Max’s Review | The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 1: Stranger In A Strange Land
“Jon Favreau loves to give fans what they want, but unfortunately, unlike The Mandalorian, The Book Of Boba Fett seems to have more problems than strengths”
The first episode of The Book of Boba Fett gives fans what they have always wanted. A complete blow-by-blow account, of what happened to Fett when he was “eaten” by the Sarlacc. We see Fett struggle inside the creatures’ innards and being claustrophobic. I must say it looked absolutely terrifying and uncomfortably moist. We see these flashbacks as Fett lies in a bacta chamber, and it’s not even remotely surprising that these flashbacks exist. Jon Favreau loves to give fans what they want, but unfortunately, unlike The Mandalorian, this show seems to have more problems than strengths.
I thoroughly enjoyed the costume refurbishment of the Tusken Raiders that capture Fett after he digs his way out of the Sarlacc. But I can’t say I like Fett too much. His personality is very inconsistent, and switches back from merciless killer to charming and honorable businessman. It must be a Mandalorian thing, since Mando exhibited a few of those traits as well. Fett is not the ultimate warrior you would expect him to be and honestly, Fennec Shand is the real warrior in my book. Boba is trying to get his criminal empire off the ground, and it’s almost like a comedy of errors. He is TERRIBLE at it. It was almost like he was trying to see shampoo out of his car, and it’s almost embarrassing to think that this is Jabba’s replacement.
“Jabba ruled with fear. I plan to rule with respect.” Yeah okay. It’s hard to respect someone who has no clue what he is doing. I really hope he gets better at this whole crime lord thing. He just doesn’t have the ruthlessness or the drive to do this. I also really hate how Boba (and other characters) get hit with super dense pieces of wood or metal, right in the FACE and there is no blood; bruises, or cut lips. It’s so unrealistic and I wonder if Boba’s skin is made of durasteel or something. I know this show is on Disney+ but show some logic. When people get hit with an incredibly massive object, they will definitely show some damage.
TEMUERA MORRISON & MING-NA WEN
Temura Morrison is a pretty good actor, as is Ming Na Wen, so there are no problems in that department. Some of Morrison’s facial expressions while fighting some thugs were a little drawn out, but it works. And Wen, while not a beauty, has an attractive look to her. The flashbacks to Boba’s time as a Tusken prisoner get a little much after a while. And I can’t even wrap my head around whatever the hell lives on Tatooine that looks more hazardous than a Krayt Dragon. Good thing Luke never encountered one of those….. things.
I am definitely disappointed in Favreau because I expected something a little more exciting and cohesive. But it’s too early to throw in the towel just yet. This premiere is quite short at only about 34 minutes, and I feel like in a way, even though it’s the very beginning – this episode felt a lot like filler. That is not a good thing at all. Let’s hope things improve because if this is as good as it gets, we are probably looking at a one-season show.
The Book Of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney Plus.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!