Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett premiere, “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
The much anticipated first spinoff of The Mandalorian, featuring one of Star Wars’ most iconic characters of all time, has, at last, arrived on Disney+.
Helmed by acclaimed action director and The Mandalorian alum Robert Rodriguez, The Book of Boba Fett picks up right when we last saw the notorious bounty hunter after completing his quest with Din Djarin and Grogu and returning to Mos Espa to take over what was once Jabba’s palace.
“Stranger in a Strange Land” primarily followed two timelines, one in the present that explored the immediate aftermath of Boba’s takeover, and one in the past that revealed what happened after Boba fell into the Sarlaac pit.
Both stories made for a compelling and exciting series premiere that gave fans deeper insight into one of Star Wars’ most beloved characters.
Crime Lord Fett
After killing Bib Fortuna and taking over Jabba’s palace, we see Boba working to establish himself as the new daimyo or crime lord of Mos Espa. While Fennec and Jabba’s remaining allies advise Boba to rule with violence and fear, he instead establishes trust and honor with those he meets.
This all comes to a head when he and Fennec are attacked on the street by a group of masked assassins. While things look grim at first, two Gamorrean guards previously under Jabba’s rule, who Boba refused to torture and instead asked to work with him, come to their rescue, giving Fennec the opportunity to gain the upper hand.
While it’s unclear just who is after Boba, this timeline is not long after the height of Boba’s mercenary and bounty hunter career, making it probable for him to have plenty of enemies on his tail. However, Boba’s leadership strategy will likely come into play again when he faces the threat…
Forging a New Boba Fett
As Boba recovers from the attack in the bacta tank, he dreams of his past after escaping the Sarlaac pit when he was held captive by Tusken raiders.
After attempting an escape, Boba is recaptured by a young Tusken and told to dig for water alongside a Rodian. While the child tries to beat Boba into submission, he resists, displaying his trademark calm under pressure.
As Boba and the Rodian dig, the Rodian accidentally unearths a huge sand monster that attacks the group. Without any of his weapons or armor, Boba uses his chains to slay the beast, proving his incredible prowess to the young Tusken who takes Boba back to his camp.
The episode ends with Boba being offered water by the Tuskens rather than being ordered to dig for it, having earned the respect of those who were once his captors. This seems to be foregrounding Boba’s honor code and leadership style for the rest of the series as he forges a new path for himself in Mos Espa, but only time will tell.
The Book of Boba Fett is available to stream on Disney+.