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Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor

What is it ? : Boba meets with Fennec and Din Djarin at the ruins of Sanctuary, and discuss their plans to fight the Pykes. The defences all rely on the freetowners, who Din believes that Cobb Vanth will be able to convince to help, not knowing that Cad Bane has already shot Vanth. Boba wants to retreat to the Palace to hold out there, but the mods convince him that the town needs his help so he should remain at Sanctuary.
Meanwhile Cad Bane meets with the Pykes, telling them that Boba has no other friends to call on, especially after the Pykes reveal that they slaughtered the Tuskens. But they are still hesitant as getting him and his few allies out of Sanctuary could be costly, but Cad tells them he has a way of luring Boba out.
Bane arrives at Sanctuary, and reveals to Boba that the Pykes killed the Tuskens, hoping his anger will cause him to act irrationally, but Fennec calms him down. But as he leaves, Boba is called by his forces around the city that they are under attack as the gangs have broken their agreement with Boba and have turned on them. The mods are under attack by the Aqualish, the Gamorreans by the Klatoonians, and Black Krrsantan by the Trandoshans.
The Gamorreans are forced to back off a cliff by overwhelming numbers, while the mods are forced under cover by blaster fire, and Krrsantan goes down under a swarm of bodies. Boba sets Fennec free to help out, while he and Din hold out at the Sanctuary. Din tells him that the gangs have done the common sense thing, and Boba responds that he expects Din to do the same, but he refuses to abandon Boba, as he has given his word, and that is the way.
Meanwhile an X-Wing sets down at Peli Motto's hangar, she thinks its the authorities so begins to bluster about having put in for the relevant paperwork, but sees that inside the cockpit is Grogu, brought here by R2-D2, returning him to Din Djarin as the child has chosen the Mandalorian vest rather than the lightsaber.
The mods are under heavy fire, when they are told over their comlinks to keep their heads down by Fennec, and she snipes out all of their opponents, telling them to get back to Sanctuary, they thank her, and she comments that she appreciates them being polite.
At Sanctuary, Pyke forces are moving into position, and the Mayors Majordomo who is still with Boba offers to bargain with them, but Boba's terms turn out to be leave or your blood will water the sands of Tatooine turning it lush and verdant again, but this is just a distraction so him and Din can use their jetpacks to get an advantage over the more numerous Pykes.
Their armour takes hit after hit, as even their advantage is countered by numbers, or at least it is until they are reinforced by first the returning mods, then Krrsantin shaking off wounds and Pykes clinging to him, and finally by the people of Freetown, who want to avenge their fallen marshall.
The tide of battle turns, or at least it does until the Pykes release two enormous battle droids, with heavy cannons and almost impenetratable shields. As his people are forced to retreat, Boba asks Din to delay the battle droids as he has a way of defeating the giant droids, and he jet packs off.
Splitting up, one droid follows the Mods, the Freetowners and Krrsantin, while the other follows Din, who meets up with Peli who is bringing Grogu to him on a droid pulled cart, and the two share a moment as they attempt to flee the droid. The others are cornered behind a wall with no where further to retreat to as the Pykes and droid bombard their cover.
Din attempts to use the Darksaber against the shield, but it cannot pierce it, and he is pinned to the ground, and the droid is going to kill him with its armoured legs, but Grogu pulls a part out from one of its legs using the force delaying it. But as it recovers and goes to strike Din once more, it pauses as a massive beastial bellow is heard as Boba returns riding his Rancor.
The Rancor and droid battle, and the shield is weakened enough for Din to pierce the shield with the Darksaber and attack the droid, allowing the Rancor to tear it to pieces. Boba leaves to deal with the other droid, arriving just in time to hurl it into a building, and although the Rancor takes some wounds, it defeats the droid only for Cad Bane to stroll out.
As Boba attacks him, the Rancor is frightened back by a flamer burst in its face from Bane, and Boba is knocked from his saddle, allowing Bane to further frighten the beast forcing it to flee.
Din attempts to deal with the raging Rancor, but although it cannot pierce his armour with its teeth, it is prepared to crush him, until Grogu calms the beast and makes it go to sleep, before curling up next to it and going to sleep himself.
Boba and Bane face off in a classic gunfight, and Bane proves faster, although Boba's armour holds, but as Bane closes to remove Boba's helmet to kill him, Boba strikes with his gaderffii stick, seemingly killing the older bounty hunter.
At Mos Eisley, the Pykes have heard of the rout in Mos Espa, and are preparing to leave the planet, but the gangs and mayor complain. But before they can deal with their dispute, each is taken out by Fennec shand, who shoots each, before hanging the Mayor and stabbing the head of the Pykes.
Later, Boba and Fennec walk through the streets of Mos Espa, Boba has respect from the townspeople, and children offer him fruit to eat. He says to Fennec that they are not suited to this life, but she comments if not them, then who, before they meet up with the Mods and Krrsantin, and the group shares a joke.
In space, the Mandalorian and Grogu are aboard Din's new ship, and Grogu taps on the canopy with the handle from the Razor crest, only for Din to refuse. He repeats more insistently, until Din gives in and hits the turbo, and they streak off through the stars.

