The Book of Boba Fett Episode 7


‘…elicited mild curiosity when it should have been gripping like a vice…’

I’ve finally made it to the end of Boba Fett’s bookywook, and here to report on all the latest action from Tatooine as Boba and his gang finally stood up to the Pykes, whose name I now realise I’ve been spelling wrong in the last six pieces. But you really did need to know your Banthas from your protocol droids to make much sense of season ender In The Name of Honor; half the fun is having all the references and in-jokes explained. The big plus here is that after a long period of unexplained absence, Boba Fett himself actually turned up for this climactic episode, and after three episodes of noodling which moved the action forward in no way whatsoever, the finale melee was all action, no filla, all killa.

As a kid, I’d bought the Palitoy Star Wars toys, but any scenarios played out were hampered by the good guys vastly outnumbering the bad. Star Wars is an underdog story, but all the bad guys I could muster were one stormtrooper and Darth Vader, whose cape had got burned in a light-sabre fight too close to the burning sun of my bedside lamp, turning his cape into a revealing above-the-knee mini-dress. That lack of balance was one of many, many problems with The Phantom Menace; ultimately The Book of Boba Fett also suffered from too many heroes and barely there villains, but made up for it with the sheer verve of the smash’-em, bash-‘em no-holds barred street battle with has robots, vehicles and monsters a plenty.

So Boba Fett finally got boxed in by the invading Pykes, but not before re-enforcements arrived in the form of bucket-head brother The Mandalorian, Grogu aka Baba Yoda, Fennic Shand, sister of Scottish bandleader Jimmy, and the rubbish motorcycle gang previously seen back in episode three. Substitutions were made; the Pykes send in a massive force-field-protected robots, Boba calls up his pet Rancor monster. The action-figure fight spills out across the kitchen table and onto the floor as Boba and his pals have a Butch and Sundance finale, including a showdown with Lee Van Cleef tribute act Cad Bane. The endless call-backs to classic westerns have worn smooth, but a good fifty minutes of the last hour were just non-stop fighting with jet-packs, knee-rockets and whistling bird missiles, so who’s complaining?

Apart from me, that is, I’ve been complaining all the way through Boba Fett’s book, and I’m not stopping now. Anything but a compelling story well told, this meandering show never started getting any momentum going, sidelined the main character for half its length, and elicited mild curiosity when it should have been gripping like a vice. Using existing IP to shore up undercooked drama seems likely to be the Star Wars way going forward, and it’s not a great look. The Book of Boba Fett has been a lightweight, passively enjoyable show to watch, but it’s feels like an abandoned Boba Fett movie repurposed for television, and smacks off all the wayward, tap-dancing faults of the on-going Star Wars expanded universe. It’s notable that no-one ever really dies in this world; despite all the gadgets, nothing ever happens in this treading-water world of the bucketheads.


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  1. This series was fine, but it should have been longer. Virtually all of these live action Disney Plus shows — except for WandaVision and The Mandalorian — end up meandering before their finale episodes come out of nowhere. Not a huge fan of the 6/7 episode format — 8 I think is what most shows need.

    With that being said, I am getting tired of the hyperbolic fanbase of this franchise. Everything needs to either be the savior of Star Wars, or the reason why Disney killed it. Nothing is allowed to be fine anymore.

    • Your second paragraph is dead on. I kept reading headlines about ‘saving Star wars’ or ‘the end of Star Wars’ or blowing up Star Wars’; this series did none of that. It brought back a number of familiar and some new characters, and did very little with them while entertaining fans. It wasn’t enough of anything, but equally nothing to hate or despise; just a pleasent time-waster.

  2. As good as Star Wars was back in it’s golden age, I wonder how it still gets so much content and love nowadays. Consistent TV series and films churning out year after year – you have to wonder what’s sustaining it, especially considering it’s been on the wane ever since the first film fifty odd years ago. Yes, the likes of Jaws and Alien won franchises due to their original stardom, but after a number of flops, they’ve really run out of steam to a bit of a decayed squib. How Star Wars survived beyond the utterly awful Star Wars prequel trilogy is beyond me. Sure, the universe is massive with more potential, but how often can you rehash the same story? Think it was a long time ago when they should have laid down the sword and let a legend sleep, but that doesn’t seem like that’ll be coming for quite some time. I bet Mark Hamill is happy, though…

    • The laws of diminishing returns always set in, if not financially, then creatively. I’d be happy to see new stories in the Star Wars universe, but endlessly rehashing 80’s characters while under instruction to make nothing happens that could affect future IP is crushing to watch…

    • I won’t be covering it. Anderson Cooper and Whoopi Goldberg will be providing in the spot commentary…

    • This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. I guess I keep seeing ‘best Star Wars ever’ headlines reviews and wondering what I’m missing. But it’s just tap-dancing, never moving forward or back, broken scraps of story for the masses…

      • It goes to show how desperate fans are for something that isn’t complete dreck. Compared to poop, warm water is fantastic. Compared to tea or coffee or hot chocolate, warm water doesn’t cut it.

        Star Wars’ fans have been forcefed a lot of poop in the last decade I’m afraid 🙁

              • Ahhhh, that’s right, you didn’t like anything past the first movie.
                I for one have completely forgotten the Holiday Special. Something that bad shouldn’t exist!

                  • Ha! I was actually just talking about this with a friend yesterday and we got on to star wars (after talking about the wheel of time show). His theory was that at the time of New Hope Lucas was married to somebody, who did a lot of the camera work for new hope. They got divorced and she didn’t do any of the work on the later films. My friend is convinced that she was largely responsible for how well New Hope turned out.

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