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“The Book of Boba Fett” is a charming addition to the Star Wars universe

The cast and crew effectively worked to make “The Book of Boba Fett” feel right at home in the Star Wars universe.
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The highly anticipated season finale of “The Book of Boba Fett” was recently released on Disney+, and director Robert Rodriguez did an amazing job giving the spin-off series a place that fit perfectly in the Star Wars universe.

Boba Fett is one of the oldest characters in the Star Wars universe, dating all the way back to the original movie, “Star Wars: A New Hope,” in 1977. In the three original Star Wars films, Fett played the role of a villainous bounty hunter, who lived solely to take down targets in exchange for a cash reward. The next time Fett made an appearance in the Star Wars universe was in the 2002 film “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.” In this film, fans saw a glimpse of Fett’s backstory and how he followed the footsteps of his father, Jango Fett, as a bounty hunter.

Because of Fett’s longevity in the Star Wars universe, fans were more than thrilled when it was announced December 2020 that a seven-part spin-off series of Fett, played by Temuera Morrison, would be released.

Without missing a beat, the series began right where fans last saw Fett in the films: on the planet of Tatooine at the location of where Fett was previously thought to have perished from the massive sand creature that had consumed him. In the first episode, fans see how Fett’s armor was able to protect him from the acidic liquids that the massive sand creature uses to consume its meals.

At the beginning of the series, an inconsistent time frame is used. At the start of each episode, the audience sees Fett’s journey from the sand creature to meet a desert gang that teaches him the importance of community. The episodes then skip to the current day where Fett has met his new business partner Fennec Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen. The audience sees the pair go on a journey to claim and defend the Tatooine city of Mos Espa.

The chemistry between actors Morrison and Wen was evident. Although both actors are relatively new to mainstream Hollywood, they gave memorable performances. With an upbeat attitude and corny punchlines, the dialogue between the two felt right at home for fans. Along with this, they both showed off impressive skills in the highly choreographed action scenes. Morrison was able to effectively duplicate Fett’s iconic jetpack scenes and fighting moves from the original film.

Costume designer Shawna Trpcic, who also worked on the set of “The Mandalorian,” was able to effectively portray the various characters through detailed makeup. Krrsantan, a new Wookie character played by Carey Jones, had very similar features and mannerisms to the old beloved Wookie character Chewbacca. Many of the side characters also had alien features nearly identical to those in the Star Wars movies.

The two soundtracks of the series were composed by Ludwig Göransson and Joseph Shirley and contain upbeat songs that were reminiscent of the Star Wars movies. With about two hours of new music, fans received many new tunes to listen to.

Later on in the series during episode five, the audience witnesses an amazing surprise crossover with the other spin-off Star Wars series on Disney+, “The Mandalorian.” The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal, is recruited by Shand to help defend Mos Espa against various foes.

With the surprise crossover and well-thought-out tactics that made the series feel right at home in the Star Wars universe, “The Book of Boba Fett” gave fans a memorable backstory to the beloved character of Boba Fett.

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  • Darth Deaks
    Feb 19, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Boba Fett didn’t pop up in the films until 1980’s Empire Strikes Back. He was introduced in a cartoon on the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1979. Do your research.