After the credits we see Cobb Vanth in Boba's bacta tank, with the Mod engineer activating his tools standing next to him. . . .

High Points : While it has it's flaws, I really enjoyed that episode, with it having one of the best running battles in Star Wars history, with the Battle Droids and Rancor both looking amazing and giving us some real wow moments. We actually end up feeling for the Rancor, as it takes wounds from the droids, and then is frightened off by Cad Bane.
And there's loads of great moments and lines throughout, from Peli Motto's "Grogu, that's a terrible name, I'm not going to call you that.", to the now iconic "This is the way." from Din Djarin.

Low Points : With the shown survival of Cobb Vanth, death continues to be worthless in the Star Wars universe, especially as I've already heard it mentioned that Cad Bane shows signs of life after he is stabbed by Boba (something I personally missed).
And while it was great for the action, the shields on the Battle droids seemed a little too powerful. While I know they should be impervious to energy weapons, the fact that they block Din Djarin from physically attacking the droids seems wrong, we saw droids walking through Gungan shields back in Episode 1, and Clone Troopers roll grenades through Droideka shields in the Clone Wars series, as these are usually ray shields, which have no effect on physical objects. I also expected Peli Motto's weapon to have more effect as she was using what looked like a Jawa ion gun, which should pierce energy shields (as seen in The Empire Strikes Back), and have a great effect on droids.
I can see why they did it, but it's annoying when they break the established rules of the universe (and for anyone who says that continuity doesn't bother them, then equally they should have no problem if Harry Potter turned up with Doctor Strange and Gandalf to save the day using magic, because if consistency in storytelling doesn't matter then stories don't have to make sense).

So what do you really think ? : I really enjoyed it despite it's flaws. It was action packed, with excellent effects and dialogue. While not what I probably expected or wanted from a Boba Fett show, it was entertaining and definitely worth my time.

Final Words : Well The Book of Boba Fett has been a somewhat erratic series, with Boba not really featuring in a couple of episodes, and the worlds slowest speeder bike chase, among other flawed moments. But I generally enjoyed it, even if mainly it serves as an appetiser for The Mandalorian season 3, which I'm now really looking forwards to.

Score : 9/10

Comments made about this Article!

17/Feb/2022 16:32:24 Posted by asikari

After having looked at the 1st and 2nd edition sourcebooks and the 2nd edition revised rules (I have the 1st and 2nd edition rulebooks somewhere), the shield rules, while they don't explicitly state the interaction between energy shields and physical weapons (missiles, torpedoes, etc.), it is certainly implied when it states that "when a ship lowers its particle shields, reduce its hull code be -2D" and "energy shields are normally activated only in combat, and must cover specific fire arcs..." (revised 2nd edition rulebook, pg. 126). Whereas, as you stated, the rules states specifically that ion cannons ignore shields.

17/Feb/2022 19:44:05 Posted by Freddy

Cheers for looking that up, it rings bells now I read it over.

Makes me regret forgetting it though as recently my players powered down their ship in an Asteroid field to avoid pursuit by the Empire (their ship was pretty wrecked already (shields down, hyperdrive down, manoeuvrability minus dice)), and I think it would have made the situation even more tense if they'd known their hull was 2D down.
Turns out it wouldn't have mattered, as they didn't get detected, and the adventure had them having to search out a replacement distribution board for their ship as after patching it up they couldn't power all systems. Which made for a cool sidequest on an Imperial mining colony as they went about their mission as well.

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