‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is an action-packed ‘Star Wars’ spectacle | new university

Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for the Disney+ series, “The Book of Boba Fett.”

The first five episodes of the latest hit series in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Book of Boba Fett”, are now available exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service. Directly after the events of “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars” fans speculated about what long-loved and beloved corner of the universe the company would explore next. While various character spin-offs have been teased, the first series to materialize is “The Book of Boba Fett,” which was teased in a credits scene in “The Mandalorian” Season 2 finale. Continuing the story of the popular bounty hunter who first appeared in “Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”, Boba Fett faces new rivals and challenges.

The series initially takes place through flashbacks after the events of “Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, where the Sarlacc Pit creature swallows Boba. The first episode titled “Stranger in a Strange Land” begins with Boba (Temuera Morrison) healing in a tank of bacta – a giant tube filled with liquid – as the audience goes through his memories after being thrown into the pit. He uses an oxygen tank and a flamethrower to escape from the sarlacc’s stomach. Soon after, he encounters a group of Jawas who knock him out and take his armor – a special possession he inherited from his father Jango Fett.

The series’ aesthetic seems to borrow elements from the original “Star Wars” trilogy, as it has an overall “future used” look with aging props and technology. Morrison brings his character to life efficiently and consistently. “Stranger in a Strange Land” introduces viewers to Boba’s complex relationship with the Tusken Raiders, the sand people of the planet Tatooine. During his capture by the Tuskens, Boba was denied water, though he was forced to dig for it. During this scene, Morrison perfectly balances Boba’s emotions and actions with the situations his character encounters. While digging for water, his voice is worn and hoarse, fully immersing himself in the role of being water deprived and exhausted.

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However, the group quickly saw him not as an enemy but as their friend after saving a Tusken Raider from a six-armed creature. The dynamic between the Tuskens and Boba kicked off the series. Morrison also demonstrates Boba’s patience and kindness. For example, in the second episode titled “The Tribes of Tatooine”, the Tusken Raiders must exact revenge against a group of snipers on a train. However, the group does not know the technology needed to fight them. Boba teaches them how to use technology, like fast bikes and mirrors, using simple words and gestures to get his point across. This mentality also applies to the scenes in which he works with the Tusken Raiders to fight off the train, as they work together in a coordinated fashion to fight their common enemy: the Pykes. This ultimately leads to him being inducted into their tribe.

Before the flashback, the episode opens with Boba in Jabba’s palace, interrogating an assassin who is forced to accompany him and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) to the mayor’s palace. The intensified fight scenes reveal a new enemy called the Order of the Night Wind, which is an organization banned from operating in the region, and a strange encounter between Boba and the Hutt twins, who claim that Jabba’s old palace is their territory and threaten him to leave.

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The Hutts are just one of many enemies Boba faces during his role as Daimyo. Others include the Pykes, Bib Fortuna, whom Boba kills to become Daimyo in “A Rescue, a Breakout and Some Revenge”, and the Kintan Striders, a group of Nikto who slaughter Boba’s tribe in “The Streets of Mos Espa ” from episode 3. .”

“The Book of Boba Fett” oscillates between the past and the present. This aspect of the show provides viewers with context in his relationship with Fennec, and the two team up as Boba takes control of Jabba the Hutt’s former throne, where he is established as Daimyo. The flashbacks help establish the relationship between Boba and Fennec, as he saves her from death in a flashback in Episode 4, “A Rescue, Escape, and Vengeance”. From then on, she serves as the brains of the team, helping them solve problems, and she serves as a recruiter for the other members. For example, Fennec helps him save his ship, the Slave I, and recruits the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) to his team in episode 5, “The Mandalorian Returns”.

The series also received a lot of popularity and critical acclaim. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first episode had received 10 million views as of January 2. As of February 6, it held a respectable 82% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though the 62% viewership rating is significantly lower.

With new episodes every Wednesday, “The Book of Boba Fett” provides an action-packed start to what seems to be another consistent Disney hit, leaving fans shocked and thrilled to see what role the Mandalorian plays in the series. .

Bailey Kanthatham is an entertainment writer. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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