Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Recap: Episode 7 “In the Name of Honor”

The finale of The Book of Boba Fett is finally here to usher in the final showdown between Boba Fett, his allies, and the devious Pyke Syndicate.

Tension continues to rise

Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, and the others have gone to inspect the charred remains of the Sanctuary. Din returns from his visit to Freetown and tells them that Cobb Vanth will be raising a garrison for them, and he’s doing it for free because the town wants to shut down the spice trade. Fennec isn’t pleased by the idea, because that’s most of Jabba’s business, but Fett agrees to the terms.

Elsewhere, Cad Bane reports back to the Pyke Syndicate, and we see that’s where Mayor Mok Shaiz has been holed up. It’s revealed that the Pyke Syndicate are actually the ones responsible for slaying the Tusken Tribe; they just made it look like the Nikto Sand Riders did it to trick Boba Fett. The mayor isn’t pleased that they’re destroying the city in the process of waging this war, and Bane says that he has an idea for how to draw Fett out.

A lone X-wing arrives

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An X-wing arrives in Mos Eisley and lands in Peli’s hangar (mirroring The Mandalorian season 2 finale). She makes her way over to see who has arrived, and while R2-D2 is in the astromech socket, Luke Skywalker isn’t the pilot. It’s Grogu (though he needed some help from the droid to get there). Peli is thrilled to see her little friend, and she tells him that the Mandalorian is in Mos Espa. When she picks him up, we see that Grogu is wearing the beskar armor Din gave him.

Cad Bane arrives to negotiate

Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) in Lucasfilm's THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
Lucasfilm

Fett sends the Mods and the rest of their allies out to patrol the streets and keep an eye out for the Pyke army. Cad Bane arrives at the Sanctuary and beckons Fett to come outside and have a chat with him, but Fett tells him that he doesn’t negotiate with gutless murderers. (“If that’s not the Quacta calling the Stifling slimy.”) Bane then informs him not to count on the people of Freetown to save them, because he already took care of Marshal Vanth. He lets the truth about what happened to the Tusken Raiders slip, and Fett nearly loses his composure. He’s ready to take out Bane right then and there, but Fennec convinces him to wait. He’ll get his moment.

It’s a trap

Meanwhile, it appears that the meeting with the three gotras at the Palace was nothing but empty promises of neutrality, because the Mods, Krrsantan, and the Gamorrean guards are all being attacked by the locals now. It’s a trap. The mayor’s majordomo shares some key information after Fennec points her gun at him: the Syndicate is operating out of the Desert Survey Office in Mos Eisley. She heads out, and on her way she finds the Mods pinned back in a corner, and she saves them.

The Pykes arrive at the Sanctuary, and Fett tells Din that he should leave. Fett has to stay, because he has to look after the people of Mos Espa. Din refuses, because he gave him his word, and he’s with him until they both fall.

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DIN DJARIN: Okay then, we’ll both die in the name of honor.
BOBA FETT:
You sure you wanna stay?
DIN DJARIN:
This is the Way.

The majordomo pipes up with an alternative; he offers to negotiate on their behalf, because they could potentially be granted passage off-world with a bit of groveling and money. Fett quickly agrees, and he tells him he’ll write out what he’s willing to pay. The majordomo struts out of the building with the tablet in hand, confidently beginning to read off Fett’s message for the Pykes. However, his face falls when he realizes that Fett’s offer is nothing. Instead, his message is that if the Pykes don’t leave the planet and their spice trade, the arid sands of Tatooine will “once again flourish with flowered fields, fertilized with the bodies of their dead.” Fett and Din take advantage of the distraction and come out on their jetpacks, fighting side by side and picking off the Pykes. There’s too many of them though, and they begin to struggle. Reinforcements show up, but it’s not just the Mods and Krrsantan, it’s also an army of people from Freetown.

It appears that the Pykes have begun to fall back, but a bigger problem arrives in their wake: two Scorpenek droids. Try as they all might, it’s impossible to penetrate their shields. Even the Darksaber can’t get through. Fett takes off with the promise of finding more help while Din tries to keep things under control. As Din makes his way through the streets, he runs into Peli and hitches a ride with her. He’s shocked to see Grogu, who jumps into his arms, and he quickly notices that he’s wearing the beskar shirt.

Fett’s plan is revealed when he shows back up riding his pet rancor. As the rancor begins to attack the droid’s shield from the front, Din slips through a weak spot in the back. He’s able to do some damage with the Darksaber, but he’s thrown off of the droid before he can destroy it. Grogu steps out and uses the Force to rip off a piece of the droid, making it stumble, and the rancor finishes it off. Fett and the rancor then make their way over to where the Freetown fighters and the rest of their allies are, taking down the second droid as well.

A final showdown between two bounty hunters

Cad Bane returns, chasing off the rancor with his flamethrower. Bane taunts Fett and says that he gave it a shot, he tried to go straight, but he has his father’s blood pumping through his veins. He’s a killer. And this isn’t the first time Bane has beat him out on a job, so there’s no shame in it. He rips off Fett’s helmet, standing over him as he tells him that this is his final lesson. “Look out for yourself, anything else is weakness.” Fett then catches him off guard with his gaderffii and kills him.

Grogu saves the day

Scared and enraged by Cad Bane, the rancor begins to recklessly tear through the city. Everyone begins shooting at it, but Din tells them to stop, because they’re scaring it. He gives Grogu to Peli, handing him the Razor Crest knob, and jets into the air to take care of the rancor. Unfortunately, he’s immediately thrown off of it. It tries to chomp on his head, but its teeth can’t bite through Din’s beskar helmet. Grogu decides to intervene again, using the Force to put the creature to sleep. Afterward, Grogu walks over to pet the snoozing rancor, and then he lays down to take a nap beside it.

Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) in Lucasfilm's THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
Lucasfilm

As for the rest of the Pykes and the leaders of the families that betrayed Fett, Fennec heads over to Mos Eisley to take care of them. When all is said and done, Fennec and Fett walk through the streets, where the townspeople happily greet them and bow as they pass.

Din and Grogu take their leave, and we finally get the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Grogu is sitting in the astromech port in Din’s new ship. Grogu begins knocking on the window with the knob, and Din tells him no … so he does it more insistently. Din finally gives in, punching it so the starfighter goes zipping across space, and Grogu responds gleefully. Baby likes to go fast.

Cobb Vanth lives

Boba Fett’s earlier remark about letting someone use the bacta tank is explained in the episode’s post-credits scene: Cobb Vanth is alive! He can be seen inside of the tank, and a man from the mod parlor sits beside him, waiting to get to work.

All episodes of The Book of Boba Fett are now streaming exclusively on Disney+. Catch up on all of our episodic recaps here.

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