Review: ‘the Book of Boba Fett’ – Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor

As quickly as it began, The Book of Boba Fett has come to an end. The breathtaking finale, directed once again by Robert Rodriguez, brought the season — hopefully not series! — to a close in explosive, satisfying fashion as war raged through the streets of Mos Espa.

“Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor” picked up immediately where the Tatooine side of things left off last week. Boba (Temuera Morrison), Fennec (Ming-Na Wen) and Din (Pedro Pascal/Brendan Wayne/Lateef Crowder) investigate what remains of The Sanctuary after the Pykes declared open warfare by planting a bomb and killing everyone inside.

Din assures Boba and Fennec that reinforcements are on their way from Freetown, which is a relief for them to hear because even with the other three families of Mos Espa in agreement to stay out of the fight, our heroes are sorely outnumbered. Rather than hide in the palace, at the urging of Drash (Sophie Thatcher) and Skad (Jordan Bolger), the crew decides to stay in town to protect the people relying on them.

Meanwhile, in Mos Eisley, familiar faces make an appearance. Cad Bane meets up with the Pyke leadership — as well as Mayor Mok Shaiz. He assures them that Freetown will no longer be an issue, and the Pyke leader adds that Boba’s Tusken tribe will not be interfering either, confirming that his people framed the Nikto bikers for the massacre.

Somewhere across town, Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) receives a visit from a familiar x-wing, piloted by a familiar astromech droid. The pilot’s seat, however, is only occupied by a single familiar face. A little green one, to be precise. It looks like little Grogu said thanks but no thanks to Luke Skywalker’s offer of a lightsaber and hightailed it to Tatooine to reunite with Din.

Back in Mos Espa, Cad Bane has found Boba holding down the fort at the Sanctuary and calls him out, attempting to draw him into a duel under the guise of negotiation. When Boba refuses, Bane goads him by throwing the truth of what happened to the Tuskens in his face. The tactic very nearly works, and it is only at Fennec’s urging that Boba stands down to maintain the upper hand and later duel Bane at a time and place of his choosing.

As this is unfolding, Boba’s followers have split up, each keeping an eye on a separate district of the city. As expected, the promise of neutrality doesn’t hold and the Aqualish, Klatoonians and Trandoshans turn on the members of Boba’s little crime family. The Gamoreans are killed, Krrsantan (Carey Jones) is overwhelmed, and the Mods are backed into a corner.

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Fennec reasons that the best way to put an end to it is to take out the senior leadership and volunteers to do it herself after the Majordomo (David Pasquesi) confirms their location. After a quick detour to relieve the Mods, Fennec jets off for Mos Eisley.

Back at the Sanctuary, Din is unwilling to leave Boba alone to the Pykes waiting beyond the door, stating that it goes against the Creed. Though he still has a long way to go in unpacking all that his covert did to him mentally, it is nice to see that he doesn’t consider the Armorer (Emily Swallow) the be-all end-all of his place as a Mandalorian.

The two send the Majordomo out to negotiate on their behalf, but the efforts go immediately sour as Boba’s written statement declares he has no intention of surrendering. Before things can turn truly ugly, the garrison from Freetown arrives — sans Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) — ready to avenge their Marshal.

They arrive not a moment too soon, because from there the city is under relentless siege. Scorpenek droids come to relieve the fallen Pykes, and unfortunately for everyone else, their shields are resistant to energy weapons. Boba asks Din to protect the others as long as he can while he brings in additional reinforcements — ignoring Din’s observation that he’s run out of friends.

Because Peli Motto has impeccable timing, she arrives in Mos Espa just as Din is diverting one of the droids. She chooses the unfolding chaos as the ideal time to reveal to Din that Grogu has arrived, something which surprises the Mandalorian, but fortunately doesn’t prove to be a fatal distraction.

Boba returns in short order, seated on the back of his rancor. The creature helps them take out the first of the droids, before they relocate to where the Mods and the people of Freetown have been backed into a corner by the other droid to help out there as well. Though the rancor took down two droids in spectacular fashion, one of the episode's more thrilling sequences happens just a few moments later, when Cad Bane returns to face Boba in the now-quiet alleyway.

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Bane and Boba have had a long, bitter rivalry since The Clone Wars, some of which is hinted at here. But while Bane is still living in the past, and carrying the bitterness across decades, Boba shows just how much he has grown as a man, and as a warrior. He refuses to fight on Bane’s terms, and just when it seems he’s got the better of him, Boba flips the stakes and kills Bane with his gaffi stick. I love a healthy dose of poetic justice.

With Boba otherwise occupied, the rancor is on the loose, angry, and injured. Unsure what to do, Boba’s crew attempt to take it out with blasters as it scales a nearby building. The whole sequence was unexpectedly King Kong, and an utter delight. In the end, it’s the smallest member of the family who has the solution. Grogu, showing just how far he’s come in his abilities, soothes the rancor using the Force until the creature falls asleep in the sand, with the little green guy curling up next to him for a nap of his own.

The final loose end to tie up is the senior leadership assembled in Mos Eisley. Though they scramble to figure out their next moves, it’s all for naught as the lot of them are dead within seconds. They don’t call her Master Assassin Fennec Shand for nothing, after all.

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Refreshingly for a finale, the episode doesn’t end with a looming threat on the horizon to disturb the peace the characters have found. True, the last shot of Din and Grogu is the two of them speeding the audience off into the third season of The Mandalorian, but that was an expected component of the universe overall. Even the post-credit scene shows Cobb Vanth in Boba’s bacta tank waiting for cybernetic parts from the Modder (Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner). If they chose to leave the characters here, it would be what I consider a satisfying ending.

That said, I really hope this isn’t the last we see of Boba, Fennec, and their little Mos Espa crime family. The two have taken very seriously to their roles as the protectors of the people, and have now earned the respect Boba sought from the beginning. As sad as it would be to disturb their peace, it would be even sadder if we never got to see these characters and this world again. With Boba’s dominion over the Tatooine underworld assured, for now, the stage is perfectly set for a true underworld story of some kind. Perhaps one involving a certain leader of Crimson Dawn?

The Book of Boba Fett is streaming now on Disney+

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Arezou Amin is a freelance writer with a lifelong love of Star Wars, romance, fantasy, and all things pop culture. She is the host of Space Waffles, a Star Wars-focused podcast on the Geeky Waffle network, where she also co-hosts the flagship show and writes reviews and recaps for the site.