After Star War’s The Mandalorian ended in December 2020, life seemed to have come to a standstill for fans of Mando and Baby Grogu. While Disney proceeded to announce a long list of promising shows and films under the franchise, the only ray of hope on the horizon was the arrival of The Book of Boba Fett, which was surprisingly announced at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 finale. And now that the first episode of the much-anticipated Disney+ series is finally here, we can say that Mando can take as much time as he wants to return to our screens as Boba has successfully erased the huge hole left in his absence.
The Book of Boba Fett starts off where The Mandalorian Season 2 finale’s post-credit scene left us- Boba and Fennec Shand in Tatooine. The duo killed Bib Fortuna and Boba took over as the crime boss of the underworld. But while Boba’s status as a mercenary has been enough to make him a recognizable adversary, the first episode of the new Star Wars series proves that he will have to go a long way before he cements his position as the leader of the galaxy’s criminal epicenter.
While only one episode of The Book of Boba Fett has premiered, it has already answered a lot of questions that had been raised by Boba’s surprise appearance in The Mandalorian. We finally know how Boba survived the Sarlacc Pitt, how and why he parted with his armor, how it ended up in the possession of Cobb Vanth, and the reason behind the weapons Boba possessed when we saw him since his last appearance in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Unlike Jabba the Hutt, Boba plans on ruling the criminal underworld with respect and not by brandishing fear as a weapon. But from the beginning, it is obvious that while Boba may be sitting on the throne, he has to face a lot of hurdles before he is regarded as the unanimous crime boss by everyone. Currently, Fennec Shand is sticking to his side but it remains to be seen what the scene will look like once Boba comes face to face with Mando, who majorly detests criminals and their ways.
In terms of visual effects, Disney has maintained its Mandalorian standards in The Book of Boba Fett as well- the visuals depicting Tatooine’s wide expanses deserve a standing ovation, not only from every Star Wars fan but also from anyone who appreciates the creation and application of impressive technical effects. And as for the performances, Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen are also continuing their hoot-worthy performances as Boba and Fennec.
While The Book of Boba Fett has every opportunity to lose all the brownie points it has earned in its premiere over the next six episodes, judging by its excellent debut and the fact that it is helmed by The Mandalorian showrunner, Jon Favreau, it will hopefully remain an unlikely scenario.