Boba Fett has always been a fan favorite in the Star Wars universe, but even he can’t escape his tragic past. Learn more about Boba’s origins and what led to him becoming one of the most feared bounty hunters in all of space as we watch Episode 7 on Blu-ray this week!.
This review is of the “The Book of Boba Fett” – Season 1, Episode 7, “In the Name of Honor”. The episode was released on September 30th, 2018.
Season 1, Episode 7, “In the Name of Honor” REVIEW: The Book of Boba Fett
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Boba Fett and Fennec Shand are examining the remains of Garsa’s Sanctuary in “In the Name of Honor.” They decide to hide there until reinforcements arrive, oblivious of the shooting in Freetown. Cad Bane assures Mok Shaiz and the Pykes that he knows how to attract Fett’s attention in the meanwhile. Grogu goes to Peli’s business in search of Mando. Cad Bane confronts Boba and informs him that the Tuskens raiders were murdered by the Pykes. Boba puts a halt to the talks, and Bane departs. Mos Espa’s families turn against Boba’s enforcers. The people of Freetown come as the conflict increases, and Boba unleashes his rage. Cad Bane challenges Boba Fett to a battle after the foot men and droids have been dispatched. Bane overcomes Fett with blaster fire, but Fett uses his gaffi stick to take him down. All is good when Grogu returns to Mando and Boba is acknowledged as a Daimyo. Cobb Vanth is resting in the bacta tank at the palace, guarded by the mod artist who rescued Fennec.
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I’ve mentioned it before, but for the most part, I’ve loved this season. It got out to a sluggish start, but I was ready to stick it out to see where the plot lines would go. The only reason I’m repeating this is to emphasize how patient and tolerant I’ve been with this series. I loved the first few episodes more than other fans, based on what I’ve seen and heard. Episode 4, “The Gathering Storm,” is the only episode in which I’ve been really dissatisfied. Because some of my issues with “In the Name of Honor” derive from prior episodes, I say this. This season is particularly fragmented, with several early character introductions and setups never paying off.
The Hutt twins, for example, were both interesting and terrifying. I was curious to learn more about them. It’s perplexing that they were introduced just to be written out in favor of the “true” villains. They might have saved them for a later season or found a way to incorporate them into the overall tale. Before the climax, Krrsantan and particularly the mods working for Boba never had enough time to set up the roles they play here. They squandered time binding Krrsantan to the twins, which contributed to this. The incident at Garsa’s when he pulled off the trandoshan’s arm should have been his debut. The modifications, on the other hand, are in a far worse shape. We have no information on them! Their connection with Boba is hazy, and there’s no way of knowing why they’re so devoted to him. Then there’s Boba’s enmity, which is one of the season’s most heinous blunders. When he initially appears, the trainer (Danny Trejo, who we never see again!) advises that riding him will require a lot of time and training. Boba is already riding the rancor the next time we see him (not counting when he shook the criminal lords). Because they didn’t build it up at all, this is a lousy reward. They claim Boba will have to put in time and effort, but we never see any of it.
Furthermore, they squander an episode (my least favorite of the season) by giving us a background we already know. We didn’t need a complete episode to see how Fennec and Boba met and joined up in The Mandalorian Season 2; we already knew that. This time may have been better spent integrating the season’s many aspects, such as Cad Bane, the Tuskens, and the modifications. Separate episodes now seem like entirely different programs, and I don’t mean that in a good way. In hindsight, I’m not sure how time was spent this season. In a vacuum, almost every episode was delightful, but it’s strange to spend so much time with individuals and situations that will never be resolved. Many people have referred to the two Mando-centric episodes as a contributing factor, and I originally agreed. “Return of the Mandalorian” is my favorite episode of the season, although it doesn’t connect in with Boba’s tale until the very end. However, I do not believe that these episodes were a waste of time since they were entertaining and developed the personalities involved. As a season-long subplot, this information would have benefited the broader tale better. That way, we’d be able to keep having fun with our favorite characters without having to sacrifice Boba’s screen time. It’s a little strange to put the main plot on hold for two (out of seven!) episodes to complete side missions. However, I believe it would have worked nicely as a side narrative running alongside Boba’s travels. Except for the meeting of the families, I would skip episode four. I don’t care for this episode any more than I did when I first watched it; it simply seems like filler to me. We already know Boba’s armor isn’t in the Sarlacc and how he recruited Fennec, so none of this is necessary. Getting rid of garbage like this frees up a lot of space for the good things. I don’t understand why the Mando content should be removed after these changes. I don’t want to be harsh; as I already said, I preferred this season over others.
