Warning: This post contains major spoilers for this week’s episode of The Mandalorian.
By the end of the latest episode of The Mandalorian, our titular bounty hunter/babysitter (Pedro Pascal) has lost his tiny sidekick and his beloved ship... but he’s gained the aid of a Star Wars legend. In the Season 2 premiere, showrunner Jon Favreau teased the return of fan favorite Boba Fett, last seen on screen tumbling into the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine. The latest episode, “The Tragedy,” makes the character’s comeback official, and opens the door for that spin-off movie and/or TV series that everyone from Josh Trank to James Mangold has contemplated making in the decades since Return of the Jedi.
Favreau wrote the action-packed half-hour yarn, which was directed by another geek icon, Robert Rodriguez. Having taken little Grogu to visit an important Jedi landmark on the planet of Tython, Mando’s mission is interrupted by the arrival of Boba (played by Temuera Morrison) and another returning mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). But they don’t want the Child — they’re just after Fett’s Mandalorian armor. That’s when another interruption arrives in the form of an Imperial armada led by would-be despot Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
Amid all the subsequent run-and-gun action, Boba never gets the chance to tell Mando (or us) how exactly he survived his encounter with the Sarlaac monster. But he does suit up in his old clothes and dishes out all kinds of punishment to Gideon’s forces. As choreographed by Rodriguez, Fett single-handedly cuts a swath of destruction through the stormtrooper ranks that’s clearly intended to be a direct repudiation to those Star Wars viewers who have dismissed him as a loser over the years. And Boba’s devoted fans appreciated that this is the way The Mandalorian re-introduced him to live action canon.
— • (@DarthVaderTCO) December 4, 2020
— Jorge Tovar (@24Orangemamba) December 4, 2020
— d:\erek_klein (✊😷) (@rogue_analyst) December 4, 2020
Omfg seeing Boba Fett in live action brings a tear in my eye! I swear this is the best Star Wars I've seen in a long time! The Mythosaur insignia shot when Boba turns around was epic gold! I swear seeing how ruthless Boba really is aside the comics and stories is amazing!!! pic.twitter.com/azBkrg6CJC
— Joshua (@Kataphrakt_1910) December 4, 2020
Ok, everyone happy now? We all got the badass Boba Fett moment we've been waiting 40 years for. #TheMandalorian
— Daniel S Levine (@dsl89) December 4, 2020
Meanwhile, those who were previously skeptical of the Cult of Boba found new reason to profess belief in his importance to Star Wars.
It's cool how, this one episode just legitimized the legend of Boba Fett. I mean he was a cool action figure, but what did he do other than fall into the sarrlacc pit
— RatedR JNB (@RatedRJNB) December 4, 2020
I always thought Boba Fett was an overhyped nobody who just looked cool but did nothing. Now, after Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian, my opinion of him has changed. Also, that was the perfect episode for Robert Rodriguez to direct. #TheMandalorian
— Ranibow Sprimkle (@FunnyMalaise) December 4, 2020
— WesPaul77 (@wes_paul77) December 4, 2020
#BobaFett was handled very well indeed. This is the first time a character has come back from the dead and it has only enhanced the #StarWars narrative, rather than regress part of it.#TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/SInyU2fm6B
— Thank The Maker (@B4TheDarkTimes) December 4, 2020
And Morrison is sticking around for another adventure. With Grogu currently in the clutches of Moff Gideon, and the Razor Crest a pile of rubble, Boba and Fennec are in Mando’s debt until the youngling is rescued. But they’ll face some formidable obstacles, most notably Gideon’s squadron of combat-ready Dark Troopers — the far, far away galaxy’s answer to Iron Man. Good thing that Favreau has some experience with that kind of armor...
Dark Troopers are like some evil Iron Man
— Howie Manzo (@Howiej23) December 4, 2020
cw // mando spoilers
dark troopers looked like iron man suits HELP
— 🎅may/wade🎅 (@FINNDAMCRN) December 4, 2020
When the Dark Troopers were descending from the sky, I couldn't help but see them as Igor suits (Iron Man III) #TheMandalorian
— Zomon (@DonEsQue) December 4, 2020
Dark troopers are back iron man style. These seem to be modified or newer versions than the one's we've seen in rebels.
i love how bobba fett and the sharpshooter are back and in debted to each other. Love how both of them are hyper lethal weirdos who have an honor system.
— Go Team Venture! ✌✌ (@Matty_Del_Rose) December 4, 2020
The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+.
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