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‘The Book of Boba Fett’ season recap: Where’s Boba Fett?

"The Book of Boba Fett" forgets about its titular character halfway through the show.
"The Book of Boba Fett" forgets about its titular character halfway through the show.

This show needs a new title. 

After the initial four episodes of “The Book of Boba Fett,” I was sold on its flashback-style narrative about Boba’s past and current struggles. As it turns out, the last three episodes have nothing to do with Boba’s storyline or so little that we forget the original plot. 

I’m not complaining, but it seems odd how easily Boba Fett falls through the cracks. 

With all the “Star Wars” content coming out this year, it makes perfect sense to have this show lead into the season three premiere of “The Mandalorian,” one of my all-time favorite “Star Wars” series. The problem is how “The Book of Boba Fett” used various cameos of new characters to continue this series rather than build an interesting plot for the supposed main character. 

I was invested after episode two when they began an interesting plot about the Tusken Raiders, a native tribe of Tatooine. Then it lost me after this group of people was removed from the plot almost entirely. 

A waste of potential character-building for Boba. 

The only reason I continued to watch the show was that the Mandalorian became the main character in the last three episodes. “Chapter 5” was the best received solely because it only featured Mando’s storyline, dropping Boba out of the narrative completely. When a show can drop its main character from an entire episode with no backlash from viewers, there are more than a few issues. 

Also, Grogu had no reason to be in this show. I love him, but that’s the hard truth. 

I want to love this show, but I can’t defend it against all the criticism it’ll receive. The title, the random cameos that made no sense and the Mando-Grogu storyline had no connection to Boba Fett at all. 

The only positive things I can talk about this show were either removed or concluded by the end of the season, or dealt with other characters. Mando’s struggle with being a “pure” Mandalorian drew me in, Grogu’s internal choice of who he wants to be and Luke’s desire to train Grogu are all infinitely more interesting than anything that happens with Boba. I struggled to even remember what the name of the syndicate Boba was fighting the whole time. 

I wanted to chart how long Boba was on-screen versus Mando, but my time was better spent plotting out a whole new storyline for this show. Sounds crazy, right?

This easily could have been the third season of “The Mandalorian” featuring Boba Fett and the people of Tatooine. Anything would have made more sense than a title with the word “book” in it. But no, they had to stick with something that made no sense to the narrative. 

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It would be easier to do a season recap on a show that had a cohesive plot, yet I sadly don’t have that luxury with “The Book of Boba Fett.” If anyone finds where Boba Fett went, please let me know, I’d really appreciate it. 

Rating: 7/10

@earlgreyincense 

elizonar@miamioh.edu

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