The Book of Boba Fett: A story that loses its focus

The official promotional banner for The Book of Boba Fett’s first season.

Image by Disney+

The official promotional banner for The Book of Boba Fett’s first season.

After a one year waiting period, “The Book of Boba Fett” released its first episode on Dec. 29, 2021 as part of its first season. The show was first announced in a post-credits scene in the second season finale for “The Mandalorian”, giving fans of the beloved bounty hunter a character revival. The show follows Boba Fett’s life as the new Mos Eisley Daimyo and the conflicts that emerged during his rule, specifically the Pikes and their growing spice trade. The show also happens to pick up where “The Mandalorian” left off, an unexpected twist for many who believed the show would just follow Fett’s life.

The season does an excellent job in regards to connecting the dots between what was seen in “The Mandalorian” and what occurs in the show. The storyline connections answer several questions that were left unanswered in the other show, such as how Fett lost his armor and how Fennec Shand formed an alliance with the protagonist. These scenes also left many long time Star Wars fans satisfied, due to the re-appearance of Luke Skywalker, previous movie references and the appearance of a Royal Naboo N-1 starfighter from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”. However, many fans have complained about this, due to some episodes being entirely dedicated to the Mandalorian and Grogu, leaving Fett outside a show whose whole purpose is to show viewers his life. Even though the scenes were well done in terms of design and script writing, it’s clear the writers wanted to advance the Mandalorian’s storyline and as a result, the characters took up too much time in this new show. It would have been better to just produce another season of “The Mandalorian”. 

Even though the show prioritized characters that weren’t supposed to be its main protagonists, it gave a much deserved spotlight for ignored characters, primarily Tusken Raiders. This group previously appeared in other “Star Wars” shows and movies, but their on-screen moments were very limited. However, “The Book of Boba Fett” made them an important part of Fett’s survival story and despite their previous portrayals deeming them as an “unapproachable group,” there was an entirely different perspective from fans towards them after the show’s release. The writers changed these characters to be more accommodating of strangers, and portrayed them as a group who just wished for autonomy and, as a result, attacked outside threats. The complete character revamp brought an inside look into the Tusken Raider klan, ranging from their traditions to weaponry creations. This character inclusion gave the writing team and costume designers more leeway for creativity and made the group more unique. 

The set design of the show can’t be ignored either. With locations such as a cantina and buildings that lend themselves to be parkour obstacles, the show had diversity in its filming locations. The small details are also worth mentioning, such as the various appearances of the beloved Max Rebo (who was ironically absent in the cantina explosion) and Luke Skywalker’s friends Camie and Fixer at the Tosche Station. However, some graphic designs and vehicles didn’t have their intended effect. For example, the colorful Vespa-like vehicles looked appealing to the eye, but they were extremely slow. Not to mention, the characters who rode these bikes weren’t very helpful in combating the Pike Syndicate.

“The Book of Boba Fett” is certainly an interesting watch for those who await a storyline continuation for “The Mandalorian”. However, the show’s content doesn’t meet the high expectations of Boba Fett fans, or those that have followed the bounty hunter since his first movie appearance 45 years ago. As always, “Star Wars” excels in its graphic and costume design, but fails to fully incorporate Boba Fett’s character, making many wonder whether or not its title is truly fitting.