Why The Book of Boba Fett is even better than The Mandalorian so far

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I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t eagerly expecting Boba Fett. book of, The New Star Wars is the new Star Wars, but I didn’t stop to watch it in the middle of the night, nor did I reach out to read reviews or interviews.

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In fact, media attention to the series has so far been quiet due to holiday launches and a lack of advance press screeners.

but with Boba Fett. book of Season 1’s close to the halfway point, I’m already enjoying it Mandalorian — and it could serve as a preview of future Star Wars shows.

Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen in a scene from The Book of Boba Fett.

two stories, one story


Boba Fett. book of looks and feels a lot Mandalorian on the surface. It has shared characters, focuses on a lone gunman, and it builds on similar themes of self-identification within a rigid code of honor. It certainly exists within the same Favreau-verse. That much is obvious. It is also created using an immersive visual-effects system known as “The Volume”, which gives the show a familiar visual experience.

But Boba Fett. book of The narrative deviates from Mando in structure, which is significant.

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MandalorianThe first season of, in particular, was built around an episodic, monster-of-the-week rhythm. Every week, it was a new planet and a new adventure, one that didn’t have a narrative thread to weave all the pieces together. It turned out to be a great way to start small and remain flexible with storytelling.

But for the Star Wars series and modern television storytelling in general, it felt overly harsh. animated shows like star Wars The Clone Wars And Star Wars Rebels The episodic route is gone, but for Star Wars’ first venture into a live action series, it was particularly old school.

Boba Fett in a scene from the book Boba Fett.

Boba Fett. book of Takes a completely different approach. The show’s outline is instead split between two stories, one in the past and one in the present. But the way these two narratives are tied together is what makes it compelling.

Boba Fett’s rise from his sandy grave in the past and his current attempts to rise through the underworld play off each other beautifully. This was most notable in Episode 2, where we saw two stories involving paying homage to territories and struggling to gain respect in a foreign land.

Lessons learned in one arc find new context in another, and the themes that arise prove that it’s more than just series creator Jon Favreau playing with action figures from his childhood. (Not that there would be anything wrong with that.)

We get to see Boba Fett’s leadership style and code of honor refined, and as it turns out, the mysterious character has more depth and nuance than I assumed. This creates a show that feels far more modern in its construction. But more importantly, it’s a really good sign for the future of Star Wars television.

The Book of Boba Fett (2021)

Boba Fett.  book of




Science-fiction & fantasy, Action & adventure

created by

Jon Favreau


Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Veno




a look at the future

The Mandalorian will eventually continue in Season 3, and I’ll happily watch along. The show was the first Star Wars show for television, and a lot was riding on its success. Fortunately, its widespread acceptance by fans and critics has led it to become a vehicle for launching other series, most notably in Season 2. The return of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and even Luke Skywalker has opened up possibilities. (Still waiting for a dedicated Luke Skywalker series, but we’ll see.)

But I think the future of Star Wars television will look more like Boba Fett. book of From Mandalorian, That is, a singular tale with fewer episodes and which fuses into a cohesive thread of a larger narrative. A more focused scope certainly fits the bill for shows like Feeling And Obi-Wan Kenobic Fans like me of both are buzzing with anticipation.

Both of these character-based shows, like Boba Fett. book of, will uncover a previously untold window of time into the story of a popular character. Interestingly, like Boba Fett, these are also characters that span several trilogies within the Star Wars timeline.

Ming-Na Wen and Temuera Morrison in a scene from The Book of Boba Fett.

Could we see more flashbacks and connective tissue in these shows? Sure. Lessons from previous entries in the character’s life that unfold in new ways? Absolutely. To see how a character like Obi-Wan could act in a series like this – with so many decades of storytelling context – sounds thrilling.

We’ll have to wait and see how in the final episode Boba Fett Play the saga outside. will it set up events Mandalorian season 3? Will this make a definite end to the character? All that is in the air. But so far, it’s the one show that got me more excited for the future of Star Wars television.

Disney’s Boba Fett. book of Can be seen on the Disney+ streaming service.

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