A patient format of story-telling typical of Jon Favreau
Morrison finally getting his due
Ming-Na is always aces
Might be a tad slow or uneventful for some
A little too "safe" for a pilot, but that may not be a bad thing
Boba Fett conquers both throne spotlight on Disney+’s newest Star Wars show, restoring the original Mandalorian to centrestage in The Book of Boba Fett. Accompanied only by The Mandalorian and Bad Batch alum, Ming-Na Wen as ruthless assassin Fennec Shand, Boba’s return to iconic Tatooine might just be what fans have been wanting for the legendary bounty hunter.
It’s been slightly more than a year since we got our first look at the returning Boba Fett in season two of The Mandalorian, and things have only been getting more intense for this buckethead (no, not Iron Man). Boba’s journey across the Star Wars franchise has been intermittent at best, having received, well, none in the Original Trilogy before being given some backstory in 2002’s Attack of the Clones and then reappearing again in the animated shows since.
Sure, he’s had a smattering of appearances in books and games (regardless of canon or Legends), but it was only in The Mandalorian when he was finally set on a path exploring his own character. At the conclusion of The Mandalorian season two, Boba claimed Jabba’s throne with relative ease, with the assistance of Fennec. While his proclivity for crime and “gangsterism” is still present, his vision seems to be more inclined towards ruling with a sense of fairness.
And we see this very ambitious goal challenged almost instantly in episode one of the series.
But not everything’s about his new rule of Tatooine. The Book of Boba Fett, is clearly dedicated to revealing Boba’s pre-The Mandalorian journey, offering an interesting angle to his survival beyond a less than hospitable stay in the Sarlacc following Return of the Jedi.
While Boba has been an iconic aspect of Star Wars for more than 40 years, in all honesty he is only now actually interesting. Obviously it helps that he owns one of the coolest armours in film history, but The Book of Boba Fett actively goes the extra mile in giving him both personality and purpose.
The Book of Boba Fett is out now on Disney+, and will see new episodes released every Wednesday.