5 Most Epic Moments in The Book of Boba Fett Season 1 Chapter 5

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This week on The Manda-- The Book of Boba Fett, we find out what Din Djarin has been up to since the end of The Mandalorian season 2, to the point that this episode feels like a pilot for The Mandalorian season 3.

It is arguably the best episode of The Book of Boba Fett so far. The irony is that the episode does not have Boba Fett in it. It is even closed off from the rest of the episodes so far like it is just a detour. There is a mixed reaction to this - On one hand, it is the best episode of the series so far. On the other hand, it is not technically an episode of The Book of Boba Fett, and the time should have been better spent moving forward with the ongoing story.

Regardless, this episode has a lot of epic moments to choose from.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

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  1. Return of The Mandalorian

    The title of this week's episode is titled "Return of the Mandalorian." As promised, Din Djarin is back, with a grand entrance where we see only his silhouette first, and then he reveals himself from the shadows with that familiar The Mandalorian series theme sound bite.

    We follow up on what he has been up to since the end of his last season, and we find out he is back to his bounty hunting ways. When he faced his bounty, it is another round for a classic rumble with a dozen fighters all trying to kill him. Before the fight, as a call back to the first words Din Djarin has ever said, he tells his bounty, "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold."

    What makes the battle special, is that this is the first instance that we ever see him wield the darksaber. He slices and dices enemies and objects smoothly, the likes of which have only been seen in anime before. Yet he is not perfect either; for the first time in Star Wars, we get to see someone using a saber and then accidentally injuring himself with it. This is something one would think would happen more often.

    Then the fight has a great finish, with Din slicing through his bounty and the table behind him in half with a heavy swing of his blade.

    Welcome back.

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  2. Flashback on the Great Purge of Mandalore

    As The Armorer tells Din Djarin what she knows about Bo-Katan and her legacy, we get to see a flashback of the destruction of Mandalore in a tragic night the Armorer calls, "The Night of a Thousand Tears."

    We see a fleet of thousands of TIE-Bombers rain down from the skies, bombing the planet until everything is destroyed in a huge mushroom cloud. It is very reminiscent of the apocalyptic future shown in the Terminator franchise. Like in Terminator, we see a mushroom cloud. After that, the land is shown full of smoke and debris as far as the eyes can see. We see robots with guns patrolling on foot, but instead of them being Terminators, they are Imperial security droids with, the same model as K-2SO in Rogue One. Instead of Terminator drones, we see Imperial scout droids flying around.

    As not much has been seen of the great purge of Mandalore, this is a flashback no one should miss.

  3. Beskar-Forged Gift for Grogu

    The Armorer tells Din Djarin that the beskar spear he wields is a threat to Mandalorians because it can pierce through Beskar armors. So, Din Djarin volunteers his spear to be forged for foundlings.

    When The Armorer asks what she should forge, Din Djarin answers he wants something to give for Grogu. Although what has been forged is not yet revealed, to be shown presumably in future episodes, one would hope it is a Grogu-sized Mandalorian armor.

    A nice touch is that Din's gift for Grogu is kept in cloth, that when tied in a knot, has the shape of Grogu's face. As the episode goes on, Din Djarin keeps looking at it like he is remembering Grogu. It is nice to know Din Djarin cares this much.

  4. Duel for the Darksaber

    The Mandalorian that saved Din Djarin in Nevarro back in The Mandalorian season 1 has also returned. It turns out his name is Paz Vizsla of the Mandalorian clan, House Vizsla. Since the Darksaber is made by the founder of House Vizsla, Paz wants a shot of taking the Darksaber in battle. So, he challenged Din Djarin for a duel.

    The duel is fought without jetpacks on a narrow bridge without railings with the bottom only space. It is a serious fight, with all their hits feeling heavy and with force. In the middle of the fight, Paz gets a hold of the Darksaber and almost killed Din with it. Yet, Din prevails when he puts a knife on Paz's throat.

    This victory runs hallow though, as it is here that Din Djarin tells the other Mandalorians that he has revealed his face to others. While he gets to be worthy to hold the Darksaber, he is also no longer a Mandalorian to the eys of the creed.

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  5. N-1 Starfighter Test Drive

    With the Razor Crest blown up, Din Djarin needs a new ship he can explore the galaxy with. Peli Motto shows Din his new ride in the form of an N-1 Starfighter. As anyone can remember, it is the same model of starfighter, the Naboo soldiers were riding back in The Phantom Menace.

    It is a fixer-upper at first, but with a little bit of elbow grease and montage of Din Djarin, Peli, and her droids fixing it up, it is good as… beggars can't be choosers.

    The moment of truth is when Din Djarin tries to fly it. He loves it, and the visuals give us a good idea of how he feels. When he says it is fast, we feel the speed. When he tries navigation, we are convinced of the ship's reflexes.

    A nice moment of fan service is when the starfighter goes through the same canyon as where the podrace was held in The Phantom Menace. When he goes to the stratosphere and then off into space, we wish we are there flying the thing instead of Din.