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Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 2 Review: The Tribes of Tatooine

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The second chapter of The Book of Boba Fett is officially here and it picks up right where Chapter One left off. Chapter two entitled “The Tribes of Tatooine’ delivers one of the best and thematically rich episodes of classic star wars to date as the second chapter expands the mythology and is seeped into its own culture. 

“The Tribes of Tatooine” is directed skilfully by Academy Award-nominee Steph Green and written by Jon Favreau and utilises the narrative by telling two different tales at the same time and I found that it works to their advantage. The Book of Boba Fett showcases the present in where Boba and Fennec Shand are now inside the underbelly of the Tatooine crime world and are trying to figure out exactly who sent those assassins as seen in Chapter One “Stranger in a Strange Land”. Then there’s the past which showcases some of my favourite parts and seems to be the bigger plot of the show which continues to show how the former Bounty Hunter came back from near death with the help of the Natives. This allows the series to fill in the gaps of Boba Fett’s story since his last appearance in 1983s Return of the Jedi. 

The episode opens with a high angled shot of the rocky desert landscape outside Jabba’s palace. As Fennec Shand delivers the Order of the Night Wind Assassin to the feet of Boba Fett, which helps set some engaging events in motion from the offset. What follows is a Rancor fakeout, an icy reception at the mayor’s office and neatly waving Hutt Twins who threaten to claim the palace back. Bureaucracy plays a vital part in chapter two as mayor Moz Shaiz offers Boba some advice about ruling after he has the assassin killed and treats Boba off by paying him like he’s hauled in a bounty. After being sent back to the Sanctuary, talks about the assassins are quickly forgotten as thumping drums start to play in the background as it’s shown that Jabba the Hutt’s cousins have come to Tatooine to lay claim to their cousins’ palace as I previously mentioned. 

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With a familiar Wookie from the comics Black Krrsantan appearing by their side, this provides one of the episodes best standoffs. During this moment is where I felt The Book of Boba Fett gearing towards the original trilogy as the style and aesthetic is very 70’s and vintage. Its advantage in storytelling is that The book of Boba Fett has shaped new edgier Star Wars stories as, despite only landing on a few locations, Tatooine is teeming with life, scum and villainy that truly can be expected from this hostile planet. This episode also shows Temurea Morrison’s Boba slowly growing into the role of a leader. 

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Whilst Fett is resting inside his bacta tank, he experiences a flashback of his time with the Tusken Raiders. Chapter two takes a more meaningful approach in its portrayal of the Tuskens. The characters have been in a Galaxy Far, Far Away for many years in various Star Wars films and tv shows. The book of Boba Fett chooses however to dive into who these people are and what their motivations are. What we’ve been led to believe is that these Indigenous people of Tatooine were aggressive and blood-thirsty bandits, it turns out however that they’re very much misunderstood as in fact they’re just trying to live their lives whilst people intrude on their land. I loved seeing the day to day lives of the tribe as Boba creates a kinship with the Tusken leader as he trains with them. One of the young Tuskens is like his shadow, always following along beside him. Boba cares for them, mourns their dead and partakes in their rituals. During the 51 minute runtime, Boba finds a way to protect them from danger and tries to better their circumstances without changing their ways. 

Chapter two also includes a phenomenal sequence in which the famed Bounty Hunter brings out his brutal side. He steals a set of speeders from a biker gang and then proceeds to launch an assault on the train that killed his newfound friends. What follows is an adorable but hilarious training montage as Boba teaches the Tuskens some new tricks as he goes through his battle plan, tactics and how to ride and jump from a speeder.  The train sequence is a phenomenal set piece and action sequence, it’s truly the franchise’s answer to Mad Max: Fury Road as scenes fuel with kinetic energy. 

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This is a classic western story of an outsider getting to know the native species as it effectively turns Tatooine into the Western planet. However one of the things that feel held back at the moment is the series’s present storyline as there is a lack of attention paid. 

Overall in the final act of chapter two, the dead have been burned and the spice has been captured. Boba Fett is welcomed into the Tusken Chief’s tent with a gift for his helpful service with humble gratitude and amazement, especially when a small lizard climbs into his nose and guides him which gets real weird once Boba is taken on a hallucinogenic journey. With The Tribes of Tatooine, The Book of Boba Fett reminds us that Star Wars has so much more to give than the Skywalkers, Jedi and epic space battles it’s ultimately about the individual stories, rich cultures, world-building and shared experiences. 

The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 2, “The Tribes of Tatooine,” is streaming now on Disney+. Future episodes premiere on Wednesdays.

