The Book of Boba Fett ★★
Robert Rodriguez, Steph Green, Kevin Tancharoen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni
Starring Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, Amy Sedaris, Pedro Pascal, Jennifer Beals
Praise has been the only thing going Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni's way since they began navigating the Star Wars ship through hyperspace with The Mandalorian seasons 1 & 2. And with a returning fan favourite Boba Fett appearing towards the end of the second season, how will his solo show The Book of Boba Fett be received?
Well when this show focuses on its titular character, things are actually rather dull and confused. The Book of Boba Fett spends its first few episodes time-hopping between the character's current ventures as the new leader of Tatooine, with his escape from the Sarlacc pit that he found himself in all the way back in 1983's Return of the Jedi. Fett, played here by Temuera Morrison is joined by Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). Wen is giving everything she can to this role but the trouble is, Boba himself just isn't charismatic...at all.
It's no secret now that episode 5 of the show may as well be called The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 1, and it's that episode, alongside the remainder of the series that highlights how messy this show really is. It is however these Mando-obsessed episodes that redeem this show ever so slightly, giving us returning characters that we already know and love and introducing new ones that aren't Hutt's or tattoo artists. Episode 6 in particular is an absolute joy to watch and gives audiences something they've been waiting for. It's the excellence of this episode and the one before it that prevent this review from receiving a lonely one star.
The finale rounds up everything that the show has already detailed. It has some character moments that will have people intrigued and excited but any focus on rounding off Boba's book is rather forced and still lacks energy.
I knew things had gone too far when the multicoloured space bikes entered Mos Espa, but there are many more issues throughout that make this incredibly inferior to The Mandalorian.
The Book of Boba Fett available now on Disney+