‘The Book Of Boba Fett’ Drops An Entire Episode Of ‘The Mandalorian’


Viewers of The Book of Boba Fett heard a familiar musical cue at the end of last week’s episode, implying strongly that Boba Fett was going to be reaching out to his new friend, The Mandalorian, as he tries to retain power on Tatooine.

But today’s episode of The Book of Boba Fett went far above and beyond that, and what we got today instead was simply just…an entire episode of The Mandalorian, serving as less of a Boba Fett crossover (who isn’t even in the episode) and more of an interlude between Mando seasons 2 and 3.

Spoilers follow.

At 50 minutes, this is actually one of the longest Mandalorian episodes to date, and for better or worse, serves to feel like a sharp contrast to the somewhat lackluster Boba Fett series it’s meant to bolster here. This is made clear right away as Mando manhandles a bounty target and his cronies with the Darksaber, a sequence far more brutal than anything we’ve seen from Fett thus far.

The episode is jam pack with Star Wars lore, including a few different Mandalorian history lessons, which has a brief showcase of the Night of a Thousand Tears, the destruction of Mandalore at the hands of the Imperials. Mando is also cautioned about Bo Katan and how her rule led to Mandalore’s downfall, but soon after that, he’s essentially exiled by the only two Mandalorians left because he admits he removed his helmet that one time.

A large chunk of the episode is devoted to The Mandalorian heading back to Tatooine (checking the Darksaber in his luggage on a commercial freighter, a surprisingly stressful part of the episode). Back on the planet, he reunites with his mechanic friend who has a replacement ship for him in the form of an old Naboo starfighter that the two of them rebuild into the galactic equivalent of Dom’s Charger from The Fast and the Furious. No, but seriously.

Again, a ton more easter eggs here. The Starfighter itself, the podracer-like canyon sequence, the “Wizard!” proclamation. And for video game fans, we even got a BD droid in there, Cal’s little buddy. The events of that game were well before the Mandalorian timeline, so is it actually the same droid, BD-1? No idea, maybe we’ll find out in the next game.

The Mandalorian is eventually approached to help Boba by Fennec, which he agrees to, but first he says he’s going to go give Grogu a present, something made of Beskar that was forged from his old spear. It seems like some sort of chain…or something? But I kind of hope it’s a tiny helmet. In any case, this suggests that next episode could be another Mandalorian episode, one that has him reunite with Grogu before going back to help Fett in the finale. But I’m not sure.

What I am sure about is that the show gave a pretty clear indicator that Grogu will end up reunited with Mando on a more permanent basis. Why? Because look at that bubbled-off ex-droid slot on his new ship. If that’s not a “Grogu booster seat,” I don’t know what is.

So uh, yes, I suppose this was a very good episode of The Book of Boba Fett, in that it really was not an episode of The Book of Boba Fett at all, and was instead The Mandalorian season 2.5. But I’m not complaining, nor would I about another full Mando-Grogu reunion episode next week, if that is indeed the plan.

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