The Book of Boba Fett is a Work of Corporate Calculated Cynically Evil Genius. That Doesn’t Make it Good. (FULL SPOILERS)

Since The Mandalorian remains the most coveted piece of media on this site I guess this writer is obliged to talk about Boba Fett given how things eventually panned out with the seven-episode season.
This viewer went in with no anticipation whatsoever. Disney + are currently alternating Star Wars and Marvel series release schedules. A season like Boba Fett benefits enormously from the fact it is simply taking the viewing slot this author would typically use to watch a weekly marvel episode when those shows are in season. This author’s lack of emotional connection to Star Wars is a lot lesser he did go into Boba Fett with a relatively open mind. What did he find? One of the most bizarre seasons of television to ever have been released by a company like Disney Let’s discuss.
Part One. The Mediocrity of Boba Fett.
Internet discourse ( especially when it comes to something like Star Wars) may tell you that the first four episodes of the boba “ solo” season are the worst thing ever. They are not. Deeply uninspiring might be a more accurate phrase. Much as there’s a certain level of polish in these Disney tentpole streaming releases the lack of any real momentum or purpose becomes a problem very quickly. The extended first act feels like it’s been made out of obligation purely because The Mandalorian Season 2 mid-credit scene promised its existence. We watch Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) try to establish a footprint within the underworld of Tatooine. That’s kind of it. The leads are solidly watchable but they can’t escape how much these episodes have an “it exists” vibe throughout. At the end of episode four, Boba references the need for additional support to take on a crime syndicate. What came next was both decidedly unexpected and yet screamingly obvious when you look at the full season.
Part Two. Return of The Mandalorian.
As soon as episode five dropped the secret was out. Seeing the Mandalorian return with an episode that picks up directly where season 2 left off. It can be seen as either prologue to season three or a continuation of season 2 following Mandos’s decision to give Grogu to deep-fake Luke Skywalker The episode is probably mid-tier in terms of ranking it alongside Mando’s episodes from his show. That said the sense of confidence and purpose that had been sorely lacking in Bobas solo episodes returns in full force. The first Mando does drop viewers in the deep end somewhat. Well, this isn’t a problem now it might get confusing at a later date given that it might not be immediately obvious these episodes of “Boba Fett” are essential bridging material between seasons of Mando. Those that checked out of Boba Fett early or flat out didn’t watch may be in for something of a surprise when the next season premieres.
Part Three Rise of Skywalker Rebirth.
This is likely with this article is going to lose some fans. The penultimate episode of the season is nothing more than reskinned unbelievably hollow fan service. Its Rise Of Skywalker dressed up in Mando colours. It is better than that utter abomination. The episode does hit a few effective beats. That said this author’s lack of emotional investment in Star Wars generally makes the cynical calculation of this episode a lot more obvious. The ending cliffhanger makes it clear ( despite the presentation) that Grogu is going to go back and rejoin Mando. Otherwise, there would be no Mandalorian season 3.
Part Four. Finale Blow Out.
No doubt some audiences would have wanted a more character-focused finale. What character do Mando and Boba have that is not already previously established? The correct answer is none. Substituting this for a climax that effectively throws every action beat that Jon Favreau and his team can think of is mostly pretty effective. Yes, there’s fanservice and plot points manufactured to go viral instantly. These are better blended with the narrative than the ones in the previous episode. The finale is pretty solid for what it’s trying to be. A multi-million Star Wars action figure play session. Mando and Grogu are now fully on the board for season three of their show. The Bobo season that was initially promised is now also complete. Corporate evil genius at its finest.
When looking at this season of Boba Fett overall it’s obvious that the pitch was as follows. How do we set up Mandalorian season three whilst also offering the Boba Fett series we now obliged ourselves to make? In answer to that question, Disney has produced a Star Wars splatter painting. The Mando plotlines are the only ones carrying forward. It is strangely commendable that the marketing was able to hide what the seven episodes are. This does not necessarily make the season good. It just proves the point the Star Wars fandom was the victim of false advertising Even if those moments of insincerity produce the season’s best moments. The truth is regardless of the qualms viewers may have with these episodes a large chunk of them will continue to watch the next Star Wars live-action offerings regardless. This will be done on brand recognition and emotional attachment alone. Well, there’s a place for this in media consumption it’s seasons like The Book of Boba Fett with its level of surprising complacency that will turn casual fans away.

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