And so, we come to the end of the season. And if I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t too excited for it. Despite my best efforts to hope the show would tell a compelling story, the show didn’t seem too interested in telling one. I cut them some slack when we first got Mando; but when we got closer to the end, I realized how little they focused on the story itself.
After the Pyke Syndicate bombed Garsa’s casino, Boba and his crew make plans to hide in the ruins while waiting for reinforcements. While their muscle is patrolling the city, Cad Bane shows up to taunt Boba and tells him that it was the Pyke Syndicate who killed the Tusken Raiders that took him in. After leaving, the other gangs turn on Boba and company, betraying their truce. Using the mayor’s advisor as a distraction, Boba and Mando ambush the Syndicate, and the fight for Tatooine begins.
I’ll be nice and start with the good here: I didn’t hate the finale as much as I thought I would. A lot of the fight sequences work, from Mando and Boba’s last stand, which is akin to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the stands against the super battle droids. And as much as I wasn’t wowed by Cad Bane in the last episode, his scenes are well shot and have tension so thick, it could be cut like butter by a Darksaber. Amy Sedaris also brings a lot of comic relief; her remark at learning Grogu’s name is such a mood.
Now to get to the thorns in this rosebush. There’s no real suspense. Take that standoff between Bane and Boba Fett. There’s a potential, as it pits Fett’s importance on community and Bane being a stoic and static bounty hunter against each other. There is history between the two, but if Bane were introduced in a second season and the two had time together onscreen, it would be more interesting.
The latter half of the series has felt like the writing resembled bad fanfiction. Not only is the Pyke Syndicate a rival gang, but they also have to be the ones who killed the Tusken Raiders that took Boba in. Legacy characters and fan service replaced developing the story. Even the way they add new obstacles in the fights feels like watching a boss battle in a video game.
This finale could’ve been worse. And as much as I’ve been growing irritated with the show, there was a lot to like about it. But for all the tension that should come with a finale, it falls short. For a show where Boba Fett asserts himself as Daimyo, there could’ve been more respect not only for the episode, but the series as a whole.