**THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 5 OF THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT**
Mando is back! As C-3PO would say, “Oh, thank the Maker!” After the events of season 2 of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin (The Mandalorian…Duh!) continues to track down wanted criminals as the fearsome bounty hunting Mandalorian. When we catch up with him, Djarin has just successfully tracked down a Klatoonian boss named Kaba Baiz, who doesn’t exactly know how to be dishonest. In an attempt to bring him in “warm or cold”, Djarin engages in a quarrel with Baiz’s henchmen. Obviously, criminals and their henchmen aren’t too bright as they aren’t prepared to take on our beloved bounty hunter.
While battling Baiz’s men, Djarin injures himself while using the Darksaber he won from Moff Gideon. After killing Baiz and all of his men, Djarin beheads him and tells Baiz’s remaining workers to take whatever they want as their boss is now dead. Djarin then travels to deliver Baiz’s head to his client, but he accepts the directions to a Mandalorian hideout instead of collecting a reward. Upon arriving at the hideout, Djarin groups with The Armorer and Paz Vizsla, the last surviving members of the Mandalorian warrior tribe. The Armorer notices Djarin’s injury and inquires about it.
Djarin tells that his injury came from the Darksaber and that he acquired it after defeating Moff Gideon. The Armorer then tells the story of the Darksaber’s origins and its connections to the planet Mandalore and Bo-Katan Kryze. Paz Vizsla, who watches as Djarin trains with the Darksaber and notices his struggle using the weapon, challenges Djarin for the claim of the Darksaber, reminding him that he is the descendant of Tarre Vizsla, the Mandalorian Jedi who forged the Darksaber. In Vizsla’s belief, it should belong to him. Vizsla and Djarin battle for the weapon, with Djarin ultimately beating Vizsla.
The Armorer questions both of them if they’ve ever removed their helmets or if anyone’s seen them without it. While Vizsla denied having removed his, Djarin did not, resulting in The Armorer forcing him to denounce his livelihood as a Mandalorian. Djarin apologizes and strives to atone for breaking the code, but soon departs to Tatooine. Djarin arrives in Mos Eisley, a city in Tatooine, and meets with Peli Motto after she finds a replacement for his destroyed Razor Crest. Motto reveals to Djarin that she has an N-1 Starfighter.
Despite his distaste for the vehicle, he reluctantly agrees to give it a chance and helps Motto fix the ship. After they fix up the ship, Djarin takes it for a test flight and grows a liking for it. Upon returning to Mos Eisley, Fennec Shand arrives to recruit Djarin to help Boba Fett fight against the Pyke Syndicate. Djarin agrees to help, but he must first go to visit Grogu.
Let’s be honest, this was Season 3, Episode 1 of The Mandalorian. Can we agree on that? This was strictly Mando’s episode. This episode pulls us out of the Boba Fett storyline and places us back into Din Djarin’s story as if we never left. Is that a good thing? Is it a bad one? Hey, it’s the Mandalorian. We ought to be grateful. Who knows when we’ll get Season 3, right?
Anyways, This episode was filled with great cinematic moments and great isn’t even the word to describe. The different scenes, particularly in space, really give you a feel for the scope and make you feel as if you’re actually in space. It’s just so beautiful! The action was really violent compared to the violence we’ve seen in the last four episodes put together. Plus it was really violent. C’mon, it’s not every day you see a Mandalorian chop a Klatoonian boss in half…and watch him carry his head around…right? Right?
If you loved the Mandalorian in his respective show, you definitely loved seeing him take over in this episode. The nostalgia was also very present in this episode as well. Seeing an N-1 starfighter for the first time since The Phantom Menace was definitely an “Ah-ha!” moment if you’ve seen the film enough times. Or how about when Djarin is riding through the same canyons that Anakin Skywalker once raced through in order to secure his freedom.
Definitely another one of those “Ah-ha!” moments. There is definitely excitement to see more of Din Djarin in this show, as well as seeing him alongside Boba Fett as they battle against the Pyke Syndicate. Hopefully, we get to see him reunite with Grogu…maybe a certain “Skywalker”. The possibilities are… limited. This has become easily the most popular episode in the series so far and the crazy part is, it’s nothing to do with Boba Fett. That’s just insane, isn’t it? Maybe, maybe not. This edition of the Book of Boba Fett has earned itself a strong 9 out of 10.
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