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‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Chapter 3 Breakdown: “The Streets of Mos Espa”


‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Chapter 3 Breakdown: “The Streets of Mos Espa”

In The Book of Boba Fett’s second episode, Mos Espa mayor Mok Shaiz warned the would-be daimyo of Tatooine that “Running a family is more complicated than bounty hunting.” In the third episode, Fett finds out what the mayor meant. In “The Streets of Mos Espa,” written by Jon Favreau and directed by Robert Rodriguez, Fett survives a second assassination attempt, gains some new allies, and trades one adversarial syndicate for another, in addition to reliving a loss in the past. The latest installment helps explain the state of play on Tatooine, though what it gains in great guest stars it lacks in pacing and satisfying set pieces, resulting in a step down from the highs of the series’ sophomore effort.

After an establishing shot of Boba’s palace that features a B’omarr monk, 8D8 briefs Boba on how Bib Fortuna maintained order in Mos Espa. I don’t want to tell the torture droid or the daimyo how to do their jobs, but it seems like this meeting should have happened before. (Maybe that’s the price you pay for hiring a torture droid to do a protocol droid’s job.) Given that Boba has presumably been on the planet for years and is no stranger to Tatooine’s underworld or the workings of criminal organizations in general, it’s somewhat surprising that he’s so out of touch. (Was he wandering in the wilderness for Fortuna’s entire reign?) Belatedly, 8D8 fills him in: Because Bib lacked Jabba’s enforcers, he preserved his title and tribute by paying off Mok Shaiz, splitting the city into three sectors, and outsourcing oversight of one sector apiece to the Trandoshans, Aqualish, and Klatooinians. It’s still unclear why the Twins or another strong syndicate didn’t horn in on Bib’s business—maybe he worked his connections and paid people off—but in the old daimyo’s absence (and the Empire’s), this fragile balance has begun to collapse.

This overdue intro to the Tatooine org chart is interrupted by the arrival of one of Fett’s new vassals, Mos Espa watermonger Lortha Peel (played by Stephen Root). “Perhaps we’ll learn what’s really going on in this murky fen,” Fett…

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