Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

The Worst Episode In The Book Of Boba Fett

Disney+'s "The Book of Boba Fett" has now aired in its entirety, with all seven episodes of the series dropping between December 2021 and February 2022. The series follows the titular mercenary's (Temuera Morrison) adventures following his escape from the Sarlacc pit, his imprisonment with the Tusken Raiders (and his subsequent assimilation into their world), his claiming of Jabba the Hutt's palace, and consolidating his power over the once-Hutt-ruled region of Mos Espa. With help from Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), two Gamorrean guards who served Bib Fortuna, and a feisty band of Tatooine teen "mods" who like replacing body parts with droid machinery, Boba Fett navigates the underworld in a space Western-style show. 

Overall, "The Book of Boba Fett" received mixed reviews from critics (via Rotten Tomatoes). NME, for example, criticized the show's "baffling structure, with poorly integrated flashbacks that halted abruptly halfway through the season and an equally sudden swerve away from Boba Fett himself shortly thereafter." The A.V. Club called it "mostly a mess" and "mostly fine," all in the same article. Despite these critiques, the season finale drew ratings that were 36% higher than the final episode of "The Mandalorian" Season 2 (you know, the episode that revealed the return of Luke Skywalker) between December 18 and 22 (per Deadline).

With such mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, there's no doubt people definitely have favorite episodes — and several candidates for the worst episode. In fact, if you Google "The Book of Boba Fett," you'll eventually find pretty much every episode is vying for both titles. But one episode is a frontrunner (if not the frontrunner) for the worst of the season.

Episode 3 is a contender for worst episode, but Episode 7 wins the crown

When it comes to stating which episode of "The Book of Boba Fett" is the worst, the case could be made for a few different installments. For example, Chapter 6, titled "From the Desert Comes a Stranger," features a deep-fake version of Luke Skywalker and plenty of Grogu cuteness, but it has been alternately called "the worst kind of fanservice" (via Daily Dot) and "easily the best installment so far" (per FanSided). "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa" is another candidate for the worst episode of the season, coming in last place on Metacritic and IMDb's respective ratings-based lists.

But the argument for the worst episode is perhaps the strongest with "Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor" because it was such an anticipated series finale, with Pedro Pascal's Mandalorian joining Boba Fett and the conflict with the Pyke Syndicate coming to a head. Despite the high ratings, many fans on Reddit voiced their disappointment with what they considered awkward action scenes (Did those giant droids kill a single person? No!) and an anticlimactic ending.

On Rotten Tomatoes, for example, the "Chapter 7" episode gets the worst score of all of them, with a 53% Tomatometer score. The page features quotes from reviewers like Matthew Dougherty of The Daily Beast, who said the show ended in "embarrassing fashion by teasing 'The Mandalorian'" and Total Film's Jack Shepherd, who called it "a messy, missed opportunity."

Fans were not pleased with Robert Rodriguez's directing

Fans did not hold back on Reddit when it came to voicing their dislike of the season finale episode, either. Redditor u/Regenitor_ said, "My assessment is that Episodes 1-4 were a bit of a snoozefest. In stark contrast, Episodes 5-6 were some of the best 'Star Wars' ever but had no right being part of this show. And then this finale tries to tie them both together with a bow but doesn't get the wrapping quite right." U/matt111199 wrote, "This show feels like it started without a script and was contorted into ['The Mandalorian'] S2.5 because they lost faith in it." Some fans tied the worst episodes to director Robert Rodriguez, who helmed the first, third, and seventh episodes (via IMDb). 

Many criticized the editing and the choreography of the action, plus the missed narrative opportunities presented early on — think the introduction of the shady Hutt twins — that could have made the finale better. Some thought the series didn't do justice to its ultimate baddie. "One of my many reasons for hating the Book of Boba Fett finale is purely personal. Cad Bane deserved so much better," said @charleshoppes on Twitter. Elsewhere, some didn't get the point altogether. "I just watched the 'Book of Boba Fett' finale ... I think that may be the most inconsequential series I've ever watched? What exactly was its purpose?" @justinlosacco asked.

Of course, plenty of people, like @BurhanPlays, enjoyed the series for providing deeper knowledge of the Tuskens and rancors, as well as the addition of characters like Wookiee Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones), making this yet another divisive topic in "Star Wars" fandom. What else is new?