Unlike the other properties which I have written non-reviews of, I actually watched this one. That’s just the journalistic integrity you get at an Award Winning Fanzine(tm). I also am eschewing my usual weekly post about shows I love, because, well…. The Book of Boba Fett isn’t very good. There, I said it. That’s your review.
But this isn’t a review, because, for very different reasons that Joker, it doesn’t need one. This show, I think, was made for me, because if you take a bad-ass killing machine and put it in some sweet armor, you are like 75% of the way there already. It’s not good, but am I going to watch every episode on release day? Absolutely. So I am also unqualified to review it.
The problem with TBoBF (aside from that title, dear lord, careful not to cut yourself on your edge, Star Wars), is that it attempts to cruise on Boba Fett’s cool factor.
I actually touched on this early on in my Mondays on Mandalore series, but it bears repeating here: Does Boba Fett work without the mask? Just like the Joker, part of that cool factor comes from mystery, and that is exceptionally true of villains and morally grey characters. Boba Fett became the legend that he is (in real life), because he was mysterious and you could imagine any amount of fantastical back story for him. Then we got his back story, and it was dumb.
There has been a lot of chatter lately about how George Lucas would have done the sequels better, which, ok yeah, they weren’t great (more on that in a second), but seriously y’all? Did you watch the prequels? Is that what you want? Trade federations and board meetings? Stop it.
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I guess that’s where I sit with TBoBF – it’s watchable, I guess. I actually enjoyed the sequels while I was watching them – there are some great scenes and good characters, it’s just edited about as well as Suicide Squad. Two episodes in, and I am hoping for more – although I am pretty sure everything right now is just getting us caught up with where Boba is at, and there will be some big twist shortly.
To me, it’s a question of intent vs execution – and what it’s standing up against. We have had a run of really great Star Wars shows – the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the Bad Batch, and obviously, The Mandolorian. All of those had deep themes and strong emotional cores. Again, maybe it’s coming, and this is all preamble, but so far we have a crime lord who hasn’t committed any crimes, and is in the middle of Dances with Tusken Raiders.
It’s not unwatchable, but it took off his helmet, put him in pajamas, and tried to sell us on it being the same Boba Fett. Hopefully they get back to him being cool, and fast.
Dean is the author of the 3024AD series of science fiction stories. When not holed up in his office tweeting obnoxiously writing, he can be found watching or playing sports, or in his natural habitat of a bookstore.