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What to watch: The Book of Boba Fett

What to watch: The Book of Boba Fett

It's... fine, but shouldn't a Boba Fett series be better than this?

OzzieMejia

Being a Star Wars fan has been a wild ride, especially in the last decade. What's funny is, I remember a day not too long ago when people thought the idea of a Boba Feet series sounded boring. But, here we are in the year of our lord, 2022, and we have The Book of Boba Fett. I'm actually writing this while watching the fourth episode and, at least so far, the series is... fine... question mark?

Here's the thing about The Book of Boba Fett. The pieces for something good are here. Temuera Morrison is outstanding in the lead role, Ming-Na Wen as his assassin sidekick is always a treat, and it's got El Mariachi creator Robert Rodriguez in the director's chair, at least for a few episodes. This shouldn't be bad, but I feel like it could be better.

For one thing, the story feels somewhat disjointed. The trouble with a legacy character, specifically this legacy character, is that a large chunk of time had to be dedicated to how he got here. That's especially true given that the last time we saw Boba Fett, he was eaten by a Sarlacc. The story often has to split between the current day and flashbacks with the two stories mostly having next to nothing to do with one another. It's not like with The Mandalorian, where the lead character had no legacy baggage and could just hit the ground running, worrying about backstory later.

The other thing is, the story just doesn't feel all that compelling. Boba Fett taking over Jabba the Hutt's empire felt like a natural end point for the character, not the beginning of a new story. That's because, where do you really go from there? There aren't a lot of interesting story ideas you can run with at that point, which is proven by the uninteresting main plot of the first half of the series.

The action has a lot of highs and lows. The sequences with the Tusken Raiders were engaging and the highlight was definitely the one-on-one between Boba and Black Krrsantan. What's not to like about a wookie with electricity-infused brass knuckles? But for every one of of those scenes, we get the wacky speeder bike chase from the third episode and it managed to feel both slow and clumsy. I saw the Power Rangers memes flying after that third episode and while I won't resort to those, I will say that I'm not particularly attached to Boba's crew of misfits. The Gamorrean warriors from the first two episodes, even though they can't speak Basic, are a lot more compelling, just because they're basically ass-kickers who are serving a life debt.

I'm fully expecting The Book of Boba Fett to pick up in the final episodes, but I feel like this show should be better than what it is. Maybe my expectations are too high after The Mandalorian or maybe I'm just more enthralled with Peacemaker on HBO Max, which is a topic for another day. It's fine, but it's nothing I'd go out of my way to watch right now.

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    January 19, 2022 12:27 AM

    What to watch: The Book of Boba Fett

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      January 19, 2022 1:29 AM

      The first 2-3 seasons should be all about forcing Jabba's contacts to work with him, and defending against challenges to his power grab.

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      January 19, 2022 2:44 AM

      Ooh that music at the end...

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        January 19, 2022 6:05 AM

        When Fennec said Credits will buy muscle. And the Mando theme played? OMFGWTFYESSSS :)

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      January 19, 2022 4:42 AM

      About halfway through episode 2 I realized this was the Star Wars version of Dances With Wolves. Show is just ridiculous and I love every second of it.

      Good call on what the end point should've been, I think that would have been more interesting. I think they wanted to do a shocking trailer reveal last year to have a years worth of hype/discussion and then went "now what?!".

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      January 19, 2022 5:24 AM

      Yeah there was a lot I had issues with in that third ep, but I'm reserving judgment all the same. Was it someone here who compared those bikes to the Jax's Diner scene in Attack of the Clones? For a setting as broad and diverse as Star Wars, you really have to make an effort to come up with something that doesn't feel like it's part of that universe, and yet those are two prime examples right there.

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      January 19, 2022 6:06 AM

      I LOVED EVERY GOD DAMNED THING ABOUT THIS EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I fucking LOVE this show!! Boba was my hero as a kid, so I got a soft spot for him. :)

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        January 19, 2022 7:39 AM

        Looks like we are all caught up now unless they jump back to Boba getting the armor from Olyphant for some reason. So things are set up. The internet rumors are that the big bad for the season isn't the Pike Syndicate it is the Black Sun syndicate and Qi'ra

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          January 19, 2022 8:04 AM

          Yep. Qi'ra showed up again in one of the comics recently, and I just know that they've been dying to get Darth Maul back on screen in some way.

          Looking forward to whatever.

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            January 19, 2022 8:08 AM

            Spoilers from the Rebels show Maul was killed by Obi-wan in a duel. So if they bring Maul back it would be in the Obi-Wan show.

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              January 19, 2022 9:22 AM

              Oh yeah. Still want my live action spider legs tho.

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        January 19, 2022 7:50 AM

        Yeah man I’m loving it too. I could be more critical of it or try and scrutinize the things that it does wrong. I could also just threadshit like a lot of folks do here when I Star Wars thread comes up. But fuck it I’m down for this and despite the shows shortcomings I’m still really enjoying it.

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          January 19, 2022 8:12 AM

          Last weeks episode was meh. The droid kids and their speeder vespa's are distracting in every scene they are in. They just stick out like a sore thumb in every scene they are in. I understand they made them to set up how Fennec got the robot guts but they just don't fit. I think it is because they are so clean with the bright colors where everything else is muted and dirty

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      January 19, 2022 7:29 AM

      this show is ok…..Mando was better imho

      everytime I see those rainbow scooters i laugh. those things do not fit in

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        January 19, 2022 8:18 AM

        yep, those Mods-Jars are not working for me but stil loving the show.

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      January 19, 2022 8:38 AM

      Episode 1 was alright.
      Episode 2 was pretty good.
      Episode 3 was awful. That chase scene at the end was terrible.

      Is Episode 4 any good? I'm on the verge of giving up on this show.

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        January 19, 2022 9:24 AM

        4 is much better than 3. So far everything had been setting the stage, and it looks like the action should kick off next week.

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      January 19, 2022 8:38 AM

      Yeah so far it's just been alright with flashes of really good stuff here and there

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      January 19, 2022 1:56 PM

      I can't get over the stark contrast between how straight Bobba is played with the hammy childishness of the other characters and the world at large. It's too similar to Mando while being a pale comparison. I wish they had done something else.

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      January 19, 2022 2:25 PM

      So uh anyone else pick up on that musical queue at the end? I assume that means Din Djarin will be showing up next week.

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      January 19, 2022 2:36 PM

      You could tell that was Favreau writing the latest. Pure awesomeness.

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      January 19, 2022 2:40 PM

      It's not as good as Mando to me but it's decent. I did fall asleep during episode 3 so I hope 4 like..gets going.

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      January 19, 2022 5:16 PM

      As dumb once-a-week fun to watch with my kids, this show is perfect. I look forward to some Mandalorians showing up soon, as cheesy and predictable as that's going to be.

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      January 19, 2022 5:24 PM

      I got chills when I realized they were going to use the only good thing to come out of episode 2: BRAWWWHMMMMM! Goodbye, Sarlacc!!

      Overall, MUCH better episode than last week! And I friggin LOVE Krrsantan!

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        January 19, 2022 5:26 PM

        (By “episode 2” I mean Attack Of The Clones, not the 2nd episode of this show)

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      January 19, 2022 5:38 PM

      Absolutely love this show

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      January 19, 2022 5:45 PM

      I need more of these "What to watch" things. :)

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      January 19, 2022 5:46 PM

      I haven't seen any of it yet, my friends are telling me at this point to just wait and watch it all at once.

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      January 19, 2022 5:57 PM

      Best episode so far!! The bar scene with Black K just fuming with anger LOL those poor lizard people who I can’t spell their race off my head

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