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Paul Tassi, Contributor

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Is Going Great So Far

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Alright look, at this point, I really have no idea what’s going on with The Book of Boba Fett. More than ever, it feels like it was meant to be filler to bridge the gap between seasons 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian, likely due to a combination of COVID-related production issues and Mando actor Pedro Pascal filming The Last of Us for HBO.

Because we are now 6 episodes into a just 7 episode series, and a full third, two entire episodes, have been devoted to The Mandalorian himself. These are not cameos, but full episodes about the main storylines of The Mandalorian, making this more or less the unofficial start of season 3, taking place in what’s supposed to be someone else’s show.

Spoilers follow.

Boba Fett did finally show up for about 15 seconds today, but again, the vast majority of the episode was dedicated to The Mandalorian, and of that, a good portion was a full-on exploration of Grogu’s training with CGI Luke Skywalker (who incidentally looks better now).

Mando arrives at Luke’s soon-to-be-built Jedi school only to have Ahsoka meet him and tell him how disruptive it would be for Grogu if he just showed up, given the Jedi code which forbids you to be attached to anyone (that never goes poorly, of course).

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Meanwhile, Luke is teaching Grogu force tricks like power jumps and memory recollection, where Grogu remembers when he was taken, Clone Troopers cutting down his Jedi protectors during the Purge.

Mando does opt to head back to Tatooine without seeing Grogu, but leaving his gift. There, he finally does reconnect with Boba Fett briefly to get a rundown of the current war against the Pykes, and he goes to recruit the town of Mos Pelgo to help. Initially, they and their Marshall, Cobb Vance, have no real desire to get involved, but that has likely changed now that a Pyke-hired bounty hunter, the famed Clone Wars-era Cad Bane, has showed in live action to kill a deputy and injure Vance (definitely don’t think he’s dead). Yes, before you ask, with Ahsoka and Cad Bane here, this was a Dave Filoni written and directed episode.

Back with Luke, Grogu is given a somewhat cruel choice between chainmail Beskar armor Mando has had made for him, and Master Yoda’s old lightsaber. Pick the armor, and he goes back to Mando. Pick the lightsaber, and he stays to become a Luke-trained Jedi warrior. Even if the episode cuts to black before he makes the decision, and we may not have an answer until The Mandalorian season 3, I have a pretty strong hunch which one he’s going to choose.

Truly, all of this is pretty bizarre. I mean, it’s working, because all we really wanted to see what the return of The Mandalorian for a new season, and that’s essentially what this interlude is, but it’s a very strange situation to have Boba Fett’s best episodes not feature Boba Fett at all, because Mando is just a flat-out better version of the character. I mean I sort of like the surprise bait and switch here, and yet The Book of Boba Fett has never felt more like a stopgap, and I can’t imagine they’re actually going to do a second season of this. By the end, this will essentially be a five episode miniseries with a two episode preview of Mando season 3. They have not at all laid a good enough foundation here to justify moving forward with Fett and Fennec’s story. But who knows.

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