Just as it shouldn’t have been possible to mess up a Star Wars sequel trilogy, a Boba Fett show featuring everyone’s favourite bounty hunting badass evolving into a Tatooine crime lord should have absolutely been a home run. Yet somehow, the ball has been well and truly dropped, with Fett himself unconvincingly softened into a much more sympathetic, even kindly character. The episodes which feel more like they’re part of another show entirely – namely, The Mandalorian – remind us just how thin and uninteresting The Book of Boba Fett’s story is.

This week’s cameo heavy episode is full of characters returning from The Mandalorian – and though it feels like layers and layers of fan service, it’s genuinely exciting to see many of these characters return (as well as an animated series character making their live action debut – with one hell of an entrance). It also shines a spotlight on characters and a story that viewers are truly invested in, though again, as with last week’s episode, it’s barely – if at all – related in any way to the main storyline.

It’s as if writers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni just got bored of Fett and decided they’d rather be writing another show entirely. To be clear, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just like episode five, it’s a great piece of television, a great slice of Star Wars even – but not exactly a good episode of The Book of Boba Fett.

With more than half of this episode taking place off-Tatooine – sans Fett – and a large chunk of the rest seeing other characters take charge of the narrative from Temuera Morrison’s ex-bounty hunter who once more barely features at all, who knows what’s going on with this show at this point. It is, to put it mildly, an absolute mess.

Though an exciting finale is promised next week, the escalating situation on Tatooine isn’t even what’s focused on for the episode’s cliffhanger. The creators certainly don’t seem to care – so how can the viewers be expected to?

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