The Latest 'Book of Boba Fett' Upstages Its Own Main Character

Cameos on cameos on cameos.


This article contains major spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5.

So that’s why The Mandalorian Season 3 is taking so long: Din Djarin and his pals had to crash The Book of Boba Fett this week for an interlude while Fett collects allies for his war against the Pyke Syndicate. After last week’s episode, wherein Fett’s backstory finally catches up with current events-spaceship, check; beskar armor, check; Jabba’s throne, check; the help of a famously violent Wookiee, check-we’re all dying to know what’s going to happen in the coming conflict between Fett and those pesky criminals. But first, we need to catch up with the galaxy’s other famous armored warrior, as Mando himself swoops in for one exhilarating hour in “The Return of the Mandalorian.” The good news is it’s the best episode yet. The bad news is… it’s the best episode yet.

“The Return of the Mandalorian” is basically an episode of The Mandalorian, as we spend the whole hour with our friend Mando and don’t even get to see the character whose show this is supposed to be. We check back in with Mando, who’s picking up some bounty hunting work on the way to a Ringworld-inspired outer space travel hub, onboard which he reconnects with the effortlessly cool Mandalorian Armorer, whom we thought died at the end of The Mandalorian Season 1. But thankfully, she survived, and she’s able to help Mando master his new Darksaber as well as offer up plenty of lore about what the sword means to the people of Mandalore. In an altercation with the Armorer’s assistant Paz Vizsla, the only surviving member of his clan and technically the heir to the Darksaber, Mando reveals that he’s voluntarily removed his helmet, and the Armorer tells him the only way to redeem himself is to carry out some impossible quest on the shores of his home planet. Great.

To do that, he needs a ship, so Mando pays a visit to Tatooine mechanic Peli Motto, who outfits him with an antique pre-Empire cruiser that just so happens to be the one Padmé Amidala flew around in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars. When Mando tests out the ship, we’re treated to yet another familiar Star Wars landscape we haven’t seen in a while: Say what you want about pop culture capitalizing on nostalgia instead of new ideas, but you have to admit, watching Padmé’s ship fwoom around the pod racing track is so cool. The new-old ship is insanely fast and unregistered, which makes it the perfect craft to zoom around the galaxy under the radar. Even the X-wing traffic cops give Mando a pass.

Mando ends the episode by vowing to take a gift to little Grogu, whom he left in the care of some random Jedi named Luke Skywalker, whoever that is. The whole thing is a fantastic episode and probably the best of the season so far, which has fans conflicted. How damning is it when your show about one guy only gets really good when another more popular guy shows up and takes over the story? Makes us all kind of wish we’d just been watching another season of The Mandalorian this whole time. The Book of Boba Fett is good, but it’s so restrained by its setting (all of it takes place on Tatooine, a certifiably boring planet, retreading locations and characters we’ve already seen before), and bounces back and forth between past and present for such long stretches of the narrative that as soon as you’re invested in one part of the story, it fast-forwards to another.

Frankly, I don’t give two bantha ticks about how Fett escaped the Sarlacc or joined the Tuskens or found his partner Fennec Shand. If The Book of Boba Fett wants to be the grounded gangster drama foil to The Mandalorian‘s planet-hopping Odyssey, it should be spending way more time building up that story, so that when another character from a completely different show pops up for that week’s chapter, it doesn’t feel like such a relief.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

Get the latest from Thrillist Australia delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here.


Our Best Stories, Delivered Daily
The best decision you'll make all day.