The majority of the past two episodes being spent away from the main action of The Book of Boba Fett, it’s no wonder the finale feels so disinterested in itself. Underdeveloped allies, boring foes, and a bludgeoning hour of disorganized, frenetic action ensure that this oft-embarrassing season of television ends in anticlimax. But considering early episodes never successfully justified their own existence, it hardly comes as a surprise.
In fact, the only real surprise of the finale, titled “In the Name of Honor,” an eye-roll in and of itself, is also its biggest disappointment. Just last week, director Dave Filoni reintroduced bounty hunter Cad Bane (a veteran of the much-lauded animated Clone Wars series that made Filoni arguably Lucasfilm’s most valuable storyteller) with the gravitas of cinema’s classic gunslingers. But here, under Robert Rodriguez’s direction, implied menace transforms into lumbering disappointment. Fett and Bane wax poetic about their last meeting, a story yet to be told (when it matters most, The Book of Boba Fett suddenly becomes flashback skittish), before the villain is whisked away for much of the episode, save for a cheap-looking final showdown in which Fett kills Bane. The moment so clearly meant to feel triumphant falls completely flat and is sure to anger Star Wars diehards who hoped for more from this genuinely imposing figure.
Perhaps the moments of machismo fan service scattered throughout can help ease their pain. Amid a lifeless, atrociously edited Mos Espa gun battle—Fett’s agents, Mando, and a handful of Tatooine’s free people vs. the Pykes, Bane, and local crime lords—Boba Fett turns the tides by riding into battle on his new pet rancor. It’s internet fan art come to life, a guy with a jet pack riding an uncontrollable beast (not 20 minutes later, the rancor becomes a King Kong-sized problem Mando has to deal with) for no reason other than to look cool. It doesn’t.
The emotional through line attempting to keep the action together is that Fett is suddenly fighting for the people of Tatooine. After the battle is won, as if there was any doubt it would…