Boba’s Big Break

New Star Wars series on Boba Fett is not out of this world


Highly celebrated Star Wars character Boba Fett has his own show: The Book of Boba Fett. The show has 7 episodes that aired on Disney Plus streaming service. Fett’s first appearance was in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. He became very popular due to his action figure and the Star Wars Christmas special that was made before his debut on the silver screen. The Book of Boba stars Temuera Morrison as the bounty hunter and tells the story of how Boba Fett takes rule as the Daimyo (ruler) of Mos Espa and saves the planet of Tatooine from the spice trade syndicate. This series had so much potential but was so lackluster. Don’t get me wrong, the show had some great episodes, but the ones that weren’t good were really unpleasant.

The quality of each episode varies, as the show was directed by several directors. Robert Rodriguez directed the third episode and the finale of the show. Rodriguez, who has directed masterpieces such as Spy Kids films and Machete, can not direct in the Star Wars universe. Unlike director Dave Filoni (creative director at LucasFilms), or Jon Favreau (main writer of The Mandolarian),  Rodriguez doesn’t “get” Star Wars. The episodes he did direct felt cartoony and out of place compared to the more gritty western episodes in the series. 

Rodriguez is at fault for the infamous Mos Espa chase scene. To imagine the scene just think of a group of old people chasing another old person on their little carts through a Schnucks parking lot. I feel like that would be more entertaining and suspenseful than what we got in the show. Another thing that correlates with the chase scene is the cyborgs. The idea of cyborgs in Star Wars isn’t a new concept as you have so many characters who have had limbs chopped off and replaced. But when I mention a cyborg gang located in the desert you think of scary-looking monstrous robot cowboys. That is definitely far from what we got. What was witnessed was a group of emo teenagers with iPhones taped to their heads. The only good part of the cyborgs was one character was played by musical artist ThunderCat, but besides that little factoid everything was so mediocre 

A positive part of the show has to be the jump cuts to the past. The show jumps back and forth between the time before he met Din Djarin in season 2 of The Mandalorian and to his present situation with the syndicate. It shows us how he got out of the Sarlacc pit, and how he became a part of a tuskin tribe. It adds so much depth to the character who was last really expanded upon in the Clone Wars animated series. 

Another part of the show I find enjoyable is somehow not Boba Fett, but another armored lad; that is of course Din Djarin -aka- The Mandalorian. Mando doesn’t just make a cameo but has TWO WHOLE  episodes dedicated to him making it feel like The Mandalorian season 3 lite. This was a shock to me, but like in a book, not every chapter will focus on the main protagonist. Though this would work in a book it doesn’t really work for television. This is mainly because it draws away from the main story. We, the watcher, completely forget about Boba’s mission as we get all caught up in CGI Luke Skywalker and a puppet baby alien. Still very entertaining. 

The last thing I enjoyed about the show has to be the main theme. The theme gives off the feel of a bold warrior seeking redemption… which is the show briefly summed up. The theme is composed by Ludwig Göransson. The Swedish composer gained fame for his instrumentals for Childish Gambino (Donal Glover) most notably “Redbone.”  He also created the theme for The Mandalorian. So he isn’t new to making beautiful pieces.

At the end of the day, The Book of Boba Fett is nothing too special and has some flaws, but still a decent one off story. I give it a 6.793/10.