When we thought episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett was already a treat, episode 6 was even more of fanservice because it treated us to a host of past Star Wars characters that made cameo appearances. But the one thing that became obvious was the fact that The Book of Boba Fett lacked any Boba Fett scenes in the past two episodes. So, why does the Book of Boba Fett Focus more on other characters and not on Boba Fett?
The Book of Boba Fett became the convergence point for different characters because of a common goal, and Din Djarin’s involvement in this show sets up The Mandalorian season 3. As for Boba Fett, he may have already done his part in this series as we only have to wait for the finale.
Even though The Book of Boba Fett seems to be a title that makes us think that the series will be all about the titular bounty hunter, it has been a surprise to see that the show focuses heavily on the other characters involved in the narrative. We may love the surprise, but we cannot help but wonder why there is a lack of Boba Fett in a series that became the extension of The Mandalorian.
Why Does The Book Of Boba Fett Focus A Lot On Din Djarin?
Din Djarin is the titular star of The Mandalorian series and is one of the biggest and most popular Star Wars characters today. That said, we were able to see an entire episode of The Book of Boba Fett focused solely on him, as we caught up to what the Mandalorian had been doing after the events of season 2 of The Mandalorian.
However, in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, a good part of the episode was once again focused on Din Djarin. Make no mistake about the fact that other Star Wars characters were also involved in this episode. But the fact that Djarin had more screen time than any of them makes us wonder why he has been the focus of episodes 5 and 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, even though this isn’t his show.
One of the most important things to know about The Book of Boba Fett is that this is a spin-off of The Mandalorian. That means that this is a show that is an extension of the mother series, which is The Mandalorian. As such, it shouldn’t be odd to see appearances from Din Djarin in a show that is an extension of his own show. But it still is quite odd that two episodes of a seven-episode season were dedicated to him.
Then again, the purpose of dedicating two whole episodes to Din Djarin is to bridge the gap between seasons 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian. The showrunners might want to start off season 3 of The Mandalorian with a concrete and clear direction, and they found a way to do so by giving us two Mandalorian episodes in The Book of Boba Fett, as Din Djarin focuses on his life post-Grogu within the entire narrative of The Book of Boba Fett’s central plot, which is the war against the Pykes.
Why Was Luke Skywalker And R2-D2 In The Book Of Boba Fett?
Another familiar face that we saw in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett is Jedi Master Luke Skywalker himself, who we saw in the final episode of The Mandalorian when he saved Din Djarin and took over with the care of Grogu to train him in the ways of the Force.
In episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, he took a more active role while mentoring Grogu and even forming a bond with him while telling him the story of Jedi Grandmaster Yoda, who is similar to Grogu’s race. Of course, wherever Luke goes, R2-D2 is also around as his faithful astromech droid. But why were Luke and R2 in The Book of Boba Fett?
Back in episode 5, Din Djarin was adamant about his decision of wanting to check up on Grogu. Of course, episode 6 brings us to the planet where Luke Skywalker was training Grogu because Djarin wanted to see the child he was traveling with for two whole seasons. He wanted to give Grogu a gift, which was a Mandalorian armor, with the intent of checking up on him as well.
Luke’s significance in this episode is in relation to Grogu’s own path. We were always made to think that he would become a Jedi, but that changed when Grogu became torn between his attachment with Din Djarin and his path towards becoming a Jedi. Luke became the mediator between those two choices, as he made it clear that the decision was up to Grogu.
Having Luke appear in this episode also gives us a glimpse into the possible rebuild of the Jedi Order that leads to Kylo Ren’s eventual betrayal in the events prior to Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Luke said that he wanted Grogu to be the first student of his new Jedi academy but still allowed the child to have a choice of his own.
So, in effect, Grogu’s decision has a bearing on what will happen to Luke’s New Jedi Order. Allowing us to see Luke and Grogu’s eventual decision is sort of a bridge between the events after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI and the rise of the First Order in Episode VII. Of course, R2 is merely there for the ride because he is Luke’s faithful droid.
What Is The Significance Of Ahsoka In The Book Of Boba Fett?
In the very same episode, Ahsoka Tano made her return to the fold after making an appearance back in season 2 of The Mandalorian. But why was Ahsoka in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett?
Having Ahsoka appear in The Book of Boba Fett also allows us to bridge two different eras. Remember that Ahsoka was Anakin’s padawan before he turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader and before Ahsoka left the Jedi due to her disagreement with the way the Jedi Council treated her alleged betrayal, which happened during the Clone Wars.
