This week with all the desert nomadic tribes, talks of spice and dune sands, The Book of Boba Fett wears its Dune influence on its sleeves. Boba Fett might as well be Paul Atreides. This episode gives even more focus on Boba Fett on his time with the Tusken Raiders and no one is complaining. Who knew knowing what happened to Boba Fett just between or just after Return of the Jedi would be so fascinating? We can only tell where these Tusken flashbacks are heading.
In the meantime, it is time for the 5 most epic moments of episode 2.
Boba Fett is Confronted By the Twins
New players for the crime lord throne have just arrived as they standoff with Boba Fett. It turns out, Jabba's cousins the Twins are going to lock heads with Boba Fett to be the new Godfather of Tatooine. The brother and sister duo are just like their cousin Jabba - the very embodiment of sloth, gluttony, and greed. What is so intimidating about them is that they are not worried about Boba Fett at all. They could not care less of him and are not in a hurry to take back their territory from him. It is also nice to see Black Krrsantan's live-action debut. For those who are not deep in Star Wars lore, he is the Wookiee warrior on the side of the Twins. Black Krrsantan is a regular in the Doctor Aphra Star Wars comics and is a feared bounty hunter.Advertisement
Boba Fett Fights the Nikto Bikers
The evening after this passing freight train kills several Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett sees five members of the Nikto Bikers cruising near the village on speeder bikes. Fett tells the leader of the Sand People that he will stop the train so head to the nearest village to find the Nikto Bikers.
He heads to the cantina where the Niktos are terrorizing and starts to beat the living daylights out of them, and Boba doesn't even need his armor to do it himself too. Why did he do it? To steal their 5 speeder bikes to be used in a train raid. Fun trivia - The couple the Niktos are terrorizing in the cantina might be Camie and Fixer from Star Wars: A New Hope deleted scenes. The actors and wardrobe look too much like them to be a coincidence.
The Freight Train Raid
The stand-out action scene of chapter 2 is when the Sand People raid the Pyke Syndicate's freight train to get back at the Pykes for killing some of their people, in what is implied to be on a regular basis.
The raid is exciting, worthy of any of the best train raids of big-budget blockbuster movies with the special effects matching them too. The Sand People are so much at a disadvantage in tactical position, numbers, and resources that every small victory of barely dodging death is satisfying. The Sand People's best warrior that is badass enough to train Boba Fett in melee combat gets all of the best scenes in this and probably killed the biggest numbers.
Boba Fett Hallucinates
The chief of the Sand People put Boba Fett into some kind of vision quest- Hallucinations that seem to be personal traumas that are lingering inside Boba Fett's psyche exploding at once. Every imagery is beautifully trippy. The best image is the tree in the desert that wraps around Boba Fett and then turns into the mouth of a Sarlacc. If we have to analyze the sequence, the tree represents Boba Fett, in that beyond all the challenges of the desert it still survived. Of course, it is revealed that the tree is real and Boba Fett actually grabbed one of its branches to return to the Sand People. It will be the wood to be used for Boba Fett's own Tusken staff.Advertisement
Boba Fett is Accepted as One of the Sand People
It turns out Boba Fett's outfit without his armor when he debuted in The Mandalorian is actually tribal Tusken-style garb and chapter 2 is the origin story of why he looked the way he did. We see a montage - First we see Boba Fett carefully being wrapped by garb by the Sand People. The ceremony is being taken seriously by all that is involved as if it is a ritual event experienced by all Sand People at some point during their lives. Then the sequence transitioned to Boba Fett making his gaffi stick out of the branch from the tree from his vision quest. The sequence is detailed as if we get to know every minutia of the process involved in making the staff. We are there with Boba Fett, hard at work with him, never leaving his side. Then Boba Fett joins the tribe as a fully formed Tusken. They all do some kind of ceremonial dance in the night involving their gaffi sticks. With that, the episode ends in the best form possible. Who knew just having to see how Boba Fett end up with this look would be so intriguing?