‘The Book of Boba Fett’ explores incredibly popular Star Wars character


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The Book of Boba Fett shows promise as it highlights the extremely popular bounty hunter.

Katherine Daly, Staff Writer

Star Wars fans have been anxiously awaiting a Boba Fett stand-alone project since the late 80s and the Disney+ original series, “The Book of Boba Fett,” has finally arrived. However, it arrived with a rather dull start. In certain respects, it makes sense to quickly greenlight something that can recycle and reuse costumes and sets from “The Mandalorian” by having a somewhat simple story that is largely limited to the Tatooine desert. However, there wasn’t a lot of material to grab onto in the pilot episode. The first episode wasn’t anything new that hadn’t already been seen in the “Star Wars” universe before, but, thankfully, episode two and the rest of the series onward start to reveal more about the character and brought some much-needed action.  


The plot follows Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), after he’s no longer a hired gun and now has become more of a peaceful man that will only take action if he has to. This character development shows that he’s learned and matured, however they’ve already lost the point. Boba Fett is known for being a mercenary who shoots to kill and isn’t an all-around good guy. Unfortunately, Disney wants to have their cake and eat it too as they slowly try to change the branding of this character. They want to have all the fans see how cool Boba Fett has become, but they also want him friendlier so kids could look up to him. The show is fairly similar to “The Mandalorian” but refreshing in its own way by building the world of “Star Wars” to yank on the nostalgia of older fans. There are good action scenes, but the story is where the series shines as it connects almost all of the books, movies and shows in the “Star Wars” extended universe. This helps create a whole new sense of direction for the “Star Wars” cinematic universe.  


The overall plotline does have an interesting job of developing the relationship that Boba Fett has with the Tusken Raiders. This is especially enticing for fans who have never seen or heard much about the Raiders other than brief moments through the original films. Learning more about how their society works and their traditions helps fill the canon with so much amazing lore. Throughout the show, there is a bit more blood and gore than expected as mainstream “Star Wars” films have never had an extreme level of violence. Despite this, the show hasn’t truly found its footing and stumbles along the way. The biggest problem the show has is that it doesn’t have its own identity. The soundtrack is far too similar to “The Mandalorian” and doesn’t stretch its own out into something new. It remains to be seen if “The Book of Boba Fett” can keep audiences entertained, but if history can be a guide, “Star Wars”shows tend to leave a big impact and the show is still worth watching because of that.