The seventh and final episode of The Book of Boba Fett premiered this week, and now that the entire season is out and Boba’s “book” is complete, I can’t help but think that Boba became a side character in his own show. There are some terrific and wonderful moments in this series, but it falls flat in many areas which I will discuss in more detail later. I want to point out that my favorite episodes of this season were episodes 5 and 6, and this is a HUGE problem because the main focus in these episodes were of other characters such as Din Djarin from The Mandalorian. Then in turn, I feel like the weaker episodes were the ones that involved a Boba centric narrative that unfortunately just doesn’t make him interesting enough to have him lead and helm his own show. Spoilers will be mentioned from here on out.
Let me start off with what I liked. The Book of Boba Fett is seven episodes long. The first four episodes primarily focus on Boba as he figures out how to be a good leader for the people of Tatooine after having taken over Jabba’s palace and making himself their new leader. I will say that I personally liked seeing the flashbacks of Boba escaping the Sarlacc pit, and then showing us his time spent with the Tuskens. He learns their ways of life and also gains their trust and respect, thus giving him a different perspective on his own life that he will apply to later on when he’s on his own again. It sets him down the path of wanting to become a leader, to rule with respect, and to leave the past behind. He intends to rule Jabba’s old underground territory, much to many of the village folks dismay, as well as the Pyke syndicate; a gang who isn’t too happy that someone is ruining and disrupting their illegal activities and trades. I will say, I do like this change in his character. I like that he wants to grow, and leave behind his bounty hunter legacy after nearly losing his life to the Sarclacc. The old Boba died there, and I think it’s great to see him want to make a change. He confesses to Fennec that he’s tired of working for others because they’re going to get him killed. He wishes to change and I believe it does make his angle more interesting since it gives him reasonable purpose to strive to become better while also creating a goal for his character that’s achievable once he wins over the people of the city. I just wish the narrative in the show made it more interesting.
Unfortunately, Boba has only a handful of standout moments all throughout the series. I feel like his character only works well when he isn’t the main focus. I think this is made super evident when the focus shifts from Boba and onto Mando in episodes 5 & 6. Both are great episodes overall but with little to no focus on the title shows main character. It’s called The Book of Boba Fett, but it feels like everyone’s else book, quite frankly. The thing about the Mandalorian series, is that he has had many guests throughout his series, and while those guest characters have wonderful shining moments, they never really overtake the narrative from the Mandalorian and Grogu. Same just cannot be said with Boba Fett.
Overall, The Book of Boba Fett has some shining moments here and there, but most of it felt extremely slow paced and not too well fleshed out. I think there are some wonderful payoffs, such as the Rancor build up, the Mando/Fett team up, and Boba’s showdown with Cad Bane. The finale falls really flat in some places, but has such great moments that it’s easily overshadowed by it’s peak moments. Is the show horrible? No, not to me. I do think it will leave some of the hardcore Boba Fett fans upset, and had this been called The Mandalorian season 2.5, this would’ve garnered more praise if the focus wasn’t always meant to be on Boba. When the protagonist feels like a side character in his own series, I don’t think that’s a good thing. For that, I can only rate this as an okay Star Wars show, with a few great moments, and a great solid 2 episodes out of a very short 7 episode long series. If they are to make another season of this, I beg for them to focus the narrative to Boba and to create a more engaging story for him.