Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 2 recap – “Tatooine Rhapsody” rock of all ages

September 22, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Tatooine Rhapsody” feels like a step-down after the premiere thanks to a simplistic, unmemorable story, and a more traditional art style.

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Summary

“Tatooine Rhapsody” feels like a step-down after the premiere thanks to a simplistic, unmemorable story, and a more traditional art style.

This recap of Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 2, “Tatooine Rhapsody”, contains spoilers.


If we’re being completely honest, is the point of “Tatooine Rhapsody” the aspiring rock band at its centre, or Boba Fett on its fringes? Thanks to The Mandalorian and other expanded-universe Star Wars media, Boba, who has always been an iconic, fan-favourite character, has finally developed a personality. With The Book of Boba Fett on the near horizon, it’s easy to imagine this second episode in the new anime anthology to be a sneaky way to keep appetites for his exploits whetted, even though he doesn’t feature all that much in what is already a ten-ish minute episode.

Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 2 recap

Boba is on-hand to capture Gee, one of the members of an upstart rock band and a relative of Jabba the Hutt. Jabba wants him dead and is willing to pay for it, so Boba makes that happen. Despite the best efforts of the band, they can’t rescue their friend – not in the conventional sense, anyway. But they can save him through the power of music, wielding a lightsaber hilt in a new way – as a microphone to belt out rock lyrics to a baying crowd on Tatooine.

It’s ridiculous, obviously, and coming right after the seriousness and striking aesthetic of the opening episode, seeing long-familiar Star Wars characters – Boba, Jabba, Bib Fortuna – rendered in a very traditional anime style doesn’t quite feel like enough. There’s a clear sense of humour, though, such as Jabba tapping his slug tail along with the music, and the entire conceit of the band managing to secure Gee’s freedom by impressing Jabba and talking him into a sponsorship deal, that has its pleasures. It’s also true to Jabba’s self-serving, greedy character, at least in a roundabout way.

But… yeah. The episode order doesn’t do “Tatooine Rhapsody” any favours. It’s fine, but is fine enough after that premiere? Probably not.

You can stream Star Wars: Visions season 1, episode 2 exclusively on Disney+.

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