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Who Are The Aliens From The Train In The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 2?

"The Book of Boba Fett" turned another page in "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine," giving viewers more action, adventure, revelations, teases, and deep-cut "Star Wars" characters worth geeking out over. Anyone who criticized the first chapter for being too lowkey and uneventful is probably eating their words right now.

The latest installment chronicles Boba's relationship with the Tuskens and their newfound respect for one another. This leads to the titular bounty hunter agreeing to deal with a train-full of criminals who have been making life tough for Boba's new friends for quite some time. And that's when things really shift into full gear.

"The Tribes of Tatooine" goes full space-Western, showcasing a dazzling train heist sequence that would make the legendary George Miller ("Mad Max") proud. Furthermore, it re-introduces viewers to some dastardly alien criminals from the "Star Wars" lore — mercenaries who have been transporting goods across the Dune Sea without the permission of Tatooine's politicians, people, and crime lords. But who are these aliens and what's their history?

Say hello to The Pyke Syndicate

"The Book of Boba Fett" Chapter 2 sees our hero lead the Tuskens into battle against an alien gang known as The Pyke Syndicate, a group whose previous on-screen appearances include "The Clone Wars" and "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

As Wookiepedia notes, the Pyke Syndicate is the most notable group of Pykes in the "Star Wars" lore. The criminals are primarily known for smuggling spice, an illicit substance that's mined by slaves on the planet Kessel, across the galaxy. However, while Kessel is the main source of their business operations, the Pyke Syndicate originates from a terrestrial region known as Oba Diah, located in the Outer Rim territories. Most of the Pyke aliens that have appeared on the screen in the "Star Wars" franchise can be identified by their distinct masks. These aren't a fashion statement, though, as they must be worn to protect the aliens from the atmosphere on Kessel. Basically, their biological makeup makes them more susceptible to allergic reactions that could prove to be fatal.

Of course, not every Pyke is a criminal. That being said, the general culture tends to be quite hostile towards outsiders and visitors due to the fact it's essentially ruled by the aforementioned criminal network.