The third episode of the Star Wars spinoff series adds more layers to Boba’s character arc
Last Updated: 06.29 PM, Jan 12, 2022
Boba and Fennec attempt to establish their authority in the streets of Tatooine. They gain new allies as danger looms on the horizon.
The cinematography and the overall visuals of the series are second to none. Some of the scenes could be mistaken for expensive artworks, rich in design and colour. It is a luxury most TV shows cannot afford, and to producer Jon Favreau’s credit, he has created a vibrant new world in a small corner of the Star Wars universe.
Unlike the previous episode, there is significantly more focus on the present timeline with Boba as the new Daimyo of Tatooine. Despite his best efforts and his seemingly natural ability to command respect, he has been unable to stamp his authority like the way Jabba the Hutt did all those years ago. Of course, Jabba was a brute who ruled through fear.
The limited flashback sequences that are featured in the episode, is one of tragedy and further hint at Boba being more empathic unlike his earlier depictions in the Star Wars films. How Boba responded to the tragedy remains to be seen, and will likely be explored in the upcoming episodes.
In the present time, Boba recruits a few youngsters, who in fact come to his rescue when a Wookiee assassin sent by the Hutts attempts to kill him. The plot thickens when Boba learns of a new threat arriving at Tatooine, one that even the Hutts aren’t too enthusiastic to meet head-on.
Despite several potential plotlines opening up in the episode, it fails to keep one intrigued or fully invested in the storyline. An explosive fourth episode is teased with the introduction of the Pykes.
Those hoping for Emilia Clarke’s Qi'ra to make an appearance will be disappointed. On the plus side, Danny Trejo did make an appearance as the Rancor keeper. The creators have thrown in a few hints that Boba might ride the majestic beast into battle, which would undoubtedly make for great television.
The episode takes the narrative forward neatly with great moments of action and drama. But it gives the impression that it is an episode dedicated to laying the foundations for the narrative for the remainder of the season.