The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 is the fifth 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 Return of The Mandalorian”, The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 confirmed what most diehard fans suspected – that everyone’s favourite Mandalorian would be making a welcome appearance in this series. And this episode seemed to appear right on cue – perhaps to quell expected criticism over the apparent make-over of Boba Fett’s character, to give fans more nostalgic fan-service. What else is new?
And in fact, if not for the final minutes of The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5, one would be forgiven for thinking that this was an episode of The Mandalorian as we catch up with Mando for the first time after the dramatic events of the season 2 finale. Though it’s rather pathetic to see Mando and his sect reduced to a couple of followers and seemingly irrelevant in the general scheme of things. Inevitably, Mando returns to Tatooine, in order to bring him into the main narrative of this series.
On the whole, The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 is good fun because of Mando’s return and we are treated to a callback to the prequels, no less while reminding all and sundry that we are smack in the New Republic era. Considering that there are 30 years between the end of Return of the Jedi to the beginning of the sequel trilogy (ugh) – that seems like an excellent opportunity for Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to reclaim and redeem the Star Wars franchise after the risible sequel trilogy (ugh).
Question is, the way the episode ends raises expectations for the next instalment in this series. Will we move forward with Boba’s story or get waylaid to keep up with Mando. We are hoping the latter!
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