THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, and Pedro Pascal
Creator: Jon Favreau
The Book of Boba Fett may be seven episodes long, but it’s really made up of three different chapters. Those chapters (the flashbacks of how we got here, Fett's (Temuera Morrison) modern day crime lord, and the continuation of the Mandalorian/Grogu story) work well individually, but as a whole, they make for an unbalanced series. Although I found episodes five and six to be the best of the season, they’re a complete departure from the other entries. An argument can be made to watch episodes one to four and skip directly to seven if you want optimal viewing of Boba Fett's story.
If you wish there was more Boba in The Book of Boba Fett, I don’t blame you. But when I realized that executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are now in the Star-Wars-is-a-wholly-connected-universe business, I was fully sold. We get long-awaited answers about post-Episode V Boba (played soulfully by Temuera Morrison), at least two episodes of the best Star Wars content I’ve consumed this past decade, and a finale that left me salivating over whatever the next season of Disney+’s Favreau World is. Or is it the Filoniverse?? Either way…I’m here for it.
Temuera Morrison comes to mind first when I think of Star Wars because, of all the actors in this universe, he was the most active in media beyond the films. It's incredibly thrilling to see one of my favourite actors front and center in the franchise that brought him to my attention. While I do wish Morrison had a chance to show a bit more of his range, I feel this season is a strong jumping off point for an exciting, character-driven series. Part samurai epic, part western, and part crime drama, this show blends genres beautifully.
The Book of Boba Fett is three shows in one: 1. a thematically rich (if familiar) flashback story about Fett’s (Temuera Morrison) time following his escape from the Sarlacc pit; 2. A half-baked, fan-service-filled story about Fett becoming an underworld boss; and 3. The Mandalorian, Season 2.5. These three shows do not mesh well enough narratively to justify the series’ existence, and Morrison’s flat performance certainly doesn’t help. That said, the action is on par for the franchise and the show is mostly entertaining, but it does little to expand and push the Star Wars universe forward in interesting ways.