The Disney+ series has delivered its seventh and final episode. It’s time to take stock.
For the last chapter of Boba Fett book, Robert Rodriguez, back to directing after episodes 5 and 6 by Bryce Dallas Howard and Dave Filoni, tried to impress us. “In the name of honor” offered us an explosive and XXL confrontation (the episode lasted 1 hour) between the troops of the new Daimyo of Mos Espa and the Pykes led by the formidable Cad Bane, with an orgy of blaster fire, fearsome Scorpenek droids, a heroic Krrsantan, Boba Fett fighting back-to-back with Din Djarin then riding his Rancor, and Grogu using the teachings of Master Luke to save his adoptive father with the Force.
The show was rather pleasant, and even sometimes enjoyable, if we put aside the wobbly staging and the telephone twists of Rodriguez, but will never have succeeded in making us forget the vacuity of this spin-off/sequel to The Mandalorian. Because after seven episodes, the question is always the same: what was the purpose of this show? how does it advance the storytelling and expansion of the Star Wars universe?
Dance with the Tuskens
With The Boba Fett Book, the saga has never been so curled up on itself. There where The Mandalorian had the merit of presenting us with new characters, admittedly not entirely original (Din Djarin and Grogu being 2.0 versions of Boba and Yoda), Jon Favreau’s new creation relied heavily on the anecdotal, striving to dissect founding elements of the first Star Wars trilogy.
Early episodes about Fett’s resurrection were widely mocked, no doubt due to Temuera Morrison’s lack of charisma. However, there was something touching to see him discover with us the life of the Tusken, the famous men of sand that we have followed since the very first film in 1977. Kevin Costner way in Dancing with the wolvesthe bounty hunter has learned the virtues of the black melon, how to make a Gaderffii (which he will use to finish off Cad Bane) and even been initiated into the funeral rites of these desert raiders, humanized for the first time in 45 year.
A derisory parenthesis, but at least as interesting as the return of Mando, then of Grogu and fake Luke, in episodes 5 and 6, which apparently saved the series from public opinion. Fan service is like the hunters of the Unknowns. There is good and bad, but it is impossible to tell them apart…
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Endless Day in Tatooine
Facing Boba Fett bookwe feel like Bill Murray in An endless day : trapped in a time loop that looks like a Cantina where Max Rebo always provides the musical atmosphere. We loved Tatooine, we still love it actually, but we would like to see what happens elsewhere. “If there is a central point in this universe, you are on the planet furthest from it.“, said Luke Skywalker in A new hope. And like him, we are dying to discover the richness that Star Wars has to offer us.
Unfortunately, we won’t change things right away. The next series, devoted to Obi-Wan Kenobi and launching on May 25 on Disney Plus, will take place (at least at first) again on Tatooine, where the Jedi master still played by Ewan McGregor will watch Luke as a child from afar and reunite with Hayden. Christensen as Anakin/Darth Vader. Then, we will visit a new planet (Scarif) with Andorthe spin-off series of the spin-off movie RogueOnecentered on the character of Diego Luna, but still in a story derived from the first trilogy…
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will launch on May 25 on Disney Plus
And a live action movie or series on The Old Republic, it’s for when ? “Patience you must have“, as the other said…
PS: if you missed the short post-credits scene, we see Cobb Vanth (Timothy Oliphant) in a box at the modifier (played by the musician Thundercat).