The Book of Boba Fett - Chapter 3 - The Streets of Mos Espa

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Boba Fett must deal with two very different threats

The runtime is back to around 39 minutes.
 

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To be frank, I feel slightly disappointed on getting the short episodes. In the pilot we saw that Favreau got it wrong, but in this one he has Filoni backing him up as the writing and producer credits goes to both. Can Dave save the deal or is this going to be a roller-coaster ride with the audience feelings. I know that it's very hard to top the last episode, because it has been applauded by so many, including the critics.

I loved that the episode started with Mr Fett eyeing his "inherited" or "captured" businesses. Funny thing is if you look into the original trilogy Boba is definitely present in Jabba's court and he acted as if he knew it very well. So, in the terms on hostile takeover, he should have a pretty good idea about what was going under Jabba's leadership.

It's just after Jabba's demise Bib Fortuna split the Mos Espa business under three families, the Trandoshans, the Aqualish and the Klatooinians. They are all new names that I cannot recall hearing in anything so far, but they might be references in the Expanded Universe. Overall it makes sense as the families would rule over the gangs and keep the civilians under the rule. No rules and it would be chaos, but then there is the Hutt's with their ancestry claim that is the bigger problem. Hutt's and the other major organisations, like for example the Grimson Dawn that we saw in the last episode.

Fett being the boss in Tatooine is certainly bringing up an interesting situation in the place that used to have certain rules. And because Boba isn't showing power, the streets of Mos Espa and Mos Eisley are chaotic, unruly places.

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Oh you guys you are so out of your depth. Go back to the kiddie pool, where you belong. :giggle:

It's intriguing that a cyberpunk gang has found its way to the streets of Mos Espa. They behave and look like one, but they would be more in place at Coruscant than at Tatooine. They even called Boba as "an old man," as if they were expecting him to show the power. It's just even though they and I expected a fight, Boba handled it like a true boss. He even gained profit from getting back the protection business under the water merchant and foot soldiers.

Another interesting detail is that gangers were riding scooters. They more home in Coruscant than at desert planet, but since most of them were British, scooters it will be, even if they're out of place.

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The past Fett, the nomad Fett has arrived at street of Mos Eisley. In the movies it is a small place, almost like a town rather than a city and out of the two major places, it is definitely the minor one. Perhaps more intriguing detail is that it has moisture collectors everywhere and yet, the streets are all sandy.

The most intriguing detail is that Boba went after the ceremony to collect protection money from the Pikes and was told to take on the bikers running the protection racket. The past Fett isn't a sheriff, he isn't even a bounty hunter or a bruiser, but he is acting as if he is the real deal on all accounts.

It's just how is he going to do it from the back of a bantha? A biker ganger has a certain speed advantage over the native species. And after losing the members of Tuskan Raider family, Bantha speed might not actually deliver. Then again can a biker rider faster a speeding plasma bolt?

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Black Krratan fight. I'm amazed that he survived the initial encounter and got out from the bacta tank with his arms intact, when in the Solo movie they actually showed wookie ripping off the arms. What amazed me was that the cyberbangers saved Mr Fett's life, before Black Krrsan did try to beat the sh*t out of them. All after Fett had punctured him twice with the Tusken fighting stick.

The wookie took on the palace and survived to only get trapped in the pit. Nobody went down there to disarm him or treating his wounds, which I found hilarious but also proper as I don't think any of them want to deal with that bollocks. It's better to let wookie to steam in the pit until there's no rage left, whenever that might be, than treat them properly.

It's just he invoked the attack from the twins, by saying "over my dead body," and Black Krrstan acted most probably out of his own self interest as the two has a history between them. What he is right and Fennec wrong is that he needs to respond and not sit on it. Mr Corleone would have agreed, the Twins made their move, but then they gave to apologise before Boba could get a plan together.

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Giggles. Apology accepted. :ROFLMAO: Always, especially when it's delivered by Danny Trejo. I totally accept him as the new Rancor keeper. The intriguing detail is that the Twins reveal that the Mayor were dealing with the business, despite claiming that he stays out of it. They also revealed Hutta as the major location for the Hutt family.

