Among the first three Mandalorian spinoffs announced, The Book of Boba Fett seemed the likeliest to hold my attention.  Boba Fett impressed in the original Star Wars trilogy mainly for superficial reasons, but Lucasfilm has since put forth some fascinating efforts at fleshing him out.  His surprise revival on The Mandalorian demonstrated Disney+’s potential for exploring his character and skillset in greater detail than any of the preceding movies did, as I previously discussed in my review of Chapter 14 – which later became the first Mandalorian chapter to earn four full viewings from me.  Additionally, undoing Boba’s embarrassing send-off in Return of the Jedi didn’t sound detrimental to any major Star Wars character arcs.  After I lowered my impatience for The Mandalorian Season 3, by accepting that Lucasfilm shouldn’t rush out a mediocre third season, the thought of following further adventures of the man who introduced Mandalorian culture to Star Wars viewers sounded enticing.

With Maori Temuera Morrison and Macau Ming-Na Wen reprising their respective roles of Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, The Book of Boba Fett marks the first live-action Star Wars TV show with AAPI leads.  I’ve admired Morrison and Ming-Na even before The Mandalorian, thanks to such works as Attack of the Clones and Mulan.  Neither Boba nor Fennec belong to the Children of the Watch, permitting both of them to show their faces at least once in each episode of the Book. (Even if the actors would continue wearing prosthetic scars, at least the characters would look more human than alien.) Morrison and Ming-Na have helped generate interest in their show with their strong passions for Star Wars, and – at least in Morrison’s case – for integrating international elements of real-world customs into the galaxy far, far away.

Full review coming January 1, 2022

Plugs

  • If you’d like an inclusive place to further discuss Star Wars, join the Star Wars Television Discord server, which I help moderate: discord.gg/swtv
  • Violence towards Asian-Americans has reached alarming levels.  I made a donation to The AAPI Community Fund, and would like my readers to do the same, even if I personally take no share of the funds.

This review is dedicated to the Star Wars franchise’s ultimate on-screen feminist icon, Carrie Fisher (1956-2016), and her also-legendary mother, Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016), due to The Book of Boba Fett premiering two days after the fifth anniversary of Fisher’s death.

By NJ

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