Bounty hunter returns in ‘The Book of Boba Fett’


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The iconic armour of Boba Fett hasn’t changed much since his first appearance in the original trilogy.

Dylan Allen, Staff Writer

Boba Fett. The name holds an incredible amount of weight in Star Wars culture.

But Star Wars fans have never actually been given much screen time of this mysterious character. With the new Disney+ show “The Book of Boba Fett” wrapping up its first season this month, much has to be said about who he is, and what this show reveals about his character. 

Heads up, spoilers will be included about the first four episodes, so make sure you’re all caught up before reading.

Originally, Boba Fett made his live action debut in “The Empire Strikes Back”, which is the second installment of the original trilogy. He then appears in the next movie, “The Return of the Jedi”, but before he is even given any lines, he appears to die as he gets swallowed by the infamous Sarlacc pit.

Boba Fett quickly became a Star Wars icon with his appearance in two of the three original movies, and just with a total of five minutes of screen time.

Fans immediately fell in love with his slick, mysterious, and dangerous aura and were yearning for more. They loved the look and style of his armor. He was easily one of the coolest looking bounty hunters and Star Wars characters. Along with this, fans knew nothing about where he was from, and this unknown background made him even more intriguing. 

Boba Fett is the son of Jango Fett, who was a renowned Mandalorian bounty hunter, who was recruited to be used as the DNA for the clone army. Jango Fett was used to clone millions of troopers, and so he asked if he could keep just one to raise as a son.

That one became Boba Fett. 

Fast forward from 1983 to 2021, and we finally see what happened to Boba Fett. He appeared in the show “The Mandalorian,” and shocked fans as that was the first time we have seen him since his apparent death.

At the end of this show, the end credit scene reveals that Boba Fett takes over Jabba the Hutt’s palace, and will star in his own new show.

Leading up to “The Book of Boba Fett”, excitement continued to grow. Fans had realized the show would basically be exploring Boba Fett (Temeura Morrison) as the head of a crime empire, just like Jabba the Hutt. 

The seven-episode show explores this iconic character in greater depth and gives fans a chance to finally see him in live action for a longer time. The first episode was released on Dec. 29 and new episodes have aired every Wednesday, with the first season concluding last week.

Chapter One takes viewers through a series of post-”Return of the Jedi” flashbacks, just after the Empire had been defeated. Boba Fett had just fallen in the Sarlacc pit in “Return of the Jedi”, so the flashback shows he escaped and what he had to go through after. Even though the flashbacks have contributed to the show being fairly slow-paced, they show an interesting and a necessary part of his story.

The present timeline shows Boba Fett and his journey with fellow ex-bounty hunter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and their mission to gain respect and power as the new crime lords of Tatooine. This is set right after the events of “The Mandalorian” season 2, while the flashback timeline is about five to six years before this. 

The flashbacks are also really cool because they show a lot of Boba Fett’s time with the Tusken tribe, who appeared in very small parts across the Star Wars timeline. This is important because the Tuskens’ showed him how a tribe can be very helpful instead of only working by himself as a bounty hunter would traditionally do. 

Director Robert Rodriguez incorporates the Tuskens very well and it gives viewers a deeper understanding of their culture and fighting skills.

One complaint about the show is how weak it has made Boba Fett look. Some of his choices are because he is trying to gain respect as a leader, but he could be doing a lot more. 

There is a scene in particular where he is attacked by an assassin and is left upstairs to recover. The assassin moves downstairs, fighting off some of Boba Fett’s friends, before he is captured. 

Instead of fighting off the assassin, Boba Fett chooses to come downstairs casually in a robe. One would expect him to come downstairs in his armor ready to kill the assassin.

In another scene, Boba Fett and Fennec are trying to talk to someone and the assassin tries to make a run for it in his speeder. Instead of Boba Fett using his jet pack to catch him, he lets his workers chase after him. This resulted in an incredibly boring chase scene and one that could’ve had him doing something instead of just standing there. 

Nonetheless, it has been quite awesome seeing Boba Fett back on a live screen. Morrison has done a very realistic and convincing job acting as Boba Fett. The  show could be longer, as it  is already feeling a bit rushed. Along with Morrison, Wen has done an effective job in her role as a supporting character.

In addition, the show is very unique and feels very “Game of Thrones”-esque. The overall plot is similar in comparison, as Boba Fett tries to gain respect and power in a crime riddled city. He is trying to make a name for himself, and some of his decisions should not be so wishy-washy. 

But Boba Fett should be more demanding and forthright as someone who is trying to gain respect. 

Despite a few minor criticisms, the show has delivered and been an awesome return for Boba Fett. The storytelling, characters, fight scenes, worldbuilding, universe connections, and cinematography were all been really engaging, and the story is setting up the last three episodes to be fantastic.