Review: The Book of Boba Fett or the Mandalorian 2.5?
The Book of Boba Fett quickly took the world by storm with its cute Baby Yoda memes, good choreography and cinematography, and, of course, Star Wars.
The seven-episode series aired on Disney + centred around brutal bounty hunter Boba Fett, portrayed by Temuera Morrison. The Book of Boba Fett serves as a plot bridge for discovering Fett’s fate between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian S2 and ran from December 29, 2021, to February 9, 2022. However, the show’s finale has received some mixed reviews.
The Book of Boba Fett picks up on Boba’s story after he gets hurled into the Sarlacc Pitt and taken as an enslaved prisoner. For fans, it seemed the most
intriguing aspect of the series is how it tells the story of a popular yet, at the same time, only mildly relevant character in the story who has been there since 1983. That character is, of course, trusty companion Fennec Stand, portrayed by the stellar Ming-Na Wen.
Life isn’t easy for our heroes or villains, in this case, who seek to claim Jabba the Hutt’s place as the ruler of the criminal underworld across the galaxy. That’s right: Star Wars fans have the rare chance of seeing things from the point of view of a straight-up villain.
The plot revolves initially around an evil vs eviler than thou dynamic with Boba and Fennec facing off against rival crime lords from other cartels and the villainous Pykes. What sets Fett apart from his nemeses is that he’s an affable, fair and just crime lord; if it’s possible to unironically use those words in the same sentence.
The show starts on a solid note on episode 4 yet has an abrupt storytelling shift on episode 5, establishing two storylines that the audience has to care for independently until they come together in the season’s climax. Worse of all, Boba Fett, the main character, isn’t even present in some of these episodes.
While the Book of Boba Fett does achieve its goal of serving as a storyline cement to bridge the missing gaps of the bridge between the Mandalorian S2 and S3, fans found it underwhelming. Unfortunately, given all the compelling storylines writers could give Boba Fett, the show left many areas unexplored.
However, one interesting presented throughout the series was the differing shades of morality when contrasting Boba Fett, an already ruthless villain, with much more brutal monsters seeking to dominate the criminal underworld of the galaxy. And, while some of Boba Fett’s arc was left underdeveloped and unexplored, at least it generated necessary exposition and hype for the upcoming The Mandalorian S3.
At the time of writing, there is no official release date. But, fans believe Disney+ will upload it by December 2022.