Considering that Luke is Anakin’s son, we are allowed to see how Ahsoka was able to bridge two eras of Skywalkers, as she actually met her old master’s son and became friends with him. And this might have an effect on the spin-off Star Wars series entitled Ahsoka, as the events of episode 6 give us a quick glimpse into what the former Jedi padawan was up to and how her involvement with Luke’s rebuild of the Jedi Order can affect the events in her own series.
Why Is Cobb Vanth in The Book Of Boba Fett?
Early in the episode, we also saw the return of lawman Cobb Vanth, the marshal of a town once called Mos Pelgo but is now called Freetown. Vanth was also the one who used Boba Fett’s armor for a few years before Din Djarin recovered it from him back in the events of season 2 of The Mandalorian.
In the episode, Vanth was first seen telling the Pyke syndicate to leave Mos Pelgo alone because he didn’t want their spice around his town. But when the Pykes relented, the lawman killed all but one of them, as he warned the survivor about the consequences of extending their spice trade into Mos Pelgo. So, other than that, why was Cobb Vanth in this episode?
When Fennec Shand told Boba Fett’s small band of fighters that they needed foot soldiers, Din Djarin told her that he could get them the soldiers they needed. That took him back to Mos Pelgo, who he knows is full of good fighters because he once worked with them to kill a Greater Krayt Dragon.
Djarin tried to convince Cobb Vanth to join them in their fight against the Pykes because the syndicate would soon make its way to their town and take over their territory. Vanth, who values his town’s peace, was hesitant to join the fight and decided to talk it over with the townsfolk first.
After Din Djarin had left, a mysterious figure who we know as Cad Bane appeared in the town, telling Cobb Vanth to stay away from the Pykes business. This led to a shootout between the two, as Vanth got injured in the duel while losing his deputy in the process.
When the people of Freetown saw what Cad Bane had done to their leader, they had a look of anger in their eyes. This means that Cobb Vanth’s appearance in this episode is a precursor to the people of Freetown’s involvement in the war against the Pyke syndicate. And because it was Din Djarin who has a connection with Cobb Vanth, it was necessary that the Mandalorian was the one to speak to him instead of any of Boba Fett’s other representatives.
Why Is There A Lack Of Boba Fett In The Book Of Boba Fett?
All that said, this leads us to the magic question. Why has there been a lack of Boba Fett in a series that is named after him? Has Lucasfilm and Disney abandoned their titular character and decided to bank on other Star Wars characters instead?
It might be true that the past two episodes were missing the character whose name is on the title of the show. Episode 5 was all about Din Djarin. Meanwhile, episode 6 was an ensemble of different cameos, with Din Djarin being the common denominator between all of them.
We only saw Boba Fett once in episode 6, as this scene involved the briefing of his band of fighters and their plans to defeat the Pyke syndicate. However, it was Fennec Shand that did all the talking. Boba Fett never uttered a single word in the only scene he was featured. This has led plenty of people to wonder why he hasn’t been featured in the last two episodes.
It is important to note that the Star Wars universe has a lot of different stories and characters that are all interconnected with one another, despite how unique these stories may be. This may be the will of the Force, as we all know that everything within the vast Star Wars galaxy converges at one point in time.
In relation to the different stories in the era of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett seems to be the convergence point for all of them. We are talking about the story of Din Djarin and how the events in The Book of Boba Fett will influence season 3 of The Mandalorian. We are also talking about Luke Skywalker and his efforts to rebuild the Jedi Order. Of course, let us not forget Ahsoka Tano, who is also getting her own spin-off show.
Because all of the characters are somehow acquainted with Din Djarin and considering that the Mandalorian is involved with Boba Fett’s war with the Pykes, it became easier for the showrunners to make the decision of focusing more on Djarin and the other Star Wars characters in the past two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett.
So. when you think about it, Boba’s war with the Pykes was the trigger event that allowed all of the other stories to converge with one another, even though Luke and Ahsoka don’t have anything to do with Fett’s battle but are still somewhat related to one of the combatants who will be taking part in it. And because there is a possibility that Grogu will be joining Djarin, that is where we will see the connection that the Jedi have with Boba Fett’s war against the Pykes, which will take place in Luke’s homeworld of Tatooine.
All that said, even if there has been a lack of Boba Fett in two of the seven episodes of a series that bears his name, his entire plot is what has allowed the characters of The Mandalorian era in Star Wars to converge in one single point in time. This is where you can think of The Book of Boba Fett as the convergence point that bridges some of the different stories in the vast Star Wars universe.