Several payoffs, particularly in “In the Name of Honor,” are bungled or performed much too early. Two of them occur as a result of the deaths of the main antagonists. To begin with, why would you bring Cad Bane to a new medium just to murder him in the first episode? This irritates me even more since there are many positive aspects to this confrontation, particularly on paper. Bane is now as old as dirt, and Boba is the only one who can kill him. It simply makes sense, and it reeks of the poetry George Lucas famously compared the Star Wars story to, given Bane’s connection with the Fetts and, in especially, Boba Fett. And when Boba Fett’s bounty hunting weapons fail, he is forced to rely on the very emblem of his clan, the thing that distinguishes him from Bane, for Boba Fett was once quite similar to Cad Bane. Bane was accurate in calling him a murderer and mentioning his work with the Empire in the previous episode. If Boba’s persona had been given more attention, these two may have been fantastic character foils. What’s more, you know what? Saying so about a character whose name is in the title seems stupid. I think Bane should come in this series and be murdered by Boba. Even the attack’s methods are priceless. However, there was a need for additional building. There was a lot of it. With additional time, this might have been rectified by having Bane a villain for more than one season. This would be fantastic, particularly given he was added so late in the season. The alternative possibility would have been to introduce him considerably sooner, possibly in the first few episodes instead of the twins. The first option appeals to me more. On paper, these characters are sworn enemies, two sides of the same coin. This combination, like Kenobi and Maul, is a test of one man’s capacity to learn and adapt vs the other’s stubbornness and inflexibility. Their battle was unavoidable, and the superior man had no choice but to slay the spitting image of his previous self. It’s such a pity that everything that was built up so nicely in The Clone Wars and the additional material was wasted in one single episode.
Fennec Shand’s assassination of the Mayor and Pyke leader is another issue for me. This was supposed to be Boba’s kill! You’re joking, right? I’m split once again since the moment is dramatic and well-filmed, yet I can’t believe such a glaring error was committed. The Pykes are revealed (and highly emphasized) to be the ones who slaughtered Boba’s Tusken family in this episode. This implies he exacted his revenge on the innocent while the real criminals went free. I have no compassion for the swoop gang; they were filth in the first place, and no one is going to miss them. But, honestly, Boba doesn’t feel the need to assassinate the Pyke Syndicate’s leader? Despite losing considerably less to these thieves than Boba, Fennec is more driven to put a stop to this drama? This is such an egregiously bad decision that I can’t get my mind around it. This episode also highlights the lack of buildup that Boba’s friends, as well as his foes, received. Looking back, it seems like a significant amount of time was squandered in a season that was already short. Grogu and Mando are two of my favorite characters. They’re well-developed and engaging, which is more than I can say for any other live-action Star Wars character since the original trilogy. But, like with so much in The Book of Boba Fett, their reunion should have come later, after more buildup. I want them to be together, and Grogu made the correct decision. However, as things stand now, The Mandalorian took two seasons to get to a place that was undone in two episodes of another show. For a more moving reunion, these two needed more time apart, much as Boba needed time to learn to ride his rancor.
Overall, I had a good time with The Book of Boba Fett. This season was made valuable by an intriguing history, surprising (and well-executed) appearances, and an ultimately crowd-pleasing ending. I’m simply annoyed because this might have been a fantastic Star Wars narrative, an examination of a figure cloaked in tradition and mystery. Although I like a lot of what we received, this was no Mandalorian.
Plot – 6
Acting – 9 points
8 – Production Design
2nd character development
Overall, I had a good time with The Book of Boba Fett. This season has been made valuable by an intriguing history, unpredictable(and well-executed) appearances, and an ultimately crowd-pleasing ending. I’m simply annoyed because this might have been a fantastic Star Wars narrative, an examination of a figure cloaked in tradition and mystery. Although I like a lot of what we received, this was no Mandalorian.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who was that at the end of Boba Fett Episode 7?
A: I did not understand the question.
Why did Boba Fett paint his armor in the Mandalorian?
A: Boba Fett is known for painting his armor in the Mandalorian color. The most popular theory as to why he does this is that its a sign of respect and honor for those who came before him, but there are no definitive answers at this time.
Who is the mystery character in Mandalorian?
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