The Book of Boba Fett has been a ride, hasn’t it? The reaction to this show has been so fascinating right from the start, with claims that it’s boring, that it has robbed people’s joy of a beloved character, that it relies too heavily on Mando, that it spends too much time on Tatooine… if there’s an aspect of the show you can name, you can also find people loving it or hating it in equal measure.
I’m really, firmly in the middle on this one. I’ve come in with the benefit of not having a huge crush on Boba Fett in the first place. I have never understood why this character, who has about five minutes of screen time in the films, has garnered such a fan following. But equally, I respect that he has, and thus this show was a big risk.
I did think it was slow to start with, and I could never really get my head around why I should care who was in charge of this city and why Boba Fett felt like he had more claim than anyone else. But aside from that, I really quite liked the storytelling, I loved the return of characters from The Mandalorian, as well as new introductions (Sophie Thatcher in this, and also in Yellowjackets, really shining in both). I enjoyed the story of how Boba escaped the horrific sandpit and found his way to some new friends. I love Fennec Shand because Ming-Na is a wonder, and of course, the return of Baby Yoda was joyous.
It’s not perfect, and the reviews really are mixed. I’ve enjoyed reading various takes - what if Boba is the villain, why it’s a good but misnamed show, and what it might mean for the upcoming Obi-Wan series.
I think I need to watch it again in bulk to get a real feel for it, but if nothing else, the whole thing was worth watching for that last scene of lovely Grogu’s ears flying back as he and his BFF head off into the great black beyond.