Steve’s Review | The Book of Boba Fett (Chapter One)
In The Book Of Boba Fett, Jon Favreau has given us the beginning of what could potentially be another great Star Wars television series.
Lucasfilm has opened The Book Of Boba Fett.
Last year, on the first episode of The Mandalorian season 2, viewers were given a glimpse of the return of a fan-favorite character at the very end of the episode. None other than the bounty hunter Boba Fett! He appeared later in that season and became somewhat of a mainstay until the end of the season. At the end of the season, we saw Fett and Fennec Shand enter Jabba the Hutt’s former palace and find Bib Fortuna sitting on the throne. After Fett kills him and sits on the throne, we are told he will return in The Book of Boba Fett.
RETURN OF A LEGEND
Being a huge fan of Boba Fett, I thoroughly enjoyed his return and anxiously awaited the debut of this new series. Imagine, a Disney Plus series with THE Boba Fett at center stage. What more could a Boba Fett fan want?!? Today, Wednesday, December 29, the wait ended with the first episode.
BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!
I, for one, absolutely loved this first episode of The Book of Boba Fett. I loved how it answered a question that I’ve had ever since he showed up in The Mandalorian. Where has he been since his apparent demise in Return of the Jedi at the hands…err…tentacles…whatever…of the almighty Sarlaac? This first episode answered that question. I loved seeing how he got out of the Sarlaac pit and loved the flashbacks detailing his struggle back to normalcy. Well, normal for Boba Fett anyway. We haven’t gotten the whole story yet you don’t want to tell the whole story in the first episode.
In addition to the flashbacks that provide some answers into where he’s been, it also details the rise of his criminal empire on Tatooine. I enjoyed the dynamic between Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shan, who we originally ran into in the first season of The Mandalorian. There wasn’t a crazy amount of action in this first episode so that was slightly disappointing but, again, I don’t mind that they didn’t throw everything out there in the first episode. Always leave the viewer wanting more. Plus, at least to me, this episode came across more as a character study and re-introduction more than an action-packed thrill fest.
What I am gathering about the series based on this first episode is that we are going to get further explorations into this character study and we are going to be presented the story of a man that is still somewhat physically broken as he learns his way through becoming a crime lord while trying to come to grips with his past.
This episode has certainly garnered mixed reviews, understandably so. This wasn’t a perfect episode by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, there are some things I could get nitpicky about. But overall, I think that Jon Favreau and company have given us the beginning of what could potentially be another great Star Wars television series.
The Book Of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney Plus.
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Steve Long is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. Aside from being a passionate Star Wars fan, he also co-hosts the Rogue One Radio Podcast. Follow him on Twitter where he channels his passion frequently!