The past week has felt like an eternity as we waited for the second chapter in brand-new Star Wars TV series The Book of Boba Fett. Now, it's finally here! But was it worth the wait? Join us once again as we return to the unforgiving sands of Tatooine for "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"...
The Book of Boba Fett's second outing is surprisingly a lot longer than the first episode, clocking it at just shy of an hour - which was the first of many treats of this epic episode. We begin outside Boba's Palace (formerly known as Jabba's Palace), where Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) has brought one of the assassins from the pilot episode, whom she captured on the streets of Mos Espa following their attack.
Inside, the assassin is asked by Boba and Fennec who sent him. The droid UK2-B (Matt Berry) explains that the assassin was hired by the 'Order of the Night Wind'. The assassin himself, however, refuses to speak, and so Boba and Fennec send him through the trapdoor to a hungry rancor below! While it turns out there's no rancor down there whatsoever (he was killed in Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Jedi, after all), it's still a great way to start the episode.
Fearing for his life, the assassin confesses that he was sent by the Mayor, so Boba, Fennec, their two loyal Gamorreans, and the assassin, pass through the streets of Mos Espa to pay the Mayor a visit. The Mayor is an Ithorian and is known as Mok Shaiz. He instantly has the assassin killed by one of his own people, and doesn't take too kindly to Boba's threats. He sends Boba to the Garza Sanctuary in Mos Espa, so that he can find out who really sent Night Wind.
This is when things really start to get interesting, when the 'Twins' arrive outside, who are none other than Hutts, cousins of Jabba himself. They're also accompanied by a black-furred Wookie who gives Boba a very threatening stare. Boba warns the Twins that Mos Espa is his territory now, and while no physical altercations break out, it's clear that one will happen soon enough - and the look in the Wookie's eyes is promise enough!
We then see Boba back in his bacta tank, and we return to the past during his time as a slave with the Tusken Raiders in the harsh sandy plains of the Dune Sea on Tatooine. As suspected from the first episode, the Raiders are teaching Boba how to fight, having learned to respect him after he previously saved one of their own kind from a sand-dwelling monster. Suddenly, the camp is attacked by a giant train-like speeder, which disappears as quickly as it came.
Realizing that the large speeder will return, Boba requests to go on a mission to retrieve regular speeders from a gang of biker-like raiders they saw in the first episode. We cut to a bar where the thugs are harassing patrons, but before they're able to cause any real damage, Boba enters and renders all of them unconscious with his impressive new-found warrior skills. After sinking a drink at the bar, Boba steals some of the speeders parked outside the bar.
He returns the speeders to the Tusken Raiders, and teaches them how to ride them so that they can fight the large speeder the next time it passes through. We're then treated to an amusing montage of Boba teaching his fellow campers how to navigate the sands on machines instead of Banthas. Soon enough, the large speeder - which we learn is a spice freighter - returns, and an explosive action sequence unfolds as Boba leads a group of Tusken Raiders to take it down.
The freighter is destroyed and Boba sends its surviving occupants to Anchorhead, telling them that this is not their land, that the Tusken Raiders lay ancestral claim to the Dune Sea. At night, Boba sits with the Tusken Raiders around a campfire, and they tell him how they are no longer warriors like their ancestors or other groups on Tatooine, as off-worlders have the advantage of machinery. Boba tells them that they now have the same advantage.
One of the leaders presents Boba with a gift, which turns out to be a tiny lizard that quickly crawls up his nose. Boba soon enters a hallucinogenic, dream-like state, in which he walks out into the desert and discovers a lone tree standing in the middle of a crashing ocean. He climbs the tree, and sees red watchful eyes in the dark all around him. But soon, the tree's branches wrap around him, and he suddenly finds himself back inside the burning-hot stomach of the sarlacc.
We then cut to a memory on the forever-stormy Kamino, and we see a young Boba inside the cloning facilities, watching through one of the large windows as his father Jango Fett flies off in his ship. We return to the sarlacc pit, and Boba emerges from the sand again, and then he snaps one of the branches from the tree. He's free again. In the morning, he returns from the desert to the Tuskan Raiders' camp, and the lizard squirms out of his nose.
They take the branch from him, and inside one of the tent, Tusken Raiders dress Boba in the black robes that we first see him wearing in The Mandalorian. He then helps the Raiders fashion the branch into a signature Tusken Raider weapon which he uses to lay waste to several stormtroopers in The Mandalorian Season 2 episode "The Tragedy". The final scene in the episode sees all the Raiders join Boba in a combat-themed dance around the campfire.
Whether or not the third episode in The Book of Boba Fett will be just as long, or return to its thirty-minute mark, remains to be seen. But the fact that we've already gotten an episode that was well on its way to feature-length is awesome, to say the least. Let's just hope that we spend just as much time in Boba's present as we have in his past so far, because two Hutts and an evil Wookie sounds pretty exciting!
The next episode of The Book of Boba Fett streams on Disney+ on Wednesday January 12.