Boba Fett Chapter 6 Review: From the Desert Comes a Stranger

Feb 2, 2022

Boba Fett Chapter 6 Review: From the Desert Comes a Stranger

There are so many spoilers in this review it's not funny. 

Force fan, you have been warned. 

Last week saw an episode of The Book of Boba Fett where the title character didn't appear. Which for some was a calamity. For everyone else, it was a free bonus episode of the Mandalorian

So with two episodes to go, we are at the business end of Fett's debut live-action series. We learned from flashbacks how Fett knows he's the man he's become and we know his key goal is to become a Crime Lord. 

I suspect he really just wants to be a simple man and ride his rancour down the streets of Mos Eisley...

So, what happens?

boba fett morrison

Well, the guy pictured is in this episode for like one minute!

Because writer Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau go ALL FREAKING IN in this episode. 

Instead of being called "From the Desert Comes a Stranger " it should be called The Book of Boba Fett: EXTREME FAN Service. 

Where shall we start? 

  • The part where Mando meets with Cobb Vanth?
  • The part where the Mandalorian travels to pay a visit to Baby Grogu?
  • The part where Mando catches up with Ashoka Tano again?
  • The part where Luke Skywalker trains Baby Grogu in the ways of the Force?
  • The part where Asoka and Luke talk about Anakin Skywalker?
  • The part where CAD BANE himself shoots Cobb Vanth?
  • The moment Mando proves he loves Grogu so much he leaves without saying hello?
  • The flash back to Grogu witnessing Order 66 in operation and the power of the 501st?

We told you it was some extreme fan service:

cad bane book of boba fett

Let's talk about the 'second' return of Luke Skywalker. He is starting his Jedi Academy and wants Grogu to be his first formal student. 

So he teaches him how to Force flip and the like such as using the Force to wield frogs:

luke trains grogu with frogs
Luke Skywalker having his own 'Magnolia' moment with Grogu

It's basically the greatest training montage in history. Sorry Rocky, there's a new champ in town. 

Luke teaches the lessons that Yoda taught him, it's a role reversal of The Empire Strikes Back training Luke undertakes on Dagobah and it's simply magic when Luke tells Grogu not to try but simply do, paraphrasing one of Yoda's greatest ever quotes - "Don't try. Do.”

luke training grogu

Because of the Mandalorians perhaps naive but well-intentioned visit, Luke has no choice but to give Grogu an ultimatum. Receive the gift of Beskar and be returned to Mando or accept Luke's gift of Yoda's original green light sabre and train as a Jedi and perhaps never seeing Din Djarin again. 

And they finished on that cliffhanger.

What gift will Grogu choose? Was this Luke falling into old Jedi traps or was he doing his best for Grogu?

Join us same Bat-channel same Bat-time next week!

luke skywalker grogu concept art

And if that was not good enough, we get some Cobb Vanth screentime with Mando and finally some more play into the Pkye Syndicates attempt to run the Spice trade through Tatooine. 

Which gets us to the title of this episode: From the Desert Comes A Stranger...

Cobb Vanth's antics at the start of the episode have stirred the Pyke's so much they sent Cad Ban himself to make Vanth an offer he couldn't refuse. 

And well, he did:

cade bane book of boba fett

And we'll see how that plays out next week.

So that's it four amazing cameos of Cobb Vanth, Ashoka Tano, Luke Skywalker +  R2D2 and Cad Bane!

Trivia and Star Wars references in From the Desert Comes a Stranger:

  • Ashoka says this quote warmly to Luke "You’re so much like your father” - an obvious nod to Anakin Skywalker
  • Cobb Vanth to Mando "See that's what I like about you Mando. Your smile lets you get away with anything."
  • After the explosion in Sanctuary, one should ask, Where is Max Rebo? Is he safe? Is he alright?
  • The first live-action introduction of Cad Bane will be popular. Keen fans will recognise his species the Duros was first spied all the way back in 1977's Cantina scene in ANH.
  • The Jawas had a Krayt dragon skull on their Sandcrawler. We speculate it was the one from the first episode of season two of The Mandalorian.
  • Ant robots introduced building Luke's Jedi School. What is this, a school for ants?
  • "Boba Fett is a cold blooded killer who worked for the Empire" - Cad Bane
  • Perhaps Din could have mentioned to Ashoka he was in possession of the Dark Saber?
  • Mos Pelos was renamed Free town - as it was in the novel Aftermath: Life Debt.
  • The Mandolorian was in part inspired or influenced by the film Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance. It's the story of a father and son in Japanese times where the Ronin existed. The child of that film Daigoro is given choice between a toy ball or a sword, with each choice having literally life-changing effects. The choice Luke offers Grogu to train as a Jedi or return to his father echoes this.
  • Directed by Dave Filoni. Who else could have pulled this episode off?
  • Corey Burton did the voice of Cad Bane, continuing from The Clone Wars - The Bad Batch (in which Bane toyed somewhat with Fennec Shand
  • Is Luke's ultimatum to Grogu 'dealing in absolutes'?
  • Did Yoda not lose his Saber in Revenge of the Sith when he fought Palpatine? How did Luke obtain this? Surely Yoda did not make another on Dagobah?
  • Grumpy about episodes 5 and 6 being focussed on Mando? Rember, Lucasfilm made it clear the Book of Boba Fett was actually season 2.5 of Mando. 
  • How old is Cad Bane at this point? He must be about to collect his pension...
  • Luke's still wearing his Return of the Jedi black clothes...
  • So who saved Grogu during Order 66 execution. Did the Empire grab him then? Who's back was he on?
  • The spinning windmill in the Bane Vanth showdown was a nod to many a western film.
  • Boba Fett did not say a single word in this episode. In. His. Own. Show.
  • The Landspeeder the Pkyes use in the opening Cob Vanth is the same model used by Han Solo in Solo. 
  • Director David Filoni was the original creator of Ashoka for the Clone Wars film, how far they both have come!
  • The planet where Luke is building his temple was first seen in The Last Jedi. 
  • As Din Djarin waits for Grogu this mirrors Luke waiting to find Yoda in TESB.
  • The bar of Freetown has been decorated with the bones of the Kryat Dragon the people helped takedown in the first episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian. 

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