January 18, 2022

‘The Ebook of Boba Fett’ Has the Goal of a Drunk Stormtrooper

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Who’s Boba Fett, actually? Most Star Wars icons achieved such a standing with their role in the larger saga or the performer behind them, or each. However the bounty hunter’s twin introductions, first in animated kind on the long-lamented Star Wars Holiday Special, after which extra formally in The Empire Strikes Again, have but to stay as much as something of substance outdoors the (now not canonical) Expanded Universe. Hell, Boba Fett’s demise in Return of the Jedi is usually performed for laughs, as a briefly blinded Han Solo knocks him into the Sarlaac Pit. In a stark second that foreshadows George Lucas’ course after the unique trilogy, the pit burps after it’s eaten Boba.

Practically 40 years after that gastrointestinal gag as soon as served as Fett’s final rites, The Ebook of Boba Fett drops on Disney+ because the continuation of this rogue’s story followers have lengthy been clamoring for. Instantly, the filmmakers present us the titular antihero (Temuera Morrison) crawling out of the abdomen of his conqueror. Watching the scene, one is reminded of Leonardo DiCaprio inching ahead via the mud in The Revenant, solely any trace of bodily duress is hidden beneath that iconic helmet. One factor’s for positive, youngsters: there shall be no belching on this star warfare.

From there, the Robert Rodriguez-directed and Jon Favreau-written sequence premiere, “Stranger in a Unusual Land,” continues its self-serious dribble-drabble throughout two timelines: proper after Return of the Jedi and proper after the post-credits tease that capped The Mandalorian’s largely satisfying second season, by which Boba Fett performed a major half. Within the latter, Boba and his fierce ally Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen, a spotlight) have taken over the late Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the desert planet of Tatooine, presumably assuming management of the useless slug’s throne and felony jurisdiction.

When the premiere is targeted on the shift of energy in Tatooine’s felony underworld, it reveals some potential. It’s enjoyable watching numerous Tatooine inhabitants decide their relationship with Boba. As soon as in its groove, there’s an opportunity The Ebook of Boba Fett might evolve into The Sopranos in Area. However sadly, most of those 38 minutes are dedicated to flashbacks, displaying Fett as prisoner to a tribe of Tusken Raiders (I see we’re nonetheless ignoring that these guys are just a bit problematic in relation to Center Jap stereotypes…) and the way he earns their respect. This brutish backstory has all of the machismo of a sequence that’s so very afraid of the fanbase discovering it foolish. It’s what The Mandalorian would possibly appear like with out Grogu ingesting soup or consuming forbidden eggs.

Like after we met Din Djarin, we get hints that Boba may not be such a foul man. He affords to free a fellow prisoner within the Tusken camp. He additionally doesn’t appear to thoughts when the mayor of Mos Espa (a big city on Tatooine) slights him, sending his servant peacefully on his manner slightly than killing him. Morrison does his finest to anchor all of it, however these are fleeting moments that fail to interrupt the chilly tone Favreau and Rodriguez got down to set up. In a telling, unintentionally hilarious early second, Ludwig Goransson’s rating soars as a pair of droids costume Boba Fett in his armor. This character is handled as if he’s acquired gravitas in his DNA. It’s the opening of Batman & Robin with none of the cheekiness.

And the motion is as dry because the present’s total vibe until Wen is concerned. A violent mid-episode standoff fails to excite till it devolves right into a rooftop foot chase that sees Fennec go away Boba within the mud. As a substitute, the antihero is carted again to his bacta tank, now not the power of badassery followers have projected onto him. A part of Boba’s arc over the seven-episode season could also be to get his physicality again, which simply feels just like the least attention-grabbing method to go about something launched right here, contemplating this present might be The Sopranos in Area.

Morrison does his finest to anchor all of it, however these are fleeting moments that fail to interrupt the chilly tone Favreau and Rodriguez got down to set up.

However the followers need the “actual” Boba Fett: not the one the flicks gave them, however the one they’ve imagined. That is the unhappy state of Star Wars as we speak: writers treating its icons as sacred after vocal fan backlash to Luke Skywalker displaying layers of humanity and making errors in The Last Jedi. And so right here we’re, a brand new sequence with no true id. Even the idea artwork over the top credit can’t escape feeling borrowed from The Mandalorian.

This premiere isn’t a complete catastrophe, hinting at a grander crime saga to come back. However there’s simply nothing to chew on from this primary chapter of The Ebook of Boba Fett. Fingers crossed that this turns into the sequence to do, properly, something with the character, however “Stranger in a Unusual Land” isn’t an encouraging begin. They are saying don’t choose a guide by its cowl, however there’s nothing on this premiere you couldn’t get from the quilt of a guide. And that’s been the case for Boba’s complete profession in extra fandom. It’s a pleasant look, however now that this present’s creators have the prospect to fill the pages inside, it’s irritating to learn phrases that imply a complete lot of nothing.

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