Following last week’s premiere of The Book of Boba Fett, this week’s episode, “The Tribes of Tatooine,” sees Boba Fett and Fennec seemingly trace the origins of the assassin back to the Mayor. However, the former bounty hunter has bigger problems to worry about now that the Twins, Jabba the Hutt’s cousins, have arrived on Tatooine to stake claim to the throne. We also learn more about Fett’s time with the Tusken Raiders.
Mayor Mok Shaiz
As promised, Fennec brings the assassin back to the Palace alive. They learn that he’s from the Order of the Night Wind, which means he absolutely isn’t going to answer any of their questions. Instead, he stares at them defiantly. They drop him down below to see if the rancor will get him to talk, at which point he immediately says that the Mayor is the one that sent him. Not that there was a rancor down there anyway …
Boba Fett and Fennec head out to pay the Mayor a visit, receiving a cold welcome and more snide jabs about his choice not to be carried around Mos Espa on a litter. Fett pays them no mind, pushing past to get into the room where the Mayor, Mok Shaiz, sits. Mok Shaiz claims that he wasn’t the one that sent the assassin, but he pays Boba Fett for bringing him in. Although Fett feels slighted for being treated like he’s still a bounty hunter, he takes the payment regardless in lieu of the Mayor’s lack of a tribute. The Mayor suggests Fett go and see Madam Garsa at the Sanctuary.
A power struggle begins
Madam Garsa seems nervous as soon as Boba Fett arrives, and she informs him that Jabba the Hutt’s cousins — the Twins — have come to lay their claim to the throne. Fett is perplexed, as he was under the assumption they were preoccupied on Nal Hutta. The patrons grow quiet as a drumbeat sounds in the distance, and Fett and his crew go outside to find the Twins being carried through the streets on an enormous litter. They tell Fett that they have business to discuss, but he remains firm that the throne is his property. The Twins, on the other hand, believe that because it was Jabba’s, now it’s theirs. A dangerous looking Wookiee — Black Krrsantan — steps out, prepared to fight, but Fett isn’t bothered.
Boba Fett tells the Twins that they’ll have to kill him if they want to take the territory back. However, bloodshed is bad for business, so the Hutts opt to deal with the issue later. They warn the Daimyo to sleep lightly. Afterward, Fennec reminds him that he’ll need to get permission to kill the Twins.
As Fett sleeps, more of his memories from his time with the Tusken Raiders come to the surface. After earning their respect for killing the sand creature, they teach him how to fight. However, they’re interrupted by a low rumbling noise in the distance, and Fett is confused as the Tuskens begin to panic. A train goes by, and many of the Tuskens are shot and killed as it passes.
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As they mourn the dead, Fett gets an idea when he sees a group of raiders pass by on speeder bikes. He follows them to a small cantina, where they’re stirring up trouble. He proceeds to fight them all, utilizing some of his new fighting skills from the Tuskens. He returns to the camp the next morning with the stolen speeder bikes, and he tells the Tusken Raiders that this is how they’re going to stop the train.
Though it’s a difficult process, Boba Fett manages to teach them how to ride the speeders. When the train passes by again, they’re prepared. Fett and a group of the Tuskens manage to use the speeder bikes to get onto the train, and given their proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, they take control and bring the train crashing to a stop. As they hold the remaining occupants prisoner, Fett learns that they’re smugglers carrying Sansanna spice. They had been killing the Tuskens in order to protect their route. Boba Fett makes it clear that the sands are no longer free for them to pass because the Tuskens lay ancestral claim to the Dune Sea. If they want to use that route, they will need to pay a toll. And any future deaths? They’ll be returned tenfold.
A gift and a journey
As a thank you for his efforts, the Tuskens present Boba Fett with a gift — a lizard. The creature promptly crawls inside of his nose, which baffles him. As things start to grow hazy, the Tuskens tell Fett that the lizard will guide him from inside of his head. He embarks on a strange journey through the desert under the night sky, finding a tree. As he struggles through memories of the Sarlacc and his childhood, he snaps off a branch, which he brings back to the camp the next morning. Having truly accepted him into their ranks, the Tuskens finally outfit Boba Fett with black robes, and they teach him how to craft his own gaderffii with the stick he brought back.
Later that evening, Boba Fett and the tribe dance around the fire.
The next episode of The Book of Boba Fett will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, January 12. Stay tuned for our weekly coverage, including episodic recaps and more.