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Why Beggar's Canyon In The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5 Is More Important Than You Think

Contains spoilers for "The Book of Boba Fett" Chapter 5

"The Book of Boba Fett" on Disney+ is giving the galaxy far, far away's most mysterious bounty hunter the starring role that he was born to. Combining substantial flashback sequences with present-day action, the story chronicles Boba's fate following the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi." So far, we've watched him escape from the Sarlacc Pit and befriend Tusken Raiders, while also trying to establish his own organized crime empire and wage war on the dastardly Pyke Syndicate.

That being said, "Chapter 5" of "The Book of Boba Fett" takes a break from Boba's ongoing fight with the Pykes to spend some time with The Mandalorian. Some fans might be wondering why the episode completely overlooks Boba in his own series. However, at least the fifth installment continues the series' trend of featuring callbacks and references to the galaxy's iconic settings and lore — especially during its visit to Beggar's Canyon.

What's the significance of Beggar's Canyon?

One scene in Chapter 5 of "The Book of Boba Fett" sees Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), aka Mando, fly his jet over Tatooine while taking instructions from Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris). In an effort to test the aircraft's ability to fly through tight spaces, he blasts through an area called Beggar's Canyon, which will be familiar to fans of the "Star Wars" franchise.

Beggar's Canyon is a dried-up river bed that cuts through Ben Mesa, a mountain that's named after Ben Neluenf, the first great Tatooinian podracer. Keeping in line with that legacy, Beggar's Canyon is part of the course for the Boonta Eve Classic, a podracing event that takes place on Tattooine every year.

The area was also a training ground for Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter back in the day. Prior to becoming heroes of the Rebel Alliance, they spent their youth flying T-16 skyhoppers through the canyon, honing their piloting skills in the process. In fact, the two Red Squadron pilots recalled the time they spent between the narrow cliffs as they destroyed the Death Star's reactor shaft. So, without this canyon, Darth Vader and his cronies could have reigned supreme for much longer than they did.