“Boba Fett’s Book” recap: the Wild West is coming to Tatooine


A review of this week Boba Fett’s book, “The tribes of Tatooine”, to come as soon as I sweat like a gumpta on Mustafar…

Well that was fun, wasn’t it?

While this show and The Mandalorian have bigger story arcs to deal with, they’re old-fashioned westerns to begin with. Everyone’s best episodes sprinkle dusty old genre tropes on familiars Star wars iconography, until both seem somehow new and sparkling. While “The Tribes of Tatooine” opens with various topics concerning the challengers of the new throne of Boba, including Mok Shaiz , the Ithorian mayor of Mos Espa, and a pair of Hutt twins who believe the Jabba empire is rightfully theirs. This long section of the episode combines aDance with the wolves -ish tale of a civilized man learning the ways of his new native friends (**) with the Star wars

version of a great train robbery from the Wild West.

Another character voiced by Robert Rodriguez, although the episode itself was directed by television veteran Steph Green.

, the voice of Matt Berry, and an assortment of other pleasures, they don’t really come together yet. Boba’s operation seems too small – Jabba’s palace (**) apparently occupied by him, Fennec, and the two Gamorean guards – and the attempt to treat both the assassins’ employer and the mayor’s motives as a mystery makes these scenes feel a bit too abstract rather than tense. And Boba’s heart still doesn’t feel particularly in the job, before he even realizes that the Hutts – whom he can’t kill without first getting permission – are chasing him as well.

(LR): (Jennifer Beals), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT by Lucasfilm, exclusively on Disney +. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved.

(LR): (Jennifer Beals), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT by Lucasfilm, exclusively on Disney +. © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All rights reserved. François Duhamel / Lucasfilm Lt

Last night I had a fun interview with Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen about their work on the show.

(**) The palace’s sparse population had a good comedic payoff, however, when Boba threw the surviving assassin into the Resentment Pit, which has been empty since Luke Skywalker killed its great occupant in Return of the Jedi . The terrified assassin, of course, did not know and delivered the mayor to the amused Boba and Fennec. Lucasfilm Ltd.Tusken’s flashbacks, on the other hand, were the strongest element of the premiere, and they continue to be there. It’s about mixing and matching different pieces of western and sci-fi stories – with a brief side tour in

The wild territory (or Sons of anarchy

, if you prefer) when Boba single-handedly sends a gang of misbehaving alien bikers to bring their speeder bikes back to the Tuskens. None of this is complicated or particularly new, even with the blur of the genre lines, but it’s all well executed and way more alive than most of what happened in the premiere. The speeder bike training rig and the assault on the fortified train itself are both thrilling sets. (The only minor minus is that there isn’t enough reward to the sequence where Boba teaches the Tuskens how to jump from one speeder bike to another, which is more difficult than Luke made it seem on forest moon of Endor.) This is an opportunity to show off Boba’s skills both as a fighter and as a leader – the latter so far in short supply in current scenes – and also to demonstrate how the Tuskens were able to endure so long despite being far outnumbered by the many settlers of Tatooine.

Almost as important, however, are the sequences back to Tusken’s Camp, where Boba trains with his new allies and learns their habits. the Star wars the novels offered a glimpse into Tusken culture , but for people who only watch movies and shows live, the Tuskens remain even more of a mystery than Boba himself, being treated widely by the franchise as other exotics and terrifying, rather than a group worthy of being. considered to be more than just “people of the sand”. “Their culture borrows elements from various indigenous tribes around the world – the gaderffii sticks they use, and which Boba builds in the climax of the episode, are based, for example, on a Fijian weapon called a totokia – in a way that adds emotional richness to this setting that is not quite there in the Mos Espa timeline yet. See Boba dressed in his new dresses and perform a ceremonial dance around the campfire with his new weapon and its new brethren in arms was as inspiring as the train robbery itself.The fact that the Tuskens communicate so much via sign language or shouting that we don’t understand (with the show only occasionally using subtitles) plays in Temuera Morrison’s strengths as an actor with great physicality.

Some of these books also suggest that the Tuskens cover themselves from head to toe because they find the sight of flesh unpleasant and would almost certainly put wraps on Boba’s face. But the books aren’t canon, and I think we’ve learned from these two shows that it’s best to see the main man’s face most of the time. For decades, what so many fans of the original trilogy loved about Boba Fett was the mysterious air surrounding him. In fact, I’ve heard some concerns that giving him his own show would ruin that element of the character. So far, however, Boba Fett’s Book has been less interested in stripping off Boba’s mystique than in using it to get to know another classic set of Star Wars characters with a memorable headgear. If the remaining episodes are as strong as this one it will be fine, thank you.


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