Tatooine is a difficult place in Star wars. Not everyone is the type to sit in a bar like Mos Eisley, that “miserable hive of scum and wickedness”, but even the good and righteous people of the desert planet would probably admit that the miserable hive did. all the power. A planet removed from the preoccupations of the Imperial and Rebellion, it does not look like a place of redemption. It’s the ubiquitous slave trade, raids on wet farms, and criminal overlords just seem to highlight the problem.
This is what makes his heroes so beloved. That Luke Skywalker of all people grew up in a place like this, shaped and shaped it, is part of its appeal. And that’s a big part of Boba Fett too, at least in the first episode of Boba Fett’s book, “Stranger in a Strange Land, âwhich debuted Wednesday on Disney Plus.
There is a lot on Boba fett which will seem very familiar to fans of The Mandalorian, which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who watched the Bounty Hunter’s return on this show. The two men look very similar. Neither is inclined to talk a lot, both would be more than happy to do their jobs and be left alone. But director Robert Rodriguez and writer Jon Favreau are clear on one difference: it’s the gritty Western space show where the outlaw with a cool helmet takes the helmet. disabled.
And that’s a good thing too, because hiding Temura Morrison’s face for too long would be a big mistake. The New Zealand actor, described in 1995 by Roger Ebert as “a leading actor as elementary, charismatic and brutal as young Marlon Brando”, is playing in Boba fett. Gone is the mysterious allure of Mando, replaced by the pains and strains of aging made undeniable on a face burned and beaten more times than its owner can count.
Morrison’s magnetism comes from a sense of hopelessness that seems to occupy Boba Fett at all times. The show begins with a flashback to Fett’s notable ending in the original trilogy, Death Via the Sarlacc Pit. But watching Boba’s escape from the belly of the beast doesn’t just make you want to add more detail to his Wookiepedia page; it shows the desperation and hunger of a man ready to survive, even though he doesn’t know exactly why.
The sections of “Stranger âin these flashbacks is short on the conversation and long on Boba Fett getting beaten up. There are Jawas, lizards and more specifically Tusken Raiders. Morrison is repeatedly pushed to survive, barely allowed to drink water as he is part of a two-person gang. These scenes clearly have the same landmarks as Mandalorian, with long shots and dramatic scores from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns.
But at the same time Mandalorian Seemed to like seclusion, Boba Fett couldn’t seem to find a moment for himself. Out of the chasm of Sarlacc and in the hands of Jawas for old Boba, there is not much difference. There’s the Despair of the Dark on Boba Fett’s Tatooine, which Guillermo del Toro recently described to the movie magazine Little white lies as “the tragedy that emerges between the haves and have-nots”.
The next section of âStrangerâ is about Boba Fett’s new reign as a âhavingâ. He’s been named the new head of the Hutt Crime Syndicate, which is kind of like stepping into Studio 54 after the last few days of disco. There is prestige in the title, but things are clearly not what they used to be. The mayor, of all peoples, only sends his butler (David Pasquesi) to pay tribute and ends up demanding a tribute from Boba.
Pasquesi once played Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ ex-husband in Veep, and he clearly has a knack for getting under the skin of powerful people. He infuriates Fett’s second in command, Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), with his rudeness and diplomatic demeanor. In the midst of a crumbling organization, the butler’s head appendages resemble a nautral-born jester hat, mocking a proud tradition.
There is some good comedic work in Boba fett, including Matt Berry as a droid apparently once loyal to the Hutts. Pasquesi is one of the stars of the show, allowing for a quick rebuke from any members of the show who shoot first and ask questions later (most people).
Fett doesn’t want to be an extravagant crime boss like any of his slug-like predecessors. He wants to be the people’s crime boss, walking under his own feet with two green bodyguards by his side. He wants to rule with respect, not fear. But the question of whether the people and the various bosses of Tatooine want such a ruler in the first place is wide open.
While Ming-Na Wen gets some good shots, Book by Boba Fett focuses on Morrison’s rage, boiling just below the surface. It’s hard to say where this will all go, but the show seems happy for viewers to understand that this is first and foremost a man who won’t serve a master. No more.