The new Star Wars show The Book of Boba Fett is not a total slog—but the direction the creators have gone in is far too somber and serious to make the show recommendable.
Let’s get something straight: Boba Fett was a useless scumbag in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He was a greedy bounty hunter who ushered the frozen body of Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt—and then got his dopey ass dumped into the sarlacc pit, where he was supposed to be digested for many centuries.
I love the notion of him being scrappy enough to escape the pit and have further adventures, but the whole setup seems befitting of a comedy, or at least something more amusing than the sometimes-dragging affair that has transpired over on Disney+.
Boba Fett should be a flamboyant, greedy, Dog the Bounty Hunter type—not the noble, scowling, grumbling character as portrayed by actor Temuera Morrison. His every line read is monosyllabic and dreary. We’re four episodes into the first season as of this writing, and the experience has been a very mixed bag.
The action is set right after Return of the Jedi on Tatooine. This means we get to see banthas, Jabba’s relatives, the cantina band, familiar-looking droids and vehicles, and burping creatures catching shit with their tongues. Return of the Jedi was fun and silly; The Book of Boba Fett needs to imbibe some more of that silliness.
The Marvel shows on Disney+ have been one success after another, because they know the value of adding a little comedy into the mix. Loki, Wandavision, Hawkeye and others can all be classified as comedies in some ways. Boba Fett, meanwhile, is mostly a meandering drama with very little at stake.
This is not “must-see” Star Wars. It falls somewhere between the prequels and The Rise of Skywalker on “the stuff you need to see in the Star Wars universe” scale. If you like banthas, Ming-Na Wen (whose Fennec rises from the dead for this show) and Danny Trejo (Robert Rodriguez directs some episodes, so that prompts a mandatory Trejo presence), you will be OK with Boba Fett.
But as for me, the slow and brooding approach to the material makes little sense. Morrison is a bad choice for Boba; blame that on the prequels. The Book of Boba Fett is not terrible—but it needs a serious injection of fun, and fast.
The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
Update: The episodes after this article was written have gone in a completely different direction. Boba Fett is a supporting player in his own show now, and this is a good thing. It’s become something akin to a Return of the Jedi sequel (with more of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker) and an extension of The Mandalorian. In short, far more entertaining.
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