The Intro to The Book of Boba Fett failed to spark excitement



The cover photo for the Disney+ new series, The Book of Boba Fett

Convincing my parents to buy Disney+ at the beginning of 2020 wasn’t difficult, as everyone in my family is an avid Disney fan, and we were eager to watch their newest series: The Mandalorian. Since then, it has become a staple of our family activities to gather and watch the most recent installments of the Star Wars and Marvel TV shows.

Despite the lack of advertising for the newly released series The Book of Boba Fett, everyone in the family was excited to embark on another Star Wars journey featuring one of the audience’s most beloved characters. 

First, the audience is transported to the planet of Tatooine: a harsh desert planet where Boba Fett, played by Temuera Morrison, was swallowed by a Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi. On this planet, Boba now attempts to reinvent himself as he replaces the former crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

Shortly into the first episode, Boba is flashed back to the moment of his escape from the sand beast. This scenery is full of nothing but sand and the sun—a backdrop far from exhilarating. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to discover where the story would lead.

As these episodes drew to a close, I was disappointed not because I wanted more, but because I was unable to see any point in the content I spent an hour watching. ”

— Lauren Brace

However, the premiere was largely uneventful. I had anticipated thrilling action scenes and an eye-opening revelation. To this show’s demise, the writers of “Stranger in a Strange Land” decided to opt for a collection of flashbacks, highlighting strange chanting vocals as Boba Fett is dragged for miles across the desert. 

Although considering that this was only the opening, I decided to give Disney a pass on their flavorless, money-making schemes, providing a new hope for the episodes to come. 

In the second episode, “The Tribes of Tatooine,” I was prepared to cast away my prior notions and be swept away on a truly thrilling adventure; unfortunately, I was met with the same dull interactions between a serious character and a couple of squawking Tusken Raiders. 

While this installment featured a more solid plot, many moments were completely unnecessary. For example, there is a five-minute montage of a lizard crawling up his nose and “guiding” him to a dream tree, only for him to return with a mere stick. 

Others may argue that all of these events are important pieces to set the table for future episodes; however, it shouldn’t take nearly two hours to set an average-sized table. I failed to see a purposeful direction in the series of events.

Usually, when the credits start rolling at the end of an episode, I am met with disappointment—never wanting the stories I’ve come to love to come to an end. Yet, as these episodes drew to a close, I was disappointed not because I wanted more, but because I was unable to see any point in the content I spent an hour watching. 

At this point, it seems naive to still expect improvement in the episodes to come. The beginning certainly got off to a rocky and monotonous start. Hopefully, the newest Star Wars content will take a promising turn with episode three.

For fellow Star Wars fanatics, skip the first two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett.