After watching the first episode, I heard many people talk about how it feels like one of the Expanded Universe books. And I can see that with the look into Boba Fett in-between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian. But at the same time, I’ve enjoyed seeing the dealings in the sci-fi underbelly. And coming into this episode, I hoped to see more from this.
Fennec returns with one of the assailants from the last episode and she and Boba interrogate him. After persuasive fear tactics, he reveals that the mayor of Mos Espa, Mok Shaiz sent him. Through him and (casino lady), Fett learns that the Twins, cousins to Jabba the Hutt, are pushing into his territory. In his dreams in the bacta tank, we see Boba Fett adapt to living among the Tusken Raiders. After an ambush from a train of assailants, Boba decides to train the Tusken Raiders to help him take it down. After helping them, they give Fett a lizard that jumps inside him and sends him on a spiritual journey.
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the flashbacks in the last episode, they’ve definitely grown on me. One of my favorite things about the Disney+ Star Wars series is seeing how fleshed out the Tusken Raiders are. In two episodes’ time, they’ve gone from cannon fodder threats to their own complex civilization that feels heavily coded to Indigenous tribes. And with the train, it really felt allegorical to the Tusken Raiders fighting against westward expansion. Speaking of which, the whole action sequence on the train is entertaining. The buildup is reminiscent of any good heist movie and watching it unfold is engaging. Their lack of technology and watching them learn and take down the spice traders had my eyes glued to the screen.
But as much as the flashback scenes had my attention this time around, it disappoints me that the same focus isn’t given to the main story at play. What we do get is interesting in how it sets up the main conflict and how the struggle to assert his authority will span past Mos Espa. And seeing how Fett and Fennec interrogate the assassin was intense. But it feels like the backstory is given too much focus — a problem I get with most of the Star Wars fandom. There’s even a scene where Boba Fett asserts dominance with the traders and keeps the Tusken Raiders’ protection assured, and I couldn’t fight the feeling, “why can’t we get this in the present day?”
In many ways I got what I was looking for in this episode. The flashbacks were more interesting, and the train sequence was compelling. But on the other hand, I wish that the main story could get more attention than the lore gets. But even so, there’s still enough that has me eagerly awaiting the next episode.