Book of Boba Fett Returns to a Classic Star Wars Location for a Brutal Fight
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine,” streaming now on Disney+.
After a polarizing first episode, The Book of Boba Fett returned this week with a much longer second episode. Featuring more Tusken culture, a formidable Wookie bounty hunter and a pair of oversized Hutt twins, “The Tribes of Tatooine” was an improvement over the pilot episode. The new episode also featured a cameo from a fabled -- yet classic -- Star Warslocation.
Early in Star Wars: A New Hope, Uncle Own told Luke Skywalker to clean up their newly-acquired droids. Since then, Luke’s response has become regular quoting material for jesting Star Wars fans. “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters,” he whined. Luke’s complaint was kind of a throwaway line because -- in the theatrical release -- he never made it to Tosche Station. The fabled local did appear in a deleted scene, but fortunately, fans got to see the fabled Tosche Station for the first time since 1977 in The Book of Boba Fett.
In Episode 1, the bounty hunter spent most of his efforts collecting tribute from Jabba’s former subjects. However, most of the episode featured flashbacks to a time when Boba was in a less-powerful position. After escaping the Sarlacc Pit and being stripped of his armor, a tribe of nomadic Tuskens took Boba as a prisoner. By the end of the episode, though, Boba made his way into the tribe’s good graces by saving one of its young from a terrifying Sand Creature.
Episode 2 showed Boba Fett and Fennec Sand working to solidify control of their territory, but once again, it also opted to spend most of its time in flashbacks. Having been accepted as a resource, the Tuskens began training Boba in gaffi stick combat. But a problem soon arose. A mysterious train-like “long-speeder” came rushing through the Dune Sea and shot down a number of Tuskens along the way. The Tuskens’ response showed that this was a regular occurrence, so Boba determined to make himself useful and stop the train.
Knowing that he was going to need some high-speed counter-measures, Boba set with a gaffi stick and a rifle. That’s when Tosche Station came into the picture. Fixer and Camie (Luke’s old friends) apparently still owned the joint, but since A New Hope, the old power station and hang-out spot had been turned into a bar. Just as Boba was hoping, it was filled with all of the stereotypical bar-going thugs, who had parked their speeder bikes outside, which had the same mysterious symbol painted on them from the homestead in the first episode.
Just as members of the alien biker gang were beginning to beat up Fixer, Boba walked in, and he was ready for business. He shot one of them with his rifle, but all of the others felt the weight of his gaffi stick. None of them stood a chance, as Boba proved his well-known combat prowess. Having rescued Fixer and Camie, Boba had a drink and went about his business by commandeering all of the thugs’ speeder bikes.
Boba took the speeders back to his Tusken friends and taught them how to ride so that when the “long-speeder” returned, they would all be ready. Sure enough, the next time that it came tearing through the sand, Boba led a counter-attack. Together with the Tuskens, he destroyed the train and helped keep his tribe safe from the Pykes’ spice-running train, and it was all because he “borrowed” some speeder bikes from Tosche Station.