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The Book of Boba Fett review: Predictable Mandalorian spin-off has potential as Star Wars icon finally gets spotlight

Boba Fett was depicted as an antagonist in the original Star Wars films (Picture: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Warning: spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 1 on Disney Plus.

Over a year since Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) made his comeback in The Mandalorian season 2, the release date for The Book of Boba Fett episode 1 has landed on Disney Plus, with Ming-Na Wen also fronting the cast of the Star Wars show as mercenary Fennec Shand.

When the bounty hunter’s survival was confirmed years after his presumed death in Return of the Jedi, he was depicted by Temuera as more brutal and ruthless than ever before, taking down clone troopers like flies alongside Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin.

This savagery more than made up for the almost slapstick nature of his supposed death, when Han Solo (Harrison) fortuitously knocked him into the sarlacc pit following a duel with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

Excitement couldn’t have been higher for Boba’s eponymous show when it was revealed in the post-credits scene of The Mandalorian’s season two finale, as the clone son of Jango Fett took his seat on the throne on which Jabba the Hutt previously sat on Tatooine.

While the first episode may have a slow start, the new series definitely has potential, as viewers gain a greater insight into the inner workings of the crime underworld in Star Wars.

Boba and Fennec have teamed up to run the crime kingdom together (Picture: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Much of The Book of Boba Fett’s premiere is used for exposition. Want to know how Boba survived the sarlacc pit? Here’s your answer, plain and simple.

In the end, it wasn’t too complicated an escape (albeit gross and evidently exhausting for the bounty hunter), as he used his flamethrower to blast his way out of the sand.

However, his real trouble begins when a group of Jawas steal his armour – which eventually made its way to Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth – before Boba becomes enslaved by Tusken Raiders.

While it is fascinating to fill in the gaps in Boba’s story, the way that he survived the sarlacc pit isn’t exactly the most unpredictable turn of events.

Will Boba’s spot on the throne be jeopardised? (Picture: Francois Duhamel/Lucasfilm Ltd/Disney Plus)

The real excitement comes later when Boba saves a Tusken child from a monstrous sand creature, with the pair returning to the settlement of the Sand People with the beast’s head.

Boba unleashes every ounce of savagery in his arsenal to bring the creature down, wrapping the chain attached to his feet around its neck and standing on its back as the Tusken youngster watches on in awe.

It’s our first glimpse of the ferocious Boba that we know and love in action in his new series, and we can’t wait to see more.

Back in the present day, Boba has just commenced his reign as the new crime lord of Tatooine, a role which he is already experiencing some resistance against.

Fennec and Boba put up a good fight against new adversaries (Picture: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

While this begins with an exchange between him and a very politely insolent delegate of the mayor, it culminates with a battle between Boba, Fennec and a group of adversaries brandishing plasma shields.

At the start of the episode, Boba insists to Fennec that he intends to rule with respect, rather than fear, as he doesn’t plan on following in the footsteps of Jabba.

Nonetheless, should Boba and Fennec track down who was responsible for the latest attack, we have a feeling the bounty hunter may eat his words.

The first episode of The Mandalorian ended on a humongous cliffhanger, as the true nature of the show was revealed upon Din’s first encounter with Baby Yoda.

The ending of The Book of Boba Fett’s premiere doesn’t quite have the same grip, but we can definitely see this show building in momentum throughout its six-episode arc.

Verdict on The Book of Boba Fett

It’s about time that Temuera shone in the spotlight as the bounty hunter, with the actor continuing to maintain his formidable presence as the feared bounty hunter.

The first episode of The Book of Boba Fett may not have told us anything that we couldn’t have guessed, but it sets up nicely for a show that will hopefully reveal sides to the crime underworld of Star Wars that fans have yet to witness in over 40 years.

The fast-moving Fennec is magnetic to watch, providing a voice of reason to Boba and upholding her reputation as an elite assassin who can take on just about anybody on the battlefield.

If episode one served predominantly as an introduction, we expect next week’s instalment to up the ante.

The Book of Boba Fett is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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