‘Book of Boba Fett’ ends first season

Jackson Rickert, Editor-In-Chief

The final episode of Disney’s “The Book of Boba Fett released today, marking the end of the first season. A sort of spinoff to “The Mandalorian,” the new series acted as a sort of season 2.5 while the show was in its off season during 2021. “The Book of Boba Fett” is the second live action “Star Wars” television series, and initially debuted on December 29, 2021 on Disney+.

I think the series was a solid interlude between seasons of “The Mandalorian.” The show takes returning fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett and thrusts him into the role of crime lord, as he takes over the crumbling remains of Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire. Set after the second season of “The Mandalorian,” the series tells the story of his rise to power, as well as the story of his survival and reconstruction after his initial defeat in 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” The series also serves as a sort of interlude between the second and third season of “The Mandalorian,” setting up new stories and possibilities for the future of “Star Wars” television.

Overall, the show did a good job at fleshing out a character who is very beloved, but about whom we know comparatively little when contrasted with other characters, especially in the new Disney continuity. Sure, Boba Fett shows up here and there in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “The Mandalorian” and a stray comic here or there, but we’ve never really gotten a story from his perspective on this scale, and it’s interesting to see how he grows and evolves past the ideas we have about him from his appearance in the original films. Temuera Morrison crushes it as Boba Fett, and Ming Na Wen is great as sidekick and assassin Fennec Shand as well. 

“The Book of Boba Fett,” as is typical for newer “Star Wars” shows, looks fantastic. From set design, to wardrobe, to effects, each scene is filled with the look and feel of the “Star Wars” setting, with characters to boot. Viewers will find themselves returning to the all-too-familiar desert planet of Tatooine, which is deeply expanded in scope and detail, offering new stories and backgrounds to further explore the “Star Wars” planet. While it makes perfect sense for the series to take place mostly on Tatooine, it did get a little old watching the same planet over and over, especially when it’s one that shows up in “Star Wars” property after “Star Wars” property, despite its constantly proclaimed status as a backwater, home only to crime lords and their underlings. That last part is why the setting doesn’t really bother me in terms of the series in and of itself, but if you’re a follower of “Star Wars” as a whole, you may find yourself a little worn out with the sands of Tatooine by the end of the series. I also thought that while the latter half of the series was excellent, it did spend a bit too much time setting up other stories, rather than fulfilling its current plot. However, given how interconnected this show is with other series, I’m mostly fine with it.

Overall, “The Book of Boba Fett” is a worthwhile watch for any “Star Wars” fan. While it suffers from slow pacing, it makes up for it in world building and a somewhat more intimate story than that of the films. “The Book of Boba Fett” is a solid story to binge while you wait for the next season of “The Mandalorian” at the end of the year.