It took most of the series to get there but The Book of Boba Fett finally found its purpose. After two lackluster episodes, everything seems to be coming together in “The Gathering Storm” as Fett prepares for war. But first, we must finish off the flashback sequences that have been a part of the show since the beginning. Framed as dream sequences while Fett is in the healing machine, they’ve now brought us up to the present.
The truth is that had the series been told in chronological order it might have hit harder. Fett’s time with the Tusken Raiders is solid character development and explains quite a bit of his actions later in the series. But presenting Fett as a new man without the context of his experiences creates for very confused viewers. Many expressed frustration at this kinder, gentler Fett that doesn’t really fit his Star Wars persona.
What the current episode does is fill in the gaps that led to Fett taking over Jabba the Hutt’s palace and starting his own house. It’s as if the show knowingly created a gap with for its first three episodes only to fill it in at the halfway point of the show. That’s a storytelling device that works sometimes when wielded right. That wasn’t really the case here.
That being said, this episode does have some fun moments. Watching Fennec and Boba pull off a heist to steal Fett’s ship was one of the best scenes in the series so far. There is chemistry between Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec (Ming-Na Wen) when it’s utilized right. Wen is a powerhouse she just needs to be pointed in the right direction. After three episodes of not giving her much to do it was nice to finally see her open up and do some damage. Both of these characters are supposed to be badasses yet we haven’t really seen that in action yet.
The laziest bit of the episode though comes as the flashback comes full circle with the arrival of Fennec. With a burst in the sky, she quite literally falls out of the sky. It’s a deus ex machina that could have been solved organically but since Fett refuses to leave Tatooine the story must come to him. If this were just network TV it could be forgiven but this series has been crafted by masterful storytellers. We’ve seen what they can do already with The Mandalorian, this just feels weak.