What I don't get and what Fennec also questioned is the release of Black Krrsant. Why? They both have history and with Krrsant being a wookie, he isn't going to let the grudge go even if Boba spared his life.

"It's either that or kill him."

Well, personally I vote for killing him because those walking on the dark side, keep turning up like a bad penny. Killing him would have been a wise choice and it would have correct the wrong. So I put it in Old Man Fett being wiser and somewhat softer than the one that pranced around Emperor court, in the shadows on Darth Vader.

The interesting detail that Danny revealed about the rancor is that they are emotionally complex creatures. They said that "The witches of Dathomir rode them through the forests and fens," as he revealed them being more of guardians of their owners than just fighters.

A rancor riding Boba Fett is going to be an awesome sight, because that will be a true show of power that the gangs will understand.

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The cyberbangers are starting to grow on me as they show so much potential even if they are out of place characters and they would fit more into more modern settings than at the dusty streets of Mos Espa. But they were effectively dealt with Majordomo's escape. And none the streets still don't look like you would ride vehicles in there, when most of the traffic is pedestrian.

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I liked the episode. It's not the best, but it wasn't as bad as the pilot one.
 

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The casting in BOBF is bizarre. Are Favreau and Filoni casting their comedian mates in roles? David Pasquesi, Matt Berry, Galen Howard and the cyborg eye biker really pulled me out of the world with their dodgy acting. Great to see Machete, though.
 

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The casting in BOBF is bizarre. Are Favreau and Filoni casting their comedian mates in roles?
Yes, they are and a lot of British actors are included in the cast. It has worked in the live action, while the voices has been a bit more serious in the animated stuff. Some of the animated stuff is also extremely dark and are really meant for the mature audience. I'm personally fine that there is a comedy relief and some of the characters are comedians.
 

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Another awesome episode that just leaves me wishing the week away until next Wednesday.

Trandoshans = Bossk type species (named a lot in Rebels and CW)
Klaatoonians = guards on the skiffs in ROTJ (Barada, Niktu and Klaatu are the species in ROTJ) although I don’t think they’re mentioned in the animated series.
Aqualish = Pondo Baba is an example of them. From Ep5 Cantina scene.

Loved the Easter eggs. And the fact that Boba has probably ridden airwhas from Kamino like the Kaminoans do.

Nice to see teens/young people in SW at last and.

never thought I’d be so sad to see tuskens slaughtered

ETA: awful grammar.
 
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I'm personally fine that there is a comedy relief and some of the characters are comedians.

Comedy relief is fine, but the casting of these guys, and their acting is like Bea Arthur in the Holiday Special.
 

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and their acting is like Bea Arthur in the Holiday Special.
Well, yeah, they cannot take it any other way. It is special for them to be in SW. Billy Connoly in third part of the Hobbit is a brief encounter and I felt the same about him riding the warboar and waving the ax. Majordomo for example is a bit of character, but it's that liveliness that sit in the role as the Mayor behind him is far more serious. As a public face I would want someone like him handling the PR for the Mayor's office.
never thought I’d be so sad to see tuskens slaughtered
Me neither and there is no point for the spoiler tags in the episode threads. We are talking about the episode and what's in it. But the Tusken tribe, I feel Boba is going to do right for them at some point. The bikers might have a pyke handler.
 

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Underwhelming is probably how I'd sum it up after a promising 2nd episode. I think I'm trying to like it more than I should because it's Star Wars and it's a character I liked growing up. If I took those two elements out of it then I probably wouldn't continue watching for the storyline or the characters.

Also, is it just me or was the chase at the end extremely slow. They've introduced super shiny colourful speeders to get the young viewers interested and then they just...slowly tailgate majordomo for a while. Is there a 30mph speed limit in town?
 
