‘The Book of Boba Fett‘ is a Star Wars spin-off series featuring eight episodes. It was created by Jon Favreau and produced by John Bartnicki. If you have not watched the show, there may be spoilers, but I tried to keep them to a minimum.
Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and his partner Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) are taking over as “Daimyo” of Tatooine replacing Jabba the Hutt. He vows to rule differently though he encounters pushback from the locals. We see him have flashbacks to his time after escaping the Sarlacc Pit, leading up to his encounter with Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). As he battles for control, a rival criminal order, he fights with twin Hutts, a Wookie bounty hunter Krrsantan (Carey Jones), and a pesky bureaucrat (David Pasquesi). He encounters dangers from every direction as he seeks to hold onto his new title.
I have two issues with the series. The first is that it is a little vanilla. It does not take as many risks as The Mandalorian or Visions. It is sort of straightforward and plain, but that could have been solved with a little better writing and an appearance by Gina Carano. The second is the stupid color-coded speeders that the Mods use. If there is a season two, I hope they give them cooler-looking vehicles.
With that out of the way, I actually enjoyed this show. Favreau did a good job writing the chapters and the directors he assembled, I thought it came off good. Robert Rodriguez (1,3,7), Steph Green (2), Kevin Tancharoen (4), Bryce Dallas Howard (5), and Dave Filoni (6) each brought their A-game along with the actors. No one was “stand out,” but everyone did a good job with their roles.
Ironically enough, chapters 5 and 6, where Boba Fett only had a cameo, were the best episodes. We got to see Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka. We also got to see the continuing story of Luke Skywalker and Grogu which was exciting. I am glad they were incorporated into the show though I did hope the Child’s arc went a different direction.
Now, some viewers and critics complained that Boba Fett’s transition from bounty hunter to crimelord was lackluster. I disagree. Like I said earlier, it was a bit vanilla, but I thought the flashbacks did a good job of telling the story. Should they continue the show, I think it could pick up with a little bit of improvement and I am excited to see where it goes.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Minor foul language, Violence, Thematic and drug elements
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