*This review contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett*
The Book of Boba Fett brings audiences to the desert planet of Tatooine as infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) attempts to rule the city of Mos Espa as its crime lord. Alongside his right hand woman, the assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Boba must fight off several factions attempting to claim the city for themselves.
There is much to love about The Book of Boba Fett, especially for long-time fans of the Star Wars franchise. Boba Fett is a proper space western, combining gunfights and tavern brawls with droids and jetpacks. It’s refreshing to see Star Wars return to its roots in the original trilogy like this. Similarly to the memorable score for the original trilogy, composed by John Williams, Boba Fett sports an opening theme that perfectly sets the tone of the show and is immediately iconic (it’s been stuck in my head for days). I can’t express how exciting it was to see Morrison in the role of Boba, as the original was played by actor Jeremy Bulloch. However, in the subsequent prequel trilogy, we learn that Boba is actually a clone of his father, Jango Fett, who was portrayed by Morrison. Seeing the actor return to the screen as his original character’s son was a wonderful full circle moment, and he gives a fantastic performance.
Unfortunately, I can’t speak highly of every aspect of the show, as I have some complaints about pacing. The series only spans seven episodes, yet episodes five and six explore a completely different character! Boba Fett doesn’t appear in episode five, and only shows up at the very end of episode six, an absolutely baffling choice to me. I enjoyed the episodes themselves, but I’m sad to say they make the quality of the series as a whole suffer. Those two episodes could have provided the audience with major insight into Boba, but instead he felt like a supporting character in his own show.
Not to say Boba Fett doesn’t get his moments! Personally, the highlight of the season occurs during its first three episodes in flashbacks that reveal Boba being rescued from certain death by the Tuskens, the desert tribe that roams the sands of Tatooine. He helps the Tuskens deal with attackers from a high-speed mag-lev train crossing the desert, (told you it was a space western!) and learns the traditions of the tribe. Eventually, he is adopted as one of their own. This arc introduces a more selfless and caring side of Boba Fett, humanizing the ruthless hunter behind the mask. I only wish the show-runners used all the episodes as effectively to develop Boba’s character.
Overall, the series is old-fashioned sci-fi fun, and if you’re a Star Wars fan who wants to see a fresh take on a beloved character, I’d definitely recommend it! The writers left a lot on the table when it comes to exploring Boba’s character, and I’d be happy to see the show renewed for a second season so they can make use of that untapped potential. The show earns a solid 8/10 from me!