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The Acolyte | Official Trailer | Disney +

Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

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Action, Adventure, Drama

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June 4, 2024

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Leslye Headland

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Dafne Keen, Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith

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Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

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Maya’s Story To Echo Through Time

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Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) & Alaqua Cox (Maya Lopez) (Disney)

Here is the review of Marvel Studios’ Echo, now streaming on Disney Plus.

Plot

Marvel Studios presents “Echo,” spotlighting Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) as she is pursued by Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire. When the journey brings her home, she must confront her own family and legacy. Streaming January 9 on Disney+ & Hulu. Set your Disney+ profile to TV-MA to stream. All episodes will be available on Hulu until April 9.

Starring: Alaqua Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chaske Spencer, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, and Devery Jacobs.

Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo (Disney)

Review

There is in total 5 episodes and it was available immediately and this is really amazing, allowing us to binge watch the season in 1 sitting. A big part of Echo’s storyline focuses on giving the viewer a glimpse into her ancestral history and her past with the Kingpin of crime.

Maya develops as a strong character in this story more than the Maya we met in the Hawkeye series. Alaqua Cox really delivers an exceptional performance. As always Vincent D’Onofrio plays his heart out as Wilson Fisk, the notorious Kingpin who has been dominating our screen since the Daredevil TV Series on Netflix back in the day. We get a few surprises, even though short pieces, but it is still appreciated and I will not spoil those surprises in the hope that you will go and watch the episodes later and experience the same level of joy I experienced.

A lot of effort was done with regards to the language options. Choctaw was added as a language option on Disney Plus. I read that some of the cast learned American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with Alaqua on set and this really warms my heart. A lot of research was done on the Choctaw nation and was incorporated as part of Maya’s storyline.

Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo (Disney)

Some of the less positive notes are the series was rated as meant for mature audiences only. However, the action scenes were little and not as brutal as expected if compared with the likes of the Daredevil series. Maya’s powers was also changed slightly from the comic books but it takes a positive turn closer to the end. Really looking forward to the part Maya / Echo will play later on as I feel she portrays the part of a hero very well.

I highly encourage watching the original Netflix series’ Daredevil and Hawkeye to get the background of some of the key characters in this story. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Maya Lopez / Echo, Wilson Fisk / Kingpin or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

There is a mid-credits scene that you don’t want to miss, but no post-credits scene. The mid-credits feel familiar to the comic book direction.

I rate this series a 3.5 out of 5. Maya’s story will echo through the cinematic universe, as a story of bravery and strength. Sometimes all you need is a healing hand, a key theme from Marvel Studios’ Echo. I’m looking forward to more of Maya on the screen.

Watch all 5 episodes on Disney Plus now!

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Doctor Who: The Giggle, A Wildly Satisfying Finale That Teases A Promising Future

Russel T. Davies’ Whoniverse-reshaping finale is a thrilling, heartwarming, chilling, and satisfying hour of telly, that never eases up.

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As brilliantly put by beloved Doctor Who companion Donna Noble, “That was completely nuts!” The final episode of the three 60th anniversary specials, “The Giggle” may just well be the most bonkers, yet impeccable piece of Doctor Who TV… ever. Where last weeks special “Wild Blue Yonder” saw writer Russell T. Davies deliver a masterful episode in restrained storytelling, “The Giggle” is the showrunner unleashed. Throwing epic musical numbers, eerie moments of horror, impactful social commentary, and a divisive yet satisfying final 20 minutes result in an unrelenting hour of telly, and perhaps the best episode of Doctor Who ever.

Kicking off with John Logie Baird’s invention of the television in 1925 as well as introducing audiences to “Stooky Bill” – a real puppet who could put Annabelle to shame – “The Giggle” quickly picks up where “Wild Blue Yonder” left off. In the midst of world wide carnage, the Doctor (David Tenant) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) must search for answers as to why planes are falling out of the sky, and human beings are busy beating each other up on the streets, leading the two to the celestial Toymaker (Neil Patrick Harris), one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Russell T. Davies is never one to shy away from delivering a script oozing with his rightful fury at current social climates. Take previous episodes like “Midnight” “The Long Game” and “Turn Left” for example all offering impactful stories with themes of human nature, the power of media, and anti-immigration prejudice respectively. Here, Russell T. Davies satirically imitates anti-vaxers, anti-maskers, conspiracy theories, and government empathy brilliantly. Some of it may be a little on the nose – such as a hilarious and obvious dig at Boris Johnson – but it more or less works in favour of poignant, and well-crafted satire.

