Book Of Boba Fett Finale – Great Star Wars Moments And Strange Choices
The finale of The Book of Boba Fett debuted to bring a close to a season filled with amazing Star Wars moments but made some strange choices along the way. Some of the problem, perhaps, was the naming convention used for the series. It wasn’t The Mandalorian season 3, though the character did appear in almost half the episodes. Yet, this also wasn’t a series about Boba Fett either, at least not entirely. A few weeks ago, I wrote snidely that Disney ruined Boba Fett by actually putting a person in that iconic armor. Yet, at the end of this season the audience learns nothing new about Boba Fett since Chapter 4.
It’s clear from the finale, Lucasfilm wanted to use The Book of Boba Fett to help facilitate the rehabilitation of that character. In the prequel era, he’s a bratty kid. In the original trilogy era, he’s an empty shell of menace and possibility. In the sequel era, it’s not clear what sort of man he becomes. Dave Filoni, who along with Jon Favreau guides this Disney+ Star Wars universe, is a much bigger fans of the Legends Expanded Universe material than George Lucas was. He may be trying to put Boba Fett where fans of a certain age thought he belonged: ruling the Mandalorians. Or maybe this is just the sophomore slump of serial Star Wars storytelling on TV.
We’re about to get in serious spoiler territory. So, if you’ve not seen The Book of Boba Fett, I’d say it’s worth your six hours. There are enough great moments that at least a few will land with you. Still, many of the choices made in the show might leave you confused or, even, angry.
The Book of Boba Fett Finale Missed the Chance for a Major Payoff
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To be clear, I enjoyed every second of this show. If you are a Star Wars canon-obsessive who’s seen the movies, read the books, and watched the cartoons, it touches on all of it. Cobb Vanth first appeared in a novel. Ahsoka and Cad Bane both came from the cartoons. It seemed like more of the props were movie references than not. Yet, it’s fair to say that one should not need to be Star Wars lore expert to emotionally connect to a story. It’s one thing if you’re expecting a Boba Fett that you don’t get. It’s another thing entirely if the emotional core of the character is glimpsed but not fully revealed.
Next to The Mandalorian Returns and Luke Skywalker, Grogu, and Ahsoka, my favorite part of The Book of Boba Fett was the Tusken Raider story. Boba Fett is a man without a tribe, and he found one. It’s even revealed that the main villains, not the random speeder-bike toughs, are responsible for Boba Fett losing them. It’s honestly stunning to me that for a fight where they needed fighters, Boba Fett did not go back to the other Tusken clans and bring them into the fight. All seasons of the Star Wars TV shows have deepened our understanding of the Tusken Raider culture, beyond them being (literally) faceless baddies in the first film. (It also retroactively explains Boba Fett’s approach when met Din Djarin, a man respected by Tuskens.)
Even the arrival of Grogu felt like a missed opportunity. The reunion between him and his surrogate father was played for laughs in-between scenes of terribly one-sided fighting. (The jump-hug was sweet, I’m not a monster.) This show left a lot of emotional threads dangling as if they intentionally avoided them.
The End of the (First?) Season Is Reflective of the Disney+ Series as a Whole
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When making Star Wars, sometimes you can’t win for losing. The general critical and fan consensus is we want stories that tell us something new and yet have the look and feel of Star Wars. The storytellers have to strike the right balance between hitting those nostalgia triggers and taking chances that surprise and delight us. The Book of Boba Fett feels like a series designed to subvert fan expectations. The two-episode detour into Din Djarin’s story especially feels like an attempt to do that and make this universe feel shared. They tried to have their something new and eat their nostalgia, too.
It worked for me, but I am always willing to meet Star Wars (more than) halfway. One shouldn’t fault a Star Wars story for not being the one you imagined in your head. Yet, I can at least understand why some fans might. For example, the choice Grogu has to make between the lightsaber and the beskar shirt. It feels like it flies in the face of what made Luke who is, that he used his connection to his loved ones to save people rather than destroy them. Also, there is the fact that Boba Fett lets so many people live. Again, this choice works for me, but this is the guy who even Darth Vader felt needed to show a little restraint.
I think this show was called The Book of Boba Fett because that’s a character name that brings eyeballs. It’s also the third or fourth time that Star Wars has told this kind of story. Though rather than drawing from Seven Samurai, this had a more Magnificent Seven feel to it. Ultimately, it’s a fun Star Wars romp, but it proves that the bar for these stories remains high.
The Book of Boba Fett, strange choices and all, is streaming on Disney+.
What did you think of The Book of Boba Fett finale and the choices the storytellers made throughout the season? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories about where all this is going in the comments. Especially if your theory involves Boba Fett riding a mythosaur like in the Holiday Special.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book of superhero short stories, Tales of Adventure & Fantasy: Book One is available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.