Last week’s climax hinted at the imminent appearance of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin and though I’d normally steer clear of too many spoilers in my reviews, it seems a bit pointless to ignore the Bantha in the room – I mean, just look at this week’s episode title. It’s kind of a giveaway all on its own, right?

Yet what it doesn’t tell you is just how little Fett we get in this episode. It’s a bit of a surprise in that we essentially just get an extra episode of The Mandalorian. Did you think, like me, that being done with Boba Fett’s Bacta-fuelled flashbacks meant that we could finally move on with his story? Well, think again – there is a conspicuous lack of the titular ex-bounty hunter in this episode, which completely grinds the main story to a halt.

It’s certainly not bad by any means – it’s fantastic to see Djarin in action again, being an absolute badass (and doing plenty of what Boba Fett should really be doing). It does a lot to move forward his story and even the mythology of Mandalore itself (also teasing the possibility that we may see Grogu again). If anything, it really shines a light on how weak The Book of Boba Fett has been so far and how much Fett has been neutered to switch him around completely to make him much more of a good, if not necessarily heroic, character.

With only two episodes to go, it’s clear that there just wasn’t enough of a story set up for Fett; so far he’s barely progressed past the point at which we left him at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. It’s very telling that this week gives us the most enjoyable episode so far – and it’s barely even related to the usual goings-on of the story. It’s a superb episode of The Mandalorian at least; as far as The Book of Boba Fett goes, it’s another complete letdown.

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