“The Book of Boba Fett” is goofy, original and triumphant

The story of Boba Fett is fully explored in John Favreau’s spin off.

Emily Coffey, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Written by “Chef” star John Favreau, “The Book of Boba Fett” contains the essential elements of a successful Star Wars spin-off. The narrative includes familiar characters, a tie to the fourth or fifth episode, and a main character with really, really good teeth. It begins with the story of Boba Fett’s takeover of Jabba the Hutt’s throne on planet Tatooine and explores his struggles. Viewers can watch weekly episodes unfold on Disney+

BOBA’S BACKGROUND

Boba Fett is essentially another Mandalorian, one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy during the reign of Emperor Palpatine. The show, however, takes place during the peak of his career, when he is becoming a leader of Tatooine after being a bounty hunter for the dark side. With Fennec Shand by his side, played by Ming-Na Wen of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Fett shows a refreshing sense of justice and loyalty in his ability to lead, although his mercy leads to problems in the show’s narrative. 

The show explains the details of Boba Fett’s career and childhood, details that were previously explored in “The Clone Wars.” Initially, Boba Fett was known as Han Solo’s rival, responsible for his delivery to Jabba’s palace while working for the dark side. He is also responsible for more destruction and chaos, all of which should be explained in later episodes.   

Temuera Morrison plays Boba Fett brilliantly. He lends a sensitivity and trustworthiness to a character that otherwise would be portrayed in a low light. Morrison’s Fett is instead characterized by bravery and tenacity, the kind of tenacity that lifts him out of slavery and into leadership. 

CRITICAL ANALYSIS 

Compared to “The Mandalorian,” which also boasts Favreau as its creator, this show is certainly more engaging and family friendly. The humor is frequent and refreshing, and the storyline is well-structured and executed. Just the first two episodes were released, and each one leaves watchers on a cliffhanger.

Wen plays a character somewhat similar to her supporting role in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She is a cold, rational side-kick who can kick butt. Although it works for her, it is altogether predictable. 

The show lacks the excellent cinematography and effects that made “The Mandalorian” so breathtaking. In many scenes, the aliens or explosions are not as convincing, and the cinematography is average at best. The action scenes are belabored and unsatisfying, although certain scenes are nicely coordinated. 

Given that viewers are there for the story, the show is still a win. It takes an interesting approach of explaining Fett’s past through his dreams, while his present unfolds he is awake. This keeps the plotline moving forward and makes what would be an intense storyline more appealing. 

FAVREAU AND HIS WRITING 

Favreau has contributed to action movies for a long time, starting with the “Iron Man” series. This is not his first dip into the world of Star Wars, given that he was the creator of “The Mandalorian.” “The Book of Boba Fett” is true to his sense of humor and storytelling capacity, making it a show worthy of the watch.

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