After watching the last episode, I found a friend of mine comparing the series to The Godfather: Part II, and in many ways, I get it. Both follow a crime boss trying to govern and how they came to power. The only issue with that is that Vito Corleone was already established as an influential crime boss. Fett, for the most part, has been a background character defined by the fandom. But after this episode, I’m hopeful to get more fleshed out in seeing his governing methods in practice.
Boba Fett and Fennec are briefed on the political landscape of the Tatooine criminal underworld when they get a visit from Lortha Peel, a vassal who requests Fett to take care of a gang that’s raided his store. He takes his crew to confront the thugs and works out a deal to get them to work for him. While in the bacta tank, he’s attacked by Black Krrsantan, the Wookie gladiator the Hutts have as an enforcer. The Twins come by and yield claim to Tatooine and insist Boba does the same, as the land was promised to another syndicate.
After two episodes that focused on the flashbacks, this was a nice change of pace and feels like the show I was looking forward to. The political landscape between the gangs shows how much of a power vacuum was left behind by Jabba. And my attention was piqued when the Twins were quick to leave. I want to see these tensions we’ve heard and what could be so bad that Jabba’s family would want to get out of dodge. It was also nice to see rancors given a softer touch; I made a joke when watching The Bad Batch about how we learned how Jabba got his pet, but even then, I liked seeing that dimension added to the world.
Despite my previous grievances about the flashbacks, I could see why they worked; and this episode especially did theirs well. It was heartwrenching to see the tribe that took Boba Fett in devastated. A part of me wanted to see him get retribution. I wanted to see that same leadership and decision-making that we’ve seen before. But even so, I’ve started to appreciate these scenes more.
I’m really starting to like where this is going; and the weaknesses I found before are turning into strengths. The pieces are being set up and I’m watching to see who will make the next move and how it will play out on-screen. We’re getting close to the halfway mark and I’m ready for whatever comes next.