Past week, in my overview of the premiere of The Ebook of Boba Fett, I expressed my disappointment that the sequence appeared stale from the start, a target of its unavoidable similarity to its sister display, The Mandalorian. The first episode offered inadequate flash to compensate for its lack of material, and little proof that star Temuera Morrison could carry one thing new to Boba Fett that hadn’t currently been repurposed for other Star Wars functions. Happily, the next chapter, “The Tribes of Tatooine,” increases on the to start with by just about just about every evaluate, getting a groove for itself as an off-conquer put up-Western on an alien world.
Like the premiere, episode 2 splits its story across two time frames. In the “present day,” Fett (Morrison) and assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) return to the city of Mos Espa to examine a modern attempt on their lives. Circling again to the very same spots is not terribly enjoyable, but the return trip underscores some thing charming about the globe of Boba Fett—it’s unabashedly foolish. For each individual scene within just this subplot that is played as straight drama, there’s another that feels like a solitary-digital camera sitcom. It does not all-the-way function since the gags aren’t all-the-way humorous, but the irreverent tone is contextually ideal. Boba Fett is a guy who requires to be taken seriously and no one seems keen to accommodate him, not even the digicam. Fett converses with some new challengers to the Tatooinian throne (like a well known comics character making his display debut), but receives small respect and helps make no development on his quest.
Fourteen minutes in, we leave this tale guiding and decide on up The Guide of Boba Fett’s other temporality, which is the place the sequence lastly commences to display its prospective. Right here, we see Fett demonstrate his value to the band of Tusken Raiders with whom he’s been touring given that his escape from the Sarlacc pit. “The Tribes of Tatooine” depicts the Tuskens in a a lot more sympathetic light-weight than earlier Star Wars display screen will work, reframing them as the planet’s disenfranchised indigneonous people. Right after witnessing users of the tribe staying casually slaughtered by cargo haulers, Fett resolves to aid the Tuskens assert their claim in excess of their ancestral lands. “An outsider training indigenous individuals to repel colonizers” is a shopworn tale which is also way too often offensive, but the resonances are distinctive when the outsider isn’t played by a white person. Your mileage could fluctuate as to whether or not or not Boba Fett’s software of this trope is however problematic.
The flashback portion of “The Tribes of Tatooine” is a significantly more entire tale than either of past week’s subplots, benefitting from a for a longer time runtime and a tighter narrative target. Individual customers of the Tusken tribe, while nevertheless nameless, consider on evidently defined roles, with the black-clad Tusken Warrior (stunt performer Joanna Bennett) standing out as the coolest silent badass on a exhibit populated just about entirely by silent badasses. Like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett thrives throughout intervals of extended wordlessness, in this case damaged additional often by Tusken signal language than by spoken dialogue. This understated strategy is why the climactic practice heist genuinely pops, wherever equally of last week’s struggle scenes fell flat.
“The Tribes of Tatooine” is playfully weird in a way that Disney-period Star Wars tends not to be. It is real that a lot of this episode is just recycling components that George Lucas cribbed from Dune way back again in 1977, but it also throws in a several new and goofy aspects, namely a lizard that crawls up Boba Fett’s nose and tends to make him hallucinate. It’s a shocking and refreshing reminder that Star Wars is a fantasy and that, even with a long time of filling in gaps and tying alongside one another loose strands of mythology, not everything about this has to make feeling. What’s more, Fett’s lizard journey represents a minimal bit of everything that will work in the episode: it commences humorous, grows additional visually appealing, and will come to symbolize Fett’s bond with the Tuskens although hinting at deeper character motivations underneath. This strange gag sales opportunities the episode to a conclusion that’s solely honest.
The flashbacks in these 1st two chapters enable create Boba Fett as a new character, described neither by his glorified cameos in the original trilogy nor by his childhood in Episode II and The Clone Wars. What the series has however to do is deliver any of the electricity of that new character into the present day narrative in Mos Espa, which so far has been fairly uninteresting. Five episodes continue being, a lot of time for the crime drama part of the collection to pick up some momentum. If the storytellers can achieve this, and if “The Tribes of Tatooine” is an exact example of the collection as a entire, then matters are looking up for The Guide of Boba Fett.