BOBF Episode Five: The Mandalorian Proves He's the Better Boba Fett

BOBF Episode Five: The Mandalorian Proves He's the Better Boba Fett

BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME

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Din Djarin proved he is a better Boba Fett than Boba Fett himself in what was an episode that contributed nothing to BOBF. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

For an episode of The Book of Boba Fett, this week’s entry featured only one mention of the titular character. 

Painfully slow and plodding episodes are becoming a recurring theme for BOBF. After the first two episodes had plenty of action and adventure, this makes three straight weeks of entries that didn’t add much to the overall season plot. The sad part is that Episode Five began with such promise. The first act was great with solid action and a story that built upon the Mandalorian lore of the Darksaber. As intriguing as Episode Five started, it went downhill fast and completely fizzled out shortly after Mando decided to fly coach to Tatooine. 

Boba Fett was not seen this week, and he wasn’t named until the final minute. Even then, it wasn’t exactly an awe-inspiring moment that has us coming back for more. Instead, Episode Five served as a preamble to The Mandalorian’s third season, focusing entirely on the exploits of Din Djarin. Within the first five minutes, Din proved once and for all why we don’t need Boba Fett anymore as he laid waste to attackers in the way of his bounty, whom he beheaded. After that great action, he finds the remaining members of his clan from The Mandalorian’s first season, and the Armorer gives us insight into the history of the Darksaber. We also were treated to a duel for the mythical weapon, setting up a new quest for Din. 

At that point in the story, I was fully invested. This was the action and brutality we had wanted from BOBF since the beginning. And just like that, the episode lost its way, and the remaining minutes came across as filler that did nothing for the plot of BOBF or The Mandalorian, for that matter. The last we saw Mando, the Razor Crest had been destroyed by Moff Gideon’s forces, so BOBF Episode Five treated us to Din flying across the galaxy on a commercial flight, complete with the X-Men’s overdone metal detector gag. When Din was forced to store his weapons below deck, it appeared to be the perfect setup for a fight scene or some sort of danger. Only, there was nothing. It was a calm, orderly flight, and his weapons were returned to him with no fuss. In other words, it was a wasted segment that did not fit his character nor did it progress the story in any way.

Speaking of wasted segments, Mando has a new ship that should look familiar. Din goes to his friend, Pelli Motto - who makes way too many jokes about dating Jawas and how furry they are under their cloaks - where we see the remains of a Naboo starfighter. The last time we saw one, it was being piloted in the prequels. In fact, Anakin piloted one in Phantom Menace. As intriguing a development as that was, it basically went nowhere. The remainder of the episode saw Mando helping to rebuild the starfighter and being a nice guy before taking it for a test flight. It did nothing to further the plot in any way, and was more or less filler. 

Maybe I am applying too much logic to Star Wars, but the starfighter isn’t practical for a bounty hunter. In The Mandalorian’s very first episode, he was transporting multiple bounties frozen in carbonite. For someone who makes his money bringing in wanted criminals, the Naboo starfighter doesn’t have much room for storage. 

Besides the plodding story that didn’t go anywhere, Episode Five spotlighted a problem that has plagued BOBF - inserting elements of modern society that stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. In the third episode, it was the gang of teenage cyborgs who rode surprisingly slow speeder bikes that were designed to look too much like actual motorcycles. We see other Mods in Episode Four, and again there are heavy-handed modern insertions that are out of place in a story taking place on Tatooine. 

Episode Five doubles down on the modern inclusions, beginning with Din Djarin’s pointless commercial flight. When the Naboo starfighter was built, it had a protruding engine block that gave it the look of a muscle car. Where the episode went for broke on the modern world references was during the test flight. Mando zipped past the same starship he rode to Tatooine, and there might as well have been blue strobe lights flashing over the X-wings. Essentially, it was a traffic stop for speeding…in space. Yeah.

The BOBF showrunners and screenwriters seem to forget that Star Wars is escapism. We are well aware that we’re watching a television show, but it’s fun to get lost in it. Adding winks and nods to Earth removes the viewer from that fantasy world. You might as well have let Mando call Star Wars Uber to take him to Tatooine. Better yet, have Boba Fett use trendy lingo like being “shook” or needing to “clap back.” They could crash and burn in a blaze of existential glory if Boba Fett does a Tik-Tok dance while yelling, “Let’s go!” On second thought, scratch all that. I don’t want to give the BOBF producers any bad ideas.

It simply doesn’t make sense to have clear references to our world injected into a story that supposedly takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. 

As I wrote last week, hopefully the BOBF season finale will right many of the wrongs we’ve seen so far. A massive battle sequence with Boba, Fennec, Krrsantan, and Din Djarin has the potential to make us forget how lackluster the show has been. As audiences, we tend to have short term memories, and a good finish can leave fans with warm, fuzzy feelings. Here’s hoping next week gets back on track.

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.


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