The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 3 finally spends more time in the present, but unfortunately it still feels like nothing major is happening, and the show is all set up.
When it was first announced, I was over the moon excited for The Book Of Boba Fett, so perhaps I went in with too high expectations because week after week this show gets more and more disappointing. While the pilot episode was a solid start, nearly the entire second episode was spent in a flashback which hopefully pays off in the end. Now The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 3 finally gives the present day the time it deserves, however it feels like nothing significant is happening.
Warning: The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 3 Minor Spoilers Ahead
The biggest issue with this show is that it is moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to giving us the present day plot line. The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 2 spent a lot of time in the past. It allowed the story of what happened to Boba after his escape from the Sarlacc Pit to develop, and fans learned all about his relationship with a group of Tuscan Raiders. Honestly, that was the most interesting part of the show, and the series itself could have followed that story.
Instead we are jarringly thrown into the present day, where Boba Fett is now a crime lord on Tatooine after killing Bib Fortuna and taking Jabba’s old throne for himself. This is clearly something he is very new at, as we see him fumble his way through dealing with multiple threats. Not exactly what Boba Fett fans were hoping for when they first tuned in — watching him get his butt handed to him on more than one occasion during the action scenes.
Speaking of the action scenes, The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 3 is only 38 minutes including the previously on and the end credits, but it finds the time to give us two of them. The first being the fight against the Bounty Hunter Wookie named Black Krrsantan, who is sent by the Hutts to take Boba out. Sure, Boba is surprised as he is ripped out of the Bacta Tank, but he still doesn’t put up much of a fight.
Black Krrsantan comes very close to killing him before his newfound gang of biker cyborgs, for lack of a better word, come in and help save the day. Top that off with Fennec Shand dropping him down into the Rancor-less Rancor Pit and he had others fight his battle for him.
The second action scene comes in the form of a chase scene that could have been very freaking cool, and instead was the slowest chase scene I have ever seen play out on the screen. The biker gang is chasing a speeding car through the streets of Mos Espa which is a great concept, however it has very poor execution.
It never really works and somehow it is extremely slow to watch. Nothing feels like it is actually going fast, even the items that come crashing down on them as they navigate the streets. This is unfortunate because it should have been one of the best scenes in the series, and it just falls flat.
The most exciting part of this episode is the Twin Hutts gifting Boba Fett a Rancor. Danny Trejo being the Rancor trainer is a nice touch, and fans get to learn a little bit more about this creature. It was interesting to find out they are peaceful unless provoked, and that they imprint on the first human they see — which of course ends up being Boba Fett for this one. He mentions that he wants to learn to ride and if we don’t get this scene now, I will be very upset.
Overall, The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 3 pushes the present day forward just a tiny bit with the reveal of what the Mayor is up to, which I guess can be appreciated. All three episodes of the series so far feel like they could have been the pilot episode. We are just under halfway through the series and nothing major has occurred yet.
Right now this feels like a series that should have been dropped all at once, because the weekly release just is not working for me. Here’s hoping that the addition of the Rancor and this biker gang to the cast help the pacing pick up, because as of now this series is a bit of a disappointment.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
About The Book of Boba Fett
Every galaxy has an underworld. The Book of Boba Fett, a thrilling Star Wars adventure teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate.
The Book of Boba Fett stars Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.