“The Giggle’s” mad cap, and unprecedented energy is only more apparent through the episodes many tonal shifts. Under the guise of another property, this constant tonal shift would have felt jarring. But in “The Giggle” the episode pivots in-and-out of horror, comedy, musical, and drama effortlessly, adding to episodes manic and unpredictable nature.

Keeping on theme with last weeks unnerving episode, “The Giggle” is surprisingly steeped in horror. Especially for those who suffer from pupaphobia, the fear of puppets. Whether its the imagery of that “gosh darn” creepy doll, Stooky Bill, or the Toymakers endless gothic labryinth, “The Giggle” is another terrifying episode of Doctor Who, proving once again that this sci-fi show isn’t for children. No scene is scarier perhaps than the haunting scene with Stooky Bill’s wife, Stooky Sue, who’s found crying in the corner of a dark room, before creeping towards Donna chanting a horrifying rhyme. But its all played for laughs when Donna nonchalantly beats the puppet senseless.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Elsewhere, Neil Patrick Harris’ Toymaker who stole the show. His multi-faceted, and multi-accented villain proves to be the deadliest enemy the Doctor has ever faced, as well as perhaps the most entertaining. Harris’ intoxicating performance enthuses the Toymaker with fear, intelligence, and a playfulness unlike any villain we have seen before. His celestial abilities are terrifying and unparalleled, making the Master – the Doctors nemesis/best friend – look like an amateur. Through the subtle yet deeply fascinating line, “I made a jigsaw out of your history” – explaining, teasing and disregarding the recent messy Whoniverse canon with ease – the Toymaker becomes much more of a threat. Lets not forget the unexpectedly brilliant “Spice Up Your Life” musical number where the Toymaker effortlessly turns soldiers into balloons, once again proving his celestial power.

Bringing back David Tennant – the most popular actor to ever take on the role – was perhaps Davies’ wisest decision upon returning, and reviving the show. Tennant’s return doesn’t just provide a great headline for the show that would drive its viewers back after an incredibly messy past few years, but also offers a heartwarming vulnerability to a character who hasn’t stopped running, fighting, and caring for nearly two decades. The Doctor has never taken a second to grieve, or stop running. He’s lost innumerable companions, and was responsible for destroying half the universe with the Flux. A messy piece of Doctor Who canon which has now been beautifully woven into the Doctor’s character thanks to Russel T. Davies.

Davies delves into the characters vulnerability, and insecurities forcing the Doctor to question his being, and ability to save others. The line “I’m all sonic, and TARDIS, and Time lord, take that away, what am I?” is an incredibly powerful piece of character development, made all the more impactful through Tennant’s performance. The Doctor has always put himself above others, but “The Giggle”, more specifically Donna, encourages the Doctor to stop trying to sacrifice himself for others, and to instead take a second to care for himself.

With Tennant returning to the role, audiences will instantly have that connection to this version of the Doctor, making his vulnerability much more heart-wrenching, and his ending much more satisfying.

Tate was equally fantastic as she has been through all three specials. Her confident, and hilarious performance continues to prove why Donna Noble is one of the best ever Doctor Who companions, and her chemistry with Tennant is deeply infectious.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

The episode carried a lot of emotional stakes way before the title music kicked in, what with the episode forcing viewers to sit through another David Tennant regeneration. However, what was supposed to be an emotional finale, resulted in an unprecedented and incredibly exciting final 20 minutes. Davies introduced possibly the most divisive aspect of the show… well ever. We are of course talking about, Bi-generation. The idea that instead of changing faces, the Doctor instead becomes two Doctor’s. A current Doctor, and a new Doctor. This not only served as a great way to introduce Ncuti Gatwa, who instantly proved himself as an extraordinary Doctor, but also gives the 14th Doctor a satisfying arc that finally lets him rest.

Bi-generation is a fantastic concept for now, but in the future, this idea could lose all the emotional weight a regeneration used to harbour. Saying goodbye to a current incarnation of the Doctor was never easy. But, if Bi-generation is a continued element then no regeneration will be as impactful or emotional as it once was. For now, it was perfect.

All in all, “The Giggle” – and collectively all three specials – are some of the best work Doctor Who has ever put out. The final special of the 60th celebrations served as a satisfying and emotional goodbye to the modern era of Doctor Who and an exciting tease at the franchises future. It’s an undoubtedly bonkers satire, that blends horror, musical, comedy, and drama elements together to create the best and most heart-warming Doctor Who episode ever. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us Whovians.

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