that he’s lacking the muscle needed to take on a war like this, we hear the theme of The Mandalorian quietly play, possibly alluding to a Mando appearance for the next episode.

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“The Book of Boba Fett”: ‘The Streets of Mos Espa’ Recap

For another 38-minute episode (sigh), this one sure packed a ton of storylines in it, as ‘The Streets of Mos Espa’ walks us through the more gritty parts of the city.

At Jabba’s (Boba Fett’s) palace, the 8D8 Droid is standing in front of a projected map, giving Fett and Fennec Shand some history regarding the areas that were previously under the protection of Jabba and Bib Fortuna. He notes that Fortuna had Mos Espa divvied up into three sections by three families: the city center was taken by the Trandoshans, the Aqualish had the worker’s district, and the Klatooinians controlled the upper sprawl and starport. Given this, 8D8 makes it known that the people of Mos Espa are waiting to see how Fett will lead the area.

Fett also reflects on their meeting with Mayor Mok Shaiz from the previous episode, where he denies sending the assassins to kill him. With this, Fett now believes that the Hutt Twins were behind the attack.

Interrupting this meeting, a local water monger and shop owner, Lortha Peel, comes by for an unscheduled visit, letting Fett know that a gang of local teenagers (who are half-human, half-robot) stole some of his water inventory from him. He begs Fett to get rid of them, and finally, he agrees to look into things.

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At night, Fett, Shand, and the Gamorrean Guards head into Mos Espa to track down the teens. Outside of the Peel’s shop, he finds the group of grungy kids hanging out and decides to confront them. Expecting them to lie about their stealing, one of the leaders of the crew, Drash (Sophia Thatcher), openly admits to stealing the water. She explains that Peel is charging an exorbitant amount for water, which Fett is surprised by.

After Drash tells him that there’s no work in the area to make the money to actually pay for the water, Fett suggests that she and her crew come work for him, which they agree to. Overhearing this, Peel comes rushing out of his shop and is outraged by it. Fett calls him out for charging too much for water and reimburses him for the gang’s stealing by paying him a more acceptable amount: 500 credits instead of 1300. After that, the gang follows Fett back to the palace on multicolored sand scooters that resemble Vespas. Or, if you’re a fan of the older Nickelodeon show, Zoey101, they basically look like the Jet-X.

In his medical pod, Fett has a quick flashback back at Kamino, watching his father fly away on Slave-1. In a more recent flashback, Fett is once again back with the Tusken Raiders, where he heads out on a Bantha to go to Mos Eisley and look for the Pykes. In the background, we get a quick glimpse into The Mandalorian as Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) walks by in the background with a few of her robots.

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Fett meets with Pyke Syndicate, where they talk about the protection arrangements in the Outer Rim. He’s expecting to receive payments from the Pyke, though he refuses to pay Fett as they’re already paying another party for protection: the Kintan Striders (the speeder bike gang). As the Pyke won’t budge, Fett tells him that he won’t be hearing from the striders anymore.

Upon his return, a billowing line of smoke clouds fill the air above the Tusken Raider camp, and upon further investigation, it turns out that the entire camp was burned down by the Kintan Striders. Their infamous symbol was painted onto one of the tents, and although Fett thought that he got his message across to them in last week’s episode, they decided to take revenge on him for his actions. With this, Fett departs the camp, though he’s brought back to the present day abruptly, as Black Krrsantan unloads him from his medical pod and throws him across the room.

The two fight in the medical pod room, with Fett making unsuccessful efforts to take the Wookiee down, as he’s basically unstoppable. The gang of teens come running into the room to assist him and are mostly unsuccessful, even though there are so many of them. However, they’re able to lead the Wookiee to the main room in the palace, getting him to stand over the trap door. At this point, Shand unlocks the trap door, though Black Krrsantan is able to hold on with one hand. She takes out her small knife and throws it at his hand, which finally traps him downstairs.

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With that fight concluded, the twin Hutts show up to apologize to Fett with a massive gift (that they forgot to wrap, might I add): a “baby” rancor, fit with a trainer, portrayed by Danny Trejo. The Hutts also reveal that the territory they thought was for them was actually promised to a different Syndicate by Mayor Mok Shaiz. With that, the Twins have decided to go back to Hutta (Nal Hutta), their planet, instead of vying for the territory on Tatooine.

The Gamorrean Guards bring out Black Krrsantan, who is handcuffed, and Fett offers him back to the Hutts if they renounce their claims to Jabba the Hutt’s land. They don’t care about what happens to the Wookiee, so Fett simply releases him back onto Tatooine.

The rancor is brought to the lower level of the palace; its eyes are masked, as the first person it sees will become its leader. Trejo’s character finally removes its mask and the rancor sees Fett, which he quickly becomes attached to.

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Fett, Shand, and the teenage gang head over to have another impromptu meeting with the Mayor, and the Mayor’s Twi’lek majordomo heads back to fetch him. However, he locks the door behind him; upon noticing this, Fett and Shand are able to break their way into the back room, though they find it completely empty.

Having to act quickly to catch the majordomo, the gang of teenagers take off on their sand scooters and begin to chase after him, who has taken off in a land speeder. They follow him through the cramped and crowded streets of Mos Espa constantly dodging droids, markets, and falling crates. It’s not a super-high-speed chase, as one can only go so fast through such small streets, though I feel like they could’ve been going a little faster just for the sake of action.

