We’re operating a recap of The Ebook of Boba Fett on Disney+. There are spoilers, duh! You’ve been warned.
It’s been a 12 months since we final stepped foot in a live-action galaxy far, far-off. A 12 months since Boba Fett joined forces with Din Djarin throughout The Mandalorian’s penultimate second season episode to avoid wasting Grogu from the Empire in alternate for the return of Fett’s armor. Then, after we wiped the tears from our eyes with the exit of Child Yoda beneath the protected safety of Luke Skywalker, The Mandalorian left us with a tease for The Ebook of Boba Fett, as Fett and his proper hand pal, Fennec Shand, liberated Jabba the Hutts’s felony empire from Bib Fortuna by liberating Bib Fortuna’s life from his physique.
So now that Fett occupies Jabba’s throne, possibly you’ve been asking your self, how did we get right here? And what occurs now?
The Ebook of Boba Fett solutions these questions by splitting the timeline in two (, like LOST), with one because the “modern” timeline operating immediately after the occasions of The Mandalorian, and the opposite as a sequence of flashbacks to Fett’s hours and days after his (shock!) fake-demise within the Sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi.
I need to say, nevertheless, that Boba Fett because the scrappy up-and-coming startup crime lord, the man who intends to “rule with respect” could be the trajectory for this character, however the jury is out if it makes for a compelling story.
And by jury, I imply me.
And that’s as a result of any man who comes into city and thinks he’ll get it proper the place everybody else obtained it improper tends to both fail miserably or develop into a bizarre, psycho cult chief. Regardless of the consequence, this isn’t the kind of particular person onto whom I need to venture my hopes and cares as I’m munching down Little Caesars on the sofa with the remainder of the Poppe fam.
I tweeted out my hesitation just a few days again, with fellow CAPC workers author Ok.B. Hoyle observing in response what I believe sums up the issue: “They took a Man of Thriller and made him, like, only a Boss Man.” Precisely. We didn’t ask to see Fett lowered to a boss and lose his intrigue.
I’m reminded of watching The Good Lord Chook just a few months in the past, a miniseries ostensibly about John Brown, however informed by the eyes of Onion, an enslaved teen rescued by Brown’s abolitionist military. I cherished it, and a part of why I cherished it’s as a result of whereas Brown is the pressure that drives each story, the presence hanging over each battle, he’s solely accessible by the eyes of everybody round him. Onion stands in for the viewers, an viewers caught in a hurricane named Previous Man Brown. Few can relate to the thoughts of a hurricane, however many can relate to the attract of untamed, charismatic leaders catching us of their tempest.
I’d additionally argue that with few exceptions, none of us are all that interested by a present a few boss. Michael Scott was the draw for The Workplace, certain, however one thing like that works solely as an ensemble. I contend The Michael Scott Present would have been a turrrrible thought, as a result of nobody cares or needs to see a boss being a boss, doing boss issues, attaining the boss objectives of a boss.
Hear me. Don’t confuse that with a narrative about somebody desirous to be the boss or being compelled into the place of a boss. That works! It’s obtained a transparent aim, with challenges and strife and victories and losses. In Breaking Unhealthy, when Walter White takes over Gus Fring’s drug empire, the showrunner Vince Gilligan knew White needed to lose the empire earlier than the present misplaced the plot. Likewise, we watch The Return of the King to see Aragorn ascend to his place on the throne of Gondor and Arnor. As soon as he’s there, the film (sorry, e-book) is over. We’re good now! (It additionally helps that The Lord of the Rings additionally passes the aforementioned “ensemble” take a look at.)
I might be improper. In any case, these guys are much more skilled than I ever shall be, and Jon Favreau has obtained good report, not solely as the person who directed and helped launch the MCU with Iron Man, he, together with Dave Filoni, was the driving pressure behind The Mandalorian too, tapping into one thing like magic (no, just like the Power!) by teaming Mando up with Child Yoda. And within the course of, he breathed some life into Lucasfilm which, let’s face it, had a considerably rocky patch after Solo and The Rise of Skywalker. That is Star Wars and I really like Star Wars sufficient that even when it’s dangerous, it’s nonetheless an pleasurable romp, albeit a messy one.
After the Sarlacc pit, Fett was close to useless and stripped of his armor by the Jawas. And whereas The Mandalorian and The Ebook of Boba Fett have each gone to some lengths to humanize the Tusken Raiders (Sand Individuals), that may’t be mentioned of the Jawas. These cute little guys are terrible.
The Tuskens, however, take this overwhelmed, burned, and bruised Fett, and in a second of true compassion, rescue him from sure loss of life. And by rescue, I imply technically they make him their slave. However hey! He’s alive lengthy sufficient to rescue a Tusken little one by killing a monster that appeared an terrible lot like Goro from Mortal Kombat, and in alternate for saving the child, the Tuskens graft Fett into the Sand Individuals neighborhood.
What occurs subsequent is a tad too near an Avatar / Dune rigmarole, the place the outsider Fett trains the native Na’vi / Fremen / Tuskens to stand up towards their colonizers (with what was admittedly, a fairly thrilling practice heist sequence), thus changing into the Final Native himself and bestowing his adopted neighborhood with the reward of their very own company. That drained white savior trope is barely much less cringe-inducing right here, given Fett is portrayed by Temuera Morrison with some nod to Morrison’s Māori descent in each Fett’s and the Tusken’s rituals and preventing kinds.
In the meantime, again within the modern timeline, Fett is now the ruler of Jabba’s former crime ring, however what precisely he’s ruling, it’s not very clear. The palace is usually empty after Luke Skywalker blew up Jabba’s crew in Return of the Jedi, and Fett spends a lot of his day in a bacta tank, presumably recovering from being useless within the Sarlacc pit.
As for the place that is going, my finest guess is that simply as Fett was grafted into the Tusken mould, there’s loads of room across the Boba Fett desk now too. That is the beginning of Fett’s personal fledgling empire, certain, however maybe his discovered household too. So possibly the ensemble drawback shall be solved quickly sufficient, with Fennec and a Tusken or two given higher billing, and doubtless Garsa Fwip, the girl from the Mos Espa cantina, too. She’s undoubtedly a part of it. Both manner, welcome again, Star Wars. I missed you. I can’t stop you. Possibly this boss in a galaxy far, far-off will really get it proper the place others obtained it improper. In all probability not. However I really like you all the identical.