“The Book of Boba Fett” begins with a slow, but engaging first chapter.
By: Adam Beam SUTV News
Disney+ has truly been the breath of fresh air the “Star Wars” franchise has needed after the diminishing returns of the latest theatrical offerings. From “The Mandalorian” to “Clone Wars”, the streaming service has become the home for some of the series' strongest offerings. With these new shows characters from across the vast “Star Wars” universe have been able to make their return/debut. One of those characters being Boba Fett, who returned in glorious fashion during the second season of “The Mandalorian”. Due to the success of his reappearance there, Temuera Morrison returns to lead this newest series.
The series premiere entitled “Stranger in a Strange Land” sets up the series to follow two different points in Boba Fett’s history. The first (and far more interesting) being Boba’s journey after surviving the Sarlacc Pit in “Return of the Jedi”. The other being the present, and where we last saw Boba, as he now controls the crime empire of Tatooine with Fennec Shand.
As far as season premieres go, this was a solid beginning for the series, although it might seem like a slower beginning for some. As mentioned above, the episode shines when it focuses on the stranded Boba in the past. It’s interesting to see this ruthless bounty hunter attempt to survive with no weapons, no armor, nothing. These scenes also allow Temuera Morrison to shine a lot more as we get to see how Boba thinks in a live or die situation.
However, as I also mentioned above, the crime stuff in the present didn’t keep my attention nearly as much. It worried me a tad as the diplomatic goings on of the “Star Wars” universe here was giving off prequel vibes. These scenes also have some odd acting from some of the minor characters as well as the action being far less engaging than “The Mandalorian”. This is especially upsetting as the episode was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who directed Boba’s big return episode in “The Mandalorian”, an episode that had some of the best action in any “Star Wars” media.
With all that being said “The Book of Boba Fett” still starts off on an engaging first episode that still shows a lot of promise. If the show focuses more on Boba’s past and makes the present story more engaging then we could have another “Star Wars” success story on our hands. I also hope that we continue to learn more about Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand as she continues to be a force to be reckoned with. If you enjoyed “The Mandalorian” then “The Book of Boba Fett” promises to deliver another solid “Star Wars” adventure.