The Book of Boba Fett began streaming on Disney+ on Wednesday, December 29 and revealed the next chapter in its titular bounty hunter’s life.
Following the events of The Mandalorian Season 2, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) has taken over Jabba the Hutt’s former throne and the episode follows him as he starts out his journey as the head of Tatooine’s criminal underworld.
The episode, directed by Robert Rodriguez, also looks back on the character’s past and what happened to him between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian.
The Book of Boba Fett Episode 1 recap
Episode 1 of the new Disney+ show opens with Boba Fett in a healing tank, dreaming of the past and reliving key moments from the iconic sci-fi franchise.
There are flashes of his childhood, like when he finds his father Jango’s head in its helmet in Attack of the Clones, as well as the moment he fell into the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi.
The episode lingers on the latter, explaining how the character made it out of the creature’s stomach, only for his armor to get stolen by Jawas and for him to be taken captive by Tusken Raiders.
The Sand People don’t treat their prisoner kindly and Boba Fett is beaten and tied up. But the bounty hunter shows his tenacity by managing to break his bonds and escaping, although it doesn’t last for long.
Boba Fett goes up against one of the Tusken Raiders in one-on-one combat when they catch up with him, but despite his skills as a fighter the character is eventually overpowered and put back in chains.
It is at this point that Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) wakes him up so he can meet with the heads of different criminal factions and exert his dominance over them.
Menacing in his Mandalorian armor, the bounty hunter is referred to as a Daimyo—the name given to feudal lords in Japan from the 10th to the 19th century—and he accepts gifts and confers with various criminals.
Boba Fett chooses to spare two Gamorrean guards who were in Jabba the Hutt’s employment, taking them under his wing despite Fennec’s warnings not to do so (more on that later).
The pair then journey to The Sanctuary, a cantina run by Twi’lek Madam Garsa Fwip (Jennifer Beals), who gifts Boba Fett with a helmet full of coins as tribute.
But while things appear to be going swimmingly for the bounty hunter, they soon take a turn for the worst outside the cantina.
Boba Fett and Fennec are ambushed by mysterious assailants who surround them and attack. The bounty hunter and master assassin fight them off but it’s thanks to the Gamorrean guards that they are able to break free (see, it was a good idea to keep them around after all).
Fennec goes after their attackers and takes one captive, while the guards bring an injured Boba Fett back to Jabba’s palace where he is put into his healing tank and thrown back into his memories of the past.
Following on from where the flashbacks left him, Boba Fett is still a prisoner of the Tusken Raiders and is taken by a youngling to the desert to collect jugs of water that they buried out in the sand.
The bounty hunter tells his fellow captive, who ratted him out the first time he tried to escape, that he can get them both off-world if the other keeps his mouth shut, but that plan is short-lived when they’re attacked by a desert creature.
The creature makes short work of Boba Fett’s fellow captive, and goes after the Tusken Raider after they stopped it from killing the bounty hunter.
Returning the favor, Boba Fett attacks the creature before it can kill the Sand Person and takes its head, an act which earns him the respect of the whole camp and a drink of precious water before the episode comes to an end.
The Book of Boba Fett airs Wednesdays on Disney+.