The Book of Boba Fett Review

The Book of Boba Fett Review

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After the bounty hunter Boba Fett, from the original Star Wars series, made a comeback in episode six of the second season of The Mandalorian, fans have been waiting to see more of him and his partner in crime Fennec Shand. We last saw him in The Mandalorian sitting upon Jabba the Hutt’s throne with Fennec by his side, a teaser for the new Disney Plus series: The Book of Boba Fett

I, along with many avid Star Wars fans, was excited to hear about this new series. Boba Fett, although he didn’t play a huge role in the original trilogy, was immensely popular due to how intriguing and mysterious his character was. When he fell into the Sarlacc pit after a tussle with Han Solo (by tussle, I mean that Han Solo, temporarily blinded, smashed his weapon into Boba Fett’s jetpack and sent him flying), I thought that was it for him. Low and behold, he shows up in episode six of The Mandalorian along with Fennec Shand (who everyone also thought was dead but was all fixed up with some fancy cybernetics). I, for one, was not expecting that and was left surprised. I wondered how he survived and hoped it would be revealed in The Mandalorian. Alas, this didn’t happen, but the announcement of The Book of Boba Fett was even better than what I hoped for.

The series aired on Disney Plus on December 29, 2021, and ended with its seventh episode on February 9, 2022. Though the season was short, it was packed with epic fight scenes, compelling stories, and old and new characters. It was exciting to see familiar faces like Din Djarin (a.k.a The Mandalorian) and the fan-favorite Grogu (a.k.a Baby Yoda), but the new faces were just as interesting to see. My favorite was the new tech-enhanced biker gang in Mos Espa introduced to us in episode three. They rode colorful bikes that had a 1950s, futuristic vibe. These characters were so different from what we’ve seen in Star Wars, but that’s what made them so cool. They brought a splash of color to the barren landscape of Tatooine and something new to the Star Wars universe.

The storyline in The Book of Boba Fett switches between Boba Fett’s past (after he escaped the Sarlacc) and his present, where he and Fennec try to claim what used to be Jabba the Hutt’s territory in Mos Espa. We learn how his armor was stolen (spoiler alert: it was the Jawas) and the period before he found Fennec and took over Jabba’s territory. During this period, Boba Fett found an unsuspecting family: the Tusken Raiders. I won’t get into too much about how that happened, but this series showed a side and culture of the Tusken Raiders that Star Wars fans had never seen before.

Boba Fett’s present story follows him and Fennec Shand as they go back to Jabba the Hutt’s territory to rule over it as their own. Of course, there’s conflict—primarily with the Pyke Syndicate that wants Mos Espa to run spice. We see this conflict escalate in the epic season finale of the series with a battle that involves Boba Fett and his allies (including our favorite Mandalorian!) against giant, spider-like droids with impenetrable shields, the Pykes, and the infamous bounty hunter that fans may recognize from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cad Bane.

The Book of Boba Fett, although it didn’t live up to its predecessor, The Mandalorian, was nevertheless an interesting piece to the puzzle of the Star Wars universe. Some might say the storyline was boring or unfulfilling, but I think the series gave us an interesting glance into the life of a mysterious character and further expanded the story of The Mandalorian. While I would’ve liked to see more of Boba Fett in his own show (referring to the two episodes where it felt like I was watching The Mandalorian season three), The Book of Boba Fett is still an insightful series that is a must-watch for devoted Star Wars fans.