The gang is finally able to corner the majordomo after he crashes his landspeeder into a fruit market, filling his vehicle with exotic fruits. Fett catches up to them with his jetpack, landing right beside the landspeeder, and finally asks where the Mayor is. Apparently, he decided to take off with the Pykes.

Elsewhere in Mos Espa, dozens of Pykes arrive on a starliner. Shand believes that this is only the first wave of them and that there are more coming; a clear sign that they want to go to war.

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“The Book of Boba Fett” Recap: ‘The Tribes of Tatooine’

With its runtime about 20 minutes longer than the previous one, “The Tribes of Tatooine” was already shaping up to be quite the episode just given that information alone.

In the present day, Fennec Shand brings the assassin that she took hostage in the last episode back to their base in Jabba’s Palace. Boba sits at his throne and questions him, asking about who sent him and what his orders were. When he refuses to speak, Fett drops him down below through the trap door, where it seems like the Rancor (which was killed by Luke Skywalker years before) is about to be let loose behind the door downstairs. However, as a way to stop this from happening, the assassin finally reveals that the Mayor is the one who sent him to kill Fett. As the door opens, nothing is behind it—the assassin was actually in no danger at all.

The crew heads over with the assassin to pay an impromptu and unwelcome visit to Mayor Mok Shaiz; he’s of the Ithorian species and has an attached robot translate for him. When Shaiz clarifies that the assassin is part of the Order of the Night Wind, one of his henchmen immediately kills the assassin.

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Shaiz still considers Fett a bounty hunter, and after some talking, he tells him to seek out Garsa Fwip at her cantina, the Sanctuary, to see who really sent the assassin to kill him. At the Sanctuary, Fwip reveals that “the twins” have decided to take over their late cousin’s throne, and when two members of the Hutt species come marching down the middle of the street in a litter, it’s clear that their late cousin was Jabba the Hutt.

Fett talks to the two twins: one, almost identical to Jabba in green, and the other, his sister, in a more pink hue (or maybe it’s just Cosmo and Wanda from The Fairly OddParents disguised as descendants of Jabba). Though Fett claims that Jabba’s Palace is his territory, the Hutts feel otherwise, according to a scroll document.

Out of nowhere, a massive Wookiee bounty hunter steps out in an effort to threaten Fett. He doesn’t even do anything—he just stands there and slightly growls menacingly. But honestly, it was kind of unsettling from the comfort of my couch. Fett eventually tells the Hutts that they’ll have to kill him for the throne, and with that, the twins leave for the time being and decide to deal with the issue later.

Back in his medical pod from the last episode, we’re brought back in time a bit, picking up where we left off last week. The Tusken Raiders now accept Fett given his heroic actions in defeating the massive creature from before. They begin to train him in their style of fighting, which involves a long staff that they wield to attack their enemies.

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While training, the Tusken Raiders spot a massive sand train coming through the Dune Sea and get in position to both take cover and fire at the train. Quite a few raiders are taken down in this long-distance shootout, which leads Fett to head out in the night to gather the necessary materials to destroy the train.

At a remote bar, Fett finds a group of aliens threatening a couple and takes this as an opportunity to fight with them. He easily eliminates their crew and leaves the bar with their speeder bikes in tow.

Back at the Tusken Raiders’ camp, Fett teaches them how to use the speeder bikes—at first going very slowly and then faster as they become more accustomed to the new way of travel. He even drills them on jumping from one speeder to another, which takes quite a bit of practice for them to nail down.

Having devised a plan to take down the train the next time it comes by, the crew is ready to jump into action as they see it coming over the horizon. Along with some of the other raiders, Fett hops on a speeder bike while the other half of the raiders take their positions further back with sniper rifles at the ready.

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Fett and the raiders on speeder bikes fight parallel to the train, eventually making their way both on top of and inside the train to take out the enemies. Though it’s a tough battle and ride as the droid-conductor amps up the speed, Fett is able to stop the train by pulling a stuck lever with his brute strength.

Afterward, the raiders offload the rest of the enemies on board and sit them down outside the destroyed train. Fett demands more information about what they’re carrying—spices—and forces them to leave while also prohibiting them from using the area as part of their route.

While gathering around a fire later that night, the chief Tusken Raider gives Fett a gift: a very tiny and cute lizard. The lizard then promptly crawls up Fett’s nose and sends him into a weird sort of hallucination. He walks around the Dune Sea and approaches a large tree, where the branches wrap around him and force him into pieces of flashbacks. Finally, in a vision that’s clearly set in the ocean of Kamino, a large wave crashes and he’s back to reality.

Approaching the camp, Fett is holding a large tree branch, which the raiders then help him craft into a staff of his own. After receiving new clothes from the crew, Fett begins creating his staff. The process is extremely detailed, and with the guided direction of the Tusken Raiders, he’s able to form a weapon of his own.

Gathering around the fire once again, Fett is now in his new clothing with his staff in hand. The raiders and Fett do an elaborate walk-dance around the fire that’s a bit reminiscent of a flash mob, though a much more serious flash mob. And with that visual, the episode comes to a close.