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'The Book of Boba Fett' Episode 5 Review: The Mandalorian returns in explosive chapter

It is safe to say that this chapter serves as the backdoor pilot of 'The Mandalorian' Season 3 due to release in late 2022
UPDATED JAN 27, 2022
Din Djarin in 'The Book of Boba Fett' (Disney+)
Din Djarin in 'The Book of Boba Fett' (Disney+)

Spoilers for 'The Book of Boba Fett' Episode 5: 'Return of the Mandalorian'

This one is all about 'The Mandalorian' and right off the bat — There is the Dark Saber, there is a present for Baby Yoda/Grogu and yes, the lil Jedi wam bam is going to be part of Season 3. 'The Book of Boba Fett' presents the second lengthiest episode in the form of 'Return of the Mandalorian' and every minute is worth the watch. In an episode that will stir up quite the frenzy among 'The Mandalorian' fans, it is safe to say that this chapter actually serves as the backdoor pilot of 'The Mandalorian' Season 3 due to release in late 2022.

After his epic battle with Moff Gideon, Mando is doing what he does best — being the skilled bounty hunter that he is. However, he is struggling to use the Dark Saber that he won in combat. Mando has absolutely no control over the blade that had a 1000-year-old forged Beskar hilt. To make matters worse, when the Mandalorian reveals that he has actually removed his helmet to the Armorer, she disavows him as a Mandalorian. A disgruntled Mando later heads to Tatooine to meet with Peli Motto who offers him a replacement for a Razor Crest.

And in what looks like a ridiculously sexy upgrade, they rebuild an N-1 Starfighter. As far as the angle concerning Grogu's return, there are two plotlines that suggest he will return — a present for the foundling forged out of Mando's Beskar spear and a small co-pilot seat on the N-1. 'Return of the Mandalorian' surely makes it tough to review considering the excitement it brings to the table. After setting the tone with a wonderful season, it did better with the sequel and spawned multiple 'Star Wars' spin-offs with 'The Book of Boba Fett' being the latest on the block.

The episode does justice by dedicating its entire screentime to just Mando with Fennec Shand appearing in the final minutes of the episode to work with Boba Fett in taking down the Mayor and the Pyke syndicate. The chapter is all Jon Favreau as he brings back the familiar theme and the explosive action that was seen in 'The Mandalorian'.