And for those of you who have watched the episode, yes, the pun is intended.
Fans can’t deny that the first chapter of The Book of Boba Fett was not as exciting as everyone had hoped it to be; there was a lot of backlash from fans. But also a lot of love for the premiere. With all the excitement built up around Boba Fett’s show, something that felt 40 years in the making, it is impossible to please everyone, especially with a premiere. But Chapter Two may have been the shows’ saving grace.
Chapter Two, “The Tribes of Tatooine,” had entirely shifted in pace and fully embraced the Space-Western genre that makes Star Wars what it is. The excitement, the setting, both past and present, and the stand-offs between bosses and political figures on this desert planet had highlighted the themes from the classic Westerns that inspired George Lucas to create A New Hope.
With the setting on Tatooine and the theme being Star Wars underground, the writers can explore the politics of Tatooine, the relationship between the Daimyo and the mayor, as well as the other leaders of crime families in the galaxy. Putting the limelight on this side of politics shifts away from what had been typically seen in the films. That helps to add more depth to the complexity of the Star Wars political system and its relationship with the crime world.
The Daimyo, the politics of Tatooine, and the desolate setting help to emphasize Lucas’ inspirations from Western and Japanese films. The mixture of the two cultures has blended beautifully to create The Book of Boba Fett as they include themes from each genre.
Chapter Two also offered insight into the relationship between all three parties and further explored the Tusken Raiders, one of Star Wars‘ first aliens. Ever since their debut in A New Hope, they’ve been recognized as savages, but The Mandalorian introduced a different side to that notion. Now, The Book of Boba Fett has explored that idea even further, as we see Boba survive the harsh desert with a tribe of Sand People.
Their relationship grows, but as we observe the Tusken Raiders, we can see how complex their tribes are, how their customs work, and how connected they are to the land. Their senses are finely tuned to pick up on disturbances, and although they may not be Force-sensitive, they have a familiar sense when it comes to their home.
This episode included action, suspense, drama, and humor. The trials Boba Fett faced felt like the writers are embracing a sort of Classical tradition with our hero. He goes through a hero’s journey, faces trials, and undergoes character growth that builds on his already legendary status. After so many years of being so iconic, it feels that Boba has become Deified in the Star Wars fandom, and to see him go through such grueling experiences and later become Daimyo feels only appropriate for his story.
This episode’s blend of past and present was much clearer than the first episode, and now that the base has been set, the show was able to go full steam ahead.
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