The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 blows the rest of the episodes out of the water, but it doesn’t even have the title character in it.
Warning: The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 Spoilers Ahead
The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 is easily the best of the series so far. It has everything that Star Wars fans have been looking for in this series. A great story, incredible action, high stakes, and of course, a Grogu name drop. The glaring issue with this however, is that the title character, Boba Fett, is nowhere to be seen. This chapter feels more like the Season 3 premiere of The Mandalorian.
There are many callbacks to things from the previous two seasons of The Mandalorian, including several badass The Mandalorian quotes. This chapter feels like home — and it feels so good to be home. This is the show that I signed up for way back when that tease came at the end of The Mandalorian season 2.
As a big fan of Boba Fett, I have been very disappointed with the premiere (and potentially only) season. The issue is that nothing has been happening. The majority of time has been spent in the past, and in a very jarring way. There are so many ways this could have been better paced, directed, and edited — but we are not here to talk about the past.
Thankfully this episode takes a giant leap in the right direction, giving the audience everything that it has been craving. The nearly one hour long episode propels the story forward in very subtle ways, while also letting us know what Din Djarin has been up to since we last saw him. Chapter 5 has humor, action, heart, the best score yet, and stunning visuals. Maybe it is so good because of what has come before it, but I don’t think so. I think it really is just THIS good.
Not only do fans get another look at the Dark Saber, we get to see it in full on action — twice. Mando uses it to take down a bounty in the most action packed sequence of the entire season. This saber looks fantastic, seamlessly making the evolution from animated to live action. Viewers also get a history lesson about this badass weapon, which is perfect for those who did not watch The Clone Wars or Rebels (but also, what are you waiting for? Go watch those shows…).
Paz Vizsla challenges Mando for possession of the saber, and we are treated to another incredible fight scenes right before our eyes. This chapter sure feels like it is trying to make up for the missteps of the previous episodes, and I am totally here for it.
Mando is in need of a new ship after the events of The Mandalorian season 2, so of course he goes to Peli for help with this. This leads to one of the best scenes of the series — a montage of the two of them working together to create a new ship for Mando. It will be weird to see him not flying a Razor Crest, but this new Starship is sure to be something! We even get a bit of a test drive, complete with an epic score playing in the background.
During this scene there is brief talk of the Pykes and how much of a problem they have become on Tattooine. She mentions that law enforcement won’t even go near them, which ties into the issues that Boba Fett is having with them. As seen at the end of Chapter 4 we know Boba is planning to wage war against them, and he wants Din Djarin’s help.
At the very end of the episode Fennec Shand shows up to recruit The Mandalorian to Boba Fett’s cause. Of course he accepts, meaning that this series is turning around and finally heading in the right direction. Mando also says that first he needs to pay a visit to a little friend, which fans know to be Grogu, in order to deliver some Mandalorian armor to him.
There are only two episodes left of The Book Of Boba Fett, and they are now expected to be very Mando heavy, and likely a set up for The Mandalorian season 3.
Bryce Dallas Howard is the director of this episode and she absolutely crushes it. She is extremely talented and it is great to see her behind the camera of such an important episode. This is where the show is going to pivot, and really take off, and she is the amazing woman who gave it to us.
With just two chapters left, I have my fingers crossed that they will make up for the slow and messy start of the season — and if they are anything like Chapter 5, they certainly will.
The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 is a near perfect episode… of The Mandalorian. This doesn’t fair well for the bounty hunter, who likely will not be getting a second season. Mando is sure to stick around, and continue to outshine his predecessor. But hey, if the last few episodes are this good, I really don’t care.
Fans finally get what they have been asking for. This chapter blows the rest of them out of the water, the only problem is the title character is nowhere to be seen.
Rating: 4.5 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 Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.