The Book of Boba Fett: Redefining a Universe

Caleb Faulkerson, Cav Culture Editor

Ever since the release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 1983, the question of whether or not Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc pit has troubled the mind of many a Star Wars fan. But, thankfully, with the long-anticipated release of The Book of Boba Fett anthology series on Disney +, that age-old question has finally been answered on-screen.

The series opens with Fett’s re-emergence and subsequent exploitation by desert scavengers on Tatooine, establishing the series’ titular character as a stubborn relic of the past. Like the Galaxy at large, Fett is not what he once was. After an arduous ascent to power, instead of ruling with fear like his predecessors, he seeks to lead his new domains with compassion.

After escaping Tusken captivity, Fett eventually manages to assert hegemony over Jabba the Hutt’s former slugging ground. However, this jurisdiction does not go uncontested, and throughout the series we see a changed Fett and his new acquaintances struggle to maintain that which they hold dear. Fans of The Mandalorian were delighted to see Din Djarin’s return as one of Boba’s cohorts, and many similarities have been drawn between the two.

However, whereas the star of The Mandalorian is most comparable to a roaming samurai of feudal Japan, Boba Fett can best be compared to an outlaw seeking redemption. It therefore makes sense that the series poses itself as a space Western, one in which the power-vacuum left from the fall of the Galactic Empire has formed a new “Wild West.” To that end, the series’ opening is ironically reminiscent of the ending of The Searchers, during which John Wayne’s character motions from a threshold towards a great frontier.

Throughout the series, New Zealand’s Temuera Morrison gives a stunning performance as Boba Fett. With Ming-Na Wen starring as Fennec Shand, the series’ leads compliment one another on screen. The two certainly make for a dynamic, intimidating duo and, joined by Carey Jones as Krrsantan and Pedro Pascal returning as Din Djarin, their command of the screen is evident.

Packed with Star Wars’ signature blast-‘em-up action, significant character development, and the return of fan-favorites like Grogu and Ahsoka Tano, The Book of Boba Fett makes for a welcome addition to the Star Wars anthology-series collection.