Disney+ continues its success with Star Wars shows with its latest series, The Book of Boba Fett. Moving away from stories occupied by Jedi and the Empire, like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett charts it’s own path by not just reviving one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars but also adding complexities and layers to a character that has been shrouded in mystery for decades.
It had to take Boba almost being killed for him to finally learn how to live. Taken and initiated into a Tusken Raiders clan. After reviving him from his wounds incurred in the Sarlacc Pit, the Tuskens teach him their ways and Boba learns that having a clan is better than the solitary life of bounty hunting.
Temuera Morrison stars as the title character, with Ming-Na Wen and Pedro Pascal also starring. All reprise their roles from The Mandalorian and other Star Wars media.
Wen plays Boba’s trusted number two, Fennec Shand, a deadly assassin who was saved by Boba in The Mandalorian season 1. The two were previously last seen taken the throne that was once held by Jabba The Hutt at the end of the Mandalorian S2. Now with a power vacuum engulfing Mos Espa, Boba must retire his bounty hunter ways in favor of that of a protector.
The series reintroduces characters from the new Star Wars canon like the ferocious Wookiee, Black Krrstantan, Din Djarin, Grogu, Ahsoka, the villainous Pykes (first introduced in the animated Clone Wars series) who serve as the show’s main antagonists. However, the most surprising return from Clone Wars was that of bounty hunter Cad Bane who was a mentor of sorts to a young Boba Fett.
Despite all the fan service, unless you religiously watched all and read all the Star Wars content in the last couple years things like Krrstantan being reunited with Boba or the showdown between Boba and Bane at the end of season one don’t hold as much weight as it would if you had watched and read about their previous encounters with Boba Fett. Still though the show finds a way to make these moments epic for dedicated and casual fans.
The season delivers some amazing Star Wars moments like Boba Fett killing the Sarlacc Pit, the return of Luke Skywalker, and a particular amazing scene in the season’s last episode with a Rancor that is the best thing seen in a Star Wars film since the first time we saw Obi-Wan ignite his lightsaber in A New Hope.
Disney+ is proving in a short time that the future of Star Wars doesn’t just have to involve Rebels fighting the Empire or Jedis. The Star Wars universe is vast and lush with amazing characters and creatures and I can’t wait to see all the various paths the franchise can take next.
The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking The Book of Boba Fett season one which is now streaming on Disney+.
And for the last time…IT’S SLAVE-1 DAMMIT NOT FIRESPRAY!