‘Book of Boba Fett’ Episode 7 Review: How to Fix ‘Star Wars’ – Spoilers

With episodes essential to “The Mandalorian” but barely relevant to “Boba Fett,” the spinoff proved an unworthy extension. But “the path” is already clear.

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Book of Boba Fett” Episode 7, “Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor.”]

As ordered by last week’s fateful showdown between Cad Bane (voiced by Corey Burton and portrayed by Dorian Kingi) and Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), the ‘Book of Boba Fett’ finale was to end with blue skin. and the red-eyed, tube-cheeked cowboy playing quickdraw with our titular bounty hunter. In addition to invoking the original film’s “who shot first” argument, the Mercenaries’ Last Duel gave Boba (Temuera Morrison) the chance to defeat his former mentor by disproving his teachings: “Consider this my last lesson,” Cad says. ” Take care. Everything else is weakness.

And then Boba kills Cad – alone, a hunter to the end, but fueled by the just cause of caring for his chosen family, his new town and his desert planet.

From one perspective, this might seem like a fitting ending to “The Book of Boba Fett”: the once wandering loner who rarely spoke and never took off his helmet is now a leader with a home, a partner (in business ), and a loyal crew. He shows his face around town with abandon, and his talkativeness has proven surprising, to say the least. For a full season, we’ve watched Boba remember the events that led him to cast off a lonely life lost in the stars – where he often did the dark side bidding – and seize a benevolent opportunity to protect the innocent. As his old pal Mando (Pedro Pascal) might say, “That’s the way.”

Only “The Book of Boba Fett” certainly doesn’t sound like the way, unless you mean the Disney way. Much like the original movie was re-edited so Han wouldn’t be filmed first, the House of Mouse has softened Boba Fett into a character that fits their family platform – which isn’t to say people can’t not change, only that everything about The “Book” of Boba feels compelled to fit the incongruous mold of a Disney dad. Its laconic edges have been sanded. His mystique has been clarified. His profession retired. Changing so much for a purpose is one thing, but what’s left to look at in the finale is cool armor with nothing interesting inside. Boba is boring now. The spotlights only dulled its brilliance.

Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen in “The Book of Boba Fett”

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Typically, such statements require a subjective interpretation of the text, but “The Book of Boba Fett” makes its case against its star by dropping it altogether for two full episodes. Even creator Jon Favreau couldn’t stand spending more time with Boba Fett by Episode 5, when the story randomly pivots to Mando. To call the “Return of the Mandalorian” or “From the Desert Comes a Stranger” parts of Boba’s “Book” is like considering episodes of “Better Call Saul” parts of “Breaking Bad”. There are shared characters. The stories sometimes overlap.

But nothing about Mando’s journey is crucial to what happens in “The Book of Boba Fett.” Boba needs help defending his community. Fennec (a criminally underutilized Ming-Na Wen) goes for help. All Mando has to do is show up at “Boba’s” plot to keep moving forward. Even the final moments of the finale, when Baby Yoda saves the townspeople from a randomly raging grudge, feel nailed, as if Favreau (who wrote or co-wrote every episode this season) knew he had to justify the little green guy’s presence somehow, so he just, you know, decided that the previously helpful rancor would get angry.

It’s hard to fault the creators for being so disinterested in the hero they brought back to life, but it’s easy to see where they went wrong. Unlike “The Mandalorian”, “The Book of Boba Fett” accelerates its hero’s emotional development while limiting his physical journey to a lonely desert planet. Investing in Boba by taking on a leadership role isn’t that exciting on its own, but it’s less exciting when he’s willing enough to accept. Mando is also a Disney dad, but he’s slowly giving in to Baby Yoda and his responsibility to take care of him. That’s why their hug in the final hits home. Who will Boba hug? His grudge? Krsantan? mando?

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Grogu / Baby Yoda in “The Book of Boba Fett”

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Frankly, it would help if he did. For the way “The Book of Boba Fett” poorly develops its main hero, it does a decent job of introducing perspective around it. Krrsantan, the vicious Wookie who nearly killed Boba (and his entire crew), is amazing. I don’t care that all I know about him is that he’s happy to pay for the chance to rip a reptile’s arm off. His eyes, his hair, his brooding demeanor – he’s an ideal partner in crime. Fennec kept his coldness aloof primarily through a general lack of advancement. Dave Pasquesi, as the mayor’s long-eared butler, is an absolute delight (and pairing him with Amy Sedaris in the finale is hands down the smartest move in all of “Boba Fett”). And it might just be because of Sophie Thatcher’s role in “Yellowjackets,” but I’m even ready to see Drash lead her ragtag gang of cyborg teenagers into future battles. (Let’s hope they come up with better plans than destroying the machine behind an impenetrable, all-encompassing force field while shooting it from…higher…higher.)

What all of these characters have in common is the unknown. They have to be built new, which means they can be anything, do anything, and go anywhere. They cannot exist on nostalgia alone. Boba Fett’s arc was frustrating because it was uninspired, sure, but also because it betrayed who he was in the past without sparking any curiosity about his future. The best scene in both “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett” so far is still two stormtroopers (played by Jason Sudeikis and Adam Pally) blasting shit out of their motorcycles. The two comedians are funny, sure, but what makes their Season 1 opener, “Chapter 8,” so memorable is that they peeled back a corner of “Star Wars” that we recognized from the outside. , but had never been invited. The prospect of two galactic guards accepting their commander’s ruthless practices with a long sigh and a particular impatience invites questions, rather than asserting what is already known or suspected.

“Star Wars” took us to places we had never seen before and introduced us to people we never imagined we would meet. If the franchise wants to expand its universe, it must look forward, not backward.

Rating: C

Season 1 of “The Book of Boba Fett” is available to stream via Disney+.

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