SPOILER ALERT: This was not a book and I am disappointed.
HE’S BACK! And questionably better than ever. Temuera Morrison returns as the cool-looking bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Before possible events that may have happened in The Mandalorian, we last see Boba Fett being flung into the Sarlacc Pit in Episode VI, never to be seen again. This clone goes on to rule Mos Eisley in a fashion that is different and very much peaceful compared to its previous rulers, while simultaneously answering questions that are brought up upon his return.
We finally got a Boba Fett solo project for fans after leaving such an iconic character with very little story. It is great because he is one of those characters that everyone loves but no one knows anything about. Since questions about his appearance arose in The Mandalorian Season 2, we are able to reveal the answers while continuing where we left off. The story is enticing and keeps continuity in the franchise; although the episodes were very hit or miss . By having Temuera Morrison play the titular character nearly 20 years after he first appeared as his “father,” Jango Fett, we are getting to see how the characters are very different which creates a new world for us as fans. He is the same actor but is pulling off playing his own son very well. Ming-Na Wen also returning in the series, as a more recent character but still a part of Boba’s story, is great because she is such a versatile actor and we love to see her in any form of media. She is able to play these characters that are kicking some major butt while still being the amazing actor she truly is. Lastly, you won’t be feeling blue when [spoiler] shows up. (Apparently, the universe won’t allow me to say their name).
This series portrayed Boba’s arc well, but it was overshadowed by the two episodes he was not in. Imagine that, you’re the titular character and you aren’t even in one-third of the episodes. Again, something felt very off in the beginning of the series. I don’t think it has anything to do with Robert Rodriguez directing those episodes because there were episodes that he didn’t direct that felt off in the series as well, it just happens that he directed a majority of it. Also taking the time to remove him from a couple episodes to set up a character for another show took away from something that was supposed to feel special for Boba fans. We get to continue his short-lived story from the past, adding lore both old and new into Star Wars visual media. This is very much a stepping stone for Disney, as they’ve been working on telling stories for characters we haven’t gotten to see much, or we haven’t seen in live-action yet! While I hate to say that this series was alright, The Book of Boba Fett was a book I could’ve gone without reading. I am intrigued to see how they continue the stories for many of the characters that this series sets up. It acts as a seed for a tree I don’t see wilting anytime soon, so let’s see where this goes.
TJ Bogart is a Sophomore Film, Photo and Visual Arts major who wishes they could go back to being a child playing Lego Star Wars for the Wii in their Star Wars pajamas. They can be reached at [email protected].
Art by Adam Dee