Despite valid criticisms, The Book of Boba Fett triumphs

Pretty much everyone who enjoys Star Wars has seen The Mandalorian, a TV show on Disney+. The Book of Boba Fett, a spinoff series with several allusions to The Mandalorian, premiered (also on Disney+) in December with the season finale on February 9th. I’m so excited to tell you why you should watch it (if you haven’t already) and what to look forward to, with very minimal spoilers.

   The show features Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, partnered with Ming-Na Wen as assassin Fennec Shand. The pair have taken over Jabba the Hutt’s palace and now rule the surrounding areas, trying to do so justly. Throughout the series, they face an assortment of problems, leading up to a  typical Star Wars action scene. 

   Although an interesting concept, the show starts off rather slow, and the plot advances at a seemingly glacial speed until reaching a turning point when it suddenly begins to move very fast. All in all, it feels rather inconsistent, even disjointed or incoherent at times. Some of the episodes felt disconnected from one another, in particular Episode 5, which did not even have the title character in it.

   However, The Book of Boba Fett does certainly have the classic Star Wars feel. It features the typical John Williams-esque epic music (although it’s actually composed by Ludwig Göransson and Joseph Shirley). The prop and character design are awesome, and there is no shortage of action. Plus, the features of Tatooine and more development of the different cities, the social hierarchy, and the culture (in particular, the Tusken tribe’s culture) add to the classic feel while simultaneously expanding it.

   The series also works to simultaneously introduce new characters, reintroduce characters, and develop older, existing ones. The introduction of the mods, led by Sophie Thatcher as Drash and Jordan Bolger as Skad, provides the potential for future spinoffs. At the same time, they are not well-developed, and I honestly didn’t even know their names until I looked them up. 

   The reintroduction of so many characters from existing shows and movies, particularly The Mandalorian, allowed for their character development. But at the same time, viewers who aren’t hardcore Star Wars fans who’ve seen every Star Wars movie or show likely miss some context gained from watching the original trilogy, The Mandalorian, and the Clone Wars TV show. Plus, there were some issues with CGI — some heavily CGI-reliant characters lacked expression, and one character in particular did not transfer perfectly from animated to CGI.

   Despite this, there is significant character development in the two central characters – Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. Throughout the series, Boba Fett’s seemingly morally-gray villain facade is broken down. Although his character has always been intriguing to many, including me, I’ve never had the ability to actually learn about him as much as I’ve wanted. Finally developing his character, more of his backstory, and his relationship with Fennec Shand made the show extremely worthwhile to watch.

   Although the show was slightly disjointed at times, it was a good mix of old and new, and finally getting a chance to learn about Boba Fett was definitely worth it.