Did you enjoy this show? Or did you just watch it for The Mandalorian season 3?
The Book of Boba Fett finished up today, and it is one of the strangest Disney+ shows we've had. Instead of truly being The Book of Boba Fett, it's like The Mandalorian season 2.5. I will give my full thoughts/rant in my review TOMORROW, but I decided to rank the episodes first. I wanted to switch it up. So if you want my full, unabridged thoughts on the season, come back tomorrow to check out my review. Otherwise, here is my ranking of every episode of The Book of Boba Fett.
7. Chapter Three: The Streets of Mos Espa
The third episode was when Book of Boba Fett hit rock bottom. The flashbacks are sidelined for most of the episode. In exchange, we get a Tatooine biker gang and the worst CGI chase scene I've seen in a long time. The plot of this episode doesn't exist, and it barely moves the plot of the season forward. I really did not like this episode. There's entertainment to be had here
6. Chapter One: Stranger in a Strange Land
As an introduction to The Book of Boba Fett...this episode doesn't really do it for me. It feels very much like a diet version of The Mandalorian. The plot barely moves. The action isn't that exciting. The episode is split between flashbacks and the modern timeline, and the flashbacks, while not perfect, are ten times more compelling than the main story. And that's a huge problem. And it is not fixed by any of the episodes that follow.
5. Chapter Seven: In the Name of Honor
The first half of this episode was great. It actually gave me hope that The Book of Boba Fett would end on a high note. The team-up of Mando and Boba made me ecstatic. I loved watching them fight together. The build-up of this war and the continued awesomeness of Cad Bane made me really like it. However, the second half of the episode was a thirty-minute action sequence that makes Mando the hero over Boba Fett in his own show. It's a tale of two halves: great setup that lets Boba take the spotlight...and then somewhat poor payoff that gives Mando the spotlight. The last three episodes of The Book of Boba Fett have been setting up The Mandalorian season three, and the finale seemed to do that while trying to squeeze in the end of Boba Fett's journey...and, sadly, it doesn't really work. Also, I cannot believe they killed off Cad Bane. He's such a cool villain that you can use in the future. What are you doing????
4. Chapter Four: The Gathering Storm
This episode kind of got the show back on track after episode three, but it just did not move the plot forward. You will hear me say that over and over again on this ranking. The Gathering Storm offers some of the best Fennec-Boba moments as we see their relationship start to develop, but that's really the only highlight of the episode. The ending was fun, because it teased the Mandalorian, but otherwise, I don't really like this episode.
3. Chapter Two: The Tribes of Tatooine
The Tribes of Tatooine mostly abandons the main story and gives us an episode that is centered on the flashbacks. We see the growing relationship between Boba Fett and the Tusken Raiders as they try to stop this train that keeps attacking them. The flashbacks were definitely good, but, as I've said ad nauseam, it does absolutely nothing for the main plot.
2. Chapter Five: Return of the Mandalorian
These next two episodes have me very conflicted. On the one hand...these episodes are awesome. On the other hand...they aren't really episodes of The Book of Boba Fett. This episode is the pilot for season three of The Mandalorian. And it's one of the best Mandalorian episodes. We see how Grogu's absence is affecting him. We also see some more of the Darksaber and get more Mandalorian lore, which is cool. This got me very excited for season three, but it doesn't do much as an episode of The Book of Boba Fett.
1. Chapter Six: From the Desert Comes a Stranger
This was one of the coolest episodes of a Star Wars TV show that we've gotten. It's a nostalgia-fest. It has some of the coolest moments as we see Luke and Grogu training. I loved that they paralleled the training scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. Ahsoka returns. Cobb Vanth returns. Cad Bane makes his live-action debut. We get more development for Mando. With all of these awesome things in this episode, the show forgot that it was an episode of The Book of Boba Fett. Right before the finale, the show stopped and had an episode that celebrated Star Wars while forgetting to develop the main plot line of the season. It's so frustrating, because they are on the verge of greatness, but they just can't get there, because they don't know how to focus on the main characters and plot of their show.