Thursday, July 7

‘The biggest problem in Boba Fett’s book? No baby yoda

Disney + unveiled its second live-action Star Wars series this morning, the long-awaited The Boba Fett Book. First teased in the post-credits of The mandalorianIn the season 2 finale, the show follows the later adventures of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) as he takes over the Tatooine-based crime syndicate, once ruled by Jabba the Hutt. The Boba Fett Book is meant to shed light on one of the most beloved supporting characters in the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, the first episode of The Boba Fett Book It’s kind of a disappointment. It’s structurally unbalanced, full of contextless flashbacks, and it feels like a torturous routine through the shitty life of Boba Fett and his terrible management skills. The Boba Fett BookThe biggest problem is that it doesn’t give the public what The mandalorianThe premiere did it: a Baby Yoda.

Now i’m not saying The Boba Fett Book you should lean on a cheesy puppet to tell stories, but you need something to hook both casual viewers and hardcore fans alike. Up to this point The Boba Fett Book It’s a confusing goodie bag of Easter eggs and heartbreak. We see Boba Fett survive the Sarlacc pit only to have his ass turned over by a boy. If anything, by demystifying Boba Fett, The Boba Fett Book is making your hero less cool. That’s a problem because Disney + clearly thinks Fett’s reputation with fanboys is enough to get viewers to tune in. It is not. The show is in dire need of a “Baby Yoda” of its own.

The first episode of The Boba Fett Book, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” begins with Boba Fett healing himself in a Bacta tank. Through his dreams, we get a glimpse of his previous appearances in the Star Wars movies, as well as the moment when he actually broke free from the clutches of the well of Sarlacc. (Turns out he stole oxygen from an Imperial officer and used firepower to do that!) We then see Jawas steal his iconic Mandalorian armor and Tusken Raiders kidnap the man himself. At the end of the episode, we see how the prisoner Boba Fett earns the respect of his captors, by fighting a monster that looks suspiciously like Goro from Mortal Kombat – but not how his plan to rule the Tatooine underworld will unfold. Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand manages to capture a murderer at Boba’s urging, but there are no hints of great evil, impending crisis, or greater mystery to keep us staring. Even the flashbacks are disappointing, as they don’t actually reveal anything about Boba Fett that we don’t know yet.

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There is nothing, NOTHING! – in the first episode of The Boba Fett Book which is as compelling as Baby Yoda reveals at the end of The mandalorian Episode 1. And that’s a big problem for the future of this Star Wars series.

The magic of Baby Yoda was not that it was cute, but rather that it was an entry point for the general public. Baby Yoda gave our mysterious bounty hunter a purpose beyond the next death, which made both Mando (Pedro Pascal) and the show itself more appealing. Plus, that little green rascal pointed out to longtime fans that there were still stories they hadn’t heard before. Where had Baby Yoda been during the movies? Was it related to Yoda? What was your deal? The Star Wars nerds needed to find out. Above all, his cute character made him catnip to kids and casual viewers alike. Baby Yoda was a universal hook. It was a twist that gave people a reason to tune in week after week.

Up to this point The Boba Fett Book does not have that and The Boba Fett Book You urgently need that. Hardcore Star Wars fans were already going to tune in to watch their favorite bounty hunter fight his way out of the well of Sarlacc, but what? The Boba Fett Book offer to everyone else? What does the show have for people who are not bewitched by Kamino’s clone boy? So far, nothing except Matt Berry as the droid, Jennifer Beales as Twi’lek, and the resurrection of Max Rebo’s music career. Neither of those things is enough to pique the interest of a casual viewer. Heck, I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan and I’m not sure I want to see more! (And that doesn’t help Boba Fett’s bookThe first episode made Boba Fett’s life seem like a giant sucking parade.)

While it is clear that The Boba Fett Book pretends to be a braver series than The mandalorian (which was brave enough on its own), the show’s priorities seem warped. Boba Fett was once the coolest character in the Star Wars universe. He was an enigmatic bounty hunter, hidden behind a striking mask, capable of outsmarting Han Solo and delivering him to Darth Vader. Even his silly “death” in Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi He did nothing to ruin his reputation. His myth was only reinforced by his surprising resurrection in The mandalorian Season 2. Unfortunately The Boba Fett BookThe premiere episode makes Boba Fett look like an unfortunate fool, out of his depths and desperate for a Bacta tank. Worse still, it doesn’t add anything new to your story. And he definitely didn’t give us anything as monumental as Baby Yoda.

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