Chapter 2 addresses three canon joys worth celebrating. Two come out of nowhere, while the third suggests the beginning of an ancient crimson empire.
By Brad Gullickson · Published January 5, 2022
Star Wars Explained is our ongoing series in which we dive into the latest Star Wars shows, movies, trailers and news stories to predict the future of the franchise. This post explores episode 2 of Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett (Chapter 2: “The Tribes of Tatooine”) and examines the three shockingly deep cuts. Yes, prepare for SPOILERS.
We’re two weeks in Star wars: The book about Boba Fett, and it is clear that the Lord Fat (Temuera Morrison) we see in front of us today is not the bounty hunter we first met in The empire strikes back. Old Fett had no qualms about standing next to while rebels were being tortured. His goal was the coin and the comfort that came with it. The Boba Fett we see in the new Disney + series seems to have a little more conscience. He will not kill unnecessarily. He wants to rule from the throne of Jabba the Hutt, not through fear but respect.
Using flashbacks, the series tries to explain this heart change, and hopefully soon we will find out why he parked his butt on Jabba’s seat in the first place. Section 2 of The book about Boba Fett gets us a little closer to understanding the gunman’s new attitude, but it does not take us all the way. Inside the Sarlacc, Boba Fett met his end, and the person who withdrew found rebirth. It would change everyone’s brain.
While we wait for the series to reveal Fett’s purpose, we can at least sit back and appreciate the many deep clips Lucasfilm has unleashed that fans can drool over. Chapter 2 addresses three canon joys worth celebrating. One appearance is somewhat unexpected, another is as overwhelming as it is without consequence (probably), and the third suggests the resurgence of the criminal empire we considered last week.
Enter: Black Krrsantan
Early in section 2 of The book about Boba Fett, Grease and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) drag their Night Wind Assassin prisoner to Mayor Mok Shaiz’s office. Under threat from Rancor, the killer pronounced the political figure as his master. But Shaiz claims no ownership of the sneak attack. Fett has bigger enemies to worry about: the twins.
Right on cues, distant drums rumble through the streets of Mos Espa, announcing the arrival of Jabba the Hutt’s cousins. They demand that Fett withdraw. Jabba’s territory is rightfully theirs and they do not want to go to war over it, but they will if necessary. A significant bounty hunter goes behind their procession to prove their power. Oh, damn it, it’s the Wookiee badass Sort Krrsantan.
Immediately the furry deer hits an evil figure. Whether you recognize him or not, you are fascinated. He and Fett share a grimace and growl. You can sense that there is a story hidden in their hernia and you can explore that background through the comics.
Black Krrsantan first appeared in Marvel’s Darth Vader # 1, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca. In the issue, put shortly after the events in A new hope and before The empire strikes back, Darth Vader hires Fett to chase Luke Skywalker, while Krrsantan is tasked with tracking down a scientist working in secret for the Emperor. During their air battle over the Death Star, Vader sensed a connection with the X-Wing pilot who fired the lucky shot, but he was unaware that the kid was actually his child. It is Fett and Krrsantan who set Vader on course for frightening revelation.
Like Fett, the Wookiee bully is closely associated with Jabba the Hutt. When a problem arose on Tatooine if Fett was not available, Jabba threw Black Krrsantan after it. He has fought against a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and even briefly kidnapped Owen Lars. But when Krrsantan took Father’s job, it put the Wookie in the hands of Doctor Aphra. The imperial agent eventually betrayed Vader and was blown out of an airlock, but Krrsantan rescued her at the last minute. Aphra now owed his life to Krrsantan, an extremely dangerous debt.
Black Krrsantan’s arrival in The book about Boba Fett reveals that Wookieen eventually returned to his Hutt masters. Will that loyalty remain with the twins, or will he jump over to Fett’s side? The two are not exactly friends in the cartoon, but they carry mutual respect.
Camie and Fixer, no longer deleted
Within Book by Boba Fett Chapter 2 flashback, Fett promotes his relationship with the Tusken Raiders by helping them take down a deadly freight train passing through their Dune Sea territory. To destroy such a technical marvel, they need some speeders. Fett finds them outside a bar, which is the famous Tosche Station.
Okay, okay, so technically the bar is never named as Tosche Station. But if one examines its entrance and the bar’s general production design, it closely resembles the location Luke Skywalker took during a deleted scene from A new hope. In that clip sequence, Luke observes Star Destroyer Destructive capture Leia’s blockade runner through his binoculars. It’s the most exciting thing he’s ever seen and he runs to Tosche Station to tell his friends Camie and Fixer, who refuses to believe in him. Only later does his buddy Biggs Darklighter recognize its validity.
IN The book about Boba Fett, we see Camie and Fixer, this time played by Mandy Kowalski and Rinses the Bible. They desperately try to enjoy their drinks, but the speeder gang keeps stealing their snacks. Fixer gets up to say something and he gets thrown against the wall. His life could have ended there, but Boba Fett enters the establishment and decimates the gang completely. Camie and Fixer continue to live the farm life Luke Skywalker walked away from. It’s a quick, bittersweet reminder of who Luke was and who he could have been if he had never answered that call for adventure.
The Spice Must Flow for The Pyke Syndicate
The train in the center of The book about Boba Fett Chapter 2 belongs to the Pyke Syndicate. These tyrannical spice traders occupy a large portion of Star wars criminal underground. They were frequent antagonists below Star wars: The Clone Wars and monitored the mines under which Qi’ra and Han infiltrated Solo: A Star Wars story.
Last week, we considered whether Qi’ra and her Crimson Dawn organization hired Night Wind Assassins to attack Boba Fett. Although Hutts is clearly implicated as the assailants in this episode, we can not yet dismiss Qi’ra as a threat. The Pyke spice operation on Tatooine could signal a continuation of their alliance revealed below Solo: A Star Wars story.
When Crimson Dawn was under Maul’s control, Pykes reluctantly put himself in line with his power. So did Hutts. With Maul gone (see Star wars: Rebels), their cooperation would certainly be more enthusiastic under the command of Qi’ra. And together, Crimson Dawn, Pykes, and Hutts would form an almost unsurpassed empire against Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, and their two Gamorrean Guards.
If Fett wants to maintain his Daiymo status, he needs a much larger army. Time to meet any wannabe mob boss on Tattooine. They need an alliance to fight an alliance.
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Brad Gullickson is a weekly columnist for film school rejections and senior curator of One Perfect Shot. When he’s not tumbling about movies here, he walks around comics as a co-host of Comic Book Couples Counseling. Hunt him on Twitter: @MouthDork. (han / ham)