‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Loses Its Target

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I was cautiously excited for “The Book of Boba Fett” because he’s always been a cool character, especially in the extended universe before Disney wiped the slate clean. To boot, the show had a neat premise of making Boba Fett replace Jabba the Hut as a crime lord of Tatooine. With that said though, the trailers and marketing for the show were less than stellar and failed to make me very excited or intrigued by the show’s narrative. Sadly, the marketing for this was depressingly accurate. “The Book of Boba Fett” is one of the blandest and most uninspired pieces of Star Wars content in recent years.

The first four episodes are a boring directionless bore-fest that’s more interested in showing flashbacks than developing its characters in the present. Disney’s handling of Star Wars has been rough at best but this show has got to take the cake for being the biggest slog to get through. Episode five is probably the only enjoyable episode in the entire season but considering the competition that isn’t saying much. 

The funniest part about this though is that episode five doesn’t have the titular character in it at all. The entire episode is essentially a backdoor premiere for “The Mandalorian” season three. The entire episode is dedicated to him and where he’s been since season two of his show. The next episode is considerably worse as it not only continues on Mando’s detour but it brings back the creepy CGI monster face Luke Skywalker from “The Mandalorian” season two finale. This is the absolute worst version of Luke to date and I’m astounded that fans are eating this up. Sure the special effects are incredible but his performance is so hollow and emotionless because there is no actor behind him. That’s right, no one did any motion capture or voice performance for Luke. his voice was synthesized using an AI and Mark Hamil’s early performances. It’s distracting how poorly done this aspect is because this is a show about Boba Fett and we are now following a fake Luke Skywalker training Baby Yoda. 

To me, it feels like the creators knew the show sucked in episodes one through four so they decided to bring in lazy cookie-cutter fan service that actively damages the cohesion of the story to make up for it. It says something that in a show about Boba Fett the two most entertaining episodes have him for a combined less than one minute of screen time. That’s right, in his own show Boba Fett is absent in the two episodes leading up to the finale. The finale wasn’t good at all either as it was one big action scene with spy kids tier direction while also ruining the emotional final scene of “Mandalorian” season two.

This show is a mess. In the first half, it’s boring and goes nowhere and the second half is basically just the Mandalorian season three but far worse than the already mediocre season two. “The Book of Boba Fett” is by far one of the worst things to come out of Disney Star Wars and I have a hard time recommending it to even die-hard Star Wars fans.

Score: 3/10