The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 4 review: ‘The Gathering Storm’

Boba Fett is going to war. But he’s not going into battle alone. The more we get to know this refreshing version of a former bounty hunter turned leader, the clearer it becomes that The Book of Boba Fett is not the dark, gritty drama many Star Wars fans were expecting. And that’s a good thing.

Boba Fett Chapter 4 recap

In this week’s extended flashback, Boba Fett stumbles upon Fennec Shand in the desert and seeks the help of modification experts to save her life. In return, she agrees to help him recover the Firespray from Jabba’s palace. After retrieving the ship, and a failed attempt at locating his armor, Boba and Fennec agree to stick together … but they’re not going back to their hunting roots.

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In the present, Boba realizes he can’t stop the Pyke Syndicate from taking over Tatooine without help. He brings together the ruling families of the districts and asks them to remain neutral if the Pykes ask them to side against Boba’s reign. Still without physical support, Fennec assures him that as long as they have credits, they can hire all the help they need.

Syncing the timeline

Chapter 4 of The Book of Boba Fett officially syncs together the timelines of both this show and The Mandalorian, making it very possible that we’ll see characters from that series intersect with this one. The episode was full of suspense, action, and character growth, even inserting a healthy dose of nostalgia to keep everyone on their toes. Even as someone who didn’t consider themselves a massive Boba Fett fan during either the original or prequel trilogies, the seismic charge moment prompted the kind of exhilarated laughter quite uncommon in pre-sunrise television viewing, though it was worth it.

Triumph and humor aside, let’s not forget that Boba is playing a very dangerous game he does not intend to lose. To invite the ruling families of Tatooine into a truce, with no guarantee it will be honored by a single house, means he must put his faith in those he’s willing to swear loyalty to no matter what. Chances are, he still has plenty of growing to do. He may have to confront his complicated relationship with the Mandalorian people. You can wear the armor, and you can prove your lineage. But what does it take to be accepted as a warrior who won’t turn their back on what all of it stands for?

Bringing in some reinforcements

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Through all he’s been through — surviving the sarlacc, the Tusken Raiders, everything Bib Fortuna left behind — Boba Fett has learned a valuable lesson many heroes never do: If you want to see true justice in a galaxy plagued with evil, you can’t accomplish anything alone. Not even Fennec Shand and Boba’s gang of “mods” are going to be enough to take down the Pykes once and for all. They’re going to need help. Possibly from a Mandalorian or two. Or potentially many more.

Boba Fett is going to win this fight or die trying. He’s willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. Sounds like a hero to me.

Make sure to check out our Book of Boba Fett chapter 3 review here if you haven’t already.

The Book of Boba Fett is streaming now exclusively on Disney+.

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