Live-Action Black Krrsantan Debut On Book Of Boba Fett Episode 2, Also Hutts!
The second episode of The Book of Boba Fett hit Disney+ today, and the majority of the focus in this latest chapter was on the more interesting of its two stories. This series, set after The Mandalorian season 2 spends most of its time looking backwards to what the infamous Bounty Hunter did after going out like a punk in Return of the Jedi. The Book of Boba Fett episode 2 is titled “The Tribes of Tattooine” and features new Hutts and the live-action debut of Black Krrsantan.
The dark-haired Wookie bounty hunter is a fan-favorite character first introduced in Star Wars books and comics. Of course, what happened in this episode will be discussed in the spoiler section below. It will suffice to say simply that the absence of Jabba does not mean the Hutts have left Tattooine. Of course, some might say the more interesting story is the one set in the past.
The Tribes of Tattooine mentioned in the title of The Book of Boba Fett episode 2 are a direct reference to the Tusken Raiders. Watching Boba Fett learn their ways, including how to fight with the Gaffi stick, helps us understand why he’s like he is. Both literally and narratively, the Boba Fett who emerged from the Sarlacc is a different man than the one who went in. Star Temuera Morrison said he based Boba Fett’s “new” fighting style in part on his own Maori heritage. Thus, this gives Star Wars a chance to deepen our understanding of the fearsome “sand people” who menaced Luke and the Droids first in A New Hope. As much as fans wanted to see a Star Wars crime drama, this story seems like the more interesting and fulfilling one.
Episode spoilers to Follow.
The Book of Boba Fett Episode 2 Gives Us New Hutts and the Live-Action Debut of Black Krrsantan
The headline for episode 2 of The Book of Boba Fett is the debut of Black Krrsantan in live-action. This is our first villainous Wookie, and he’s a bad one. Yet, if he faces off with Boba Fett it will not be the first time the clone offspring of Jango bests him. Still, he’s essentially window dressing in this chapter, the muscle for two new Hutts known as “the Twins.” They are cousins of Jabba the Hutt and have come to Mos Espa to lay claim to the throne upon which Boba Fett sits now. We will seem them face off, for sure.
No way the storytellers would introduce Black Krrsantan only to use him, well the way the movies used Boba Fett. This also means that its possible other expended universe bounty hunters, like the Duros Cad Bane from The Clone Wars, will show up. (He was last seen canonically in The Bad Batch, which also featured Ming Na Wen’s Fennic Shand.)
It’s clear that The Book of Boba Fett is setting up this confrontation for the back half of the season. This first part, it seems, is purely focused on the past. This is a sensible decision because the story of Boba Fett is one of the past. This is not the first time we’ve been told the story of how Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc Pit. And the character has achieved his mythical status mostly because he’s a blank slate on which fans can project their coolest hopes and aspirations for the character. In fact, this is why some reviewers are panning the show, because the question is almost always more intriguing than the answer. (Of course, some are just toxic garbage from writers who’s whole schtick is to say ‘everything sucks.’)
The Culture of the Tusken Raiders in Star Wars Is Very Interesting
In both seasons of The Mandalorian, we got our first look at the culture of the Tusken Raiders. Before this, they were just blindly aggressive villains. In “The Tribes of Tattooine,” we learn that not all Tusken tribes behave the same way. While there are some that just “kill to survive,” other tribes like the one hosting Fett keep to themselves. Sure, they take prisoners and are callous with their lives, but they aren’t just killing people to kill people. The dance Boba Fett and the tribe do at the end of the episode feels like more Maori and indigenous culture influence on these characters. It’s also part of the magic of Star Wars. So much of the lore of this universe has its roots in old-timey pop culture.
Yet, as the universe expands so does the story. The Tuskens were once just generic threats, and now they’re a whole culture that just makes the galaxy feel bigger. Again, the live-action debut of Black Krrsantan is exciting, but it’s the Tusken story in The Book of Boba Fett that has my interest and imagination right now. First because it’s just an interesting new side of classic Star Wars figures. Second, this part of Boba Fett’s story seems to be what is influencing his strategy as daimyo of Mos Espa.
The Boba Fett of old would have disintegrated the heck out of his enemies, especially those who challenge his rule. Yet, his time with the Tusken Raiders seems to have given him a new perspective. Fennic Shand was against him sparing the lives of the two Gamorrean guards in The Book of Boba Fett series premiere. Yet, those two guards essentially saved his life. He knows from his experience with the Tuskens how an enemy can turn into an ally.
The Book of Boba Fett debuts new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
What did you think of The Book of Boba Fett episode 2 and the live-action debut of Black Krrsantan? Are you more interested in the crime lord story or the Tusken culture one? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories for the future in the comments below.
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