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The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 recap: The Return of the Mandalorian

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 5” streaming now on Disney+.

The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 featured a surprising lack of Boba Fett, instead absorbing us back into the world of the Mandalorian. It felt like watching the Mandalorian Season 3 first episode.

Let’s dive into the torrent of SPOILERS for Chapter 5.

Welcome back Mando

We pick up our favorite mandalorian pursuing a bounty, a Klatooinian gangster named Kaba Baiz, in the back of a meat packing plant. Baiz’s goons put up a fight, and Mando mostly successfully fends them off using a combination of moves and weapons — including the Darksaber that he still wields. After besting the three, Mando hears Baiz out no further and instead hurls his bounty onto the desk where he sat, and slices him (and the desk) in half with his saber. He then invites the gang of plant workers outside to partake in their boss’ credits, if they let him pass through.

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This is the Way

Mando arrives to a “ring world” space station, toting Baiz’s severed head and hobbling badly due to a large gash on his leg, accidentally self-inflicted by the Darksaber. Delivering the head to the blue-skinned, Huttese-speaking alien who issued the bounty, Mando has little interest in his reward and even less interest in sitting down for a meal. All he wants are directions to the nearest access shaft to the substrata. Acquiring them, he descends into some lower levels and uses his visor to discern hidden symbols that point the way to a nondescript doorway, which leads him to the new covert that the Armorer now calls home. A fellow Mandalorian, Paz Vizsla, tends to his wound as the Armorer processes the news that Mando is now in possession of the Darksaber, which by Creed must be won in battle if it is to be used to lead Mandalore — else it will be a “curse” to their nation, and lead to it being laid to waste.

The Armorer also takes notice of Mando’s Beskar spear, saying that the mighty metal is to be used for armor, not weapons. As such, he invites her to forge it into armor… for a foundling… a “specific” foundling. Grogu. He explains that he has returned the child to its kind, but intends to check in on it — though the Armorer reminds him that Jedi must forego “all attachment” while mastering the ways of the Force. Still, she fashions for Mando what we will presume is some pint-sized chainmail, which she wraps in a cloth sack, knotted with what looks like Grogu ears.

Grogu Gift? Lucasfilm

The Armorer and Mando engage in a Darksaber training sequence, in which she explains that the weapon “feels heavier with every swing,” as Mando grumbles, because he is fighting the blade. Observing the sparring session, Paz Vizsla suggests (as we kinda sensed he would) that perhaps someone else should wield the Darksaber — him. A trial by combat ensues, and Vizsla more than holds his own, even wresting the Darksaber from Mando early on. Mando, though, emerges with the upper hand and puts a blade to Vizsla’s throat, at which point the Armorer ends the fight. She then asks each man if they have ever removed their helmet and shown their face, as their Creed forbids. Vizsla says he never has, while Mando… well, has. As such, the Armorer declares, “you are a Mandalorian no more.” Mando asks how he might atone, but the only way is via the waters beneath the mines of Mandalore… which are long destroyed. So he is sent on his way, Darksaber in hand.

Mandalore Destroyed?

Shadows of the Old Republic

After arriving to Tatooine, he makes a beeline for Peli Motto, saving the mechanic from a womp rat upon his arrival. He seeks a replacement for his Razor Crest (which got blown to smithereens by Moff Gideon’s forces), and Peli dramatically pulls the tarp off of… an N-1 Starfighter (aka Naboo starfighter) that needs a lot of work. Mando is quick to rebuff the offered beater, but the more Peli talks up its potential for off-the-radar speed and upgrades she will throw in, he grows curious, and gets to helping her and the pit droids give it a major tune-up.

Once their work is done, Mando somewhat hesitantly takes the N-1 for a spin, testing its “Dank Farrik!”-worthy speed and impressively nimble handling. He then  hits the skies, where he passes a Starliner. Mando cruised past the commercial ship too fast, and thus gets “pulled over” by a pair of New Republic X-wings. His mismatched engine model and power drive, coupled with lack of title tags, raise red flags, but one of the pilots — Carson Teva, who recognizes Mando’s voice — decides to let him go with just a warning.

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Boba Fett New Army

Returning to Peli Motto’s shop, Mando has nothing but raves about his new ride. Peli informs him that an “old friend” of Mando’s came looking for him. Peli of course claimed she did not know where he was, and quickly switched on the hanger security system — for naught, though, as Fennec Shand announces herself from a rooftop, then easily hops down to greet Mando. She asks if he is looking for work, because she is looking for some muscle. She tosses him a buncha credits, but when Mando realizes that it is Boba Fett who needs the assist, he gives the sack back, saying: “Tell him it’s on the house. But first, I’ve got to pay a visit to a little friend.”

 Fennec Shand  Disney +

Is Grogu and Luke Skywalker returning for the Book of Boba Fett Finale? We have to wait until the last 2 episodes to find out.

Easter eggs

  • The episode’s title is obviously a nod to Return of the Jedi.
  • Vizsla is a descendant of Tarre Vizsla, the Mandalorian/Jedi who first crafted the Darksaber, a weapon historically brandished by the ruler of Mandalore. He’s also related to Pre Vizsla, the late leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch, who was voiced by The Book of Boba Fett writer Jon Favreau in The Clone Wars.
  • “The sacrifice” Din Djarin refers to is that of the Armorer’s Mandalorian covert on Nevarro – they were slaughtered when they fought to save Grogu (then known simply as the Child), Mando and their friends in The Mandalorian season 1 finale.
  • During the flashback to the infamous ‘Night of a Thousand Tears’ and the Great Purge, we see some familiar droids. The KX security droids are a similar model to Rogue One’s K-2SO, while they get support from Imperial probe droids, first sighted on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • As far back as A New Hope, Luke Skywalker talked about bullseyeing womp rats in his T-16 back on Tatooine. Here we see a womp rat for real, tormenting Peli Motto until Mando shoots the vermin with his blaster.
  • The N-1 starfighter hails from Naboo, where it was widely used during the Old Republic era. The ships appear extensively in The Phantom Menace – in fact, the pre-teen Anakin Skywalker manages to down a Trade Federation command ship when he takes to the cockpit.’
  • Mando’s test flight follows parts of the route of the famous Boonta Eve Classic podrace from The Phantom Menace, showing off familiar rock formations and a settlement built into a cliff face. 

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