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Danny Trejo got a warm welcome from the audience


Speaking with his collaborator and friend Kevin Smith on his FatMan Beyond podcast, The Book of Boba Fett cinematographer David Klein pulled back the curtain on the Bantha at Smith's request. "No my man, we don't have elephants. We have one Bantha that's filled with about four puppeteers and another four people on little remote controls and the other three or four or five (Banthas) are CG. And it's on a Motion Base and it does this (moves hands) and it goes across the backlot and we shoot it....It's on track and its motorized but a Motion Base can be programmed to animation. So you animate it in the pre-viz to do its little walk and they program that into the Motion Base and it does its little walk.

When asked by Smith why they would even bother building a Bantha when they could just make one using CGI, Klein revealed the full philosophy on the shows, noting the influence that George Lucas retains on the productions at Lucasfilm.

"Our methodology always goes back to 'How would George have done it in '77?' and that's where we start," Klein said. "Of course he didn't have Motion Bases and things like that so we cheat a little bit obviously, but he also didn't have VFX like we, so we cheat a lot actually. But it always needs to start with that in mind and even when we're doing visual effects work and CG work it starts with that, it has to feel real. You can't just put the camera anywhere you gotta to put it where he could have put it in '77, you have to move it like he would have moved it in '77. So that's why it's puppets, it's practical sh*t everywhere. We always try and do it real until it becomes financially ridiculous. So, Bantha, it's just four guys in a Bantha."
 

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Also, is it just me or was the chase at the end extremely slow. They've introduced super shiny colourful speeders to get the young viewers interested and then they just...slowly tailgate majordomo for a while. Is there a 30mph speed limit in town?

I thought the same but as the chase went on, I noticed the hotrods looked a bit like they were shuddering and moving slightly clumsily. I figured these kids had the means to gloss their rides up, but not to actually have the scratch to keep them in good working order.

Who knows, though. It was definitely done on purpose by its noticeable difference to other speeders.

Dudebros on Twitter now up in arms saying GL would never do something so un-Star Wars :D Hilarious. I wonder what they thought of the speeders in AOTC Coruscant chase scene, or Bail Organa’s nifty red one in ROTS; not to mention the endless shinies in the animated series.
 
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I thought the same but as the chase went on, I noticed the hotrods looked a bit like they were shuddering and moving slightly clumsily. I figured these kids had the means to gloss their rides up, but not to actually have the scratch to keep them in good working order.

Who knows, though. It was definitely done on purpose by its noticeable difference to other speeders.

Dudebros on Twitter now up in arms saying GL would never do something so un-Star Wars :D Hilarious. I wonder what they thought of the speeders in AOTC Coruscant chase scene, or Bail Organa’s nifty red one in ROTS; not to mention the endless shinies in the animated series.

Yeah true, it could be done on purpose, so long as it's explained or clearly shown why - otherwise it just looks like poor directing.

I stay away from Twitter though! In fact, I stay away from any place that devolves into arguments over a simple television show. :LOL:
 

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Hmm! I agree that it was most underwhelming after last week's excellent chapter.

When I saw the "hotrods" all I was reminded of was Power Rangers!

All that build-up of the Tuskan Raiders culture, traditions and way of life last week, just to have them all killed off this week!!! However, I'm hoping that wasn't all Tuskan Raiders and just a single tribe??
 

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Hmm! I agree that it was most underwhelming after last week's excellent chapter.

When I saw the "hotrods" all I was reminded of was Power Rangers!

All that build-up of the Tuskan Raiders culture, traditions and way of life last week, just to have them all killed off this week!!! However, I'm hoping that wasn't all Tuskan Raiders and just a single tribe??
Don’t worry, it was just one tribe. But it was pretty sad all the same.
 

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When I saw the "hotrods" all I was reminded of was Power Rangers!
Exactly my impression!

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I don't know about the speed of the chase, but for the show I felt it went on way too long.

This episode felt like a place holder. Maybe we get more next week?

I know I'm in a serious minority here, but dealing with two fairly unrelated timelines (or at least they seem so now) is frustrating. I'd much rather watch the past time line rather than the "present' time line where he's just some gang world leader.
 

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