‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Review – Boba Fett Deserved Better

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With The Book of Boba Fett finally over, I got to say that I was actually a bit disappointed with the direction they went with the series, and with a few positives. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good Star Wars series, but Boba Fett deserved a better story, especially when he gets overshadowed HEAVY (yes, all caps) in his own series. Yeah, I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Book of Boba Fett.

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The Book of Boba Fett takes place right after season 2 of The Mandalorian. The legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Derek Morrison) and the ruthless mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) are trying to make a name of themselves in the galaxy’s underworld after taking over Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire. Both Boba and Fennec will soon realize that trying to get the respect they want will be a lot harder than they thought.

I felt like the show was at its strongest when there was flashbacks. When Boba survived the Sarlacc, being apart of the Tuskens, how he met Fennec, etc. Once it goes back to the present day, the storytelling got a bit weak. Boba Fett did get some good character development, but the series pretty much dropped the ball.

What was the best episodes in the series? The episodes that didn’t focus on Boba Fett…HUH?! We got Mando (Pedro Pascal) in episode 5, and we got Ahsoka (Rosari Dawson), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Cad Bane (Corey Burton voiced), and Grogu in episode 6. I was super excited watching those episodes, and was giving my Star Wars soul life, but you can see how this heavily overshadowed the series (look at the poster) and became The Mandalorian 2.5. I think a lot of the story beats we’ve gotten in episodes 5,6 and a bit of 7, should’ve been added in The Mandalorian season 3 and just have Mando appear in the finale to help Boba.

That’s why I’ve mentioned before, it’s a good Star Wars series, but the story’s focus should’ve been on Boba and Fennec, which I felt like they missed the mark.

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I’m mixed about some of the cast’s performances in the show, but I feel like I can’t blame them and more on the material that was given. I won’t say anything bad, so let’s focus on the main stars.

Boba Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, did a great job. I enjoyed his portrayal playing an older and wiser Boba Fett. I always thought he was a badass back in 2002 when he played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, so it’s a no brainer that he will give a good performance.

Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand is still one my favorite things in Star Wars. Ming-Na Wen just always have this cool factor about her, so she kicked ass as Fennec in this series. To be honest, she’s my favorite in the show overall.

I always have love for Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin. Just a great performance from him, and it was a nice touch when added to The Book of Boba Fett. Pedro as Din is as perfect as peanut butter and jelly.

It’s going to be awesome seeing these actors return in future Star Wars projects.

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The score for The Book of Boba Fett is great! Joseph Shirley did a great job composing the music, also Ludwig Göransson nailed it with the intro. When it comes to the music for Star Wars, it never disappoints.

I felt like the show looked better than The Mandalorian. I enjoyed a lot of the cinematography and visual effects, which at times blew me away. The live-action Star Wars shows are continuing to look better and better.

The action was fine. Is it weird that the best action we’ve gotten from Boba Fett was his appearance in The Mandalorian S2? I don’t know why the series held back. The fight between Boba and Cad Bane was also disappointing as well. I enjoyed a lot of the Fennec scenes for sure. Oh, how about the Din using the Dark Saber! Also, the number one action scene that everyone talked about was that spin move in the finale…I thought it was funny.

The character designs were a hit or miss. I loved the look of Black Krrsantan (Carey Jones), and want to see him more in live-action projects. Cad Bane (Corey Burton voiced) also looked so good! Then you have episodes where it looked like some of the designs that came from the power rangers, which was weird, like the biker gang of Mos Espa. Overall, not too bad at all.

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The Book of Boba Fett is good, but not prefect by any means. If there’s a season 2, I would like them to pull from the stronger parts of the series and listen to some of the criticisms. The show is a bit rough around the edges, but it has the potential to be a series.

I recommend watching the show. Plus, if you didn’t watch the show, then you’re going to be lost watching The Mandalorian S3 since a lot of important story beats appeared in The Book of Boba Fett.

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