The Book of Boba Fett Episode 4 is the fourth instalment of a science fiction action-adventure drama series, created by Jon Favreau based on George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. The seven-part series follows the exploits of fan-favourite bounty hunter Boba Fett (from the original Star Wars trilogy) as he sets himself up as a crime lord on Tattooine, with fellow bounty hunter Fennec Shand.
Entitled “The Gathering Storm”, The Book of Boba Fett Episode 4 continues the use of flashbacks to flesh out the titular character’s backstory on Tatooine. The title basically refers to the coming turf war which will be fought between Boba and the Pike syndicate. Thus, this episodes finds Boba marshalling his forces somewhat as he prepares for battle.
Much of the flashbacks in The Book of Boba Fett Episode 4 intersects events already shown in the second season of The Mandalorian. Specifically in relation to Fett’s rescue of Fennec Shand, which was alluded to previously. Not absolutely sure that we needed to see exactly how Boba saved Fennec – seems all superfluous and the like but presumably it helps the audience to understand Fennec’s bond of loyalty to Boba.
With all that in mind, perhaps it’s appropriate at the mid-point of this series to consider the characterisation of Boba Fett, which has drawn some criticism amongst the fan media. Essentially, the complaint is that Boba never seems to kill anyone and appears to soft and weak in his interactions with his rivals and enemies.
Is this the Boba Fett that became the bad-ass fan favourite bounty hunter after barely a couple of minutes in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? To be fair, there’s really not much shown previously to indicate what kind of person Boba Fett was to begin with so…. Arguably also, as Boba himself points out, his time with the Tuskens has changed his attitude towards life somewhat. There you go.
That all said, things need to pick up with the next episode and perhaps a guest appearance from a certain Mandalorian bounty hunter might be on the cards as well? You can bet on it!
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