(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the last episode of The Book Of Boba Fett +++)
And so, with episode 7 of The Book of Boba Fett we get our ending. An ending to a series that seemed to have a story to tell, but one so thin it had to be stretched out and filled in with the inclusion of flashbacks and a surprise episode and more of The Mandalorin stunk in for good measure too. Even the return of Luke Skywalker didn’t seem to be able to save it. Arguably, this final episode also felt drawn out with almost an hour-long shoot out through the streets of Mos Espa. But what a shoot out! What this new instalment lacks in story it more than makes up for in action, drama and some great stand-out moments.
Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and his rag-tag crew are in the last chance saloon – literally and figuratively – as they hunker down in the remains of Garsa’s Sanctuary, blown up last time. The Pyke Syndicate out-man them and out-gun them, but that won’t stop Boba Fett and Din Djarin, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), from facing them down in what would seem to be a hopeless shootout. The stakes couldn’t be higher, espacilly as the truce they made with the local crime gangs is immediately broken. But then Boba should have known never to trust a gangster. This episode has string vibes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by way of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. But then, this while series has leaned heavily into the tropes of the Western, and it seems fitting they use all the trappings one last time in this finale. Especially with the ominous return of Cad Bane (Corey Burton), a character who couldn’t be more Lee Van Kleef if he tried. Needless to say, he and Boba Fett face off in a showdown not once, but twice in this one. Although, director Robert Rodriguez has always had a fondness for Westerns as his previous film such as From Dust Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time in Mexico prove. And showdowns. This time round, it just happens to be in a galaxy far, far away. And, I must admit, on a planet like Tattoine, it’s a great fit, even if parts of this show have sometimes been too derivative.
With this whole affair being one badass shoot out, its also allows for the return of literally every face we’ve met across this series, including Grogu and the stunning, jaw-dropping return of the Rancour clambering over buildings like some kind of Star Wars’ King Kong. See what I mean about being toot derivative? But, regardless, it’s probably the best scene in this all-action instalment and really ramps up the action. One that will be remembered for a good while.
With this grandest and glorious of finales John Favereau, Rodriguez, David Filoni and the whole production team have managed to save this somewhat flaccid series in the end. And just like that, I’m back in. Roll on The Mandalorian season 3!
The Book of Boba Fett is streaming now on Disney +